For 40 years, Brazos Bookstore has stood tall with their friendly, mom & pop personality against encroaching behemoths like Amazon. Brazos may be quaint, but this little brick and mortar book shop down Bissonnet speaks volumes about its locally owned presence in Houston.
Upon walking in, the openness of the front room reflects the demeanor of the staff. Liz, a friendly store associate, was beyond helpful and welcoming. She introduced us to her favorite authors, books, and genres as if introducing us to her old friends. By sharing the small idiosyncrasies of her individuality with us, we felt open to do the same. Liz’s undivided attention further affirmed the importance of the little things that really set Brazos apart.
If you go just to find a good read, Brazos Bookstore’s numerous nooks have “Bookworms welcome” written all over them. The coziness of tall shelves separating various genres of literature perpetuates a desire to linger over whatever you might stumble upon. In a corner off to the side, a shelf of staff picks with handwritten reviews under each book further confirms the candid authenticity of the staff.
Though the bookstore was quiet when we visited, it boasts a full calendar of up-and-coming and well-known authors. Liz noted that the bookstore believes in supporting the literary color and culture of Houston. This little gem amongst all the Kindles and bookstore giants provides Houston with a “hub for the most creative, intelligent and engaged readers,” according to their website. Regardless of the kind of reader you are, you will certainly find yourself feeling more than welcome when visiting Brazos Bookstore. Insider’s Guide
• Brazos Bookstore hosts weekly author signings, book readings, and events for all ages. Take a peek at their calendar here: Brazos Event Calendar
• If you want a read recommended by a seasoned bookworm, make sure to check out the staff picks along the wall and around the store.
• It’s a great place for gifts! Brazos Bookstore had tons of different sections ranging from cookbooks, DIY projects, local authors, etc. along with several displays featuring kitschy knick-knacks for booklovers and writers.
2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Connected lot in front