Today is another fantastic guest post from Sarah from LaRue BoweRs Photography! This time, she heads over to a local bookstore in Tampa, FL. Enjoy!
Never judge a book by its cover. It is true, things on the outside do not always match what is on the inside. But that doesn’t mean you cannot appreciate the cover. That is the first thing I noticed about Inkwood Books in Tampa, Florida. Inkwood has a great array of books for all ages but what strikes me about this beautiful, Key West-style shop was how the books are on display. The bookshelves in the store display trinkets, statues, and props all highlighting the main pieces of art: the books.
The exterior of the shop is just as lovely as the interior. The porch is lined with beautifully reclaimed furniture, and with the gorgeous Florida weather it is perfect for book clubs, the shop’s open mic (and WINE) night, and, of course, the drop-in reader.
The staff at Inkwood closely resembles the bookshelves – delightful on the outside and full of fabulous book knowledge on the inside. The staff is ready to help you find exactly what you are looking for or make a suggestion (they also keep a great list of book recommendations on the shop’s website www.inkwoodbooks.com).
Inkwood has taken book loving to a new level – a beautiful shop that appreciates the peripheral beauty of books just as much as the books themselves and provides a beautiful atmosphere for book lovers to cozy up with their latest read. If you are in the Tampa area, be sure to stop by and see for yourself why Inkwood Books is one of 2013’s “Best of the Bay.” You won’t be disappointed. And enjoy some of that Florida sunshine for me while you’re there!