Monday, June 6, 2011

Downtown LA Bookstore for Sale

JUST shy of five years ago, I went to visit a sharp new bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. It arrived at a time when downtown, and particularly the Old Bank district, seemed to be sparking: Pete's had opened recently, and a video store and (if memory serves) good new Vietnamese place were a few steps away.

The sudden appearance of Metropolis Books startled so many locals that some thought it was a movie set.

The shop's owner seemed very sincere about the endeavor, and the stock was on the small side, but well put together. I think I bought my beloved copy of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas that day and still have the store's bookmark.

Here is the 2006 LA Times story I wrote on the place and its hopeful future.

Well, all good things come to an end, and bookstores in Southern California have been ending a lot recently. LA Observed reports today that the place is for sale.


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