There are few places that can compete with used bookstores for the amount of history they contain (perhaps antiques stores). What a book meant to the author, what it meant to the first owner, and what it meant to every owner since, and how it is that it came to be given to the store all add to the story of the bookstore and how the store itself came to be where it is. The associations, when known, can even inspire claims of haunting. Listed as one of the possibly most haunted places in Tampa, Old Tampa Book Company has a few tales of its own, such as the chairs that move, the set of books that were once jealously guarded by the previous owner (now deceased), and the time a burglar attempted to break in only to be mysteriously thwarted by a pair of scissors. Could it be that the tailor who rented the space before the bookstore moved in still guards the place? …Probably not.
I’ve never seen any signs of ghosts any time I’ve been there. What I have seen is a wide selection of used books, covering fantasy, mystery, gardening, firearm sport, biology, history, the classics, art, and much more. Old Tampa also maintains a collection of rare, out-of-print books and ships to people all over the world. They are very involved in the Tampa community, hosting open microphones nights, author chats, and other events. They love to help local authors and artists trying to get noticed and will make little displays for them. Perhaps the best thing about the Old Tampa Book Company is that it is surrounded by restaurants. After all, reading can really build up your appetite.
507 North Tampa Street, Tampa, Florida
Written by Daniel Noe, InkDoodler.com
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