We have exciting news: WE SIGNED THE LEASE!!!!

Literati Bookstore front

The green storefront on the corner is officially the home of Literati Bookstore!

Literati Bookstore will officially open at 124 E. Washington Street in downtown Ann Arbor, on the corner of Washington and 4th. Our space is directly next door to Amadeus Restaurant and two doors down from our favorite happy hour spot Arbor Brewing Company. We couldn’t be more thrilled about the location! Washington Street is quickly becoming a hotspot for restaurants and businesses and we’re happy to be adding to the vitality of the area.

Lease signing

Hilary signing the lease. Our witness was a giant Bob Marley banana.

Thank you so much to everyone in the past few weeks who has reached out, supported us, sent a kind note, or supported us on Facebook and Twitter. We will have much more news in the upcoming days and weeks, and hopefully, we will be opening very soon, too. We have lots of work to do… but the biggest step is done!

A special thanks to our families and friends who have supported us thus far. We couldn’t have done this without you. We are so excited to be in downtown Ann Arbor. We are so excited to enhance the vibrant book culture that already exists. And we are so excited to finally call Ann Arbor home of Literati Bookstore.

More to come….


We are so excited! Here’s the obligatory self-shot just after signing the lease. We’re looking forward to adding to the book community in downtown Ann Arbor.

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22 responses to “LEASE SIGNED!

  1. Karen Hagglund

    Wonderful! I’m so glad! I can’t wait for your opening.

  2. Sharon. Gambin

    This is wonderful news! Plan to be there on opening day and many days thereafter.
    I was fortunate to have been a bookseller for many years here in Ann Arbor and all-in–all it was the most gratifying experience of my life. Years full of books and sometimes hard work but they were enlightening, enriching, and full of interesting people who loved books too. I couldn’t have asked for more. Your shop will fill a void in AA and my heart. I wish you the very best in all regards.
    Sharon Gambin

  3. Exciting! Look forward to hearing more and visiting!

  4. Congratulations! Can’t wait to check it out.

  5. Dave

    Glad to hear about this. As an avid book lover I will be looking forward to the grand opening. I hope you have a strong musical section and of course, and I’m not ashamed to say it, a well rounded science fiction selection.

  6. Mike Jennings

    Please, please, please have a good cook book selection. And not just cook books but food writing. It does not have to be an expansive collection to be good one. This is what I miss most.

  7. Jaime

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on this next step, can’t wait for you to open!!!

  8. So happy to hear this news! I was thrilled to see you re-using Borders 01 fixtures for your new store! I worked for Borders for almost 15 years – and remodeled that store 3-4 times too! It’s great to know some of our love, passion, blood, sweat, and probably a few tears will live on in Ann Arbor in new bookstore! It makes me super happy and I cannot wait to shop, visit, enjoy your store! Congratulations and welcome!

  9. Best news of the New Year so far! Can’t wait to visit and browse!!!!

  10. Congrats from Sleeping Bear Press! Let us know if we can help you with anything!

  11. Shannon

    Wonderful news! I can’t wait to visit. Congrats!

  12. First I’ve heard of Literati, thanks to a FB friend, and I’m thrilled with having an independent book store open. Yes, great location. I’ll be coming in.

  13. Kit Steinaway

    WoooHooo! Congratulations Hilary and Michael. We can’t wait to have you downtown.

  14. Jeanne Joesten

    Congratulations! I’ve been following your progress with excitement and gratitude that you are taking the bookstore plunge in Ann Arbor. I worked for Borders for 25 years and those early days working at Borders #01 on State St. were the happiest, most gratifying of my working life. I hope you find the same to be true for you in your book selling venture.

  15. We’re your upstairs neighbors. Excited to have an another independent bookstore back in Ann Arbor! Looking forward to your opening.

  16. How exciting!!! I’m so happy for you!!!

  17. Congratulations! I can’t wait to visit when I am back in Michigan. Good luck on the next steps.

  18. Vicki Kondelik

    Congratulations! I’m so excited about having a new bookstore in Ann Arbor. I really miss Borders and Shaman Drum.

  19. Congrats! Looking forward to visiting soon.

  20. Queen Mitchell

    Welcome, I look forward to enjoying “reading” from you.
    Queen Mitchell

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