Independent Bookstores In The Denver Area

Posted by Bruce Swedal on Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 at 11:05am.

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The Tattered Cover bookstore is a well-known institution for all book lovers in the Highlands Ranch area. It began over 35 years ago with a single small store, and now has three branches: the Colfax Avenue store, the Historic Lower Downtown (LoDo) store and the Highlands Ranch store. Each of these is a comfortable and welcoming space that offers room for customers to stay as long as they want, whether they are enjoying a coffee, reading a new book or browsing the internet on the free Wifi.

Colfax Avenue is a spacious store with plenty of space to hold book signings and other events. It is located within the old Lowenstein Theater, but it has the feel of a private library or reading room rather than a public space. There are plenty of hidden nooks in which to curl up in a comfortable chair for a good read, and there is even a coffee shop where you can refuel in between browsing through the shelves.

The LoDo store, situated at the end of the 16th Street Mall is also full of home comforts. Customers can sit in front of the fire among antique furnishings, or pick up a paper from the store's newsstand and sit for a while in the coffee shop. Literary events are often held in this store, which is the perfect environment in which to listen to one of your favorite authors give a reading.

The Tattered Cover store in Highlands Ranch is the newest addition to the family. It opened in 2004, with its own coffee shop, newsstand and a generous Children's books section. This store is ideal for anyone who wants to avoid heading into the center of Denver, where the other two stores are located. Many of the events in this store are directed towards younger readers, although adult readers will also find events to interest them at this store.

Tattered Cover offers all of the best features that make independent bookstores special, with personal service provided by knowledgeable staff and a welcoming environment in which customers can spend the whole day browsing and enjoying their books. A number of book clubs meet in the stores, and the stores offer some special services for clubs, including advice on choosing which books to read and special events that are designed with the members of these clubs in mind. One of the favorites is the Writers Respond to Readers all day event, during which readers get a chance to meet the faces behind some of the books they've been discussing.

The Tattered Cover bookstores have close ties to the community, and are particularly keen to encourage young children to become keen readers. Customers can collect stamps on their family reading card every time they purchase a children's or young adult book, and then claim a discount of 25 percent once they have ten stamps. Every time someone completes a card, a new book is donated to the Reach Out and Read program. Customers can also choose to join a membership scheme that will donate one percent of every sale to their chosen charity.


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