ESP Spotlight: Off The Beaten Path Bookstore


Owner, Sal, behind the counter

I spent my Friday hanging out at a new bookstore called “Off The Beaten Path.” It’s the first steampunk themed bookstore I’ve been to and I found the experience rather charming.

The store, which opened on October 1st, specializes in speculative fiction. A selection of steampunk accessories and merchandise are available as well. There is also a cafe with beverages and munchies.

The bookstore hosts various events like “Tea with Steampunk Fairies” and drumming workshops.


Me with some steampunk merchandise

If you’re in the area and want to check it out, it’s located at:

23023 Orchard Lake Rd. Farmington, MI 48336

The store hours are:
•Monday – Thursday: 10 AM to 10 PM
•Friday and Saturday: 10 AM to 11 PM
•Sunday: 1 PM to 7 PM

Stop in and say hi to the owner, Sal. She’s always around the shop and ready with insightful conversation and tailored book recommendations.

I love the intimate experience that a specialty store like this provides. Come one out and support your local steampunk shop!

I’m also interested to hear if others have found stores like this popping up in their area. Share your experiences!


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