Learning, ingesting espresso and studying books are all typical actions for school college students. Grounds for Thought and Novel Blends are two places in downtown Bowling Inexperienced the place college students can go to take part in these previous time actions.
Grounds for Thought homeowners Kelly and his spouse Laura Wicks opened the doorways to their espresso store and bookstore in October of 1989 and simply celebrated 33 years of enterprise. His household has lived within the space because the Seventies and wished to convey their enterprise to an space that’s acquainted.
The thought for the store got here from years of household journey and discovering bookstores, coffeeshops and locations the place they favored to hang around as a household.
The enterprise began out small with solely about 1,200 sq. toes and about 7,000 used books, however has grown since to 7,000 sq. toes and 250,000 books.
They’re now the biggest used guide retailer between Columbus and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Along with used books, additionally they promote used comics and information.
Novel Blends is a brand new bookstore and occasional store to the downtown space that opened in September of 2021. Proprietor Michael Stoepler runs the enterprise with the assistance of his son Sean and spouse Shelly.
The main target of their household tasks has at all times been to assist others, which was seen via their non-profit group that provided artwork, music and dance remedy to troopers, kids, girls and plenty of others.
After COVID-19 slowed the participation in occasions via the group, they determined to assist others in opening a guide and occasional enterprise.
Promoting books was Stoepler’s preliminary intention, however espresso was launched by his daughter who used to work at Barnes and Noble. He stated the addition of that facet has helped their enterprise an ideal deal.
Novel Blends options lesser recognized and native authors that focus primarily on fiction, however additionally they have a biography and kids’s part.
Stoepler understands the comfort of purchasing on-line or at massive retailers for books, so he needs to enchantment to a distinct viewers by that includes authors folks could have by no means heard of.
“It introduces folks I believe to a complete world of writers that they won’t be used to,” Stoepler stated.
Grounds for Thought additionally should compete with massive companies, however they’re profitable no matter these firms as a result of the store continues to be seen as a vacation spot location.
“I believe one of many beauties of a used guide retailer is that typically you possibly can go in on the lookout for a guide, however I’ve discovered over time it looks as if the books typically discover you,” Wicks stated.
Like Novel Blends, Wicks additionally options native authors at his retailer the place additionally they do readings and signings of their books. Final 12 months, they labored with an illustration class via the college and bought the scholar’s comedian books for a weekend.
Wicks enjoys being downtown and surrounded by school college students.
“The college as a complete brings a variety of optimistic power and creativity to the entire neighborhood, not simply to Grounds. They assist to present Bowling Inexperienced its distinctive character,” Wicks stated.
Stoepler additionally enjoys seeing college students are available to check and loves introducing readers to new authors and kinds of writing. Novel Blends gives snug chairs and locations to work within the store. Stoepler’s hope is for folks to be there so long as it takes to do their work and be snug whereas doing it.
Wicks shared that Grounds for Thought can be not only a espresso store and bookstore however a platform to do a number of occasions, concert events, membership conferences and locations to check.
“Whether or not you might be 4, 40 or 80, hanging with buddies, taking part in video games, socializing and studying, these are all issues that everybody has in frequent,” Wicks stated.
Each outlets have occasions deliberate for the vacation season. Novel Blends will probably be internet hosting singing teams and will probably be open for longer hours, and they’re additionally internet hosting a Vacation Wreath Workshop on Nov. 26 at 4:30 pm
Grounds for Thought will maintain its 18th annual Vacation Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 am to 4 pm It’s a native arts and crafts present that brings in dozens of native artists from visible artwork to multimedia and is a spot to search out distinctive presents for an inexpensive $15 to $25 vary.
“Persons are simply usually busy and engaged and energetic and in good moods so it is at all times a enjoyable time to be doing enterprise,” Wicks stated.
For extra info on all issues espresso and books on the places, go to the Novel Blends Fb web page and Grounds for Thought web site.