The Dokya Bookstore is a franchise that first began in Thailand 35 years ago. In 1994 the owner decided to establish stores in the U.S., first in the east coast and later in Los Angeles. The first store in Los Angeles is the current store on Hollywood Blvd.
The bookstore is an important space for the Thai community to access books, newspapers, and other media imported from Thailand covering many topics on Thai culture, including current affairs, history, food, music and entertainment. Since the rise of technology, and the drop in book sales, the bookstore has expanded to incorporate other products like music, videos, clothes, soaps, shampoos, and herbs from Thailand.
Jintana Tantipichwong mentions that not only local residents buy in the bookstore, but folks visiting nationally or internationally as well. She considers it an open space where people are welcome to come look around and read in the store. She mentions that many customers have found inspiration in the store, including one customer sharing that based on a publication they had read in the store, it had completely changed their perspective and life.
I think this is the place where people come who want to know more about Thai culture. They come to our store because we have different Thai books and magazines. Only Thai media, like videos and CDs -Jintana Tantipichwong