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Now Open: Stories Bookstore and Cafe in Echo Park

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Considering that Echo Park hasn't seen a new bookstore open (in forever?), many supportive locals came out Saturday night for the opening of Stories, a new and used bookstore and cafe at 1716 Sunset Boulevard. Owners Liz Garo and Claudia Colodro both have ties to the music industry, so the crowd of 250 included rockers like Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine and members of the Silversun Pickups.

(Related and random side note: the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne wandered in the not-opened store a few days earlier, photo evidence in the gallery.)

Co-owner Colordo told us the store, which will serve light cafe fare (there are two seating areas, including an outside space behind the store), will be soft opening today. We were also told the shop will actually open earlier than its current 11am time in the near future. And yeah! There is free wifi at Stories.
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—by Dakota Smith