Looking for that perfect vacation beach read? Look no further than the friendly neighborhood Mesa Bookstore (1838 Cliff Dr.). Recently purchased by longtime Mesa residents Diane Arnold and D.J. Palladino—she’s a former special education teacher and he’s a writer for many local publications (including this one)—together they’re taking their love of literature to heart.
According to Palladino, all the best bookstores he has been in throughout his lifetime are filled with cool, esoteric books—his impending changes reflect this belief. Palladino wants to set up a literary section in the store that offers classic novels, an edgy graphic novel section and even an author’s table, and Arnold wants to cater to the younger patrons of the bookstore by expanding the children’s section. The entire store is very quaint and cozy, measuring up at only 205 square feet, making it the perfect space to curl up and explore.
Originally published in the Summer 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.