I walked over a mile to Verbatim Books.
After visiting Polite Provisions to see the Christmas pop-up shop, I noticed there were books nearby. Yeah, so I didn't quite realize how far a mile was in boots. One of the things that really attracted me to this bookstore was how it answered the following question on their website:
Why don't you have an online inventory?
We feel that one of the benefits of being a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the age of instant gratification is to experience the pleasure of browsing the unknown and unfamiliar, and the joy of discovering something new.
I love that answer because browsing through used bookstores gives me great joy. It definitely is a treasure hunt every time I go to a new one. I feel like Verbatim Books laying out that answer really made me love them a bit more. I also saw their mini-documentary and appreciated why they opened it.
Verbatim Books Background
Verbatim Books opened in 2016 and is owned by Justine Epstein and Greg Theilmann. It is a used bookstore that specializes in San Diego authors. They carry over 120 new titles from 120 local authors. Their walls are also covered with pieces from San Diego artists and photographers.
Check out the video below for a short tour of the bookstore: