Monday, January 12, 2009

Eat Licorice, Read a Good Book

Just a block away from Licorice International, you’ll find Indigo Bridge, a new local bookstore and coffeshop that’s offers something a bit different.

I felt at home right away in the welcoming space of the store, with its old-fashioned coffee house feel, shelves filled with fascinating books, and the amazing tree sculpture that looks out over a bright children’s area. It’s more than just another bookstore. Every book on the shelves was hand-picked, either by owners Bob and Kim Coleman, their family, or their employees. A large display showcases books by local authors.

The toys and gift-items were also carefully selected. Handmade jewelry, journals and bags help support artisans in the third world. Locally roasted Cultiva coffee and a wide assortments of teas, sodas and pastries, as well as free wi-fi are all available in the coffeehouse.

Indigo Bridge welcomes groups of all kinds to gather in their coffeehouse area. A church group and writers group currently meet there on a regular basis, and book discussion groups are planned for the future.

If you purchase a cloth bag and bring it with you each time you shop, you can receive a 10 percent discount. The store also offers an additional 10 percent discount for educators (including homeschoolers). My friend Suzy, who homeschools, put it this way: “Wow! My dreams have come true! I can support a locally owned bookstore, drink locally roasted, free-trade coffee AND still get a 20% discount.”

Located inside the Creamery Building at 701 P Street, Indigo Bridge is open Monday-Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from noon-10 p.m.

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