Penguin Book Shop

★★★★☆
  • 420 Beaver St

    Sewickley, PA 15143

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  • 412-741-3838

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I have lived in Sewickley all of my life and remember the shock that I felt when I heard the old owner of the Penguin Book Shop was leaving the business. I did remember that she had said she hated the "business part" of running the store. First, "O'Henry" left us and now the store was going too.

My horror intensified when the old, dusty house was torn down and this modern "thing" was being constructed in place of it. The day the store opened, I did stop in and buy a book. The store was crowded and business seemed brisk. Over time, the store has continued to do good business, even as the economy has gone through a credit crunch.

The building itself lost the "quaintness" that the old store had but in its place a different, better store has arisen. The store has expanded its community presence, it has a great place for children to get comfortable with books and it has some of the amenities of a cozy reading room.

As for finding some "hidden treasure", they are there. You just have to know how to ask. Even if it is not hidden on top of some bookshelf downstairs, the Penguin can find it for you. I oftentimes challenge them to find some obscure book for me and so far, they have met every challenge.

Not many people let "hidden treasures" slip away anymore, the Internet has put an end to that in most instances. If you are looking for rare books, first editions or signed copies, there are specialty stores that often advertise in the major city newspapers. I deal with them and if need be, Christies as a last (and potentially most expensive) route.

All in all, my original thoughts of a little bookstore vanishing before the Borders/Barnes & Noble/Amazon behemoth was completely wrong. Indeed, it is Borders dying slowly and a modern, local bookstore that treats you like a personal customer, not just somebody in an endless check-out line, thrives.

Visit the Penguin, ask questions of the helpful staff, enjoy old fashioned service in a modern setting and you will be glad you stopped in!

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★★★★★

I have lived in Sewickley all of my life and remember the shock that I felt when I heard the old owner of the Penguin Book Shop was leaving the business. I did remember that she had said she hated the "business part" of running the store. First, "O'Henry" left us and now the store was going too.

My horror intensified when the old, dusty house was torn down and this modern "thing" was being constructed in place of it. The day the store opened, I did stop in and buy a book. The store was crowded and business seemed brisk. Over time, the store has continued to do good business, even as the economy has gone through a credit crunch.

The building itself lost the "quaintness" that the old store had but in its place a different, better store has arisen. The store has expanded its community presence, it has a great place for children to get comfortable with books and it has some of the amenities of a cozy reading room.

As for finding some "hidden treasure", they are there. You just have to know how to ask. Even if it is not hidden on top of some bookshelf downstairs, the Penguin can find it for you. I oftentimes challenge them to find some obscure book for me and so far, they have met every challenge.

Not many people let "hidden treasures" slip away anymore, the Internet has put an end to that in most instances. If you are looking for rare books, first editions or signed copies, there are specialty stores that often advertise in the major city newspapers. I deal with them and if need be, Christies as a last (and potentially most expensive) route.

All in all, my original thoughts of a little bookstore vanishing before the Borders/Barnes & Noble/Amazon behemoth was completely wrong. Indeed, it is Borders dying slowly and a modern, local bookstore that treats you like a personal customer, not just somebody in an endless check-out line, thrives.

Visit the Penguin, ask questions of the helpful staff, enjoy old fashioned service in a modern setting and you will be glad you stopped in!

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I have lived in Sewickley all of my life and there have been many retail changes in the Village over the years. When I heard that the previous owner of the Penguin Bookstore was quitting the business, I was truly sad to see the old place

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I have lived in Sewickley all of my life and there have been many retail changes in the Village over the years. When I heard that the previous owner of the Penguin Bookstore was quitting the business, I was truly sad to see the old place

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Penguin Book Shop is located on the main street in Sewickley. It is small, not enough books. There are some nice gift ideas. We bought a small notebook. Helpful staff.

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Penguin Book Shop is located on the main street in Sewickley. It is small, not enough books. There are some nice gift ideas. We bought a small notebook. Helpful staff.

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I like this bookstore. It has a lot of charm, as most private bookstores do, though it does lack a bit of creativity. Unlike the small dusty book shops that are hidden away in small towns, Penguin Book Shop gave no feeling that you were about to stumble upon some long forgotten treasure.

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★★★☆☆

I like this bookstore. It has a lot of charm, as most private bookstores do, though it does lack a bit of creativity. Unlike the small dusty book shops that are hidden away in small towns, Penguin Book Shop gave no feeling that you were about to stumble upon some long forgotten treasure.

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this is a nice, small town bookstore. Great variety, excellent service. Special orders ar accepted. Pricier than the large chain bookstores, but a lovely store that allows you to escape the crowds and clutter of bigger stores.

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this is a nice, small town bookstore. Great variety, excellent service. Special orders ar accepted. Pricier than the large chain bookstores, but a lovely store that allows you to escape the crowds and clutter of bigger stores.

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