Elliott Bay is a family owned, independently run literary mecca. Founded by Walter Carr in 1973, it first set up shop in Pioneer Square’s Globe Building. Then in April 2010, it packed up everything and relocated to a larger space on 10th Avenue in the heart of Capitol Hill. The store is still chock-full of knowledgeable staff and sports a diverse catalog of books and still shining in the face of fierce competition from a certain South Lake Union behemoth . 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600
First runner-up: Third Place Books
Second runner-up: Twice Sold Tales
Honorable mention: University Book Store, Left Bank Books
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