Every time I step into Haslam’s I feel as though I am being transported into another dimension. It is like no other bookstore I have ever been to. I love Strand in New York City and City Lights in S.F. but Haslam’s has a different feel to it. It has been open since 1933 and has an old quality feel to it. Even the odor is old. It gives me a strange comfort. I love old books and buildings that tell a story. I always feel right at home in Haslam’s. It is the biggest and oldest used bookstore in Florida. The collection of used books for sale is astounding. I wander around in bliss for hours before exploring one of the several glass cases up by the counter. These cases hold the holy grail of literature (if you are a fan of Jack Kerouac). There are several signed books for sale but they cost a pretty penny. I am often lured to the glass case but have to break away and return to my favorite chair in one of the many musty corners. I often spend hours at Haslam’s and leave with a bag full of hard to find books. (I cannot not find any Nietzsche/ Walter Kaufman translations anywhere except for Haslam’s).If you ever find yourself in sunny St. Petersburg please stop in and experience this gem of a bookstore.