522 Hartz Avenue
Danville, CA 94526
Michael Barnard is the young owner of this great independent in Danville, CA, and it’s obvious after fifteen seconds that he’s one of those booksellers who knows what he’s doing, who was made to own a bookstore.
Rakestraw Books is a handsome shop of 3,000 square feet. They’ve just expanded their store and doubled their street frontage. They have also found themseleves in the supportive community of Danville, CA. Danville is a prosperous little town forty-five minutes or so from San Francisco and is the kind of place you might find in a John Hughes film.
Barnard is a hands-on manager who actually coordinates the events and handles the retail end of the store. In regards to his events, he has a great philosphy of “filling the room and not the schedule — whether the room is a nearby putting green or the parking lot.” Rakestraw’s works with local groups to bring a crowd. They are not just hosting readings at Rakestraw Books, they’re coordinating social events.
Definitely worth the ride out from San Francisco.