“We started with a very simple idea: open an independent bookstore and event space that reflects and supports the community… A year later, A Novel Idea opened.”
At A Novel Idea we believe in shopping small, not just because we're a small business, but because there are so many talented artisans in the Philadelphia area. One way we shop small is through our dedication to promoting and selling books by local authors and small presses. Check out our featured small presses!more
Our first priority is the safety of our customers and staff. We clean our tables, benches, doorknobs, register, and credit card machine after each use. Doing this we feel confident in expanding the opportunities to browse the shop. We are now open for community browsing where up to 6 people (wearing masks) can visit the shop. If you are immune-compromised you can make an appointment and have the shop closed to the public for 15 minutes. We hope this keeps our customers happy and safe!
Wednesday: 3 pm – 6 pm | In Person Browsing & Curbside Pickup
Thursday: 12 pm – 6 pm | In Person Browsing & Curbside Pickup
Friday: 12 pm – 6 pm | In Person Browsing & Curbside Pickup
Saturday: 12 pm – 6 pm | In Person Browsing & Curbside Pickup
Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm | In Person Browsing & Curbside Pickup
Immunocompromised? You can have the shop to yourself for 15 minutes. Appointment required.