When one thinks of a "tattered cover", a book comes to mind - one that is often-enjoyed and well-loved. The same holds true for the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, Colorado.
One of the largest independent book stores in the United States, it was purchased by Joyce Meskis in 1974 and made its home in Cherry Creek for 20 years before moving to the historic downtown Lowenstein Theater on Colfax Avenue. The popular bookstore also opened numerous other branches over the years, all providing a cozy and inviting atmosphere to its patrons.
Long before chain stores offered comfortable chairs and coffee, the Tattered Cover opened its doors and arms to book lovers from every walk of life, and their popularity never waned. Over 400 authors, illustrators, and special guests have visited and spoken at these locations, including Julia Childs, Barack Obama, Isabel Allende, Kurt Vonnegut, and J.K. Rowling.
When Little Pickle Press Director of Sales, Katy Kenney, visited the LoDo Tattered Cover recently, she was thrilled to see a table in the children's section spotlighting What Does It Mean To Be Present? and What Does It Mean To Be Global?
During her visit, Katy met with Judy Bulow, lead buyer for children's books. Judy has been with the Tattered Cover for 22 years. She and her husband moved here from Illinois and raised their family in Denver. Katy asked Judy what makes TC stand out from other book stores and she said simply. "diversity."
Joining them were two popular TC employees, Jocelyn and Steve, who are the Storytime leaders at the Colfax store every Tuesday morning at 10:30. These two are a dynamic team. They get upwards of 40 kids per story time session. Katy asked them how they did it and they said, "lots of creativity, activities, music, and snacks!"
Little Pickle Press is so pleased to present the Tattered Cover in our first Featured Bookstore Monthly Review. We are tickled to have our books in the store as well, and completely understand why they recently won the Tickle City Award.
If you are in Denver, we highly encourage you to stop in at any of the Tattered Cover locations and pull up a chair. Tell them Little Pickle Press sent you. You'll be welcome to stay as long as you like, although we don't recommend you hang out so long you turn into a wax figure like this fellow did!
Be sure to connect with the Tattered Cover at their various online sites as well:
If you've visited any of the Tattered Cover locations in Denver, by all means tell us about it in the comments. We'd love to know your very favorite thing about the store.