“My father was a librarian, and my mother was a pediatrician, and also a bookworm, explains Reiner. “I grew up surrounded by books… it was always a part of my life, and story time was very important growing up.”
Reiner’s passion for working in a bookstore stemmed from her first job when she attended law school in France. “My part-time job was working in a bookstore, and I always thought that one day I will do this,” she says. “Still to this day, that was one of the best jobs I ever had.”
Calling San Diego home for the past 21 years, Reiner and her husband, Kacey Caputo, live in Ocean Beach. “We met in OB, we live in OB, our kids go to school in OB, and our friends and family live in OB. It truly is our community,” Reiner says.
The former legal translator and interpreter says she really saw what was missing in OB, and found it an opportune moment in her life to open up her first brick and mortar bookstore. “I think we are more than a bookstore. I like to call it a community hub,” emphasizes Reiner.
Run for Cover is filled with shelves of books, gifts, games, and paper goods, curated for both children and adults. With a cozy indoor space, quaint patio, and the smell of freshly brewed coffee, the indie bookstore provides a genuine and welcoming atmosphere for customers.
“We serve Cafe Moto coffee from Barrio Logan, tea, pastries, and desserts. On weekends, we have French croissants and pain au chocolat,” Reiner says with a smile on her face.
The café’s coffee menu boasts several drinks including The Hemingway (Espresso double shot), The Angelou (iced coffee), and The Silverstein (spiced brown sugar latte).
When asked about how the store deals with competing against the convenience of online shopping, Reiner pointed towards their store’s motto posted above the register, reading “Find it here. Buy it here. Keep us here.”
“The customers are true to their words. They have been so supportive since we opened,” Reiner says. “I am able to do special orders. Let’s say that you don’t see a title you want in our store. Monday through Friday, if I get your order before noon, most books will be here in store ready for you to pick up by the next day,” assures Reiner.
She encourages locals to come stop into the space, interact with other locals in-store, and get out from behind their computers.
Run for Cover has many events coming up including local and national author signings, craft days, trivia, and their weekly story time for kids. Refreshments are served and most events are free of charge. Stay tuned to their Facebook and Instagram for an updated event schedule.
Where: 4912 Voltaire St.
Hours: Mondays to Thursdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.