“Shop local. Support small businesses. Small business Saturdays.”

All these slogans have become a part of our day, along with our cup of Starbucks sludge. We hear them, see a banner or two in our Facebook feeds, but rarely do we abide. It’s not due to our contempt of small businesses, or our love of brick and mortar. Our money flows to familiarity, and what route is methodically memorized. My heart has many cracks from the constant heartbreak of my favorite indie shop closing due to a bordering book shop.

Don't forget to come up for air.

Don’t forget to come up for air.

Fortunately for my heart, Hennessey + Ingalls has two locations, and shows no signs of being uprooted. Around since 1963, Southern California denizens have counted on the largest independent bookstore for all their creative and gift giving needs. Screen printing, fine art, graphic design, or architecture? Check. FIDM student, or obsessive fashionista? There’s an entire section devoted to  the biographies and designs of Jeremy Scott, Tory Burch, and Karl Lagerfeld.  Hennessey + Ingalls have an incredibly in-depth collection of every visual art in book form. Even the esoteric magazines they carry: from Australia to France, if there is a visual art involved, you can guarantee that it’s living here. The locals that swarm this imagination emporium range from the 6-year-old plopped down in the corner, pouring over a big, glossy nature photography album, to the frazzled boardwalk artist, frantic for inspiration and marketing know-how.

Hennessey + Ingalls

Screen printing is huge among canines.

After a few visits, your reclaimed wood coffee table will be sweating with the warmth of books you never knew you needed.

 

Hennessey + Ingalls 

Hollywood Location: 1520 North Cahuenga Boulevard #8, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Phone: (323) 466.1256

Hours:

Monday thru Friday: 11:00am – 8:00pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 8:00pm

Santa Monica Location: 214 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: (310) 458.9074

Hours:

Everyday: 10:00am – 8:00pm

 

Los Angeles. L.A. City of Angels. La-La Land.

There are a lot of strong opinions (and nicknames) about my adopted home town of almost ten years, but the word that has always stuck with me is “Culture-less”. Honestly, I rode that bandwagon proudly at first. Frustrated about what I thought to be the lack of culture, I would bemoan endlessly to my friends and family back home that southern California was a waste land.

I was partly correct.

But mostly, I wasn’t.

What held me back was the fact I came from a culturally rich city, that embraced the arts, and intellectuals. People read books, not just magazines and tabloid sites. You can have actual conversations about world issues, politics, and not just what celebrity shenanigan was posted on social media.

I was wrong, Los Angeles.

I’m sorry.

You too, are filled with art, culture, intellects, eccentrics, raconteurs, and places that fill my mind with appreciation, love, and apology.

I want to make it up to you. I am going to prove to the rest of the world that they are wrong. And when they find out, you will be receiving more apologies.