FIRST I NOTICED the sprawling oak and the organic shoe store message of Quality to the Roots embedded in the entry way tile.
Then I glanced to the window display and the heart shaped note of appreciation purposely placed among earthy books.
Both drew me inside Pearl Street Books as if I really need anything to get me inside a bookstore. I don’t.
But I’ve never been in a book shop like Pearl Street Books in downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin. I walked inside and then just stood there for a minute taking in the scene before me.
From the worn wood floor that speaks of age and history to the ladders that slide along side shelves packed with books to the massive quantity of books, this place impresses. The shopkeeper working the day I visited said 55,000 volumes fill this store. Now I don’t know how that compares to your average mass market book retailer. But for an indie bookstore, I’d guess that’s a significant number beyond the norm.
Pearl Street Books, on its Facebook page, bills itself as a specialty used, new, collectible and antique bookstore that “can procure almost anything.”
Based on the extensive inventory, I believe that statement. And, yes, I bought a book and so did my husband.
TELL ME: Have you ever visited Pearl Street Books or a similar bookstore?
FYI: Please check back for more stories as I continue my series from La Crosse, Wisconsin. Click here to read my first story.
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