Logos is a full-service bookstore with access to more than 1.2 million titles. All books are available through the store and its website: www.kentlogos.com. While the store can order any title a customer wants, Logos’ specialty is Christian-based books.
The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. They are always willing to answer questions, help pick a specific book or Bible, and listen to a person. Our staff is politically and denominationally diverse, so you can always find lively discussions at Logos.
Logos Bookstore opened in 1974 next to DuBois Bookstore across from campus. The intention of the store then- as it still is now- was to be a resource center for students and the community to get books and music and other merchandise that would be inspirational and positive. Much of the
merchandise has a distinctly Christian flavor, and the rest of the
merchandise is just basic good, fun stuff that anyone can appreciate.
The bookstore not only sells books and Bibles, but also music, greeting cards kids’ books, DVDs, gifts, Willow Tree angels, and locally made items- such as jewelry and knitted reading wraps/shawls.
The store has moved to several sites in Kent and was most recently in the Acme Plaza in Stow. After about 8 years of looking for a suitable property to buy, the owners of Logos- Becky Gorczyca, Shane Kardos, and Ann Kardos- returned to Kent to continue their search. They have found what seems to be a perfect place. The owners purchased the property at 976 West Main St. in August and began renovating it to make it ready for retail. The property consists of a Victorian house built in 1880 (the same year as the William Kent house/Masonic Center) and a former gas station built in 1925.
The bookstore moved into the house on January 28, 2007 and occupies the first and second floors. Each room has a unique style and flavor- still in keeping with the Victorian feel, but filled with merchandise relevant to today’s culture and needs. Many architectural details from the 1880s are still intact, including the oak woodwork, the marvelous pocket doors, and the beautiful fireplace.
New items that have been introduced by Logos include Victorian-inspired wallpaper, a handicap-accessible ramp, and a hand-painted mural- which depicts scenes from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe- in the children’s room on the second floor. The owners have not finalized plans for the garage on the property.
Logos Bookstore frequently takes the store “on the road”. Logos is very active with on-site booktables and events at schools and churches. The store also supplies booktables in conjunction with other groups and special events in Northeast Ohio- such as the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet and Ohio Christian Educators Association Annual Conference.
Moving Logos Bookstore back to Kent has been the goal of the Kardos’ and Gorczyca. Moving it to such a visible and historical site is an extra bonus. The store staff is committed to making Logos an integral part of the refreshing of downtown Kent. Also, they are committed to being a voice to help make unique, small businesses in Kent grow and thrive.
So, on behalf of the staff at Logos Bookstore-
Come on over to the house, sometime. We’d love to see you!
It’s so nice to be home.