Support Local | Bookstores

February, 9, 2021

With the start of a new year comes a time of reflection, resolutions, and new goals. With so many businesses affected this past year by the ongoing pandemic, we believe a great goal to set for 2021 is to support local. Many stores, shops, and restaurants are open for business, curbside pickup, and online ordering. We have gathered up a list of local shops all around the Tri-Valley and Fremont area that you can feel good about supporting.


Whether you are looking to pick up a new skill, deep dive into new subjects, or unwind with a great story, bookstores are a great place to get your new year off on the right note. Though it can feel easy to shop for books at large retailers, we suggest trying out your local shop. You can find amazing new and used books, records, comics, and so much more at local bookstores. Many are open for limited capacity and pick up options available.

Towne Center Books | 555 Main St, Pleasanton

Located in downtown Pleasanton, this locally owned general bookstore is stocked with the books you need and want.

In-store shopping available with proper protocals, online ordering, and phone and email ordering available as well.

Half Price Books | 7898 Dublin Blvd, Dublin

This local shop buys from the public, and each store has a unique assortment of items. At the Dublin location, you can discover their vast selection of new and used books, music, movies, and games, and even rare collectible treasures.

The store is open with limited capacity and following CDC guidelines.

Fantasy Books and Games | 2247 First St, Livermore

This small, family-owned comic book store specializes in fantasy, sci-fi, figurines & collectible card games.

They are open currently for in-store shopping and in-store pickup.

Rakestraw Books | 3 Railroad Ave, Danville

This independent bookshop in downtown Danville features a wide range of best-selling and classic reads in a comfortable venue.

Open in-store, pickup, phone and online ordering available.

Books on B | 1014 B St, Hayward

This independently-owned shop celebrating new, used, and rare reads, and delights in special orders, placed daily, Books on B invites all readers to gather.

Currently available for online shopping, and pickup for phone and email orders.

Chris’s Comics | 37112 Maple St A, Fremont

A locally owned comic-book & collectibles shop offering games, toys & graphic novels.

Their shop is still open for in-store visits, and pickup orders as well.

We would love to hear of other great shops to support! Let us know below.