Kingsport, TN, nestled in the charming “Mountain Empire” region that extends across southwest Virginia and the picturesque mountainous counties of northeastern Tennessee, boasts a rich history and a plethora of bookstores where book lovers can immerse themselves. Today, we’ll introduce you to some of our top favorites.
Bubba’s Book Swap: Where Bibliophiles Unite
Situated at 331 E Sullivan St, Kingsport, Bubba’s Book Swap is an extraordinary used bookstore overflowing with an extensive assortment of literary gems. It caters superbly to the tastes of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and suspense/thriller enthusiasts. Prepare to be captivated by their remarkable collection of both contemporary bestsellers and timeless classics. Moreover, the warm and approachable owner is always on hand to offer assistance, ensuring an unforgettable visit.
This cozy haven, nestled in the heart of Kingsport, has established itself as a must-visit destination for book enthusiasts in the Tri-Cities, TN/VA area. And keep an eye out for Bubba, the resident cat, who is sure to add a touch of feline charm to your next visit.
Dewayne’s World – Comics & Games: A Paradise for Comic Connoisseurs
Comic book aficionados, rejoice! Located at 457 E Sullivan St #423, Dewayne’s World – Comics & Games presents an impressive array of Gundhams, Funko Pops, D&D merchandise, collectible figures, comic books, Little Golden Books, and even cuddly stuffed animals.
Thanks to its diverse offerings, ranging from comics and graphic novels to board games and miniatures, Dewayne’s World has cemented its status as a beloved local haunt. The courteous and knowledgeable staff are an invaluable resource, always eager to discuss their personal favorites and offer recommendations.
Books-A-Million: Where Literature and Visual Narratives Collide
Situated at 2626 E Stone Dr within the Kingsport Pavilion shopping center, Books-A-Million stands out as a go-to destination for many. Beyond its extensive literary selection, this expansive store caters to fans of comics, manga, and other visual narratives. With a dedicated section showcasing both classic works and currently serialized stories, Books-A-Million has something for every avid reader.
During our visit, we found the staff to be approachable and accommodating, making for a delightful shopping experience. We highly recommend a visit to this store for any book lover in search of new literary adventures.
Mr. K’s Used Books, Music, and More: A Hidden Gem in Johnson City
Although a short drive away in Johnson City, Mr. K’s at 4 Mark Twain Ct is well worth the journey. Housed within a two-story building, this hidden treasure trove offers an impressive selection of both used and new books, including a fantastic assortment of comics. With the convenience of a functional elevator and stairs for accessibility, Mr. K’s collection caters to readers of all kinds.
While the store’s size may initially appear overwhelming, navigating the layout becomes effortless once you become acquainted with its nooks and crannies. Rest assured, the helpful staff are always available to lend a hand in locating your desired books. The prices are incredibly reasonable, and for those unable to make it to the physical store, Mr. K’s also operates a website where you can find both new and used books.
Maple Tree Book Shop + Coffee House: Where Reading and Relaxation Meet
Situated just across the state line in Gate City, Virginia, Maple Tree Book Shop + Coffee House, located at 101 E Jackson St, is a used bookstore with a mission to foster a love of reading. They are particularly dedicated to supporting local families who are eager to promote small businesses but may be unsure of where to start. In fact, they recently made a generous donation of 100 books to local children during a community Back-to-School event, highlighting their commitment to childhood literacy.
In addition to an enticing array of books, Maple Tree also houses a delightful coffee shop, serving a range of espresso drinks, regular coffee, and blended beverages. To complement your coffee, they offer a selection of mouthwatering homemade cookies and pastries. It’s the perfect spot to leisurely browse through the shelves while savoring a cup of joe, all while discovering your next captivating read.
Regardless of your preferred literary genre, one of these five exceptional bookstores is sure to satisfy your reading cravings. And when you’re in need of the perfect vehicle to transport you to these literary havens, look no further than Toyota of Kingsport. Whether you’re seeking a used Toyota Corolla or a brand-new Toyota Tacoma, we have the ideal match for you.
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