I love it when children’s bookstores get mentioned–or better yet, featured–in mainstream magazines. Magazines whose readership might not have thought of going to a children’s bookstore, but now have that reminder in front of them. It’s good for children’s bookstores (not just the one mentioned), and good for children’s books.
Storyopolis was recently named the best children’s bookstore in Los Angeles Magazine’s Best of LA issue. The magazine wrote:
“If you were to mash together the best features of a Barnes & Noble (massive size and selection) and a neighborhood independent (friendliness, staffers who actually read), it might look something like Storyopolis. The beloved Studio City children’s bookstore has an enormous story-time room filled with comfortable couches, an art gallery displaying everything from robot sculptures to Gary Baseman prints, and a long wall of kid-lit classics, from Curious George to The Giving Tree. Storyopolis’s claim to fame–besides that time Sarah Ferguson came in and did a reading–is its gift baskets, which include a half-dozen or more books (themes range from “pirate adventure” to ‘fairy folklore’ to Caldecott winners). 12348 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818-509-5600 or storyopolis.com.”
I’ve seen a number of children’s bookstores incorporate those ideas, including Mable’s Fables in Toronto–but it sounds like Storyopolis takes them far. Multiple comfortable seating (that’s important–gives you more time to browse and pick more books); an art gallery with art that will appeal to the adults buying the books, as well as children (many children’s artists and authors have work for sale, inclulding Cornelia Funke; Blake Quentin; Eric Carle, and more); themed gift baskets that look attractive and make it easy for shoppers; and the added ability for customers to order art or gift baskets online, which is keeping up with the times and allowing people from all over, not just LA, to order. Now that’s smart thinking. Though I wish they also offered the purchase of individual books online. They also, of course, have in-store storytime events.
To celebrate their mention in the magazine, Storyopolis is offering $20 off any online order of $100. That’s a great deal–and a smart move on their part. Check them out!
Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the link.