This place was so RAD. If you have ever read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Last Bookstore would be heaven to you. If it really was the last bookstore, I think I would be ok with that. The walls were lined with books, the ceilings lined with books, even secret hidden vaulted rooms lined with books!! What began as a small bookstore in a Downtown Los Angeles loft, is now a 20,000 square foot building with cathedral like ceilings in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th & Spring street.
Before it was The Last Bookstore, it was an old bank building complete with marble columns and vaulted doors, which they have incorporated into the design of the bookstore. Spotlights illuminate the midnight blue walls giving the shop a cozy atmosphere.
You could spend hours in this place perusing the rows and rows of books. Part of the bookstore is dedicated to bins with vintage records for sale. I recently was gifted a portable Crosley vinyl record player last Christmas and have been obsessed with the old school sound ever since.
Along the window was a row of old cassette players, guitars and other vintage items with the middle gutted and replaced with a plant. So adorable!
Upstairs, there is an art gallery and a tiny shop to buy vintage ties, necklaces, and any other items they may have at the moment.
Continuing around the corner you run into a labyrinth of books that feel like a scene from Alice in Wonderland, with holes in the bookshelves and tunnels made of books.
No matter how far we dive into the digital realm with iPad’s and Kindle’s, I will always leave a piece of me within the pages of my books. There is just something about the smell, and feel of holding a paper book in your hands. And honestly, they just look cool, on display, ready to be picked up and flipped through!
What do you prefer- paper books or a digital reader?