Wednesday, February 22, 2012

THE LAST BOOKSTORE Named The Project of the Year in Historic Downtown Los Angeles

In the Downtown Los Angeles News annual awards, Historic Downtown's THE LAST BOOKSTORE was selected as the best development project of the year in our district:

Winner: Last Bookstore

lot of things are important in making a neighborhood a place where people actually come together. Few are as crucial as a bookshop. Although the Historic Core (aka Historic Downtown Los Angeles) last year lost its stalwart Metropolis Books, it scored when Josh Spencer moved his Last Bookstore to a mammoth space at Fifth and Spring streets. The 10,000-square-foot literary emporium is filled with great deals — many of the used tomes cost just $5. The room, meanwhile, reflects and serves its neighborhood, with a funky feel — there’s a taxidermy-style Wooly Mammoth head — amid soaring ceilings. The book business is brutal these days, but this community gathering place does more for the Historic Core than a thousand online retailers will ever do. 

Not mentioned in the article is that THE LAST BOOKSTORE is already expanding - again - and just signed a lease for the entire mezzanine level at the Spring Arts Tower - which will double the amount of space they will have for selling books at the corner of 5th and Spring.

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