Dutton’s North Hollywood is closing

15 thoughts on “Dutton’s North Hollywood is closing”

  1. I really mourn the passing of a place like Duttons in N. Hollywood. It was the kind of place where you would happen to find something, a book that you never intended to buy at all. Mystery, curiousity, discovery…this place had it all. It was an island of ideas in a sea of stupidity.

  2. NNNNNNNooooooooo I cant beleive u guys are closing.That was the best place to buy books.Books about everything.The best thing about it is youd find interesting books for a cheap price.

  3. I just read an article in the Los Angeles Times about the Brentwood store closing, and I had no idea the North Hollywood store had closed in 2006. I’m absolutely heartbroken–I worked in the North Hollywood store when I was in high school, some 15 years ago. Dave was a brilliant and generous man. How I miss the musty smell of those old books and the wonderful people who came to browse…and sometimes even shop.

  4. i worked at Dutton’s North Hollywood the last year it was open and i’ll never forget the day we, the staff, were told of Dave’s decision to close. Heartbreaking. We loved books, we loved the store, we loved the customers, we loved eachother and we loved Dave. Working there was one of the best experiences of my life. i miss it every day. but i carry it with me as a wonderful, beautiful memory. i only wish it had been open long enough for my kids to grow up loving it as i did.

  5. I spent hours and hours sitting in some dusty corner of Duttons digging through piles of poetry books stacked up on the floor, or digging sometimes three-deep in that shelf by the cash register where you sometimes found rare gems. Dave always knew where to find something if you were looking for a specific in that giant mish-mash of books. We need places like that and I don’t know of any others with that kind of charm.

  6. It was in business from 1960/1961 until October 2006. A sad month since their employee were intelligent compared to other book stores. Davis “Dave” Dutton knew Angela Margaret Webber-Cisneros-Waller and Max Rafael Waller. Google: Sam’s Club 6625 and Max Rafael Waller

  7. My bike was stollen from in front of the store when I locked it with a feeble chain when I was 19 years old and moved to North Hollywood on a whim from Ohio. I miss that place.

  8. I worked in North Hollywood in the 70’s and 80’s, and moved away from California about 16 years ago. After all these years, I’m now a published author, and out of curiousity I decided to Google Dutton’s and see how it was doing.Finding this thread was like calling home being told my favorite uncle died.We all have those places and people we remember with great affection, and we cherish the notion that they will always be there when we get backto checking up on them.Well, they won’t.We can’t do much about human mortality, but we have at least a little say in how long our neighborhood institutions last.The Internet is great, but every penny saved at an online vendor is a drop of blood from the brick-and-mortar stores that are a part of our communities, our lives and our fondest memories.Don’t take them for granted; they are gone before you know it.SFRYTR

  9. Dave and Judy if you get the chance to read this…you have touched so many with your generous nature and patient heart if only the walls of your bookstore could talk but they echo so softly in all our hearts…your labor of love is accepted by all for all time…thank you for buying our books for resale…thank you for giving us more than a fair price…for teaching us what we had, teaching us to fish…thanks for the advances…thanks for bailing me out of jail on $1,200.00 worth of traffic tickets when I was 9 months pregnant…thanks for sharing this life with my family…bless your family and enjoy the fruits of your labor of love, You deserve all the best!!!

  10. Not having been to the L.A. area much lately, I was very saddened to see that Duttons in North Hollywood closed. Besides being a great, iconic store, Dave & Judy are truely fine people. They were my landlords 30 years ago, when our daughter was born; always very attentive and pleasant, Dave taught me the value of books, if you don't know how to fix things, get a book that tells you how to do it-duh, I was just a dumb kid then. I got to come back to L.A. a few times over the last few years, and visited with Dave & Judy at the store. They still remembered me and are still the gracious people they had always been and always the value of family. No wonder our marriage has lasted 30 years. I had moved from their Oxnard St. duplex to SF in '79. I wish them and their family, all the best in their "retirement"Terry Malone

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