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  • Distant Lands is one of Old Pasadena’s long-standing independent businesses, established as a travel-oriented bookstore in 1989 during the early days of the district’s revival. In 1995, the store added "outfitters" to its specialty, giving the traveling public access to the very best accessories, clothing, luggage, and travel packs available. Distant Lands also serves as an end-to-end travel agency right inside the store, while its website makes it simple for travelers to purchase travel goods online. 

    More than two decades later, it is still a locals' favorite, beloved for its quiet atmosphere conducive to browsing and a clear love of travel in the wide breadth and depth of everything stocked. The aim at Distant Lands is to give the traveler the most complete selection of books, maps, and gear in a space that encourages wanderlust.

    The store regularly schedules travel-related films, presentations, and workshops; check the website for a complete schedule.

  • Half-Off Books sells used books, albums, Blu-Rays, DVDs, Manga, comics, textbooks, and media. Sellers can bring used items in for considerations - the store pays cash for items they accept. 

  • Paper Source is a premier paperie, art supply, greeting card, and gift retailer offering each customer an intimate, boutique-feel when they enter the store. More than half of its products feature original Paper Source designs from the company’s Chicago-based team, showcasing a unique aesthetic and exclusive color palette. Shoppers can find a curated selection of personalized stationery, wedding invitations, custom announcements, calendars and planners, gift wrap, party supplies, craft kits, and distinctive gifts.

    The store regularly schedules craft workshops that feature demonstrations in everything from custom rubber stamp cutting to creating handmade holiday cards. Check the website for current schedules.

  • The Rudolf Steiner Library & Bookshop is operated by the Anthroposophical Society in America, which is a nonsectarian, nonpolitical organization open to everyone regardless of religion, race, nationality, social standing, scientific or artistic conviction. It was founded as "an association of people who would foster the life of the soul, both in the individual and in human society, on the basis of a true knowledge of the spiritual world."

    The library contains an extensive collection of books by Rudolf Steiner in English and German, as well as books on Anthroposophical subjects by other authors. Memberships are open to the public and free of charge. Donations are welcome to help cover the cost of new acquisitions.

  • Whitmore Rare Books specializes in providing collectors with important first edition books of exceptional quality across the fields of literature, philosophy, science, and history.  The store specializes in relationships with both seasoned collectors and the rising generation of readers who see rare books as meaningful gifts to give or receive; it also works directly with institutional clients to source research-rich, unique materials that support teaching, research and exhibition programs. The shop is open by chance or appointment; find them on the second floor of the Holly Building. 


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