Tom Stobart opened the Paradox Bookstore more than 40 years ago when he was a 20-year-old playwright. Although he originally thought it would be a fun way to pass the summer before he went back to New York, he instead stayed in Wheeling and built the legacy that is the Paradox. As the oldest bookstore in the state of West Virginia, this store holds a special place in history and you are aware of it the moment you walk through the door. Stepping into this store is like stepping back in time. From the signs with handwritten calligraphy that label the store's sections to the vintage cash register, shopping here is a one-of-a-kind experience.
In recent years, Tom has faced health problems that put the fate of the Paradox in peril. However, longtime family friend April Childers has stepped up to make sure the tradition of this historic book store continues. Stay tuned for some exciting new offers in the coming months, including book clubs and loyalty cards. To make sure you don't miss any updates, join our mailing list today.
In front of the Paradox Bookstore is a bookshelf featuring a message that perfectly exemplifies the spirit of this eclectic shop. The sign explains that anyone needing a book may take one and pay later, exchange a book for a book, or just take a book with no payment if you have a desire to read but can't afford to buy a book. The Paradox also stocks free bookshelves at Centre Market. Our goal is to make sure that anyone who wants to read can.
The Paradox Bookstore in Wheeling has more than 20,000 books in stock. From romance novels, to mysteries, to classic literature, you can find it here. We also have a large collection of vintage records as well as comic books and sheet music. In addition, the Paradox also carries rare and antique books.
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