Islehaven Books is a general
bookstore in the San Juan Islands near the US & Canadian
border. It serves a small but literate community augmented seasonally
visitors from throughout the country and world and reflects the
resultant diverse interests.
We pride ourselves on a carefully chosen selection of fiction and non-fiction, striving to “pre-filter” choices from the overwhelming quantity of currently published books – thus attempting to offer the “best” of what is available… be it literary fiction, mystery, beach read or biography.
Islehaven Books features a wide array of distinctive art cards, many of which are by local/regional artists. Fine boxed stationary, beautifully bound journals, prints from local artists, and “art” coasters are among the sundry other carefully chosen gifts for yourself or others available at Islehaven Books.
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It should be mentioned that at least as many locals (and many
visitors) come into Islehaven Books to visit the “duty Hound” as
to browse books. Hounds have been a part of the bookstore “staff” since
the very beginning when sweet Sarah, the Doberman, started the
tradition. She was soon followed by the first Borzoi, Pippa, and
there have been Borzoi “working” the shop since then, including a Pippa daughter and two Pippa grandsons..
For more on the Hounds at Islehaven Books, please see their own
"Get books and cards
from cozy Islehaven Books ... Owner Phyllis Potter
is a great source not only for book recommendations, but also
for information on the island.
You're likely to meet one of her borzoi (Russian wolfhound) assistants,
who rotate duty in the shop."
-- Moon Handbook San Juan Islands
At Islehaven Books "you can buy a book and feed a dog. Phyllis'
two long nosed dogs -- Russian wolfhounds -- greet customers year
after year. Islanders often bring these canines their leftover
and frozen steaks. Interesting books, too."
-- San Juan and Gulf Islands Best Places