by Chelsea Reid


The general consensus with most major bookstore chains, is that the book buying and reading experience is, to say the least, irritating and exhausting. Between the long lines, the less than exemplar service staff and the prices, most bibliophiles find themselves skipping out and going elsewhere. In Raleigh, North Carolina, elsewhere just happens to be Quail Ridge Books and Music.


Quail Ridge Books and Music is a quaint, independent shop located in the heart of North Carolina. It was founded in 1984, and currently provides not only a wide selection of books and music, but is the holding place of different events, discussion groups and even town hall meetings.

In a time where everything from basic human interaction to reading has been monopolized by the internet, places like Quail Ridge Books and Music offer a place filled with warmth, love and a true appreciation of a good


This independent shop is filled with friendly, caring and knowledgeable staff dedicated to providing the best that customer service has to offer. Shopping at Quail Ridge Books and other independent shops offers the chance to give back and support the community; Quail Ridge Books uses a portion of their profits to support many of the local charities including Books for Kids and Hospice.


In support of a community filled with book and music lovers, Quail Ridge Books and Music offers hundreds of events for musicians and authors year round, and Linda Watson (founder, cook, and researcher of Cook for Good) is a prime example of that. A great author who definitely knows her way around great organic produce and recipes, Linda Watson is coming to Quail Ridge Books and Music on Friday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. to participate in the Fifty Weeks of Green: A CSA Romance with Recipes.


Not only does Quail Ridge Books and Music have to love and support of the community, but they’ve also been recognized and won the Publishers’ Weekly Bookseller of the Year, the Pannell Award for Excellence in Children’s Bookselling, and the Haslam Award for Excellence in Bookselling; three honored and prestigious awards.


So all this begs the question: what are you waiting for? Quail Ridge Books and Music has it all, and for great prices. Go out to the heart of North Carolina and support the local independent book and music store that has just as much passion and soul as they do inventory.



Chelsea A. Reid is currently a senior at Delaware State University majoring in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations/Marketing & Advertising and a minor in Studio Art. She is currently a Marketing intern for Author’s Boutique and is working towards become a successful Public Relations and Marketing Practitioner.