Bookshop Santa Cruz

★★★★☆
  • 1520 Pacific Ave

    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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  • 831-423-0900

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Bookshop Santa Cruz is Central California's best independent bookstore. Join their Readers' Club and if you buy 20 items in a year in-store or online,you receive a store credit for a free purchase. If you are tired of Barnes & Noble and Borders,switch to Bookshop Santa Cruz or shop online. Try the Greek Salad in the store's cafe. The biography section is big on musicians:They have an especially large selection of books about The Beach Boys. Don't forget about their psychology section,as well as their special events. Be sure to look for books like ""Goodnight Bush""and other political satire. Just be prepared that if you go into the men's restroom,the mirrors have been vandalized.

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★★★★☆

Bookshop Santa Cruz is Central California's best independent bookstore. Join their Readers' Club and if you buy 20 items in a year in-store or online,you receive a store credit for a free purchase. If you are tired of Barnes & Noble and Borders,switch to Bookshop Santa Cruz or shop online. Try the Greek Salad in the store's cafe. The biography section is big on musicians:They have an especially large selection of books about The Beach Boys. Don't forget about their psychology section,as well as their special events. Be sure to look for books like ""Goodnight Bush""and other political satire. Just be prepared that if you go into the men's restroom,the mirrors have been vandalized.

Pros: Good selection of books.

Cons: Doesn't have as big a selection as Barnes & Noble and Borders.

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I live on the Monterey Peninsula,where the only book superstore is Borders. The only independent bookstore on the Monterey Peninsula is The Works in Pacific Grove,which is pathetic,as they mostly carry gifts,and cater to teachers who live in Pacific Grove who don't want to drive to Borders or shop online at Borders or Barnes & Noble. Unlike The Works,Bookshop Santa Cruz carries a large selection of books,foreign and domestic newspapers and magazines,as well as toys and gifts for all ages. No other new bookstore in Central California has this philosophy. The store's website(www.bookshopsantacruz.com)sells all kinds of unique gifts,canvas book bags,bumper stickers,posters,key chains etc.which you can buy both in-store and online:You can't buy a lot of these things online from Barnes & Noble and Borders.The biography section is big on musicians:They have an especially large selection of books about The Beach Boys. Join their Readers' Club and if you buy 20 items in a year in-store or online,you receive a store credit for a free purchase. Try the Greek Salad in the store's cafe. If you're tired of Barnes & Noble and Borders,switch to Bookshop Santa Cruz or shop online. Don't forget about their psychology section,as well as their special events. Be sure to look for books like "Goodnight Bush"and other political satire. Just be prepared that if you go into the men's room,the mirrors have been vandalized.

PROS:Good selection of books.

CONS:Doesn't have as big a selection as Barnes & Noble and Borders. Mirrors in the men's room have been vandalized.

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★★★★☆

I live on the Monterey Peninsula,where the only book superstore is Borders. The only independent bookstore on the Monterey Peninsula is The Works in Pacific Grove,which is pathetic,as they mostly carry gifts,and cater to teachers who live in Pacific Grove who don't want to drive to Borders or shop online at Borders or Barnes & Noble. Unlike The Works,Bookshop Santa Cruz carries a large selection of books,foreign and domestic newspapers and magazines,as well as toys and gifts for all ages. No other new bookstore in Central California has this philosophy. The store's website(www.bookshopsantacruz.com)sells all kinds of unique gifts,canvas book bags,bumper stickers,posters,key chains etc.which you can buy both in-store and online:You can't buy a lot of these things online from Barnes & Noble and Borders.The biography section is big on musicians:They have an especially large selection of books about The Beach Boys. Join their Readers' Club and if you buy 20 items in a year in-store or online,you receive a store credit for a free purchase. Try the Greek Salad in the store's cafe. If you're tired of Barnes & Noble and Borders,switch to Bookshop Santa Cruz or shop online. Don't forget about their psychology section,as well as their special events. Be sure to look for books like "Goodnight Bush"and other political satire. Just be prepared that if you go into the men's room,the mirrors have been vandalized.

PROS:Good selection of books.

CONS:Doesn't have as big a selection as Barnes & Noble and Borders. Mirrors in the men's room have been vandalized.

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I was surprised they let this store in.lthey are so fussy I like this store plus they have other items besides books in case you are looking for a gift I feel comfortable browsing in there and usually always leave with some fun item to read

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I was surprised they let this store in.lthey are so fussy I like this store plus they have other items besides books in case you are looking for a gift I feel comfortable browsing in there and usually always leave with some fun item to read

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This place has local flavor! And a very ecclectic selection of new and used books. Don't worry, they have lots of mainstreamy stuff too. They will also buy back books for store credit, which is a great deal.

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This place has local flavor! And a very ecclectic selection of new and used books. Don't worry, they have lots of mainstreamy stuff too. They will also buy back books for store credit, which is a great deal.

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They managed to withstand the Goliath of Super Crown, and they continue to fight off their corporate competitors thanks to community loyalty and that penguin cartoon guy. Great place to buy books, pick up the free weeklies and have a cup of coffee.

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They managed to withstand the Goliath of Super Crown, and they continue to fight off their corporate competitors thanks to community loyalty and that penguin cartoon guy. Great place to buy books, pick up the free weeklies and have a cup of coffee.

Pros: great bookstore, comfortable vibe

Cons: smaller selection

 

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