A notable bookstore in Pasadena's Playhouse District are Vroman's on Colorado. It is over 100 years old and thriving, despite competition from the big chain book stores and online bookstores. Across the street in the next block is Cliff's Books, a used book store that has books, records and even comic books stacked to the ceiling -- treasures waiting to be discovered. NOTE: Cliff's has closed, and so has the Barnes and Noble in Old Town Pasadena. Vroman's is still open.
I have something to confess: I was about to leave Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena recently when the very kind lady who had given me information about the store said she hoped I would come back and buy some books.