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Carmichael's Bookstore

It seems one shop has written the book on what local readers want in a bookseller.

The award-winning Carmichael’s Bookstore opened in Louisville in 1978. The family business is owned and operated by Carol Besse and Michael Boggs (the store name is a combination of their first names), and the staff today includes a second generation.

The bookstore’s two locations (1295 Bardstown Road and 2720 Frankfort Avenue) are situated on two of Louisville’s most lively corridors. And to many, Carmichael’s is more than a bookstore, it is a neighborhood gathering place.

"Louisville Life" turns the page of Carmichael’s history for a look at the evolution this independent standout.

Carol Besse and Michael Boggs, owners Carmichael’s Bookstore is a founding member of the Louisville Independent Business Alliance and is actively committed to Keeping Louisville Weird – a campaign that highlights the importance of buying from locally-owned businesses.

In 2009 Carmichael’s Bookstore won Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year.

Program 401
The fourth season premiere of "Louisville Life" features a retrospective of legendary film director D.W. Griffith, Smith-Berry Vineyard and Winery, areas of Kentucky protected by the National Park Service, the long-standing, award-winning Carmichael's Bookstore and more. (#401)