By Carole J. White

 

If colorful art, lively music, a passion for reading and stimulating conversations form the heartbeat of Miami, Oklahoma, then Chapters Bookstore on Main Street reflects Miami’s soul. More than a bookstore, more than a gift shop, more than a gourmet coffee and tea bistro, Chapters is a gathering spot. Daily, business people, local shoppers and curious tourists take a break from their “busyness” to drop into Chapters.

“Chapters is a family place. There’s something for everyone,” said Assistant Manager Lee Dell Mustain. “Our coffee is a draw. Local folks come by regularly.”

Proof of Chapters’ charm is its sign-in journal of far-flung visitors. Mustain explained, “The Coleman Theatre, located just south of the store, attracts visitors who are traveling Route 66, and the travelers stroll over to us as they explore Main Street, looking for an interesting place to shop and get a pick-me-up.”

A browse through the journal reveals signatures and enthusiastic comments by people from a long list of countries covering six continents.

Chapters’ merchandise includes a variety of book genres, including best-sellers, history, biography, art, suspense, cooking and devotional topics. Mustain also points to books by local authors and books about area history as popular selections by Chapters’ customers. Some of the other items for sale at Chapters includes cards, candles, journals, bath products and lotions, costume jewelry, accessories and home décor.

With so many people choosing to shop online these days, folks have the option to order items from Chapters at Chaptersmiami.com. Supporting local, independent bookstores is a growing movement across America, guiding shoppers to keep their money local.

Chapters is located at 31 N. Main Street in Miami, Oklahoma. Shoppers may call 918.540.0468, email chaptersmiami@yahoo.com, or see Chapters on Facebook for hours and information.