At the flagship Colorado store you can roam many shelves of books and still have that inner glow of knowing you are supporting a local business – this Pasadena institution is going strong after more than 100 years. In fact, in 2008 Publishers Weekly named it Bookseller of the Year. Call ahead and pick something up at Will Call (they gift wrap, too), or browse for hours with help from a great staff that knows and loves books. The children’s section upstairs is flush with books and glorious toys. Take a load off at Zeli’s, the coffee shop, and browse the excellent news and magazine stand outside. Worthy gifts
abound, but books take center stage. Subscribe to the newsletter to stay apprised of the author events, reading groups and children’s story times, and note that the big-deal author signings (Jimmy Carter, David Sedaris) can draw huge crowds. The Hastings Ranch branch is smaller but is quite beloved by East Pasadenans.
695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
3729 E. Foothill Blvd., East Pasadena