One of the most popular spots on Edisto Island is surprising to most anyone who thinks of what goes on during a beach vacation. This popular spot isn’t the beach or waterfront restaurant. It’s the bookstore.
The Edisto Bookstore is located at 547 Highway 174. It’s been in the same location for years and offers something for everyone.
There’s a mix of new arrivals, used books of all types, a children’s section, local and regional pieces, maps, cards and gifts, maps and so much more.
Looking to find out more about the history of Edisto or the Gullah people? There are several books relating to those topics at the bookstore. Want a unique gift for someone back home not lucky enough to make it to the beach? The bookstore has those, too.
Nautical maps available at the bookstore also provide a way for visitors to get out on the water and navigate through the channels.
Although when most people come to Edisto they like to get away from everything, sometimes it’s still necessary to get in touch with the rest of the world. The bookstore offers free wifi for anyone with a portable device and it also has desktops available for 10 cents a minute. Fax, copying and printing services are also available.
The bookstore also sponsors a book club for the community and for vacationers. The book club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.
Throughout the year, many authors visit the bookstore for signings and other events, so there’s always something going on.
One of the most popular features of the bookstore doesn’t have anything to do with books, but that doesn’t matter to all the people out there who come to the store year after year. This feature is, of course, the stray cat who made herself a home inside the store.
The cat can be found curled up on a display of books, under shelves or right up on the counter.
The bookstore is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 2-5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Contact the bookstore at 843-869-1885 for more information.