I wrote and/or vlogged a few weeks ago about my decision to move to downtown Charlottesville. I had my reservations – such a small town! Why not somewhere warmer? Will anyone appreciate my better outfits? But I’ve found that most everything I’m looking for in a place to live is in fact here:
1. I can walk anywhere I need to go
2. I can catch public transportation anywhere I want to go
3. I have outdoor living space
4. My rent is reasonable, especially for what I get
5. There are some great places to while away the days
This last reason is one I’m still exploring. I think my desire to move to a big city (i.e. NYC) is understandable and hasn’t necessarily faded altogether from my restless soul. But I think that there is a lot worth seeing here in Charlottesville, and I haven’t discovered so much of it yet. While I was living abroad this blog consisted of a lot of travel photography and I did different “photo tours” of unique spaces that I found. I figure, why not do this here in the States as well? This Is Charlottesville is a new city series I’m starting up to highlight different area businesses that exist in interesting spaces. First up: Random Row Books.
Charlottesville has approximately 8,000 used bookstores (exaggeration). That’s one of my favorite things about the place, because no matter where I am, I hunt down bookstores. I stopped in Random Row for the first time maybe two weeks ago, and this past Sunday was overcome with the desire to pop in and photograph the crap out of it. Enjoy!
(Because I’m sure you’re wondering, that man is a sculpture by artist Avery Lawrence)
Coogan, a twenty-something dude who runs a tailoring business from the back of the building, was kind enough to permit me to take all these glorious pics. You can visit his blog, detailing his tailoring exploits, here.