We believe that bookstores are paramount to a nourishing culture.
Bookstores are a place where authors can connect with their readers, as well as the discovery of new writers. It is an excellent place for children to discover the thrill of reading that can indeed last a lifetime. Furthermore, bookstores serve as a channel for people to understand their history, places, and communities. Now that more and more people get their books online, Hearthside Books and Tows wanted to build an easy, convenient way for readers like you to get your books and support bookstores simultaneously.
We are more than just a bookstore; Hearthside Books provides books, cards, presents, toys, and curios to meet the inspiration and imagination of all ages.
Serving Juneau for over 45 years, now in two locations; The Nugget Mall in the Mendenhall Valley and Downtown Juneau on the Wharf. Hearthside has been around in Juneau since 1975. The bookstore has been run by different ownership and location changes since its opening. We feature the most extensive selection of Alaska & public books across Juneau. We also have maps, quality toys, games, and gift items.
Hearthside Books and Toys is the biggest of the bookstores you can find in Juneau, with two sites for you to visit. It’s also the only official bookstore in the area for new books. Hearthside Books and Toys is the only bookstore that markets book-related goodies and doubles as a game, puzzle, and toy shop. This past winter, the downtown branch transferred into a building on the waterfront near the cruise ship dock and restaurants.
If you come to Juneau on a cruise, you won’t have to travel too far to find a book to read during your trip. You can enjoy a retro vibe when visiting its new location. Hearthside Books and Toys offers a wide selection of books and reads that take place in Alaska. You’ll also discover popular YA novels and classics on their shelves.
For a more local experience, you can come and visit the other branch in a half-empty one-story strip mall. Although the mall is old and dark, the bookstore is cheerful, merry, and the staff is all welcoming. This branch keeps an active schedule with author talks and book signings. Hearthside also does bulk orders for local book clubs and showcases what the local clubs are now reading.
The YA section always has the freshest and popular read and the current Battle of the Books. The inviting and colorful toys just beyond can be difficult to pass by without a peek, regardless of age. Other than the toys, you’ll also see brain teaser puzzles and games.
Turnkey business with furnishings, equipment, inventory, and everything you need to start building income on day one! The owner provides initial on-site training and aid to the new owner. This is your chance to possess a profitable and thriving piece of Juneau’s history, filled with opportunity and development. We hope that Hearthside Books and Toys can help support the delicate ecosystem and margins around bookselling and preserve local bookstores, a crucial part of our culture, history, and communities.
Hearthside is a benefit corporation – a business devoted to the public good. If you’re seeing Juneau and searching for an Alaskan read, Hearthside Books and Toys make the best option, and they’ll give you a little taste of local life as well.