Lonely Planet 2013!

Yep..we’re in the book!


Yep. We are once again in the latest Lonely Planet guidebooks for Colorado. They even sent us this cool new online decal to prove it!

We’re so close to the Colorado State Capitol Building and Downtown Denver that we get a lot of tourists appreciating our bookstore an our wide selections of magnets, postcards and other souvenirs. And of course we still carry thousands of books for your reading pleasure. An affordable used paperback is better than an expensive Kindle any day if you ask us.

Thanks for your continued support and to Lonely Planet for our inclusion in their awesome guidebooks. Please check us out on your next visit to Denver. We’re the awesome store across the street from the Colorado Capitol Building.

Welcoming our small-business supporting customers.

We’ve put out our welcome mat for customers who want to support our small business.

You don’t last more than 30 years as a small business without the support of thousands of customers over that time. We know that there are a lot of people out there who drive past the Wal-mart and log off of Amazon and instead support real businesses in their communities. And we just want to thank those people.

As always, we offer low prices and friendly customer service. We also try to be one of those interesting, eclectic businesses that just don’t exist online or at the big-box. That’s why we greet our customers with a Godzilla, provide staff recommendations for books, offer hand-lettered gift certificates by our resident calligrapher, select a thoughtful assortment of interesting postcards and gifts. We basically do everything a bit differently here and we’re glad a lot of people seem to appreciate that.

So this holiday season consider choosing those cool, local businesses in your community. All of us will certainly welcome your support.

Find enlightenment at Capitol Hill Books

Don’t know the difference between Theravada and Mahayana? Trying to figure out the Three Jewels, the Four Noble Truths or the Noble Eightfold Path? Looking for the “answer” and only having more questions?

Many of our books are currently in our third window display, so be sure to check out the side of our store that faces Colfax to see the full selection.

Capitol Hill Books can help. We’ve just received dozens of Eastern Religion, Buddhism, Zen and Meditation books that explain the various traditions and can help you better understand these fascinating and useful spiritual concepts.

Whether you’re trying to find knowledge of Avidya or understand Sola Scriptura, Capitol Hill Books always keeps a well-stocked inventory of religious books. Those books are always available on our web site and can be searched by subject here.

Capitol Hill Books: Official online source of Phil Goodstein’s Denver history books.

Phil’s latest is a history of Denver’s great Park Hill neighborhood

Capitol Hill Books is proud to be the official online source of Phil Goodstein’s marvelous books on Denver history.

From the “Spirits of South Broadway” to the “Ghosts of Capitol Hill,” Phil’s books describe the in-depth history of the city from the bottom up. He explores not just the rich and powerful, but also Denver’s crime, corruption and all of its glorious “Seamy side.”

Phil is Denver’s foremost historian and is famous for his vivid walking tours of Denver’s neighborhoods. His books offer a in-depth look at those neighborhoods, showing their history based on the experiences of the real people who live and work there.

His latest book is Park Hill Promise: Quest for an Idyllic Denver Neighborhood, an examination of the very neighborhood where Phil was raised. Phil elucidates residents’ quest to make the “perfect” Denver neighborhood of beautiful parkways, majestic homes and racial and ethnic integration free of strife. The book details the successes and failures of that ideal. Of course, Park Hill Promise also traces the general history of the neighborhood from its beginnings as a land claim staked by an eccentric German baron to its current status as a neighborhood trying to bridge together diverse racial and ethnic groups into one community.

Capitol Hill Books carries several of Goodstein’s other titles including his popular 2011 book about Denver’s North Side. You can easily search for his books on our web site here. Simply type “Phil Goodstein” into the search box and choose “Author” in the drop-down box marked “Search by.”

From there, you can order books directly from our web site. A friendly Capitol Hill Books representative will contact you via phone or e-mail where we can arrange an in-store pick up of the book or ship the book to you almost anywhere in the United States for a minimal shipping fee.

Of course, you can always call us at 303-837-0700 to order Phil’s books from us directly over the phone.

Are you ready to delve into Denver’s weird and fascinating history? Look no further than the books of Phil Goodstein, available online at CapitolHillBooks.com

For information about Phil’s educational walking tours please visit his tour web site.

