Spring Arts Tower


Our anchor citizen is the aptly named The Last Bookstore, the sprawling new and used independent bookstore located on the Ground Floor and Mezzanine level of the Spring Arts Tower is one of the last stores of its kind left. With a collection of over 50,000 items, The Last Bookstore offers a treasure trove of literary delight.

What started off as a simple online eBay operation has now turned itself into an enchanting 10,000 sq. ft storefront, which can be credited to the store’s founder, Josh Spencer. While most bookstores are closing their doors as a result of the rise in eBook sales, Spencer’s store defies the odds. Their expanding space is testament to their survival.

In addition to books, they have grown to now house a vast vinyl record shop and even a coffee bar. Their $1.00 book section will expand even further as they’re building out the Mezzanine level to house over 100,000 $1.00 books in which the proceeds of the books will go to support tutoring the homeless children of Skid Row. Not only will you find some of the rarest books around but your proceeds go towards reinvigorating the community; it can’t get much better than that.

From the inventive artwork featured throughout the store to the cozy leather chairs, customers are encouraged to curl up and revel in their latest novel. And they don’t just sell unique books; The Last Bookstore also has a calendar of events that is comparable to their diverse book collection. Book readings, musical performances, weekly SPEAK EASY open mic nights, and Skillshare lessons on introductory knitting are just some of the monthly happenings available on the Ground Floor of the Spring Arts Tower.

With so many projects and events going on, The Last Bookstore has attracted a great deal of attention. It’s been heralded in The Los Angeles Times as a store that’s bringing back Downtown’s Golden Age and is continually praised for its ability to defy the bookstore trend. They’ve also won Los Angeles Downtown News’ 11th annual Downtowners of Distinction award because it’s a crucial gathering place for the community.

So whether you’re searching for the latest best seller or simply wandering through the bookshelves while sipping coffee, come see for yourself why this bookstore really leaves a mark. It embodies the eclectic spirit that makes the Historic core of downtown Los Angeles undeniably charming. You never know what you’re going to stumble upon when you wander on into The Last Bookstore.

“Buy, sell, trade, and above all read real books… before they’re gone.”
– The Last Bookstore



The newest addition to the Spring Arts Tower is the Spring Arts Collective, on the Mezzanine above The Last Bookstore. The gate at the top of the stairs leads you to Gather DTLA, a “knitty nook in the city.” Evi T’Bolt is the proprietor, where she also leads classes in the finer points of everything yarn.

In addition to Gather, the Collective introduces five new studio/gallery retail shops, featuring the works of five of the Spring Arts Tower’s finest artists: Thingmaker David Lovejoy, Robin McGeough’s Dove Biscuit Studios, Liz Huston’s Art and Curiosities, Andrea Bogdan’s Studio, and The Fold, by Jena Priebe. Part of the fun here is that each of these artists has a unique style of work, but there’s a comfortable interplay topped off with a few collections of wonderful vintage curiosities. In the corner, LovejoyArt features a crosssection of David’s work, both in clay and assemblage, plus a handful of vintage optics and machinery. Lovejoy’s Letherebe Lights hang overhead – repurposed equipment cases become hanging lamps.

Lovejoy and Priebe collaborated to create the “Diagnosis” piece, with Lovejoy’s bookcase at the top of the stairs and Priebe’s pages flying overhead. They also have several pieces throughout the Last Bookstore’s Labyrinth.

Priebe’s The Fold transports you to a time and place where well-made objects are coveted and repurposing is the design. The Fold exclusively sells Jena Priebe’s artwork as well as vintage items of curiosity. (Don’t miss the penny-covered floor.)

The vibrant colors and playful subjects of artists Andrea Bogdan and Robin McGeough bring some life to the dark wood interior of the old bank building. It’s here that you’re likely to find someone splattered in paint, burning the late-night oil over a canvas.

In the middle of it all, Liz Huston’s shoppe showcases her work as a photomontagist, presenting it in a little jewel of a time capsule, with vintage artifacts abound.

The Collective also features a lounge/exhibition area which expands the balcony viewing for any Last Bookstore events. Studios and shops have independent hours, so you’re likely to find an artist hard at work any time you visit.


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