Pop through the gorgeous double entry doors and you are immediately enveloped by the warm and welcoming smells of roast coffee and freshly baked sweets. Instantly you want to , sit down and cozy up with a good book. Luckily you are in exactly the right place. With its rich interior of wood and exposed brick, the new Savoy Bookshop & Cafe is a major comfort zone for readers. Utilizing some of the flavor from its previous incarnation as a hotel, the store presents itself as a respite from the ever-encroaching digital world. There is still something so satisfying in the tactile experience of a book in hand.
The cafe has tables and chairs in a section bathed in afternoon sunlight. Along with the Dave’s Coffee and other beverage selections there are bagels, Belgian waffles, muffins and cookies the size of softballs to tempt you. Baking is done on site so the warm cookie smell permeates both floors of the shop. The Savoy has quickly become quite the popular gathering place. Customer Serena Bates, a local sculptor, says ,“I love all the nooks and crannies filled with adventure and they have the most fun children’s room I’ve ever seen. It’s a great place to lose yourself for the day.” No primary colors here for the kids, their section continues the warm wood tones and has a little cubby decorated to evoke a mountain cabin, sure to inspire the imagination. Word has it that there are also hidden fairy houses about to find.
Once done searching the well laid out store, plop yourself down on the leather couch and watch the world go by the front window or while away the afternoon sampling the wares. You may never want to leave.
Savoy Bookshop & Cafe
10 Canal Street, Westerly