The Elliott Bay Book Company
Seattle Tourist Attractions--Exploring Capitol Hill
1521 10th Avenue
Lovers of great bookstores will enjoy the offerings at this Seattle institution. It was founded in 1973 and moved to Capitol Hill in 2010 from its former digs on Pioneer Square District. The Elliott Bay Book Company has a grand collection of books to enjoy. The 150,000 new titles will keep book lovers in heaven as they stroll around the store.
I had the opportunity to talk with Rick Simonson, the longest-tenured employee at the store. Rick said that some of their book collection include regional books, literature, children's books, art, and architecture. One of the store's special offerings are its author reading programs. They have between 400 and 600 of these events every year.
The store's collection of Seattle, Washington, and Northwest guides is quite comprehensive. I have browsed their Seattle book section several times and they carry a wide variety of books for tourists and Seattleites. Among their offerings are a lot of books about sports and outdoor activities such as hiking and rock climbing.
The staff are quite knowledgeable and they will help you navigate this bookstore paradise. They have an information desk that is staffed by book lovers to assist you in researching any topic. You are invited to pull books off of the shelves and sit down to look at them at your leisure. The new store features the Elliott Bay Cafe for refreshments.
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A view of the main floor of Elliott Bay Book Company
The helpful staff at the Information Desk
Elliott Bay Cafe in the Elliott Bay Book Company
The front service desk and check-out area