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
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