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“It is What is behind the Facade that matters!!!”

Midtown Scholar Bookstore
Ranked #1 of 9 Shopping in Harrisburg
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Owner description: The Midtown Scholar is an award-winning bookstore & cafe. With over 100,000 used, discount, & rare books in inventory, we have the largest collection of used books between New York and Chicago. Over 1 million books are available online! The Little Scholar, has hundreds of great children's and young adult titles and features weekly activities! The Yellow Wall Gallery features a different artist monthly. Also stop in to Robinson's Rare Books and Fine Prints Room. The cafe provides excellent service and great products including Counter Culture Coffee and Rishi Tea. We host dozens of book clubs and community events weekly, as well as live music on weekends. Stop in and see for yourself why the Midtown Scholar is the hidden gem of Harrisburg! OPEN 7 DAYS!
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“It is What is behind the Facade that matters!!!”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

We were headed east on I-76 near Harrisburg when we stopped at a rest area, in info rack was a brochure for Midtown Scholar, a local independent book store ( unfortunately a dying breed), so we took a detour into town to stop there. The neighborhood is at best transitional, leaning towards the rough side, and the as stated before the Facade was less than impressive, but once inside the store is a wonderful work of renovated architecture that provides a home for a wide variety of books ( and a coffee shop). The staff was eclectic and very helpful. When I discovered a book set that seemed extremely overpriced, a staff member noted that the books had been there for a while, checked the latest pricing and repriced the books for me. I found a wide selection of books on The Civil War, and Architecture, many that I had never seen before. A very good section is one that holds books on famous authors, if you can't find a particular Author, again the staff is there to help you! This store will be a must stop anytime I am in the area

Visited July 2013
1 Thank MPSteitzer
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Shenandoah, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Not much from the outside, but wait til you walk in”
Reviewed 2 August 2013 via mobile

Pulled up and wondered what the fuss was. Not the best section of town, paperback book racks on sidewalk, unimpressive exterior. But the inside was something else entirely. The main room is a two story room with iron railings along the balconies, and an old bell hung from the ceiling. There is a large upstairs portion which has an impressive amount of used art books. There are two other levels below this and the lowest level was the most interesting. There are some very unique, rare books behind glass and an enormous room devoted to used science and nature books. First editions of jukes Verne in perfect conditions are next to 16th century hymnals.

The more we looked, the more rooms we found. Spent most of a morning and could have spent longer. Well worth a visit for any bibliophile.

Visited August 2013
3 Thank Dracodad
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great cultural hub in the burg”
Reviewed 26 June 2013

This place consistently supports its local community with great events, shows, and a place for like-minded folk to meet up. Central to Harrisburg's cultural revival.

The owner is also running for mayor - guy really likes his city and is community to improving it at the Midtown scholar, which does all it can to give the eccentrics and the young folks a place to go.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank circustiger
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Marlboro, New York
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Easy to find independent bookstore”
Reviewed 7 May 2013

There are a great many new and used books in this bookstore, which also sells drinks and snacks. Many books on art, movies, classics, etc., plus children's books and much more, with specialty books rather than more mainstream titles when we were there. Lots of chairs, and there is free WiFi. Great place to stop and browse.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank dengaro
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Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Bookstore with character”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

A delightful place to visit whether you are in search of books, live music or some refreshment. Helpful friendly staff. A unique experience..and right across from Broad Street Market.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Elizabeth L
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