Ever since the demise of Stacy’s Books, San Francisco’s Financial District has been deprived of a bookstore. Well, no longer. G.F. Wilkinson Books popped up at 34 Trinity Place about two months ago. If bookstores are dying, as is popularly reported, Wilkinson doesn’t seem to care. His bookstore consists of three large windows (one is pictured here), and a small display case propped up on whisky crates. Two of the windows open up to feature bookcases and prints, another just prints. It’s somewhat of a cross between a news stand, gallery, and antiquarian bookstore, just down from the popular What’s Up Dog? hotdog eatery.
Wilkinson sits and reads, always ready to spring up and help out a customer. He also does business online. He specializes in antique books and many of the prints and books on display relate to the history of the very neighborhood he’s in. California’s gold rush history is particularly well represented.
Will you find the precise book you’re looking for in two book cases? Perhaps not (though Wilkinson is glad to help you out), but you’re guaranteed to find something you didn’t even know existed. In fact, just finding this bookstore amidst the sky scrapers, takeout spots, and cafes is a pretty magical experience.