Alexander Book Company
50 Second St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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It’s not even 10 a.m. and I’ve witnessed my day’s high drama.
What’s the problem, officer? Ah, well, someone was stealing…BOOKS. A book thief. Someone was trying to walk out with a backpack full of summer reading.
And the funny thing about this was that I saw a bank around the corner. With a recession going on, I choose to believe this was an overzealous reader and not a career criminal.
Anyway, I decide to do my own investigating. I enter Alexander Book Co. and it’s great! Really great! A huge store. Three floors. A gorgeous, pre-1908 building with exposed brick walls and reinforced beams.
One of the owners, Bonnie, tells me about the morning. Yes, someone tried to take books. No, it’s not a bad neighborhood. This is SOMA, the corporate part of the city. Essentially, downtown’s dowtown. People who work here are walking around everywhere.
In fact, San Francisco corporate types are a big part of the customer base for Alexander Book Co.
That’s not all, though. Alexander Book Co. also has a large selection of art/design books and they handle textbooks for the Acadamy of Art around the corner.
Customers are drawn in through word of mouth and review sites online like yelp.com.
The store seems to work well. They carry a large African-American and a large selection of kids books, and both sections do well for them
At 19 years old, this store seems like it’s found itself and knows who it is. It’s also my first stop in SF, and as such, it’ s big and impressive and I feel like maybe all the talk about SF and the Bay Area being a great place for books is true.