Name of business: The Bookshop Cafe
Type of business: Book store and coffee shop
Location: 116 N. Center St., Turlock
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Contact info: 664-9646
History of business: Following the 2011 closure of Borders, Turlockers have been without a dedicated new book store.
That changed Oct. 8, as The Bookshop Cafe opened in downtown Turlock, offering good coffee, good books, and a comfy place to enjoy both.
The business came to be when Beverly Willis decided to combine her love of books with her longtime dream to own a store. Willis wanted to open “something different,” combining a coffee shop with the new book selection she found lacking in Turlock.
“We don’t have any other bookstores in Turlock,” Willis said.
Business specialty: The Bookshop Cafe can be summed up in three words, according to Willis: Books, coffee, and Wi-Fi.
The shop specializes in new books, from all genres.
For drinks, The Bookshop Cafe serves Longbottom Coffee and Tea, a gourmet brand from Oregon. Cookies and oatmeal are available as snacks.
Big comfortable chairs abound to sit and read.
And the store also features a small selection of local, hand-made custom goods, like aprons.
“We like to promote local business,” Willis said.