Store Hours/Location

10 AM - 5:30 Mon-Sat
1 PM - 5:00 Sun

619 West Main Street
Charlottesville VA 22903

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We are in the big yellow building with white pillars down from the train station – up from the bus station.


Phone: (434) 295-3377
Toll Free: (800) 346-9223

Upcoming Events

» PMH Atwater Talk and Signing -- Saturday 6th @ 2PM


» The Quest Institute

» Virginia Festival of the Book

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Help Save the Quest Bookshop!


The Quest Bookshop is closing


The Quest Bookshop is about to go out of business 

The Quest Bookshop at 619 West Main Street in Charlottesville, Virginia is one of the few book stores in the nation dedicated solely to spiritual and metaphysical matters related to human existence. Kay Allison opened the store in 1978 and it has been a spiritual oasis and community asset for 36 years. But now, at the age of 83, Kay would like to retire. The store has been for sale since August and now, without a buyer, Kay is faced with the prospect of selling her inventory and closing the store on January 28, 2015.


Help Save the Quest Bookshop

In order to stay open we are trying to raise $150,000 so that The Quest Bookshop can settle its accounts and provide Kay with a retirement fund that celebrates her service to the community. 100% of the funding will go to the Quest Bookshop and Kay Allison. In addition to the Quest Bookshop, Kay started the Books Behind Bars program and the Quest Institute which explores issues of human consciousness and promotes spiritual and holistic human development. Since its founding, the Books Behind Bars program has given thousands of books and dictionaries to inmates of the Virginia prison system. Both Kay and the Quest Bookshop have touched the lives of countless people throughout the years. We are sorry to have to say goodbye to Kay, but we do not have to say goodbye to The Quest Bookshop. 


Please Show Your Support 

The Quest Bookshop is more than just a book store. Besides providing a carefully curated selection of spiritually based books, it also offers an interesting assortment of minerals, crystals, cards, jewelry and meditation supplies. In addition to its community outreach programs, it has hosted lectures, workshops and book signings. Past guests have included spiritual teacher and author Ram Dass and internationally renowned flutist and Buddhist monk Nawang Khechog. Over the years a number of luminaries have visited the Quest including local resident and internationally respected writer Joseph Chilton Pearce and well known psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. 



Please show your support and make a donation to Help Save the

Quest Bookshop at:


Quest Bookshop, Inc. is an independent bookshop in historic Charlottesville Virginia, specializing in books on human and spiritual development.

In a warm, friendly atmosphere, people are encouraged to browse and read from the many shelves of new and old titles. Quest Bookshop is recognized for its carefully selected titles in psychology, parapsychology, metaphysics, Eastern and Western religion, Native American, health, healing, nutrition, astrology, dreams, and UFOs.

Candles, crystals, incense, journals, windchimes, bells, stained glass, statues, jewelry, tarot cards, bumper stickers, sage, essential oils, audio CDs, and videos & DVDs are gift items for many occasions.

The shop is noted for its large selection of lovely greeting cards. Unusual are the "tea bag" greeting cards that include a tea bag for the recipient to enjoy as they receive the thoughtful greeting.  We also carry musical greeting cards!

Special orders are welcome and books are shipped around the world.

Special discounts are given to Senior citizens and to book clubs.

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