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

Effective May 12, 2020, Appletree will be a virtual business!  We will be closed for customer browsing, but we will be in the store on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays to answer the phone, respond to emails, and process orders for delivery or curbside pickup.

Tuesday: 11 AM to 4 PM

Wednesday: 11 AM to 4 PM

Thursday: 11 AM to 4 PM

Friday:     11 AM to 4 PM


New & Noteworthy

Appletree Books and COVID-19

Store Hours Update

A BIG thank you to all of our customers and friends who have supported us with orders and positive comments over the last six weeks. Your support has meant a great deal to all of us at Appletree! THANK YOU!

While Ohio is allowing stores to reopen with restrictions this week, Appletree is going to continue to limit customer access to the store through the end of May 2020. We are looking at additional steps that will allow for safe customer access to the store beginning possibly in early June. As these plans are finalized, we will update you accordingly.

The health of our staff and customers is priority #1 for us. Ohio has several guidelines that need to be followed including social distancing (the 6 foot rule), the wearing of masks, regular cleaning and sanitizing, and the cleaning of stock that is replaced on shelves. With limited supplies of sanitizing products, we do not think it is prudent or safe for us to reopen the store to customer browsing.

Effective May 12th, we are expanding our “virtual presence” by having staff in the store on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 – 4 to answer the phone, respond to email messages, process orders, and answer any questions. We will continue to offer curbside pickup and free delivery in Cleveland Heights, University Heights, Shaker Heights, and University Circle. We can ship orders as well via UPS. We will continue to provide “contact less” order pickup.

Over the last few weeks, we have used FaceTime several times to help customers “see” greeting cards, notecards and books! We are happy to use FaceTime to help you make a selection!

Our store windows will be updated regularly to showcase new books and other products. So when you are on your daily walk, check our windows for ideas for that next book or gift!

Our newsletter is being emailed on Monday each week. We are using this to showcase new books and merchandise. Our social media posts highlight new and interesting books for readers of all ages.

Thank you, thank you for your loyal support during this unprecedented time.

E-Books Are Now Available

E-books are a great way to read books when carrying a book is not practical! Using your smartphone or tablet, you can read where ever you whenever you find a free moment!

Appletree is now part of the Hummingbird Digital Media network, which offers e-books and audiobooks for sale!  Log into the Appletree storefront on your computer, select a book from thousands of titles! When purchased, you can download the book to your device!

You can access the Appletree store here:  Appletree Books

A free app – My Must Reads is available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Apple App Store

Google Play

All purchases of e-books directly support Appletree!

What Are You Reading?

We’d love to hear what books you are currently reading and enjoying during this period of changes to our routines!  We are asking our customers and friends to share what they are reading, and want to share with you what others are reading! This way, we can all find something new and enjoyable to pass this time!

Drop us an email with your books at info@appletree-books.com! We will include your ideas in our weekly newsletter, along with the other titles submitted!


Appletree is now part of a new online book ordering service, Bookshop.org, that will allow you to order a new book online, have it delivered to an address you choose, and help support Appletree and other independent bookstores with your purchase.

Bookshop is a simple, convenient way to get the books you want and still support local bookstores. The website allows you to search for books in multiple ways – title, author, book lists such as Indie books! Orders are shipped from Ingram, a book industry wholesaler, directly to you!

Appletree has our own “storefront” on Bookshop – so when you open an account, you can select Appletree as your virtual bookstore:  https://bookshop.org/shop/appletreebooks

Bookshop is a great way to buy books and have them delivered to you during this period where we are restricted from shopping.


Support Local Bookstores- Libro.FM

The Coronavirus is impacting businesses large and small in our community.  If you are concerned about venturing out, audiobooks are a great way to enjoy great stories and books, while supporting local bookstores.

Purchases of memberships at Libro.fm help support local bookstores.  Right now, through 3/31/20, Libro.fm is offering a special promotion where you can purchase a reduced-priced membership and 100% of the sale will go to Appletree!

For more information, click here Libro.fm Special

Cleveland Heights High School Artisits

During March 2020, our front windows will display art created by art students from Cleveland Heights High School.

The artworks are a sampling of the creative talent from all of the art classes at the High School. Works on display were made by students in Studio Art, AP, Jewelry and Metals, Ceramics, and Photography.


