One of the boulevard’s most venerable institutions, Chevalier’s Bookstore, reopened this Sunday, November 9th, much to the delight of readers and shoppers in Larchmont Village.
The new owners, Darryl Holter and Bert Deixler, were on hand to welcome dozens of old neighborhood friends and customers. Both men have long been avid readers and shoppers at Chevalier’s and “took a chance” to breathe new life into one of the few independent bookstores left in Southern California.
When it closed just after the purchase was finalized, Chevalier’s only had about 1500 books on the shelves: they have reopened the store with over 10,000 titles in stock. “It’s a good-sized inventory,” Holter told the Buzz. “We’re very excited.” Now it’s just up to the community to drop in, browse and buy – keeping Larchmont Village one of the few Los Angeles neighborhoods to still have an independent bookstore. Sales were brisk Sunday night.
The store has been reorganized with the children’s section sprawled across the back of the store, and the side room stock full of art and coffee table books. Bestsellers, non-fiction and fiction are all displayed up front, and the cash register has moved to a more central location. The gray walls, maroon shelving, soft lighting and new carpeting all make for a very cozy and welcoming setting – perfect for book lovers.
Next to a tall wingback chair in the front window, sits a small table with a stack of books, cup of tea and reading glasses at the ready – tempting passersby to climb in open up a good book. Congratulations Chevalier’s!
Chevalier’s Bookstore 126 N Larchmont Blvd LA, CA 90004