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Sherlock's Book Emporium, Lebanon

"Independent" is indeed the word for Steve Guynn's Willy Wonka-esque emporium, the kind of stubbornly idiosyncratic enterprise that could only spring from a single individual's interests and obsessions. You're not going to find a Waldenbooks that offers under one roof—deep breath—sci-fi and TV memorabilia, model railroad kits, vintage lunchboxes, a small screening room projecting classic movies on DVD, a cafe dispensing bratwursts and sloppy joes, beer and R/C car rentals (with the haybale-banked track just outside). Somehow Sherlock's also carries, whaddayacall'em—books. Guynn makes a fuss over first-time authors, both with signings and a placement of honor, and his collection of first editions and signed volumes is worth the trip out I-40E. JIM RIDLEY
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