Curious Book Shop
The Curious Book Shop started in a basement 43 years ago. Curious Book Store is now a three-floor, used and antique book store with more than 50,000 selections.
Ray Walsh, the owner of Curious, credited its longevity to loyal employees, a wide selection of high-quality materials and the solid customer foundation, which is the most important of the three. Walsh said that many repeat customers are alumni of Michigan State University.
Curious Book Shop sells, buys and appraises books, magazines and other paper items. Walsh also discusses new books and bestsellers on the Michael Patrick Shiels radio show on Friday mornings on WJIM AM 1240. If you have any questions about books, Ray Walsh is often in the shop on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays after 3 p.m. The Curious Book Shop has been involved with the Summer Reading Programs for the Capital Area District Library and the East Lansing Public Library.
The bookstore provides reward coupons to all of the individuals who complete the summer reading program. Curious also co-ordinates the Michigan Antiquarian Book and Paper Show, one of the largest of its type in the country. The next show is on Sunday, April 1, at the Lansing Center. There will be more than 70 dealers from around the country exhibiting, offering thousands of items for sale.
—Rou Weng and Tony Briscoe