Teacher Discounts

Teachers get more than just an apple at Capitol Hill Books.

The staff at Capitol Hill Books are all avid readers. And many of us have great teachers to thank for inspiring our love of reading. I remember my third-grade teacher who purchased Goosebump books for me to read and I gobbled them up like delicious candy. Then she told me about some other good books by authors like Madeline L’Engle and C.S. Lewis and Norton Juster. I became a lifelong reader through her influence.

So we at Capitol Hill Books like to thank teachers by offering them a 10 percent discount on used books for their classrooms. Just let us know you are a teacher and show us your school ID for the discount. Our books are already quite affordable (Many of our children’s chapter books are only around $3 to $4.), but we like to extend an additional discount to encourage teachers that inspire their students to engage in a lifelong appreciation for books. Thanks Mrs. Shelton, wherever you are.
 

Capitol Hill Books featured on 7News

Holly, the owner of Capitol Hill Books was featured on 7News in Denver last night to discuss our business’ concerns with the bagging on most of the meters on our block for the exclusive use of state legislators.

While it looks like the good folks at KMGH weren’t able to change the way the state has taken much of our parking (apparently they are evoking some obscure state law), they were still able to highlight an important issue affecting us and other local merchants around the Capitol.

And of course, Holly and Capitol Hill Books were able to appear on television.

We cannot embed the video but you can check it out here.

In good company in Lonely Planet

The Lonely Planet sticker in our front window.


Tucked away on the 91st page of Lonely Planet: Colorado is a listing for what sounds like a pretty sweet Denver business. It has “retained the rare magic of a real bookshop” That magic presumably enhanced by threadbare rugs, creaky floors and cardboard cutouts of dead celebrities.

The store is of course Capitol Hill Books. And we are proud to be included among many of Denver’s top independent businesses in the latest edition of Lonely Planet: Colorado.

We’re especially happy that Lonely Planet has given attention to our “staff of book lovers..quick with helpful suggestions.”

With our location across from the Colorado State Capitol, our bookstore has long attracted tourists from across the country and around the globe. We’re very grateful to Lonely Planet and our customers for continuing to support our independent business. Whether you are from Denver or Dublin or Dubai, we have a book here at our store waiting for one of our staff to recommend to you.

Winter odds & ends

One of our cool Belgian graphic novels.


We’ve been busy this winter at Capitol Hill Books. One thing that keeps us busy is our huge donation of French books we got from a longtime customer. We’ve received so many French books that we had to greatly expand our section for French languages. Because we don’t have very much room, we’re offering a special discount on French books of 15 percent off the listed price (Only good for French books and cannot be combined with other discounts). We also have a variety of books including mysteries, fiction, history, way and even a few graphic novels. Lisez-vous fran├žais? Nous avons des livres pour vous. (That’s: Read French? We have the books for you.)

Capitol Hill Books was also recently featured in the YourHub section of the Denver Post. Capitol Hill Books owner Holly was interviewed and the story ran three photos of the store including one of our employee Ben. We have already received numerous calls and mentions about the article from our customers. Thanks YourHub for the wonderful piece! Check out the story by clicking here.

Last minute holiday shopping?

Your "Glad Recipient" will think you're a "Thoughtful Gift Giver" with one of these versatile gift certificates.


What precisely do you get your great aunt Edna, you know, the one who your only interaction with is an occasional squeeze on the cheek? What about your co-worker Bobby who you know nothing about except that you picked his name for the work secret Santa? What about your dentist? Or your really good friend who you know is an avid reader but forget exactly what she is an avid reader of?

There are dozens of people in our lives that appreciate a warm holiday gift even if we don’t know exactly what it should be or at precisely what temperature. And it’s especially hard to figure out when you wait until the last minute to get your presents. That’s why Capitol Hill Books offers gift certificates. Our gift certificates are available in any denomination you’d like and are good for anything in the store. Plus, they are written out in hand calligraphy for that extra decorative touch. We’re also more than happy to mail your gift certificate to anybody anywhere in the U.S. You can even pay for your gift certificate over the phone. Just call us at 303.837.0700

And since we have books on almost every subject, you can be sure that a Capitol Hill Books gift certificate would be appreciated by everyone from your uncle Larry to your aunt Louise.