A configuration that is shelved, tiered and stepped might spell claustrophobia in any other setting, but at Stories, the amassed collection of books is less unsightly and even less underwhelming. The combination of select new and used books panders to Echo Park’s bohemian literati, which is itself provided with the opportunity to consign their work onto the shelves. Stories indulges local storied souls and further cultivates an all-inclusive literary culture by opening its space to readings as well. What could possibly complete the package? Caffeine of course, and Stories is equipped with a coffee shop and charming reading/sipping patio area.