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Big changes for Brilliant Books!

FridayThe front of Brilliant Books including part of the building next door, Doug Murdick's Fudge shop.  In the second floor window above the Fudge Shop, two people are indistinctly visible waving and holding a sign with the Brilliant Books logo, October 29, 2021

Big changes are happening at Brilliant Books!

For the past ten years, the back room at the store has housed all of our administrative operations, plus shipping, receiving, storage for backstock, storage for supplies, space for managing our Brilliant Books Monthly subscriptions, and more.  When the pandemic hit and our curbside pickup option required its own space, we had to annex part of the hallway because there simply wasn't room in that back office space, and with all our incoming and outgoing shipments stacked along the other side of the hall, it was fast becoming obvious we needed a better solution.

This past week, we found the perfect one! 

Got Your Blue Envelope Yet?

It's back!  Our third annual Blue Envelope campaign is here, which means that from now (September 1) through September 21, when you give Brilliant Books Monthly, you'll get a gift for yourself.

Here's how it works. 

You already know that our flagship subscription service, Brilliant Books Monthly, makes a fantastic gift.  So fantastic, in fact, that we get hundreds of orders for new and renewed subscriptions during the holiday season alone. 

If you place your order early enough to beat the Christmas rush (that is, between September 1-21) we've got a Blue Envelope just for you.

What's in it?  Well, like every hand-picked Brilliant Books Monthly selection, it's a surprise.

What's in that Blue Envelope?



Meet Leo

Tuesday, June 22, 2021



A new face at Brilliant Books, Leo Bevington is our web editor & marketing assistant. You'll occasionally see them in store, but more often Leo is holed up in the back office or at home, working with Caitlin to create and manage web content, email campaigns, and more. We're excited to welcome Leo to the Brilliant Books team!

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Parking Plans

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

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If you're planning on joining us downtown this week, you might want to consider your parking arrangements ahead of time.  The meters on Front Street are being converted to Smart Meters, which will affect parking along our street both today and tomorrow.  Tuesday will see the north side meters being changed over, while Wednesday will close parking on the south side.

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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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The Plan for the National Cherry Festival

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

The National Cherry Festival Logo


The National Cherry Festival is coming up quick, and even in its modified form, we're so happy to see this sign of more normal days to come.  The festival this year is scheduled for July 3rd-10th, and while that falls just after Michigan's mask mandate expires on July 1st, we plan to wait to loosen restrictions in the store until after the festival has ended.


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Memorial Day Weekend Updates

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Memorial Day weekend already?  This spring has flown by, and now it's time for beaches, barbeques, and vacations Up North.  Though we're still being somewhat cautious for the benefit of our young visitors and their families, we're excited for a summer that looks much more normal than last year's!  Here's what you should know as you plan your visit for this weekend.

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Planning Your Weekend Up North

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021


Memorial Day weekend is coming up already, and with vaccination making it safe to travel again, we expect lots of people are eager to get out and about.  If you're heading up to our neck of the woods this weekend, check out our selection of local guide books, Great Lakes nonfiction, field guides, and more, all hand-picked to help you make the most of your visit.

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