Blue Bicycle Books
Easily the Holy City’s best-known and loved bookstore, Blue Bicycle Books has been around for more than two decades. Originally beginning as a small, local shop called Boomer’s Books, the store was purchased by former employee and current owner Jonathan Sanchez in 2007. Now, this independent bookstore is recognised by locals and visitors alike as the small shop on King Street with the light blue bike that stands out front, piled with books on the back. Though the storefront seems small from the street, its size is deceiving. Inside, you’ll discover rows of bookshelves from the front room, which is usually filled with new releases, to the back area, which includes a whimsically decorated kids’ room and a more serious literature room complete with a work desk. Over the years, Blue Bicycle Books has embraced its role as the sole independent bookstore on the downtown peninsula, offering regular literary-focused events and festivals. In the summer, the bookstore hosts YALLfest, the largest young adult lit festival in the US. Year-round visitors can take advantage of the regular author talks – purchase a ticket to have lunch with a local or visiting author and a small group of people at a nearby restaurant before heading back to the store for a book signing.