Hello all! This is a new ongoing feature in which I’ll be sharing some book-related places I’ve visited, and I’m calling it (oh so creatively, I know) Bookish Destinations!
Yesterday I went to the new Penguin Shop in Toronto, which was opened in late August. It’s such a clever little space!
The shop couldn’t be more than 10 x 10 feet, but the concept makes such great use of what space it does have. The book spines you see on the left wall pull out, and that’s where most of the merchandise is, as well as the cash register!
The books and merch regularly change to showcase relevant titles, an assortment of Penguin’s beautifully designed classics covers, and exclusive products adorned with the iconic penguin logo.
I picked up a copy of Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover, which was published earlier this year, and showcases all of the innovative covers Penguin has done over the years of classic books. It’s definitely a conversation starter! As well, I got a 1984 mug. Because I could. (And it was only $12?!) There were also free stickers involved.
Free stickers may be the way to my heart. Also a tote bag! Tote bags are most definitely the way to my heart.
So, if you’re in Toronto, definitely make this a pit-stop. It’s a refreshing little peek into an insanely successful publishing house, and the smart design concept will have you wishing you had one of those giant book-spine shelves in your house!
As someone who wants to go into publishing one day, I also really enjoyed seeing the highlights of projects that the company is/has been working on, and I look forward to following the brand as it expands more to the public!
All shop photos credited to Ryan Madill.