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

Appletree continues to be a virtual business!  We are closed for customer browsing, but we are in the store on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays to answer the phone, respond to emails, and process orders for delivery or curbside pickup. Effective June 23rd, our Book Guru will be available for consultation on new books, cards, and more each day the store is open.

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 Update – June 2020

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, Appletree will continue to limit customer access to the store.

The health of our staff and customers is priority #1 for us. Ohio has several guidelines that require social distancing (the 6-foot rule), the wearing of masks, regular cleaning and sanitizing, and the cleaning of stock that when 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.

To help you, we have expanded 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 a “contactless” order pickup.

Starting on June 23rd, we are opening our door on the “new” side of the store for you to meet with “The Book Guru” as a way to help you select books, cards, and more! See below for more information! The Book Guru will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday1

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.

The Book Guru Is In!

Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday between 11 and 4, The Book Guru will be “in” at Appletree!

Meet with our Book Guru for a 30-minute session to view and purchase books, greeting cards, puzzles, and other items!

Reservations can be made by calling the store at 216.791.2665, or emailing us at info@appletree-books.com! You can schedule an appointment online:

Book an Appointment

Book Guru sessions will take place at a table in the front of the new side of the store (closest to Zhug). Customers and staff must wear masks. Hand sanitizer and gloves are also available and encouraged.

Walk-ins are welcome, but customers with a reservation have priority!

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!

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


Bestselling Audiobooks from Libro.fm

Audiobooks are a great way to listen to great books! Our friends at Libro.fm are offering some great stories to listen to this summer!

Here is their top 100 audiobooks based on sales from over 1,000 Libro.fm partner bookstores: Libro.fm Bestselling Audiobooks!



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

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