Small Business Saturday November 30!

Small Business Saturday at Bookends & Beginnings is always a time to celebrate our own community with festive events and author appearances. Locally-owned businesses generate substantially more economic benefit to the local economy than chain or online businesses!

BookCases - Subscription Boxes

Introducing Bookends & Beginnings

Subscription BookCases

Our BookCases contain at least one book plus some extra goodies that are handpicked by a B&B staffer to surprise and delight you. Choose from the Music BookCase, Creativity BookCase, Omnivore BookCase, Genius BookCase, and Baby Bookworn BookCase. We’ll also be offering a monthly Case-by-Case BookCase for fiction tailored to your unique tastes, in 6-month or 12-month subscriptions. BookCases will arrive at your doorstep four times a year, and are perfect for treating yourself or sending as gifts to a friend, parent, grandchild, or anyone in your life!

Yearly Subscription- $180 for 4 Cases                    Each case purchased individually- $50

Free home delivery to addresses in 60201, 60202, 60203, and 60208 zip codes. Other zip codes, add $10 mailing charge per BookCase shipped.


The Omnivore Case  - Curated by Nina

Before opening Bookends & Beginnings, owner Nina Barrett trained as a professional chef and won two James Beard Awards for her radio series on food anxiety called “Fear of Frying.” Her Omnivore Case is intended to help you cook more from scratch, pay attention to seasonality, explore foods and techniques that you might not otherwise try, and just generally become a better home cook. The Cases include cookbooks, books about specific foods or techniques, and exceptionally wonderful writing about food, along with herbs, condiments, nibbles, gadgets, and other treats to enhance your foodie enjoyment! Plus you get one Secret Recipe from Nina’s Home Recipe Journal!

The Genius Case  -  Curated by Josiah

The Genius Case has been curated to inspire intellect, foster learning, and keep that youthful spirit of curiosity ageless. You’ll receive a hand-picked assortment of items that will bring out your inner genius: brain teasing puzzles, witty gifts, challenging word games, a riddle handwritten by Josiah meant to test your literary mettle, and pocketsize books on a wide range of subjects like Oxford’s Very Short Introduction series that will slowly transform you into a “know-it-all.”

The Music Case - Curated by Nathan

Music is its own language, but that hasn’t stopped wordsmiths and poets alike from translating the warble of a phonograph or the beat of drum onto a page. The Music Case will include an eclectic range of writings for and about music. Choose to read about your favorite album from the diverse selections of the 33 1/3 series. Read collections of music criticsm both contemporary and classical. Understand music's effect on our bodies and minds with carefully curated titles exploring the science of listening. Learn the history of cultures near and far, from Babylon to Bon Iver! Plus, receive a list of what bookseller Nathan recommends you listen to!

The Creativity Case - Curated by Caleigh

Looking to spark your creativity? Whether you’re in a creative career industry or you’re looking to focus your hobbies, this BookCase will get your juices flowing. The featured book might be a creative journal, a book about the arts, or advice for creatives, and we’ll also include writing instruments, cards by local and famous artists, some fun games and accessories for when you’re not creating, and a seasonal creativity prompt!

The Baby Bookworm Case  - Curated by Brooke

This Case is a perfect gift for new parents and a great way to start instilling a lifelong love of reading. Curated for ages 0-2 years, the Case will feature an assortment of engaging board books and Indestructibles, as well as a onesie or t-shirt in the appropriate size. Other items