Book lovers realize that these are difficult times for bookstores. With the popularity of e-readers, several stores that once stood big and proud have been forced to close their doors. Still, a few independent bookstores remain standing, in part because they found a niche in specific subjects, but also because of their reputation for their excellent and expert customer service. Here are five such specialty bookstores that could easily become your one-stop shop when looking for books for your children, your travels and your friends.
8375 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
The ultimate destination for a traveler, the Traveler’s Bookcase has a book about pretty much any place in the globe you may want to visit or learn about. Here you will get more than a book, however. The shop has a reputation for outstanding customer service and for the expert advice given by the owners, extensive travelers themselves who have visited more than 100 countries. Besides books, the shop has all of the travel “toys” one could want – from passport covers to things to keep your children entertained while en route.
Children’s Book World
10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Thousands of books, music, DVDs and kits that will make your children smile is the specialty of the Children’s Book World. There is little chance that you will leave empty handed after a visit to this store that is arranged to serve children of all ages, and that includes play areas for the younger ones and comfortable spots for your adorable bookworms to peruse and decide on a favorite. This store schedules fun events for children on a regular basis. Check the website listed above to see what is coming next.
The Secret Headquarters
3817 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
If illustrated stories – comic books and graphic novels – are what you prefer, stock up at The Secret Headquarters, where there is no shortage of them. The attendants work here because they love this type of book too, so they will be able to guide you depending on your taste. For added fun during your shopping experience, ask an attendant about the espionage history believed to be tied to this store’s location.
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20 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
This quaint travel bookstore has informative books about every country. In a welcoming environment, the store has a sitting area where you can peacefully peruse books until you find the perfect one. Its Distant Lands Travel Outfitters section has all of the items travelers love – luggage, clothing, travel accessories and more. The shopkeepers are knowledgeable and friendly, and if you are purchasing a gift, they will also wrap it nicely for you.
Piccolo’s One Dollar Bookstore
6081 Center Drive, Suite 118
Los Angeles, CA 90045
What makes this bookstore special is its commitment to make books, any book, available to everyone for literally one dollar. Piccolo Lewis opened his first store in Long Beach seven years ago to satisfy his passion for promoting literacy and for allowing anyone interested, even a child, to purchase a book for just a few coins. Besides this store in Los Angeles, there are three other One Dollar stores in Lakewood, Long Beach and Santa Maria. The addresses are available on the website listed above.
Dena Burroughs is a freelance writer living in Azusa, CA. She is a CSULA graduate with specialties in Creative Writing and Communications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.