Best Bookstore: The Book Loft

From the March 29, 2012 edition

The Book Loft’s name seriously undersells the experience of a visit there. But The Book Maze might turn off less passionate readers. For Alive readers, The Book Loft is the perfect place to get lost in transcendent poetry or a decadent cookbook or a suspenseful retelling of history. It’s all under one roof here, accessible through a charming courtyard.

As independent bookstores have stumbled and we tend to shop for books with our feet up, The Book Loft is a refreshing change of pace. There are no reviews punctuated primarily with exclamation points. No shipping cost. No faceless algorithm to cross-reference your tastes. Just you and a lazy stroll through a store laden with avenues for the imagination.

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