|274 N Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14607 in Village Gate|
|CLOSED since December 2012|
The Houghton Book Shop was RocWiki's Business of the Month for April 2012!
The Houghton Book Shop was a used bookstore run by Houghton College to raise money (in a non-profit way) The shelves were very well spaced out and organized, everything was shelved by category and author. They had a very wide selection of books- Art books, photography, biography, history, fiction and non-fiction as well as more specialized shelves like 'gender studies' or 'local authors'. They also had a decent scifi/fantasy shelf.
Prices seemed to vary a bit, for example I saw some paperbacks as cheap as 75 cents and some as much as $5. On the whole though, prices were very reasonable.
The shop's website is now a blog where they write about interesting books that have just been donated.
On May 1, 2011, the book shop relocated to the third floor of Village Gate's main building, into an area about 40% larger. People would use the elevator close to Goodman St. to get there as the third floor has been divided into two sections that don't connect!
The Houghton Book Shop was a member of the Rochester Area Booksellers Association.
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2007-01-09 09:11:55 I love this store. I always find some good treasures and the pirices are more than fair. They are always recieving new donations, so the selection is updated often. They are located in the smaller building that shares the courtyard at Village Gate, along with Mood Makers. —DanDangler
2007-05-30 09:06:57 All the books in the store are donated, so that makes the selection as eclectic as the donors. Occasionally they will receive a large collection of a particular subject, so it pays to stop in often, I would say once every 1-2 weeks.
(Note: Also a great place to offload unneeded books as long as they are in saleable condition!)
The price variations are because all the volunteers do pricing and everyone has his/her own ideas. If you think a price is way too high, you can always ask. They will either negotiate or explain why. —VolneySimmons
2012-10-05 21:34:15 Houghton's in trouble! —EileenF
2013-01-09 12:26:33 Sadly, this store has been closed since the beginning of December. —paulmyshkin
2013-01-10 09:52:12 The comment above about negotiating prices might be why they're not in business anymore. It's very nice and whimsical that everyone made their own prices, but that's not really the way to run a business. —PDub
2013-02-02 14:36:03 I still can't believe this place closed... I was hoping to stop by again next time I am in Roc —bonnev659