Beloved Cincinnati bookstore to close after nearly 50 years of business

September 13, 2023 by No Comments

Duttenhofer’s Books, a beloved establishment in Clifton Heights, is set to conclude its nearly five-decade-long journey in the business world. The announcement of its closure was shared by store owner Kim Steinsiek via a Facebook post on a Tuesday morning. The decision stems from a change in the building’s ownership and Kim’s impending retirement.

As Duttenhofer’s embarks on the final chapter of its existence, it intends to offer discounts on both its extensive book collection and store fixtures until its inventory is depleted. The store’s closure date is slated for December, or potentially earlier if all items are sold. Presently, customers can avail a 25% discount on books, with prices likely to decrease further as the year progresses.


Kim Steinsiek has been the proud proprietor of Duttenhofer’s Books for a dozen years, with her total tenure at the store spanning nearly 33 years. She fondly describes the store as a cherished haven for bibliophiles in Cincinnati over the decades, providing an experience that has become increasingly rare in today’s world.

Duttenhofer’s has deep-rooted ties to the Clifton Heights neighborhood and the adjacent University of Cincinnati. It was originally established in 1976 by its founder, Stan Duttenhofer, a retired UC professor. Since its inception, the store has attracted a dedicated following among UC students and faculty due to its diverse selection of used books and welcoming ambiance. This reputation has transformed Duttenhofer’s into a local icon, drawing visitors from across the country who seek the rare charm of a community-oriented used bookstore.

For those wishing to pay their final respects to Duttenhofer’s Books, the store’s operating hours are as follows: Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m.

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