A few years ago, two big bookstores - both located in downtown Santa Barbara - closed up shop, much to the disappointment of many locals. In the time since, there has been no peaceful haven for bibliophiles on bustling State Street. So it's no exaggeration to say that the arrival of Granada Books changes everything.
Granada Books is located in downtown Santa Barbara's Arts District — Photo courtesy of Geneva Ives
Granada Books is an independent bookstore owned and operated by Emmett McDonough and Sharon Hoshida. Situated in the heart of Santa Barbara's Arts District, Granada Books is stocked with a shockingly comprehensive selection of books relative to its small(ish) size. There are art books, history books, cookbooks and great works of fiction, as well as magazines and gifts. The colorful children's section is stocked to the brim and outfitted with toadstool seats that welcome young readers.
The colorful children's area at Granada Books — Photo courtesy of Geneva Ives
Works by local authors share shelf space with gorgeous coffee table books that celebrate regional interests. Granada Books is a great place to pick up a memorable Santa Barbara souvenir.
Granada Books prides itself on being a community-minded bookstore and hosts many events that are open to the public. Visit their Facebook page or call ahead to learn about guest readings, author signings and more.
Granada Books is open seven days a week. Parking is available in nearby city lots. Stroll the area to discover other wonderful stores and restaurants.