Owl & Company Bookshop

    Across the Bay in Oakland, Piedmont Avenue is the ultimate destination for readers, intellectuals, pop culture enthusiasts and collectors. For within a tight four-block radius are four venerable secondhand bookshops, as well as a magazine store and a comic book shop. Michael Calvello, owner of Owl & Company Bookshop, took over in 2013, gradually shifting the store’s focus to become more general interest. “In the beginning it was a little more antiquarian,” he says. “[They had] books about books and lot more esoteric kind of stuff - like occult books.” Today he aims to offer something for everyone, with decent selections on a wide variety of subjects, but still pays homage to the original owner’s sensibility; the shelves above the register hold antiquated volumes on topics like Victorian-era medicine as well as tarot cards (the only items that the store stocks new). The long, narrow space lined with floor-to-ceiling shelves feels like the personal library of a distinguished academic, which makes sense because, in addition to being sourced from Calvello’s collection (before taking over the shop he had an online bookstore), the inventory also comes from individuals looking to downsize or relieve themselves of the estates of departed loved ones. Thus, don’t be surprised to come across a rare first edition or autographed copy of a book. With thousands of volumes available but no digital database of titles, Owl & Company is the ideal place to spend an afternoon browsing, and maybe just find the perfect literary companion.Show lessRead more

    3941 Piedmont Ave , Oakland


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