Beloved Ann Arbor Bookstore Reveals New Identity

ANN ARBOR – Nicola’s Books on the west side of Ann Arbor is now called Schuler Books.

The beloved independent bookstore was acquired by Michigan-based book company Schuler Books in 2014, but kept the name given to it by its previous owner, Nicola Rooney.

“During the transition it was decided to keep the name Nicola’s Books. In the years since, however, our store has been a member of the Schuler Books family in all but name,” Schuler Books officials said on Facebook.

But the new name isn’t the only change. Schuler Books Ann Arbor is taking over the adjacent restaurant space Old Siam. More space means the addition of a used books section, a larger children’s section and other expanded sections.

Changes will be documented on the store’s social media.

Officials said buying Nicola’s was a homecoming for owners of Schuler Books and University of Michigan graduates Bill and Cecile Fehsenfeld. The husband-and-wife team met while working at Ann Arbor’s Ulrich’s Books at 1200 S. University Ave. and is celebrating 40 years in business this fall.


Schuler Books also has stores in Grand Rapids and Okemos, Michigan.

Schuler Books Ann Arbor is located at 2513 Jackson Ave. at the Westgate Shopping Center.

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