About Us

Do you yearn for the days when you could walk into a bookstore and get lost in the atmosphere? You could grab a book or magazine, sit down on the sofa and read the latest book while the sound of a waterfall in the background adds to the tranquility. You sip on your latte and occasionally glance around to watch the little children get their books and go into the cave to read. The rich mahogany wood surrounding you helps add to the feel of being in a “real” bookstore.

You no longer have to daydream of the bookstore of days past—there is one in historic downtown Tuscumbia, Alabama that meets every expectation of what a bookstore should be.

Not only does ColdWater Books have the newest—they also have the oldest. If you are looking for history in the Shoals area, this is the place to go. They have books by all the local historians. Remember the silent movies? They have those, too. And those hard to find “one of a kind” CDs? Check out the collection at ColdWater.

ColdWater Books is open Monday through Friday 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Come visit us. Bring a friend and stay a while. Have cappuccino at Big Springs coffee conveniently located inside the bookstore. You’ll be glad you came!
History of the Building

One of the first businesses on Colbert Corner was a general store owned by Pitman Colbert, the adopted son of Chickasaw Chief George Colbert from whom Colbert County got its name. Tradition says it was on this corner that Chief Colbert made a speech concerning the Indian removal and why the white man should not do this.

The Colberts were sent west during the Indian removal. There are stories of Chief Pitman Colbert having a wagon special made for the trip so it could stand the weight of the barrels of gold he took with him.

After the Civil War, there was a store located here where school kids bought school supplies and lunches. The wooden structure was torn down and replaced with the present structure after the turn of the century. The lower story was used for a store while the upstairs was used for offices.

Robbins Properties bought the building and began remodeling in 2002. Today the building is known as ColdWater Books with a coffee bar located inside the bookstore and apartments in the upstairs part of the building.

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