Never Judge A Book By Its Movie Series Returns

Julia Biars will lead discussions of books and its movie on Saturday nights at Appletree this spring. Read the book, and then join Julia in the store to watch the movie and then discuss the book and movie! Due to space limitations, screenings are limited to 10 people. Please RSVP by email at info@appletree-books.com or calling the store at (216)791-2665.

Each discussion starts at 7 pm!

March 7th: Dracula by Bram Stoker and Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola

April 18th: Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Harp and Die Hard by John McTiernan

May 23rd: Awakenings by Oliver Sacks and Awakenings directed by Penny Marshall

June 20th: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle and The Last Unicorn directed by Arthir Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass

July 18: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik and Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese

Appletree Staff Member: Euclid Alix

Every month we introduce you to an Appletree Books staff member and some of their recommended reads.
This month: Euclid Alix, Store Dog (works remotely)
Important things about me:
My birthday is January 23, 2005. My full official title is: His Imperial Majesty, EUCLID, Dog of Dogs, conquering Dog of the tribe of Beagle, conqueror of the Nation of Canine, Dog-Elect of Overlook Manor, and Highest Ruler of the ruled in the land of those who must be ruled.Besides reading, my favorite activity is sniffing.My favorite bookstore is Appletree Books [editor’s note: well, naturally].  As a puppy, I used to sunbathe in the front windows.  I prefer mysteries and fiction.My official biography is A Day in the Life of Euclid, Mayor of Overlook Road, by Brittan and Mariana.  The book is currently out of print.

My recommended reads:
The History of the World in Fifty Dogs (Abrams Image), by Mackenzi Lee.
A who’s who of famous and historically significant canines.  No beagles, but then no book is perfect.

Barkus, Book 1 (Chronicle Books), by Patricia MacLachlan.
A perfect introduction to dogs for beginning readers.  Or a perfect introduction to reading for dog lovers.  Something like that.

Bad Dog (Doubleday), by Mike Boldt.
This picture book is about a very bad dog, indeed, and like so many great books, it has a great twist (hint: meow).

Dog Songs (Penguin Books), by Mary Oliver.
Oh, to be appreciated by one of the greats of American poetry!  She really gets us dogs: how warm we are, how much we love our human companions, how little control we have over shedding.  (To paraphrase a famous singer, we were born this way, baby.)

Dog Man: Fetch-22 (Graphix), by Dav Pilkey.
The most recent addition to my favorite graphic-novel superhero series.  Who needs Captain America, when you have Dog Man?  In this volume, Dog Man shows us all the values of kindness, doing good, and getting along with all kinds of folks.  Even cats.

New at Appletree: Candles by Furbish & Fire

Furbish & Fire has custom-made these delicately scented, locally made, soy-wax candles just for Appletree Books! They make great gifts for yourself or others.

“Based in Avon Lake, OH, Furbish & Fire Candle Co. sources all of its recycled containers locally. We have collaborated with several local establishments to re-purpose their empty wine bottles into something wine drinkers can appreciate again. This re-“furbishing” of bottles helped to inspire our name and fuel the passion that goes into every finished product.

“Each of our small batches is produced the artisanal way, just like the wine from which we recycle our bottles, with love and attention poured into each candle we make. We strive for supreme quality while remaining environmentally conscious. Our wine bottle candles are all hand-cut and polished, and all of our candles are hand-poured with all-natural soy wax, use lead-free, cotton wicks, and include premium, phthalate-free fragrances.”

Appletree Exclusive: Cleveland and Cleveland Heights Cards by Eric Silveman

Beautiful architectural photographs of Cleveland and Cleveland Heights grace these cards made especially for Appletree by local photographer Eric Silverman.

“Architectural photography is the focus of my work. While many of my subjects are well covered, I try for angles and perspectives that are not commonplace. Other than cropping, I do not do much to alter the images other than some tweaking of the colors as needed. For cityscape shots, I often try to layer the buildings, showcasing the contrasts in styles. For my black and white photographs, Margaret Bourke-White and O. Winston Link have been my inspirations. Edward Hopper has been an influence for many of my cityscape photos, while Richard Estes nurtured my fondness for reflections of the city in display windows.”  – Eric Silverman