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“The Church, the Books, the Curiosities, the Weirdness”

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Bookends Bookstore and Curiosity Shop
Ranked #14 of 20 Shopping in Ojai
Reviewed 5 July 2014

For the longest time, I'd been hearing about a Bookstore in Meiners Oaks, which is the more blue collar part of Ojai, where tourists probably don't venture all that often unless they are fans of Lawrence Welk and are looking for a restaurant there which is somehow allegedly linked to the father of the Lennon Sisters of Lawrence Welk Television fame. With most Lawrence Welk fans dying off, it's no wonder there isn't any mention of the town on TripAdvisor and certainly no review of this bookstore. But, literature is important, isn't it? And books? And other than libraries, where is one to find new books anymore? In Ojai proper, there are no more bookstores--other than second hand ones. God knows if local residents read. . .much less buy books. . .so perhaps tourists can help to keep the Meiners Oak's enterprise alive and kicking. . .though it is doubtful. Unless you think it sacreligious---which may be what keeps Ojai residents away---the shop is housed in an old restored church building, where pews serve as bookshelves and cozy interior spaces filled with all kinds of books and curiosities for sale new and old. If you like to browse small eclectic places like this, you will be very happy as its definately NOT a chain or big box store. . .or someone who will offer you cappucino. That said, don't expect any folksy small town friendliness and god forbid you need have kids with you or need to go to the bathroom or make the mistake of expressing an understanding of the difficulties of doing business as a small shop in Ojai, lest on any of those accounts, you find yourself rudely escorted out of the store and reprimaded. Ojai is famous for its weirdness but this WAS a whole new level of jaw dropping mouth open shock. Never, on any continent, in any country has the weirdness risen to THIS level. But, as any good traveler, you are forewarned and if the rest of it sounds reasonable, go for it!

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