Pasadena >Shopping > Vroman's Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110134.146372 -118.136130
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Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
It may look like Borders, but this 106-year-old bookstore is still hanging on to its indie literary charm. – Two expansive floors of books, stationery and gifts means lots of lingering. The ground floor is almost all books, but in case you still can't find something to your liking, there's a wall of employee picks with suggestions. Upstairs, you'll find pretty much everything else, including the noted children's department, which often hosts storytellings. The "go figure" item of the moment here? A surprisingly darling miniature cat topiary kit. Try finding that at Borders.
The Best Bookstore with free parking! – Vroman's is the best book store in the Los Angeles Area. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They stock a wide variety and selection of books and not just the best sellers. They also have a wonderful children's book area and wonderful gift selections. They also have a wonderful paper and pen store a few doors down the street.
Always there for you – No matter what book I want or need, Rebekah in the Vroman's Order Department, can get it for you. Just email her, and it will be on its way. She and the others in the department have found me old books I was sure were out of print and new books (even with autographs) for my own library and for gifts. In fact, the entire staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and their inventory is amazingly complete.
The Best Authors – This store has the BEST author events. Parking is convenient. And perhaps because of proximity to Caltech, the store has an excellent science section.
Good independent bookstore – A wide selection of books -- including a good sale selection just inside the front entrance (past the newspaper and magazine stand) and in the back by the cookbooks. Upstairs, there a nice selection of cards and writing paper, and a room full of children's books that also always full of kids. I know one parent who finds it's a good place to while away an hour with his two boys because there are so many other kids and so much to do there.
Best Book store ever!!!!!!! – This is a fabulous bookstore! It is so easy to navigate and find what you are looking for. Upstairs is a nice little designated area for people who wish to read before they buy. Unlike other bookstores where the only place available is a spot on the floor in the "cooking" aisle. Out front on the sidewalk there is a gargantuan shelf of magazines. The selection looks to be endless. The customer service is also very very helpful!!!!! To top it all off it's also conveniently located next to Laemlle theater. Grab a movie and a book! In which ever order you prefer!
Pasadena Landmark Store – Vroman's is a great place to stop in and buy that "forgotten" gift. Not only is there an amazing and well-rounded selection of books, but there are artsy gifts, hand-crafted cards, quirky garden items and a whole lot more. It may not be a big bargain store, but the knowledgable staff and excellent service make up for the minimal savings at those other places. I especially appreciate the honest reading suggestions from the staff posted on the shelves, particularly when selecting a gift in a genre I'm not familiar with. It's a great place (or the worst place) for impulse shoppers like myself. You'll easily find that one perfect item, or 10 perfect items.
pasadena bookworm's delight – Vroman's is not only a great bookstore, but also a Pasadena landmark in its own way. The selection of books is also expansive, and the staff is always very friendly and knowledgable. I love browsing books at Vroman's. It is the sort of bookstore you want to get lost in. The wide variety and high quality of knick knacks and books gives Vroman's that comfortable cozy feeling of a small bookstore that beats out Borders and Barnes and Nobles hands down.
paperchase – Vroman's found a special book I've been hunting high and low for + ordered it on-the-spot...it was in my hands within days. All of the employees are genuinely friendly, too. Vroman's is also great for marathon browsing; when my parents come to town, they like to check out the travel section, the cutesy "lifestyle" stuff (soaps and stationary and all that) and coffee at the adjoining cafe. One of Pasadena's best, bar-none.
Time warp – Every time I enter Vroman's the strangest thing happens. Time just seems to speed by. This place has so much to offer. A Great selection of art and programming books. If need be, there are restrooms upstairs. Downstairs is sort of a gift shop type of set up, and the best thing is that if you get tired, or you just bought a book, you can't wait to read, Zeli's coffee shop is right in the store, and the staff of both Vroman's and Zeli's are wonderfully helpful. What else could you want? This place is perfect.
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