In a time when we can instantly downloading texts to our favorite e-reader devices, there’s still something to be said for curling up with a good, old fashioned book. Hyde Brothers, Booksellers on Wells St. is a treasure trove of gently used books begging to be picked up. Since 1992, they’ve kept their shelves full of something for every reader on nearly any topic.
From the front, the store looks unassuming and downright tiny, especially next to some of the larger shops along the Wells Street Corridor. It’s hard to imagine the wealth of books behind that single screen door and neon sign in the window. Even when I know exactly what I am looking for and where to find it, I never spend less than half an hour inside. The experience is akin to wandering in the stacks of a library–right down to the sights and smells.
The old wood floors creak and groan, something you will really notice when down in the basement. Hyde Brothers has charming rolling library ladders on the top floor in the main room, where then fiction and poetry are housed. In other sections of the store, there are step stools and smaller ladders for reaching higher up goodies. Also in the main room are pieces of furniture for sitting down and enjoying a good book. Nearly every time I’ve been into Hyde Brothers, someone has been taking advantage of this feature.
Down either set of stairs (one near the front and one near the back entrance), you will find a basement full of thrillers, science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and romance books. The annex-like section holds the non-fiction pieces. Subjects include (but are not limited to, of course) religious studies, gardening, animals and pets, psychology, crafts, self-help, and art. You’ll also find a beautiful collection of leather bound hardcover classics and other rare collections.
The prices are fair, the selection is good, and the atmosphere is unlike anything else in Fort Wayne. Whether you’re looking for a rare book or something currently on The New York Times Best Seller list, you’re sure to find some treasure at Hyde Brothers, Booksellers.
Check them out for yourself!
Hyde Brothers, Booksellers
1428 Wells St. Ft. Wayne, IN 46808
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm; Sunday 1pm – 5pm