An independent bookstore located in the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood of Cleveland Heights (just up the hill from Cleveland’s University Circle), Appletree Books offers an eclectic, well-curated selection of new book titles in multiple genres for both children and adults. Established in 1975, we are excited to celebrate our 40th anniversary this year!
We seek to offer books that transport readers to other places, both visually and verbally and aim to introduce beautifully illustrated and interesting books to our customers.
We feature greeting cards, journals, letterpress cards, and notecards in addition to puzzles, bookends, candles, and small gift items in an intimate, warm space in the historic Heights Center building.
We are pleased to carry the following from local and national gift and paper goods designers:
Beastie Boxes (Cleveland Heights) handcrafted animal pencil boxes
Crawdads (Cleveland) industrial gear bookends
Furbish & Fire (Avon Lake) soy candles
Ornament Letterpress (Shaker Heights) boxed letterpress notecards
Piccolino (Shaker Heights) boxed Cleveland notecards and bookmarks
Rose Ironworks (Cleveland) boxed notecards
Cavallini (CA) notecards, calendars, wrapping paper
Caspari (CT) boxed holiday cards, advent calendars, cocktail napkins
Eeboo (NY) puzzles and educational games from a female-owned business
Felix Doolittle (MA) greeting cards, boxed notecards
First Snow (CO) greeting cards
Hester & Cook (TN) greeting cards, boxed notecards, placemats, place cards
Ilee (WA) letterpress notecards, calendars
Karen Adams (TN) boxed notecards, calendars
Notes and Queries (MD) greeting cards, wrapping paper
Pomegranate (OR) boxed notecards, greeting cards, wrapping paper, and puzzles
Saturn Press (ME) letterpress greeting cards, notecards, holiday cards from a Maine family business
Smudge Ink (MA) boxed notecards, wrapping paper, calendars
Handling the Holidays - Winter 2021
Remember the saying “you snooze, you lose”? This year it may prove truer than we wish.
As if Covid wasn’t enough to deal with last holiday season, this coming holiday season of 2021 may prove to be even more challenging due to shipping logjams, worker shortages, and reprinting delays. Not to mention port closures and the Delta variant running rampant. There have been numerous articles concerning UPS and FedEx preparing for backlogs and delays on top of port backlogs, lack of containers for shipping, etc.
While we don’t want to worry you, we would much prefer to alert you to the challenges many businesses and shippers will be experiencing this coming holiday season; it is already looking like a season, unlike anything we have experienced. The publishing industry and bookstores, not limited to just Appletree, will be grappling with all these issues in the coming months.
To provide our customers with shopping options, we will be offering “Book the Bookstore” private, reserved shopping experiences every Thursday and Friday evening from 5 to 7 PM during November and December; additionally, this year, we will be adding a reserved brunch shopping experience between 11 and 1 on Sundays. For details, please check our September 13th newsletter or the Events board on our website. We will be continuing our curbside pickup and delivery options to facilitate your shopping.
All of us at Appletree will be making every attempt to fill your specific customer orders, but many circumstances beyond our control may impact respective situations. So, we are encouraging you to shop early and either e-mail or call us about those items on your wish lists. The sooner, the better!
Appletree Books is a delightful oasis in a sea of cookie cutter bookstores. You’ll find the expected here, but also the unexpected. The store’s tranquil atmosphere makes it a welcome place to shop.
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Appletree Books is located in the Cedar/Fairmount neighborhood at 12419 Cedar Road in the same block as Starbucks, one block east of Nighttown, and directly across the street from the Firestone Service Center. Contact us at (216) 791-2665 or fill out the form below to ask a question or to order a book.
Book Groups are a great way to read good books, learn about new authors, and meet new friends! Appletree Books hosts several Book Groups throughout the year. Led by knowledgeable facilitators, our groups are designed to introduce you to great books in an informal setting that is fun and informative.
Groups typically meet for 60-90 minutes once a month. The books we will be discussing are announced in advance. We meet in the store or at another location in the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood.
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.Inquire about our unique baby book shower gifts by calling 216.791.2665 or by sending us a "note."