All The Lovely Bookshops
What would our communities be without them? They are the beating heart of a thriving economy, where people actually meet face to face, and learn from one another, and share ideas. One day we'll pin them all on our board. Right now, this is a work in progress and a labor of love.
Prairie Lights Bookstore, in Iowa City IA, sprang to life in May 1978 as a small, intimate bookstore. By 1982 Prairie Lights transplanted itself from South Linn St. to S. Dubuque Street and has gradually spread to three and a half floors, the half being an 1100 square foot coffee house. It is to this day one of the country's most beloved indie bookstores.
The Last Bookstore, in Downtown LA, is currently in the 3rd incarnation. It began in 2005 in a downtown LA loft. In June 2011 the Last Bookstore moved to the 10,000 sq. ft location at 5th & Spring St. With a record shop and coffee bar on the ground floor, and another 6,100 sq. ft. in the Labyrinth Above the Last Bookstore on the mezzanine level, it has become the largest independent bookstore in California buying and selling used & new books and records.
Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane WA :: opened in 1978 in the Spokane Flour Mill and has been selling books ever since. Auntie's moved to its current location in the Liberty Building in 1994. Their newest store, located on the second level of Riverpark Square, opened in the summer of 2010.
From left or right: booksellers Heather Duncan of The Tattered Cover in Denver, Rachel Cass and Megan Sullivan of Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge, Mass., and Stefan Moorehead of Unabridged Books in Chicago at WI8’s opening at Union Station in Kansas City Friday evening. via Claire Kirch, Feb 25, Winter Institute in Kansas City www.publisherswee...
Another view of perhaps the most beautiful bookstore in the world. Lello & Irmao in Porto, Portugal usually makes the various lists of The Top 10 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World. It opened in 1906 and features stunning Art Deco woodwork, a stained glass ceiling, and ornate shelving with a dramatic staircase up the center of the store.