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#WanderLAD: The Last Bookstore

By Team LAD

So you made it past the dreaded Monday, and yet for some reason you woke up this morning thinking it was Friday. We feel ya. You're stuck at your desk and now more than ever, the day seems to be dragging on. At this point, your mind starts to wander...and we want to wander with you.

This week, let's pack our bags and get lost in…

The Last Bookstore - DTLA

Established in 2005, the Last Bookstore is California’s largest used and new book and record store. You can find decorations of fictional books as well as a variety of music shows and art galleries hosted here. During the revitalization of downtown LA, they grew quickly to their current 22,000 sq. ft. space in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th & Spring.

The Last Bookstore is currently housed in what used to be an old bank building, complete with marble columns and giant doors. The store originally began in a loft apartment and has since expanded to include a record shop, coffee bar, and a “Labyrinth” mezzanine level solely dedicated to $1 books. The Labyrinth features a massive maze-like space housing more than 100,000 used books. It also features doors that lead nowhere, time-travel portholes looking into an artist’s rendition of outer space, and “secret passageways” leading into hidden book rooms.

This bookstore is now the largest independent bookstore in Southern California. It is a true community hot spot where you can sell or trade old books, pick up new ones, and grab a record or a cup of joe. With constant turnover of stock and regular musical and literary events, they hope to last long as downtown LA’s vibrant community. This store brings like-minded literary folks together to create, inspire and share in an open and welcoming space. So join the cause.

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