The Last Bookstore in LA still stands during COVID-19

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After losing money and shutting down during the pandemic, The Last Bookstore in downtown LA is now back open for in-person shopping at limited capacity. Everyone inside the store must wear masks. Photo by vagueonthehow (CC BY 2.0).

During the pandemic, the co-owners of downtown LA’s The Last Bookstore nearly ran out of money, laid off most of their staff, and closed their store. Then they began offering curated book bundles based on customers’ interests, conducting more online sales, and renting out their store for small events. The store is now back open for in-person shopping — at limited capacity and with mask requirements.

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Host:
Steve Chiotakis

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Jenna Kagel