A Bookstore Made from Remainders

It's rare to hear about a new bookstore opening anywhere these days, but the Stories Bookstore and Café, in the eclectic Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, is busting the trend—and with interesting design.

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Rockers from the Silversun Pickups and the Flaming Lips were in attendance during the opening festivities at the 1,800-square-foot store, which was designed by Los Angeles architect Thomas Robertson of Ripple Design. Custom wood-and-steel shelving is one of Ripple's specialties, and Stories is stacked with it. Smart eco-elements include reading tables made from recycled lumber left over from the demolition, and salvaged bookcases from the late, great Dutton's, the famed L.A. independent bookstore that recently closed its doors. Bookstore-karma-wise, that's like incorporating a little bit of the original House That Ruth Built into the new Yankee Stadium.

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