This may well be our favorite Twin Cities book shop, which we visited for the first time during our recent Minnesota trip!
We spent an entirely wonderful day here!
We found a nice space in the lot at opening time, around 11am.
With an inventory of over 120,000 books, our day was well occupied!
This beautiful and large street-level shop also houses more than 30,000 classical and jazz vinyl records, and a gallery of old prints and maps.
To say we were excited about the book selection here is an understatement, especially since there were many nice examples of our favorite specialty, decorated American trade bindings. But of course there were thousands of interesting books in all genres, and they were in beautiful condition. The shop is well organized and easy to browse, with pleasant surprises at every turn.
Here are just a few samples of some of the beautiful decorated bindings we found here:
James & Mary Laurie Booksellers was founded in 1969 (they were located for twenty years on the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis before moving to this location). We did not have the pleasure of meeting Mary, but Jim is a super guy, and was wonderful to us during our visit.
After hours of perusing and purchasing books, we broke away for a little pick-me-up at Dunn Brothers Coffee, just around the corner.
When we returned to the book shop, we were invited to descend to their warehouse area, where many more books are stored. Come on along!
Here were many more thousands of books, stacked to the ceiling. Good thing we had that coffee!!
Can’t say enough good things about this book store — make sure you pay them a visit if you are ever in Minneapolis!
In the evening, we met my sister Karen and her husband Gene in Spring Park for a sunset cruise on her daughter and son-in-law’s boat.