Retirement passion project turns into unique bookstore in Grosse Pointe Park

Store is open 2 days a week


GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – When you come to Shaw’s books in Grosse Pointe Park, it’s like stepping back in time.

There are no Kindles, no e-readers, instead there are real books and there are 25,000 of them.

Hank Zuchowski is the book guy, the guru, the curator of each and every single piece inside Shaw’s Books on Kercheval.

The former GM Employee has always loved books. Back in the 80s, he went to his first book fair.

“My booth fee was $75 and I sold $104worth of books,” Zuchowski said. “So obviously I didn’t make a dime.”

But, that didn’t deter him, mainly because he kept his day job at first. Zuchowski began going to more and more book fairs and has been all over the world mining for treasures.

“My oldest book here is from 1599,” he said.

Zuchowski said after he accomplished three goals, he would retire.

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