The Zenith Bookstore in West Duluth is a worn-in, well-loved bibliophiles paradise.
It is located just off the highway in a former liquor store next to Beaner’s Central coffeehouse, now Wussow’s Concert Cafe.
You can’t miss it, just look for the vibrant and inviting mural of a collection of books painted by local artist Tom Napoli out front.
The community-based bookstore is the perfect place to hide out from the cold.
With hordes of gently used and new books, Zenith covers a multitude of different subject areas for all kinds of readers. Whether you are a foodie, science-interested, math-minded, folklore-loving (ahem!), mystery enthusiast, a history fan, or anything in between, they have you covered. It was great to see that Zenith is chock full of Minnesota authors and local history. I picked up a few Allen Eskens (a favorite Minnesota author of mine) on my way through town.
As for the staff, you ask. They know their stuff. Quick to be helpful but not overzealous, they give great, obscure recommendations that you might not otherwise be able to find on your own. They also host book signings by authors and different reading groups.
If I lived in the area, I would already have their poetry book club added to my dance card. You can also find greeting cards, magnets, calendars, journals, and fun book-themed wares, too!
If you are a bookworm like me, I highly recommend checking it out! If you can’t make it there, you still shop small by browsing their titles online.