BOOKLOVERS’ GOURMET – Independent bookstore, gift shop, café & community gathering space in Webster, MA
Booklovers’ Gourmet opened its doors in March of 1995 and has seen lots of changes in the retail book business since then. They have even outlasted some of the big chains! People still like to come in and hold a real book in their hands, browse through the shelves and discover something new, or get a personal recommendation from the owner. Run by Webster native Debra (Ostrokolowicz) Horan, with help from her parents, the store continues to embody her vision of being a gathering place where people can meet, enjoy good books, local art, poetry & music in a cozy, inviting space while sipping on a cappuccino made with fair-trade, organic beans and homemade pastry by Phyllis’s Bakery in Putnam.
Don’t let the seemingly small space fool you! Step into this busy location at 55 East Main Street and you will be welcomed through all of your senses with wonderful smells and sights with soothing music playing in the background. You will find shelves brimming with a wide array of the most current releases along with gently used books, hand selected gifts, many locally-made, including pottery, garden & home decor, journals, jewelry, incense, candles, organic bath & body care products, greeting cards and more. The store has an extensive children’s section including Newbery and Caldecott Award winners as well as a wide array of educational puzzles & toys by “Melissa & Doug”.
If you are in a social mood, you can join one of our monthly book discussion groups, writers groups, meet the author readings & signings, special workshops and artist receptions. “One of my main goals in running this type of community-based business is to offer cultural opportunities for everyone to participate in, to grow and learn by meeting others and experiencing things they may not otherwise get the chance to right here in Webster”, said Mrs. Horan. The store hosts regular events with local, regional and national authors and showcases the work of local and student artists and musicians throughout the year.
Booklovers’ Gourmet is a member of The American Booksellers Association, The New England Independent Booksellers Association and The Webster Dudley Business Alliance.
Regular business hours for Booklovers’ Gourmet are Monday & Saturday 10-5, Tuesday-Friday 10-6:30, closed Sunday. For more information about events call 508-949-6232, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our website www.bookloversgourmet.com or our Facebook page.