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Address: Chautauqua, NY
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Historic bookstore founded in 1874 in tents.

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A good stop

A very good selection of books, unique gifty items and Chautauqua souvenirs. I head straight for the biography section - excellent variety.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Buffalo, New York
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

Carries a little bit of everything. From the books written by lecturers to Chautauqua sweatshirts and matchbox cars for kids. I'm quite sure you can find something of interest in this shop.

Thank afinnmom
Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A very good selection of books, unique gifty items and Chautauqua souvenirs. I head straight for the biography section - excellent variety.

Thank AMFranczyk
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

It is so great to walk into an Independent Bookstore that no only appears to be thriving, but where you can meet the owner at the cash register. They have a wide range of titles from the current NY Times reviewed fiction and non-fiction to the more eclectic titles that represent the wok and learning happening at the Institution.

Thank Krissy G
Chautauqua, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I am never at a loss of finding something interesting, compelling or Bigfoot oriented at the Chautauqua Institution's Book Store. The only thing I miss is a Magazine rack, but "everything else" makes up in a Bigfoot kind of way "Awesome"...

Thank wewanchu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

....if you didn't visit the Bookstore when you are lucky enough to be in the charming Chautauqua Institution. In the summer it is the place to get your reading material, your newspaper, or get plugged into what is happening during that day of "the season". In the winter you could spend hours with their exhaustive collection of books in such... More 

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This bookstore, located right at the center of Chautauqua Institute in Bestor Plaza, is much like a college store. It has plenty of books but also paraphernalia and goodies of all sorts. A pleasant place to mill about.

2 Thank Marian C
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Yes, you can get books here. Most were written by people lecturing at Chautauqua. There's a small selection of magazines and a larger choice of newspapers, so you're sure to find something to read. But more than half of the store is devoted to an eclectic mix of Chautauqua memorabilia and souvenirs. Need gives to take home for the poor... More 

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Wexford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Every time we visit Chautaqua we make time for a visit to the Chautauqua Bookstore! The selection of books, cards, newspapers, Chautauqua apparel, crafts, etc should not be missed!

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Alexandria, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Set on Bestor Plaza in the heart of Chautauqua, the Bookstore is a center of activity throughout the day and into the evening. The lines for the daily papers can get long with the out of town crowd hungry for national news. The author signings draw pretty good crowds as well, particularly after an exciting presentation in the Amphitheater. A... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

This little book store is full of interesting items in addition to the book selection itself - children's toys, art supplies, clothing, outstanding greeting cards, gifts, table top items, candy and snacks, and advice and conversation from the helpful and friendly staff. One could spend hours and many dollars in this great spot and then wander next door to pick... More 

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