Do the aroma of new books, feeling of cracking a fresh spine, and cozy nooks and crannies filled with overstuffed bookshelves and comfy chairs fill your snout and soul with glee and delight? Us too. We might not be able to travel much right now, but reading catapults us to other worlds and great beyonds. Invite your best fren to join you on the quest for the perfect books at one of these five dog-friendly Denver bookstores.
Hailed as the Mile High’s premier indie bookstore, Tattered Cover is a mutts-visit. Their large, well-curated selection of used and new books is drool-worthy for frens who need to quench their book-lovin’ appetites. While Tattered Cover has four stores in the Denver metro area, please note you can only bring your fluff to the Aspen Grove location in Littleton. Wanna snuggle up with your dog and watch an author event? Check out their virtual events calendar.
Cozied up in Cap Hill, Kilgore Books has an excellent selection of rare comics, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry, philosophy, science, and more. One pawsitive review boasts Kilgore is one of Denver’s true gems, featuring a dreamy bookstore ambiance with tall overstuffed shelves, narrow passageways, friendly staff, and of course, doggos galore.
Printed Page Bookshop has perfected the art of a truly heavenly experience for bibliophiles and their pals. Tucked in a charming Victorian house on South Broadway’s Antique Row, Printed Page features an impressive collection of literature, including rare books, first editions, tomes dating back to the 16th century, and a furbulous shop dog, Izzy. Plus, the good people at Printed Page donate books to underprivileged children and people experiencing homelessness.
Note: Dogs are allowed, but only when Izzy is not on dooty.
Need to find a gift for your favorite smol hooman? Check out The Bookies Bookstore, a woman-owned, indie bookstore in Glendale. Though they specialize in children’s literature, they also feature unique games, toys, and a small, but quality, array of adult literature. The Bookies is accepting walk-ins, but you can also call ‘em to make an appointment, or order online for curbside service (and take advantage of a 10% discount!).
Nestled in a charming turquoise brick store on Pearl Street in the Highlands, Second Star to the Right features an impressive selection of new and gently used books, toys, and games for kids, teens, and kids-at-heart. Reviewers rave about their incredibly inclusive picks, including children’s books with LGBTQ+ representation. Please note that only three people are allowed in the store at a time (heckin’ COVID), so be pup-ared to wait.
Which of these dog-friendly bookstores in Denver is your fave? Woof at us in the comments, post in our Dog-Friendly Denver Facebook Group, and be sure to tag #SidewalkDog in your literary adventures!
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