Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach in Transition
2810 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
In the more than two decades of independent bookselling since we opened our first store in 1993, Mysterious Galaxy has weathered many changes; in our industry, the economy and in our physical locations. We have worked to serve our community in a variety of ways beyond our storefront business; opening a storefront in Redondo Beach in 2011, increasing in our outside events business, setting up pop-up stores, and creating unique events that bring readers and authors together. The story continues with some new opportunities for Mysterious Galaxy in both locations.
Our San Diego business continues to grow and prosper. We have not only increased our bricks and mortar business, but also we find ourselves increasingly involved in community events outside the store.
In Los Angeles, Orange County, and the South Bay, we will be expanding our events business to include additional community-focused events in partnership with local businesses, conferences, authors, and publishers. We have decided to do this without a physical store open to the public. It is for this reason that we closed our Artesia location on June 15, 2014. Literary events we will support include Comic-Con International, Men of Mystery, Bouchercon, and author events in partnership with Southern California libraries and organizations, just to name a few...
For the foreseeable future, we will retain our Redondo Beach warehouse at our current address to support our events business. We will continue creating and supporting events such as Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy, Literary Women of Long Beach, Mystery on the Menu at the Cerritos Library, Books Are Better Shared, Literary Orange, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and many other conferences through which we have created wonderful partnerships in our community.
We know that many of our loyal customers and friends in the South Bay will be saddened by the news that we are closing our bookstore, but we will be actively looking for opportunities to serve them in other ways. We plan to create and host events at local venues, enabling readers and authors to come together to share their love of books and conversation. We will continue to reach out to our community to tell them what we are doing and hope that this new format will engage the enthusiasm of readers in Southern California.