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Books are Back
Julie Maxey-Allison | 10th Street

Alex Rhett offers story times and activities at Sandcastle Tales.
Photo Julie Maxey-Allison.


Dear Reader: Yes! Books are back in Del Mar! An actual book store for children, Sandcastle Tales, welcomes families into the new space set up with books on nature, animals, art, the environment and the ocean as well as some classics that adults will remember. Owner Alex Rhett, whose background is international relations, traveling, and teaching, encourages reading, telling children: “when you read you get to go places and discover new worlds…hear others’ thoughts and learn of their experiences.” In addition to books and story times, Alex added activities—sand art, crafts, and snacks.
Sandcastle Tales. 1414 Camino del Mar. Monday-Saturday: 10:30 am-5:00 pm. Sunday: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.

Julie’s Beach. Photo Julie Maxey-Allison.

Books are also back and in the mix at Julie’s Beach, the eclectic shop offering clothing, home goods, pottery and such. Books selected by former book store owner Anne Mery that cover a wide range of interests are scattered about in small clusters, ripe for browsing. A library-like display with many additional choices of titles is lined up on shelves at the back of the store where still more are stacked on benches.

Julie’s Beach. 1440 Camino del Mar. Monday-Saturday: 10:30 am-6:00 pm. Sunday: 11:00 am-6:00 pm.


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