Elliott Bay Book Company

I found myself in Seattle a few weeks ago en route to my grand Alaska cruise adventure. Now, for the record, I think Seattle is a great city. It’s absolutely beautiful. There is great coffee everywhere. That market really is as amazing as it looks. And don’t forget the completely banana-pants library.

But I was having a miserable time. It was unreasonably hot and humid (seriously Seattle, you had one job in my eyes and it was be gloomy and chilly and not 90+ degrees like it was at home). My feet and back hurt. There were crowds everywhere making me anxious and jumpy. I was a cranky, cranky person and all I wanted was to go back to my hostel to hide in bed. Refusing to give into the crankiness, I thought, “I wonder if Seattle has a perfect place where they bring together all the things I love into one beautiful space designed just for me?” Ok, what I really thought is “where can I find air conditioning?” but what I found was my new favorite place in Seattle. Elliott Bay Book Company.

What’s so great about Elliott Bay Book Company? Let’s look at some pictures.

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Beyond the fact that it was well air-conditioned (which is obviously the true path to my heart), it’s gorgeous. Those high ceilings and exposed beams! That skylight! Those beautiful wood floors! THOSE BOOKS! Seriously, so many books

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Another reason this is my happy place: Little Oddfellows, the cafe in the back of the bookstore. I got myself a tasty beverage (a delicious rosemary lemonade), pulled out my book, and set up camp for a solid 45 minutes or so. It was perfect.

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Little Oddfellows also featured some fine Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë art. Book art is the best art.

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Speaking of book art… Anne of Green Gables word art!!! Unfortunately this didn’t fit in my suitcase; otherwise it would be on my walls right now.

Suffice it to say, it felt like this store really got me. What makes Lisa happy? All the books. A comfy place to read. Tasty things. Bookish art. And air conditioning. Don’t forget the air conditioning.

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Thank you Elliott Bay Book Company!

 

 

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