In honor of our People Issue, which will hit newsstands and computer
screens November 24, Cultist presents "Miami Backstage," where
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When you think of Books & Books, two things jump to mind: 1) It's the hippest, most intelligent independent bookstore for many states, and 2) owner Mitchell Kaplan. The handsome Miami Beach native is the most enterprising book-slinger around. Most of his patrons proudly refer to themselves as "Mitchell's friend." Quite a feat for someone who owns highly successful stores in multiple locations, including Bal Harbour, Lincoln Road, Long Island, the Cayman Islands, and even Miami International Airport. He's a popular guy.
Kaplan, the former President of the American Booksellers Association, founded Books & Books in Coral Gables in 1982. In 2000, he expanded and moved the store across the street to its current location. It's a destination spot for bookworms worldwide, serving up smart books for little and big readers, presenting a laid-back but stylish coffee spot in the Mediterranean classic coral edifice and vine-adorned courtyard.