Starting the day, shop owner Andrew McKinley sweeps in front of Adobe after rolling out the sidewalk book display.
Andrew McKinley (left) and Charlie (right) price books as the day begins, Wednesday April 11, 2012. There are always used books coming in that need to be priced and shelved, so this is a common morning activity. Charlie is not an employee, but helps out at the store on occasion.
McKinley selects books at the monthly sale held by Friends of San Francisco Public Library. He left with more than 120 used books purchased for $1 each. He declared it a very good day because he typically finds about 40 books at this sale. McKinley scours Bay Area book sales and estate sales to fill the store’s shelves.
An impressive collection of more than 20,000 books stack and spill over every available surface area at Adobe Books. McKinley chats with visitors on the sofas in the center of the store while customers are shopping.
Swan (right), who can be found in or around Adobe Books most days, is typing a weekly publication that he authors and distributes in the neighborhood while McKinley (left) helps Lauren (center) locate a book. Swan can be found snoozing in one of the shops cozy chairs late mornings, and heads out to feed the neighborhood birds in the afternoon.
Sri Ananda, employee of 10 years, engrossed in a conversation with an Adobe customer. In his free time, Sri Ananda enjoys catching pre-release film viewings. He also offers Psychic readings for customers at the store for a small donation.
McKinley (left) talks to a friend (not pictured) while new customer, Katie (center) chats with Sara Coenem (right) at Adobe Books. Coenem, a friend of McKinley's, stopped in to say hello after returning from an International trip, while Katie said she’d only recently discovered Adobe and it’s quickly become a favorite destination.
A talented portrait photographer, McKinley snaps a family photo of 14-month-old Weston Arthur, son of Katherine Rosch and Brion Nuda Rosch who stopped in to say hello. McKinley shoots about ten rolls of 35mm film per month, mainly of friends and people he knows. His photographs are on display in the store for people to browse, but they are not for sale.
Books and trinkets flank the side of the front desk at Adobe.
Grant LaValley (left) plays guitar for an intimate gathering of friends and customers including Charis Briley (center) and Dan Olsen (right) on a Friday evening in the bookstore. McKinley is a strong supporter of the arts and has a backroom gallery where local artists can show their work.
Mick Goldwater (left) and Zander Macky (right) look at a book while listening to an evening music performance at Adobe.
Following a performance of music, puppetry, and poetry, Dan Olsen (left), Grant LaValley (center), and Andrew Berg (right) chat outside Adobe before heading out to a goth-themed party. McKinley planned to join them.