Façades in Wynwood are typically covered in so much color it's difficult to discern what the original foundation was. Yet on the corner of NW Fifth Avenue and 26th Street sits a white storefront with only large black block letters indicating what's inside. "Books + Books + Bikes + Lebo," it reads. To the left of the entrance, painted in black between two brackets, the words "Books & Books, No Boundaries, and Lebo" explain the name.
The two Coral Gables shops have partnered and brought onboard local artist Lebo for a pop-up in Miami's Fashion District.
The store has gone otherwise unnoticed, blending with the surrounding businesses. Luis Valezquez, a No Boundaries employee who now works at Books + Books + Bikes + Lebo, explains the spot has been open for just three weeks. It will remain open for a year.
When you walk in, the most striking aspect is how spacious and organized everything is. On your immediate right, pieces of Lebo's work fill the window display and corner wall. Black crates brimming with vinyl records draw your eye. A handsome wooden bookshelf commands an entire wall. Books upon books are piled on tables and shelves and even neatly placed on the floor.
Everyday bikes and more professional models form a line that aesthetically divides the space. The sports store has stocked up on everything from typical accessories to camping gear to winter wear. Valezquez says they are waiting to get a more accurate feel of the clientele before adding more products to this new location.
"The biggest advantage we have, especially for book lovers, is that all the books are heavily discounted," he says. "It doesn't matter the size or length — they're all essentially on sale." Nearly all of the bikes and athletic clothing are also sold at steep markdowns.
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"Our storefront attracts a lot of people just walking down the street. Once they come inside, they almost always walk out with a book in hand because of the great prices," Valezquez adds.
Books & Books and No Boundaries are known for throwing community events. This new partnership doesn't intend to be any different. Although there are currently no author talks or bike rides planned from the Wynwood store, Valezquez promises events are in the works. The shop also hopes to have Lebo do some live paintings or autograph sessions, he says.
Books + Books + Bikes + Lebo
2602 NW Fifth Ave., Miami. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.