12419 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
(216) 791-2665

Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 4 PM

Closed Sunday and Monday


Appletree Books

Appletree Books, an independent bookstore established in 1975, offers an eclectic, well-curated selection of new book titles in multiple genres for both children and adults. The store is located in the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood at 12419 Cedar Road in the historic Heights Center building, up the hill from Cleveland’s University Circle. We are proud to be celebrating over 40 years in our original location.

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.

Product Lines

We are pleased to carry the following from local and national designers:


Hazelmade: notecards, greeting cards and tea towels

Furbish & Fire: candles

oddball press: greeting cards

Ornament Letterpress: letterpress notecards and flat cards

Piccolino Designs: notecards, postcards and bookmarks

Rose Iron Works: notecards

Eric Silverman: photo cards of Cleveland and Cleveland Heights


Cavallini (California): notecards, calendars, wrapping paper and puzzles

Felix Doolittle (Massachusetts): greeting cards, bookmarks and calendars

Gingiber Letterpress (Arkansas): calendars, greeting cards and gift items

Gwen Frostic (Michigan): notecards and calendars

Ilee Press (Washington): greeting cards, notecards and letterpress calendars

Hester and Cook (Tennessee): greeting cards and boxed notecards, tabletop placemats, runners and place cards

Pomegranate (Oregon): notecards, puzzles and calendars

Saturn Press (Maine): letterpress, greeting cards and notecards

Smudge Ink (Massachusetts): boxed notecards, greeting cards and calendars


Winter Musings

While gray skies and cold temperatures are forcing us inside, being inside can have its benefits by affording us time to update our interior spaces and to attend to “chores” that have during nice weather been pushed aside.  And you know you have procrastinated cleaning out those closets and filing all the paperwork that tends to accumulate with our everyday lives.  “Cocooning” and “nesting” are contemporary terms that immediately come to mind in defining winter month confinement.

The greatest benefit of retreating inside is the opportunity to read books that we have put on the shelf with good intentions of reading but that in fact remain unread; once the weather improves, we will all look outside for that fresh viewpoint, but for now, we can obtain a new perspective by reading great books and recommended “reads”.

Now is the opportunity to curl up with a series; our newsletter has had a number of suggestions for both current and “under the radar screen” titles.  Winter can also provide time for “armchair travel” to an interesting country, culture, and/or environment.

Should you desire a new literary perspective to provide some “light” during these gray winter days and if you are searching for an alternative to all the Zoom and streaming service screen time to which we are subjected on a daily basis, we can easily be reached by either phone or e-mail.

If you have questions, please feel free to call us at 216.791.2665 or via email at info@appletree-books.com.


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“I will have to come back and spend more time. You have some wonderful books!”

“I really wouldn’t know what to read without you!”

“Appletree Books is one of the reasons we live here in Cleveland Heights!”

Appletree Books is located in the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood at 12419 Cedar Road, in the historic Heights Center Building, 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.

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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.

More information about
our Book Groups
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