“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.
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.
After a few visits, your reclaimed wood coffee table will be sweating with the warmth of books you never knew you needed.
Hollywood Location: 1520 North Cahuenga Boulevard #8, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 466.1256
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
Everyday: 10:00am – 8:00pm