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“A Bibliophiles Delight - HOORAY!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Elliott Bay Book Company

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 (Broadway / Capitol Hill)
(206) 624-6600
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Owner description: This book store is popular among caffeine-addicted Seattleites for its in-store coffee shop.
Denver, Colorado, United States
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“A Bibliophiles Delight - HOORAY!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

A marvelous bibliophile experience. This setting with open, industrial woodwork, plank floors and minimalist decor reminds me a lot of the iconic Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver or a miniature Powell's from Portland. Great book selection and well organized categories. When you visit, be certain to have plenty of time to browse and explore. Lots of marvelous titles to ogle over. Something for everyone!!!!

Visited September 2012
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“Independent Bookstores Don't Get Better!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012 via mobile

If you're a book lover, and, in particular, a lover of independent bookstores, a stop at Elliot Bay during your visit to Seattle is a must. It's in Capitol Hill, a trendy neighborhood that's worth exploring, and it's surrounded by lots of great places to eat and shop, so plan an afternoon in the area.

The store is great -- a big, open, loft-like space with great light. There's a small cafe in back and several places to sit down and read a book that you pick up. The selection of books was very wide. What I especially appreciated, as one is apt to do at independent bookstores, is how the staff had curated the selections; the place was filled with books that I wanted to read! Even in the regular shelves (i.e., not special displays), various books were called out with staff recommendation cards. Best yet, all staff were very nice and anxious to help.

Highly recommended!

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“Liked the old location better, but still love the book recommendations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I was saddened to find out that Elliott Bay had moved, but we made the trek to Capitol Hill to see the new location. We were rewarded with their fantastic selection and informative employee reviews. Makes me hope that independent booksellers have a future!

Visited July 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Beautiful, engaging bookstore!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

Another major highlight from my Seattle trip. Feels like you're in a log cabin! Great selection & well laid out.

Visited March 2012
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Davenport, IA
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“Bibliophile heaven!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

Yes, we are the crazy family that drove half way across the country, stopped in here, bought $300 worth of books & had to SHIP them back home! What were we thinking? We were enraptured by the darling decor, the quirky personality & amazing selection of books that awaited our visit! If I could find a way to convince my husband to drive there more frequently, I'd be there every Saturday!

Visited June 2011
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