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Ninth Street Book Shop

Map104 W. Ninth St.
Wilmington, DE
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  • 2011: Best Book Store 2010: Best Book Store 2009: Best Book Store 2008: Best Book Store


Going on 35 years in business, Ninth Street Book Shop offers something the big chains don’t: independence. That means owners Jack and Gemma Buckley can personally steer you toward the best fiction, and they’re happy to search for obscure or out-of-print titles.

From 2010:

In an age of big-box booksellers who stock everything from Scrabble to espressos, Ninth Street Book Shop owners Jack and Gemma Buckley have kept their store alive since 1977. That’s saying a lot for a 6,000-square-foot store in downtown Wilmington. The owners have always supported local authors, and continue to offer travel guides and maps, more than 9,000 children’s titles and an African-American section. The Buckleys do some nice gift wrapping, too.

From 2009:

“A trip to Ninth Street Book Shop is a must before every kid’s birthday and Christmas,” critic Nancy Karibjanian says. “But my favorite trip is before we head to the beach in the summer.” The independent shop doesn’t have all the frills of a big box store, like a café or a huge CD selection, but it’s far more service-oriented. Expect to pay and wait a lot less on special orders. “[Co-owner] Gemma [Buckley] never steers me wrong for my favorite beach read,” Karibjanian says.

Best of Delaware History

2010 Best Bookstore, Upstate, Critics
2009 Best Book Store, Upstate, Critics
2008 Best Bookstore, Upstate, Readers
2007 Best Bookstore, Upstate, Critics
2006 Best Bookstore, Upstate, Critics
1994 Best Independent Bookstore, Readers

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From the Delaware Today Archive: http://www.delawaretoday.com/Delaware...
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