4139 Park Rd., Charlotte
HOURS: Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.,
Sun. noon–5 p.m.
The oldest independent bookstore in Charlotte  is also the best. Earning the title of Charlotte’s Best Bookstore for 22 years in a row, Park Road Books carries all of the bestsellers that line the shelves at the chain stores as well more obscure titles and first editions.
The bibliophile staff has an impressive knowledge of books and is more than helpful when it comes to finding a specific book or asking for a recommendation. A packed calendar of author events and signings draws a well-read crowd into the store and the owner is known for ensuring extra signed copies are on hand—and on the shelves—following each event.