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

Store Hours:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am – 6 pm

Thursday and Friday, 10 am – 8 pm

Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday and Monday, closed



New & Noteworthy

Our Store Windows for September


Our main store window this month features the 40th Annual Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour, sponsored by Heights Community Congress.

Appletree is selling tickets for the tour.

Featured homes on the tour this year exemplify the diversity of Cleveland Heights.  Tour goers will visit an exotic Craftsman-style home with a contemporary kitchen; a traditional house highlighting the work of talented faux painters; an elegant, traditional home with quality antiques and adjoining garden; a contemporary bungalow with collected art and designed with disability accommodations; a newly renovated Forest Hills home; and an historic Rockefeller home.

The preview party takes place on Saturday, September 23, beginning at 6pm, at The Alcazar.   At 6:30 pm, you’ll board Lolly the Trolley for a Sneak Peek Tour of homes on the tour.  You’ll return to The Alcazar to enjoy an evening of music, dancing and entertainment, catered by The Fairmount.

The self-guided, individual tour of homes and gardens happens on Sunday, September 24 beginning at noon.  Take your time visiting homes and stop for refreshments at stately St. Paul’s Church on Fairmount Blvd. (Complimentary refreshments served from 2-4 pm)  Be one of the first to enjoy a look at the newly renovated Heights High School, with guided tours happening between 2-4 pm.

Our annex window features Vintage Goods from Judson Manor.

Beginning September 11th, our “annex” window will highlight Judson Manor; the books
(sold to benefit the Judson Manor Library) and the collectibles (sold to benefit the Residents Council, responsible for programming at the Manor) are all one-of-a-kind items that we hope will find new homes and appreciative owners.
All sales proceeds will benefit Judson Manor.


Artwork: Group Show by the Students of Sarah Knoblauch

On our art wall this month, Appletree is pleased to host an exhibit of paintings by students of local watercolorist Sarah Knoblauch.

Artists in the exhibit:
Cathy Annable
Nancy Dietrich
Claudia Fulton
Claudia Gherlein
Anne Ginn
Chuck Lyon
Ginger Ratcliffe
Weezie Scott
Betsy Stueber
Signe Wrolstad-Forbes

“Back in 2010, a neighbor asked if I would teach her watercolor.  My watercolor experience goes back to 1975, taking classes with Florian Lawton and the Valley Art Center.  That friendly conversation was the catalyst for my current watercolor classes, held in my Cleveland Heights kitchen studio.  I teach individually and in small groups, demonstrating color mixing and techniques on separate sheets of paper.  Students learn how to “erase” strokes during the first lesson.  These watercolor paintings reflect each individual student’s personality and style.” Sarah Johnston Knoblauch

Monthly Story Time

Little sprouts grow into readers at Appletree!
Bring your toddlers and pre-schoolers as we look, listen, and have fun with picture books. Appletree staff member Sharlene Warner will share some favorites from our shelves.
No registration necessary – just drop in!

Join us on the second Thursday of the month at 11am!
September 14, 2017
October 12, 2017 – “Spiders & Snakes & Bats! Oh, my!
November 9, 2017
December 14, 2017

Second Annual Cleveland Book Week ... Kicks Off September 5, 2017

Cleveland will become a national literary destination during Cleveland Book Week, an extended celebration of books and people who love them!  Running between September 5-9, Cleveland Book Week has events with leading authors, storytellers, and much more.


In celebration of OctavoFest, our store window and our artist wall in October will feature the altered book art of Gene Epstein. More information about OctavoFest can be found here .

Religion and the Personal Story, Book Group at Trinity Cathedral

Appletree Books will be the book seller for Trinity Cathedral’s Wednesday Evenings Book Group in October, 2017.  Religion and the Personal Story will look at how the personal story does much to enrich any discussion.  Look at the parables of Jesus. Our three books in this program use personal stories to enhance explorations of faith, history, and personal journeys. In doing so, they allow us to look at our Judaic/Christian roots and the interface between these faiths and Islam. Our authors, Bruce Feiler, Elaine Pagels, and Reza Aslan, use their personal journeys to take us down different fascinating religious paths. Their challenges are shared as are their evolutions, and their meetings with other explorers are fascinating.  Join and see.

Wednesday evenings in October at 7:30 PM. October 4th is the Introductory Meeting, with disucssions held on October 11th, 18th, and 25th.

The books being discussed are: Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses (William Morrow) by Brice Feiler, Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (Vintage Books)  by Elaine Pagels, and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Random House) by Reza Aslan.

More information about Wednesdays at Trinity can be found here .

Slice of a Life: Memoir Writing

Appletree Books will host a Literary Cleveland workshop on Wednesday October 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th from 10am – 12pm. Linda Goodman Robiner will lead the workshop.  She has faciliated workshops for writers in memoir, fiction, and poetry.  Register with Literary Cleveland.

NanNoWriMo is coming again to Appletree

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo to those in the know) and we want you to come write in our front windows! In November 2016, dozens of writers wrote in our windows, and the responses from all involved were amazing.

In November 2017, Appletree again invites writers of all ages, all formats, and all genres in the Greater Cleveland area to be our featured artists of the month by writing in our front windows!

You need not be a novelist or a professional writer to participate! We’ll provide a table, chair, and an outlet. You bring your writing implements of choice,your imagination, and your determination.

Students and NaNoWriMo participants are especially encouraged.

Have questions? Feel free to contact Appletree staff member
Jane Rothstein at jane@appletree-books.com.

Pre-Order: John Green Returns!

YA favorite John Green‘s new book Turtles All The Way Down (Dutton Books) is due to be released on October 10th!

To pre-order, call us at 216.791.2665, email us, order on line here, or stop in the store. The first 20 customer to pre-order will bet a signed book!

The Indie Bob Spot Visit

On June 1, Lynn and Lorie got to meet Bob Manson who is traveling the country visiting as many independent bookstores as he can.

Here is the link to his review of Appletree: The Indie Bob Spot !


Book Review: Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life

A new book from Random House is Sally Bedell Smith’s Prince Charles:  The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life. Bedell is an experienced biographer and brings to her work substantial research transformed by a pleasing style into interesting stories. Prince Charles (the man who would be king) is not Ms Bedell’s first foray into the lives of members of the British royal family, and so we have also the advantage of her earlier labors in this story about the prince. I read an earlier biography of Prince Charles years ago, and his story just keep getting more interesting as he approaches his ultimate purpose in life. A life growing and maturing, suffering disappointments, making mistakes, achieving successes, all in a very big and clear fish bowl, must be extremely difficult. Prince Charles is still living this life. Read how.

 – Michael

Le Cracker

Appletree is carrying wonderful hand-made crackers made by Le Cracker. Made in Cleveland Heights with Ohio-grown, stone milled grains and wild yeast sourdough.  Delicious with soups, cheeses, and jams of all kinds, or all on their own. $9/bag!