Blue Bicycle has been around for over twenty years at this point; it was a pioneer on Upper King when plenty of people were still nervous about going anywhere north of Calhoun. The store houses a large collection with books of every genre, whether that's military history or cookbooks or first-edition modernist novels. It's a great place to buy gifts and an even better place to get lost in the stacks. Blue Bicycle is more than a bookstore, though; in addition to hosting readings and literary events of all kinds, the store runs a summer camp and partners up with a local school to bring poetry into the classroom. It's one of the main touchstones of literary life in Charleston.