Posts Tagged ‘Domy Books’

Domy, definitely

not to be missed

not to be missed

Domy Books is a real feast for anyone who has eyes. Finish your holiday shopping for yourself and for those on your lists in one delightful stop. We concentrated on books and limited-edition works on paper, with a little side stop at the Poketo artist billfolds. Domy stocks the Charley Harper alphabet board books, not just for little kids. There’s an extensive selection of kidrobot and other art toys. It was easy to resist the oevre of Stan Brakhage, not a personal favorite (one viewing of Dog Star Man in a lifetime is quite enough for some), but his work is among the DVDs available. R. Crumb’s illustrated Genesis is also in stock. Russell, most affable and apparently the presiding genius of the place, was there to answer all questions. There are many surprises to be found on Domy’s shelves, a perfect example of serendipity at work. At Domy, all is available for inspection, not locked away, no matter how precious, it appears. Fiction is not overlooked (Dumas, Roberto BolaƱo); nor is the instructional (how to make it at home; how to play dozens of card games). Do you need books that are photo souvenirs of ever-changing Austin, post cards, pocket calendars, unique greeting cards, journals to write in that distinguish you from the rest? Find them at Domy. Don’t go before noon, which is when Domy opens its doors seven days a week, but do go.

Not just shelter-related shopping

Domino magazine devotes three pages of its very last issue to small businesses on Burnet, North Lamar, the east side, downtown, and South Lamar, with an extensive visit to South Congress. Austin itself is tagged with all the usual cliches: “home to cowboys, hipsters, musicians and other metropolitan transplants looking for a laid-back way of life” is a sample. Nevertheless, the photographs (by Justin Bernhaut) are evocative, and the reporter (Rita Konig) visits some unique-to-Austin shops and such food-related establishments as Chez Nous, Jo’s, Enoteca Vespaio, Torchy’s, Hey Cupcake, and Flip Happy Crepes. Here’s a puzzler, though, about Allens Boots: “This is true Texas in a gun-toting, hardscrabble, slightly scary way.” The March issue is on the stands now. Browsers will find the listings and pix on pages 14-16. There are a few inspirations here for entertaining out-of-town visitors. Note to self: make a point of checking out Domy Books.

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