July 20, 1997 |
Few employers can match the resource center that Doug Dutton provides for his workers: It's called Dutton's Brentwood Books. Imagine an entire bookstore at your disposal to help you figure out why the baby won't sleep through the night, what to expect when an elderly relative has a stroke or how to get your puppy to stop chewing your shoes. That's just one of the unusual perks for the 40 full-time and part-time employees of Dutton's, where in among the books dwell actual babies.
March 9, 1997 |
In most days you can find Yetive Moss behind the nonfiction counter at Dutton's Brentwood Books, perched on a metal stool, phone in one hand, pen in another, calling customers about special orders. She uses a voice that, despite her 92 years, is less grandmotherly than authoritative; soft-spoken and formal, it causes people to pay attention. Her daily uniform, if one can call it that, consists of plain slacks, blouse and sweater vest.
May 13, 2008
You could write an anthology of sad stories about iconic bookstores across Southern California. Problem is, they'd all have similar plots: Individuals who struggle to nurture a vision of what bookstores can mean, not just to readers but to communities. Debts that grow instead of sales. Landlords with ambitious new plans. Over the last few months, three extraordinary shops have either closed or are in dire danger. Less than a year ago, this page was celebrating the survival of Dutton’s Brentwood Books after the property owner reconsidered his plans for new development.
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November 13, 2013 |
After years of wrestling with Brentwood activists, billionaire investor Charles T. Munger has pulled the plug on plans to redevelop the San Vicente Boulevard site that was the longtime location of Dutton's bookstore. Brentwood Community Council Chairwoman Nancy Freedman said Munger's insistence on razing the landmarked structure, known as the Barry Building, to install extensive underground parking and a new retail center raised activists' ire. “We encouraged him to incorporate the landmark,” she said.