Talented Capitol Hill Books staff member produces beautiful artwork

Original art by Xella Whimnders.

The folks who work at Capitol Hill Books are a talented bunch. And our newest staff member Xella Whimnders is no exception. She is a talented writer and artist, whose magnificent, latest work hangs behind the bookstore counter

Xella’s abstracts simultaneously evoke the pointillism of Georges Seurat and the swirling shapes and thrilling use of white space found in Wassily Kandinsky’s art. But the art is uniquely Xella, as she meticulously dots her canvases with a rainbow of sharpie markers resulting in kaleidoscopic expressions of beauty.

We’re proud to have a talented artist working at Capitol Hill Books and are so happy that she made an exclusive piece of artwork to display here.

If you’re interested in Xella’s artwork, please contact her via e-mail at banion48@gmail.com.

Parking in the Time of Legislature

Use these simple parking instructions when visiting our store.


Parking around the Capitol is a tricky proposition when the legislature is in session from January to May. This is especially true for the next couple of years as the Capitol dome’s construction annoyingly requires legislators to take parking from nearby side streets. Since we are across the street from the Capitol, we also use that parking.

But fear not Capitol Hill Books’ customers. We have a handy guide for parking during the legislative session. First remember that you cannot park at any of the parking meters that have a yellow bag over them during the week. This includes parking holidays as apparently the legislators do not take those days off. However, during the weekends parking on both sides of Grant Street is free including the bagged meters. And on Sundays, all meters are free including the ones on Colfax. Parking during the week is trickier, but there are three meters on the east side of Grant Street and several meters along Colfax that are available. We also have a loading zone available on Grant Street, just south of Colfax that is available for customers to quickly pick up a book or to drop off a book trade. You shouldn’t park there for more than a minute or two without risking a ticket, but if you’re quick, you should be OK. And if you are thinking about staying awhile in the Capitol Hill area, there is a paid parking lot behind our store.

We know that this is a bit difficult now for our customers to find parking around our store but we do appreciate your support of our store and please feel free to call us at 303.837.0700 if you have any questions about parking.

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.