Schuler Books & Music

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Schuler Books & Music
Family business
Industry Books
Founded 1982
Headquarters Grand Rapids, Michigan
Key people
Bill Fehsenfeld, Cecile Fehsenfeld
Products Books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, various book-related merchandise

Schuler Books & Music, formerly known as simply Schuler Books, is a small Michigan chain of bookstores. Along with books, DVDs, and music CDs, the stores sell food and beverages at in-store cafes.


The first store was founded in 1982[1] by Bill and Cecile Fehsenfeld in Grand Rapids, Michigan, due to their love of books.[2][3] The original store was located at 2975 28th Street SE, and predominantly sold new books and newspapers. It did not have a cafe though served espresso drinks via a kiosk cart. A much larger store opened in 1995 a few blocks west of the original location. The current flagship store at 2660 28th Street SE introduced The Chapbook Cafe and expanded offerings with music among other items.

Schuler Books provides access to print on demand books via the Espresso Book Machine.[4]


In addition to the flagship store in Grand Rapids, Schuler has a store in Meridian Mall in Okemos. In addition the company operates Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor, which it acquired in 2014 but did not rename.[5]

Three additional locations have been closed.[1] One was opened in downtown Grand Rapids in 2007 and closed in 2013.[6] A store in Walker opened in 2003 and closed in 2014.[7] In February 2018 Schuler closed its store at the Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing Charter Township, donating 6,000 books to the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Claire Kirch (January 9, 2018). "Michigan Mini-Chain Schuler Books to Close Lansing Store". Publishers Weekly.
  2. ^ Carl Dunker; Brian Edwards (September 16, 2012). "Not by the book: Schuler Books & Music writes its own story amid a constantly changing industry". MiBiz.
  3. ^ Ruthie Paulson Gómez (November 7, 2012). "Turning Back the Pages in Schuler Book History". Women's Lifestyle.
  4. ^ "EBM Locations: List View". Retrieved May 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "Schuler Books returns to growth mode with acquisition of Ann Arbor book shop". Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  6. ^ Ellison, Garret (January 20, 2013). "Schuler Books Closing Downtown Grand Rapids Store as Owners Pull the Plug on 5-Year Experiment". Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  7. ^ Garret Ellison (February 10, 2014). "After a decade, Schuler Books to close Alpine Avenue store this spring". Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  8. ^ Judy Putnam (February 22, 2018). "There's a postcript to the story of Schuler bookstore's closing". Lansing State Journal.
  9. ^ "Schuler gives 6,000 books to help East Lansing library". Bradenton Herald. Associated Press. February 24, 2018.

External links

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