Blue Ridge Books
(828) 456-6000
428 Hazelwood Ave.
Waynesville, NC 28786

Our New Location


About Blue Ridge Books

Who We Are

Blue Ridge Books is a female-owned business located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. We have been a part of the Waynesville community for more than a dozen years. Our store opened in 2007 in the strip shopping center on Main Street. The current owners, Jo and Allison, took over in 2010 and in 2017 moved the store to the historic Hazelwood Village in Waynesville.

Proud to be Indie

As an independent, locally owned business, the community has always been a major focus of the bookstore. We love to talk about books with our customers, and we listen to what interests them. We also know how important it is to find a child’s first book, a book for someone going through a tough time or just as an escape. It is a wonderful feeling to put a book in someone’s hands that we know they will love. An independent bookstore seeks to strike a balance between popular, well-known titles, and those special books that may escape notice in the broader media.


We also enjoy working with and providing discounts to students, schools, community groups, and book clubs. Near and dear to us are Head Start and READ, two programs that we have supported over the last few years. By combining our efforts with donations from our customers, we provide books for preschool students in Head Start. We also host several yearly craft sales, offering items made in Ecuador. All proceeds go back to Ecuador to purchase books for rural libraries in the Andes that are sponsored by READ.

What We Offer

The most popular sections in our store contain local books, mystery/thrillers, fiction, and, literally a vault full of gorgeous children's books. We also carry magazines and newspapers for those people that just need a quick reading fix.

We would love for you to visit us and spend time browsing our shelves, but if that isn’t possible for you, you can still shop with us online and take a look at some of our favorites. The online list includes more books than are in stock at the store.

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If you have a special interest in local non-fiction, please give us a call to order regional titles that may not be available through our online system.

Events at Blue Ridge Books


Thursday, April 2nd at 3:00 pm Discussion and Book Signing by Mark Warren

Author and Environmental Award Winner Mark Warren will Present “The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee and How We Can Use Them Today”. This program will cover some common native plants and their uses as food, medicine and crafts. Mr. Warren is the author of a four-volume series on nature and primitive skills called “Secrets of the Forest.” All four volumes will be available at free event.

Saturday, April 4th at 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Local Writer Round-Up at Blue Ridge Books

Book signing with local authors. A variety of genres will be represented.

If you are a local author interested in participating in this event, please call or email the bookstore and speak with Allison. This event is designed as an opportunity for self-published authors who are beginning to publish and market their work to feature their work. Space is limited.


Thursday, April 9th at Noon Luncheon and Book Discussion with Dr. Bart Ehrman

Bart D. Ehrman will read from and discuss his new book, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife. In clear and compelling terms, Bart Ehrman recounts the long history of the afterlife, ranging from The Epic of Gilgamesh up to the writings of Augustine, focusing especially on the teachings of Jesus and his early followers. Dr. Ehrman is a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of early Christianity, the author or editor of more than thirty books, and a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This is a ticketed event which will take place at HART theater in the Harmon’s Den Bistro. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call or visit Blue Ridge Books.


For more detailed information on each event, be sure to follow us on Facebook!


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Our Team


Jo - Owner

Jo enjoys watching movies from the 1930s and 1940s and likes to read thrillers.


Allison - Owner

Allison is obsessed with her flower garden and loves regional literature.


Mary - Store Manager

Mary went sky diving for her 50th birthday and enjoys suspense books.

Shelby - Store Manager

Shelby has a large collection of mugs to enjoy her favorite teas. She enjoys anything in the young adult section.



Interesting Facts About Blue Ridge Books

Locals remember the bank being located here years ago. But few remember that before the bank a modern 300 seat movie theater opened in our building in 1941.
The restored hardwood floors and brick walls are original to our old building. The ceiling, though not original, is a sight to behold.
Our literary clock reminds us that it’s always time for books.
We’re a dog-friendly store! Fresh water is always available for our thirsty furry visitors. Treats are on hand, also. We are not responsible for our staff over-feeding you precious pups!

Carefully designed with your children in mind, the old bank vault has become our bright, happy, young-reader inspired Children’s Room.
The Constitution of the United States came in at #5 on the Blue Ridge Books bestseller list for 2019. You can get your copy for just $1.50.

We’re the only place in Haywood County that carries the Wall Street Journal. We carry The New York Times, too.