Business Spotlight – Booklovers’ Gourmet Celebrates 23 years in Business
Booklovers’ Gourmet, located in Webster, MA will celebrate 23 years in business this March. A destination store, which consists of a 1,000 square foot independent bookstore, coffee house & gift shop, Booklovers’ Gourmet opened its doors in early March of 1995 by owner/operator Debra Horan, a Webster native and graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design. From the very beginning, the shop was envisioned as a central gathering place where people could enjoy good books, local art, poetry & music and other cultural happenings in a cozy, inviting space. Still in its original location at 55 East Main Street, Booklovers’ Gourmet carries a wide variety of new & used books on all subject matters and interests as well as hand selected gift items, many locally made, including pottery, garden & home decor, jewelry, candles, incense and greeting cards. Educational puzzles & toys by “Melissa & Doug” are featured prominently in the children’s room. The café offers homemade pastries by Phyllis’s Bakery in Putnam, CT and organic, micro-roasted coffee from Hogan Brothers Coffee Roasters in Framingham, MA plus other specialty beverages like smoothies, matcha green tea and apple cider. There are many opportunities to socialize on a monthly basis-book discussion groups, writers groups, open mics, author readings & signings, special workshops and artist receptions. “The heart and soul of this type of community-based business is being able to offer cultural opportunities for everyone to enjoy without having to travel to the big city. To be able to experience different ideas and viewpoints through these events or viewing art is vital and enriching for everyone”, said Ms. Horan. Another example of this priority is showcasing the work of local and student artists throughout the year. Booklovers’ Gourmet is a longtime member of trade organizations The American Booksellers Association and The New England Booksellers Association. Closer to home, Debra is active in the local business community as president of The Webster Dudley Business Alliance.
A special event is planned to mark the occasion and thank the community for their continued support. The celebration will take place all day on Saturday, March 3rd with discounts, giveaways, raffles & refreshments from 10a.m.-5p.m. Live music with The Grey Whisker Pickers will take place from 12-2 p.m.
Winter hours for Booklovers’ Gourmet are Tuesday-Friday 10-6:30, Saturday 10-5.
For more information or listing of events, call 508-949-6232, visit us online at https://www.facebook.com/booklovers55/or just stop in for a visit!