Pandemic Updates

Shipping Policies Set to Change


Friday, March 31, 2023.

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Since we first opened back in 2007, we've done our best to make it easy for booklovers to shop with (and thus support) Brilliant Books no matter where you are.  That has meant offering free shipping for all orders purchased online or over the phone.  Not only do we want our online patrons to enjoy the same kind of experience they'd have shopping with us in-store, but we also know that we're living in the age of same-day delivery and personal couriers.  Without our own personal fleet of delivery drones, we felt free shipping was the least we could do.

But things are changing and our shipping policies will have to change with them.


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Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

StorefrontHappy National Small Business Week!  There are so many reasons to celebrate small businesses.  To name just a few:

• We're part of a vibrant community, and are invested in local economies & initiatives.
• We encourage employees to play to their strengths and interests, rather than fitting a job description.
• We get to know our customers by name (and reading preference!)

But as much as we love being a small business, it's true: being small has its challenges.

Lately, we've been reflecting on what it means to be a small business that survived the pandemic.  Read our latest article to learn more about how the pandemic is still impacting us, how we're feeling going forward, and how you can continue to support us.

The Aftermath

Change of Plans

Friday, June 18th, 2021

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Earlier this week, we announced our plan to continue requiring masks through July 12th (until the National Cherry Festival had concluded) before relaxing our restrictions.  However, yesterday's news that Michigan will lift all COVID-19 restrictions next week means that we've had to change our plans up a bit.

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Current Hours

Friday, May 14th, 2021


The CDC and Michigan government have issued new guidelines that no longer recommend requiring fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public places.  However, neither has provided guidelines about how we can verify vaccination status, so until those details are resolved, all customers over the age of two are still required to wear a mask over nose and mouth while in Brilliant Books.  We will review our policies in the coming weeks see if it's appropriate for us to relax our policies given our situation, but we want to take a moment to review all the appropriate state, local, and CDC guidelines to make sure we're making science-based decisions and keeping our staff and customers as safe as possible.

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Keeping the Goal in Sight

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021



The light at the end of this long, dark, pandemic tunnel is getting brighter, but as examples around the country and the world have shown, we can't set aside our precautions just yet.  With the weather looking glorious and spring break upon us already, we've decided to tighten up some of our restrictions for a bit to be on the safe side.


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A Slippery Situation

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Well folks, we've made it this far.  There's a light at the end of the tunnel thanks to the vaccine, though there's no telling how much tunnel we actually have left.  As a business, we're doing all right for now, but it's a cautious sort of all right—like when you're not actively slipping on an icy patch of sidewalk, but you know that at any minute the footing could get unexpectedly treacherous.

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