Saturday, March 3, 2012

Portrait of a Bookstore

I read an online article titled, Best Independent Bookstores In Los Angeles, on the CBS Los Angeles site last week. One of the bookstores named as the best independent book in Los Angeles was Portrait of a Bookstore in Studio City, California. 

What peaked my interest and captured my imagination about Portrait of a Bookstore (aside from being named one of the best bookstores in LA) was that it is tucked away inside another local business, the Aroma Coffee & Tea Company, like a hidden gem! What a wonderful idea, I thought, to have a bookstore inside a local cafe where one may enjoy a meal alone or with friends or simply to enjoy a pastry along with a favorite beverage and then, finally cozy up with a good book to read afterward!

Portrait of a Bookstore
Portrait of a Bookstore
Late last Sunday morning, my hubby & I stopped by the Portrait of a Bookstore to peruse the bookshelves and take in the ambiance. We were in for a real treat. Portrait of a Bookstore is more than just a bookstore. In addition to selling a wide variety of books, one may also find an assortment of other fine gift items for sales... Like "fine journals, exquisite pens, jewelry, purses, trays, candlesticks, hand-knit baby sweaters from England... You never know what you'll find at Portrait of a Bookstore, but you can be sure you'll find something!"

Portrait of a Bookstore has been in business since 1986. It truly is a lovely establishment. The store's layout and decor is wonderfully warm and inviting. Everywhere one looks, one sees something interesting to capture one's attention. Also, the sales woman who was on duty the day we were there, was kind and helpful to customers who came into the store. I love it when businesses offer good customer service! 

Portrait of a Bookstore is open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm and may be reached by telephone at the following number 818.769.3853. There are many other ways to stay connected with Portrait of a Bookstore. By visiting their website, you may join their mailing list or follow their blog. If you're on Facebook, you may become a friend Portrait of a Bookstore or follow them on Twitter.

Last words and final thoughts... I also discovered that Portrait of a Bookstore has a monthly book club called The Women's Book Club, that meets on the second Monday of each month at 7pm. Click on link above to find out more details including the upcoming books to be read.

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