People say STLBooks is "just like a little Parisian bookstore," or "an English bookstore," but it's really the bookstore of the future, a concentration of books that all look fascinating. I bought there today The Essential Rumi, Stephen King's On Writing, and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Most books are new, but among them are some used books (always in excellent condition); that's a trend, too. A cabinet of collectibles holds "relics of St. Louis literati, going way back," from spiritualist Patience Worth to William Gass. A window next to the door features the shop's bestselling titles.
The one thing STLBooks doesn't have: space for events. Theiss says she'll find other ways to feature local authors. The more you look, the more you'll notice. Tarot cards? Tee shirts? Middle-grade novels? James Patterson's latest? They are there.