• Marcy Farrey

Get cozy in these 2 independent bookstores in Park City, UT

When one of your best friends from college has her bachelorette party in Park City, Utah, naturally you look for any possible sliver of time to visit the independent bookstores!

Upon hearing that I'd be headed to Park City, Utah for a long weekend, the first thing I did was look up independent bookstores were in the area. Not only did I find two indie bookstores, but I also discovered that this city is packed full of awesome independent businesses. I was only there for about 72 hours, so I didn't get to make it to as much as I'd like, but in the hour before I had to head back to the Salt Lake City airport, I stopped in both Dolly's Bookstore and Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse. These are two different stores serving up different offerings, but equally enjoyable. And I can picture them both being two cozy spots to relax in during the winter months!

Dolly's Bookstore

Dolly's sells new books as well as cute gifts and stationery. I loved their selection and store layout, which is colorful and inviting (check out the slideshow above). They have literary quotes posted on the walls throughout the store. This seems to be the city's traditional bookstore, the one you go to to pick up that new bestseller you've been eyeing and to meet authors and fellow book lovers at events. And of course, there is a bookstore cat, who I saw briefly when I came in. Perhaps it was Dolly??

Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse

In addition to serving up great coffee and food, Atticus sells used books as well gift items, many of which are from local, indie creators. Since it is a coffee and teahouse, books are not the sole focus, but it definitely shows appreciation for all things literary. Even its name is a nod to a literary classic (Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird).

I sadly didn't have enough time to sit down and eat, but I did browse the books, which are in the back corner of the space. While it is a smaller space, I was impressed with their selection of books and literary gift items. Even more impressive was the amount that this store gives back to its community. A portion of every sale at Atticus goes to local non-profit organizations. They keep a tally of the amount that's gone back into the community on a board at the front of the store.

Until next time, Park City . . .

I only wish I had more time to explore the local spots in Park City, but all the more reason to go back! I liked that the Main Street was packed with local and independent spots, many of which sold a range of items. There were coffeehouses that also sold clothes, accessories, and books, and spas that were also boutiques. I applaud this great group of multi-passionate small business owners!

I don't have photos from these parts of the trip, but I do want to give a shoutout to the other great local spots I visited on our bachelorette adventure: Tupelo, Chimayo, 501 on Main and Aura Spa & Boutique. We also had enjoyed a wine tasting and class with the local Fox School of Wine. Even if you aren't into skiing or other winter sports, I highly recommend visiting Park City at least during the summer--you'll find plenty to do and explore!

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