Dutton’s will be missed

Citybeat’s Steve Appleford pens an appreciation of Dutton’s, the North Hollywood bookstore that is closing come March after 45 years. Excerpts:

Owner Dave Dutton and his wife, Judy, are simply moving on to their home on Washington State’s beautiful Puget Sound, and are quickly emptying the shelves with a 50-percent-off sale that should have the store closed before April.“Books and their readers are the most fascinating and the most interesting and, arguably, the most eccentric and sometimes exasperating group of individuals you can find,” says Dutton, 68. “I love to walk into the store and see two customers in a face-off in the theology section or the politics area”….

Dutton’s Books was opened in a former liquor store by Dutton’s parents in the fall of 1960, when he was summoned from a hitchhiking trip across Europe to help. He left the shop a few years later to work as editor of Westways magazine and executive editor of Colorado magazine, before returning to take over from his parents in the mid-’70s. New tenants are already being interviewed for the building, which is owned by Dutton, as customers say their goodbyes to the store’s five final employees.

“We’ve made so many wonderful friends,” Dutton says. “We have such a great client and customer base. Where else can you find customers who walk into your shop mainly because of some intellectual curiosity?”

Dennis McCarthy broke the news in January in his Daily News column. If you want to go by the store, it’s at 5146 Laurel Canyon Boulevard.