Thursday, July 26, 2018

City Stacks Books & Coffee - Denver, CO

City Stacks Books & Coffee, Denver, CO
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Denver has a great bookstore scene and it's so good I had to give it a third tour.  And even though this is my third tour here I'm still discovering terrific indies that I can't believe I missed on previous trips.  That's the case for City Stacks Books & Coffee, a very attractive one-level store located in downtown Denver.  This is the perfect location to take advantage of the urban living trend and its energy as well as a downtown area that appeals to tourists.  And if you're a baseball fan, you're only a couple of blocks from Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.

City Stacks has been in business for just under 4 years, offering all new books and a good assortment of sidelines.  There is a beautiful cafe in the store which, along with the sidelines, is a critical part of the business.  You'll see some wonderful sidelines here including greeting cards, journals, t-shirts, puzzles, socks (hey indie owners, these sell well everywhere I've been), and other literary themed items.  Things are going pretty well here, but they could always be better.  If you're in Denver and haven't been here yet you should definitely check it out.  If you're one of City Stack's regular customers, bring a friend or relative sometime who's never been here.

The store's interior is beautifully arranged with books on the right, cafe on the left, and sidelines throughout.  The lighting and decor all around are neat and attractive making the store's space very comfortable.  

Two of the people who get to work in this warm space are Emily S., the store manager, and Soledad, one of the staffers.  People like these two really help to make my visits enjoyable as well as informative.  Both were able to tell me much about the store and its business.  I'm always grateful to meet people like this and hear their perspectives. 

The thing I know about City Stacks is that not everyone in Denver has discovered it yet.  What gives?  Check this place out and grab a coffee, browse some books, and meet some wonderful people.  You'll have a great bookstore experience that will guarantee a return visit.  Go to an indie and buy a book.  Bonsoir.

CURRENTLY READING:  Forsaken, Ross Howell, Jr.

This is just a portion of the great window display space the store has.  

View looking into the store from the front entrance.  

View looking to the left from the front entrance.  On the other side of the bookshelves is a moderate seating space for the cafe.  

Recent releases and popular books displayed just inside the store.  

Timely display just inside the entrance.  

Literary themed shirts for children and adults, a good variety.  

Display of a few of the top books from 2017.  

Some of the literary themed t-shirts for adults.  

Kids will love these.  

A partial view of the children's section.  

An overview of the store looking from the children's section back toward the cafe.  

Quirky socks and other literary themed items.  

The store offers some great sidelines including this assortment of journals.  

A few of the greeting cards offered.  

A variety of mugs and assorted boxed set greeting cards.  

I love these artist portraits in the back of the store.  Can you name all three?  

This is where you'll order your coffee.  

Lots of gift ideas.  

A partial view of the cafe seating area.  Perceptive readers may recognize the celebrity in the left foreground.  Yes, that's my mom.  

I always enjoy window seats in a bookstore cafe.  

This is the left side of the store with the seating area and the cafe.  

View from the back of the store toward the front entrance. 

With Soledad on the left and Emily in the center, two of the fine people you'll meet at City Stacks.  Thanks for a great visit.  

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