Large independent bookstore, located in Westgate Mall, near the AADL library Westbranch. Not as big as Borders, but equally comfortable and the stock is well-chosen. Holds many readings and signing sessions with local authors. There is a kids book area and other areas for adults and specific topics. Site of one of Ann Arbor's fairy doors. Has a nice selection of remaindered books at bargain prices on display outside the front door.
You can call ahead and verify if the book you are looking for is in stock. If it is, they can put it on hold for 3 days. If it's not available they are usually able to order you a copy.
Nicola Rooney is the owner.
Newspaper buyers may wish to be aware that Nicola's does not honor credit cards for purchases under $5.00 and that newspapers must be paid for in cash. (Conscientious consumers may wish to be aware that no business can hope to make a profit when when paying fees on credit card purchases under $5.00.)
Every Saturday morning at 11am, children's story time.
Nicola's Books website: http://www.nicolasbooks.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp
Events calendar (Google calendar): http://www.google.com/calendar/render?cid=nicolasbooks%40gmail.com
Summer 2015: Nicolas is also hosting a summer game. Students from K-8th grade can fill out a form of books they have read (15 books per form and 5 forms allowed). For each form filled out the student will receive a $6 coupon. All coupons can be combined for your total purchase.
In the news
Nicola's Books has been sold and is now affiliated with Schuler Books & Music, a regional store group based in Grand Rapids, MI.
- Nicola's Books Looking for New Owner, Publisher's Weekly, January 23, 2014
Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, Mich. is up for sale. The independent bookstore, which first opened as a Little Professor bookstore in 1991, won the Women’s National Book Association’s Pannell Award in 2013 for a general bookstore that excels in contributing to its community. Nicola’s has been owned since 1995 by Nicola Rooney, who ran it as a Little Professor franchise after moving to Michigan from Canada that same year.