Bliss Books & Bindery opened on November 11, 2017 after more than a year of planning, acquisition, and construction in order to fill a gap in the community. Stillwater lost its only new bookstore a year earlier, and Pat, my wife, and I decided that this was our opportunity to create a community space where we could host events, readings, discussions, author signings, and children's activities among other things.
We held a naming contest and finally settled on Bliss Books & Bindery, which captured the most votes. Bliss is our dog, and her image is our logo. Bliss also is an emotion and an attitude, and Pat is especially taken with Joseph Campbell's admonition, "Follow your bliss and do not be afraid, for doors will open for you."
We offer new books, quality used books, special orders, cards and gifts, local artisan creations, and bookbinding repair and restoration services.
We are a community bookstore, and we exist because of the community. Join us in creating a welcoming space for everyone, and grow along with us.
Oh, and come by to pet Bliss. She's often in the shop serving as Greeter in Chief!