Jun 03

The Bookbug: Catch the bug

While visiting Kalamazoo, MI for the show, Last Comic Standing, at Western Michigan University, I came across a gem of a bookstore: The Bookbug.



Located in a plaza, the Bookbug is an independently owned store in an area with one other bookstore, Barnes and Noble. This can make survival of a small business challenging. Yet, on entering the store, I immediately felt like I was in a cozy warm café, where I could sample some books and find the one or few to purchase for home. Full disclosure: there is no café in the store. It just has that inviting feeling to relax and read. The selections are quite wide so as to satisfy any type of reader. There is a fun area for little ones to explore many treasures.


The owner started the store because of her passion for bookstores along her travels. Settled in Kalamazoo, she found the courage to start Bookbug. It’s a worthy store whose qualities would easily compete with many bookstores across the country.


If you pass through Kalamazoo, stop in at Bookbug. You will be refreshed and inspired.

The Bookbug

3019 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 385-2847



  1. Claire Murray

    It sounds wonderful, enchanting. Next time I’m in Kalamazoo, I will stop by.

  2. Karen Kittrell

    John, Your profiles of the different independent bookstores bring us along on your travels. Do you tell the stores about your posts?

    1. John McCarthy

      Hi Karen,

      Yes, I tell them while I’m at the store. Unfortunately I can’t tell them when it goes live, as that’s pending.

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