Cream and Amber

Cream and Amber is a small book store in Hopkins, Minnesota. They offer a large selection of new and new-used books for sale along with local trinkets, small stickers, local art and other book related items.

In addition to books, they also sell coffee, tea and espresso beverages. They even have a few local beers on tap- hence the name Cream and Amber. There is a meeting room in the back that is a perfect space for a small book club to meet and can be reserved for this very purpose. There are also some tables in the back where you can sit and read a new book and enjoy a beverage while doing so. There is also a small outdoor patio where you can enjoy your beverage and book while enjoying the flowers and sunshine.

If you are in the area and want to support your local bookstore be sure to stop in and say hello, grab a coffee and browse the shelves. In addition to in store shopping, you can always visit their website to shop and ship books wherever you want.

Looking for a gift idea for a book lover in your life? Check out their monthly subscriptions where you get a new book every month along with a bag of coffee beans roasted in the Twin Cities. These subscriptions can also be shipped wherever you need it to go.

Whenever I am in Hopkins I try to stop in just to say hello and to see what is new. The employees are so friendly and are eager to give recommendations and help you find your new favorite book.

Happy Reading!

Afterword Tavern and Shelves

I am always on the hunt for unique independent bookstores to visit when we travel anywhere new. When we were in Kansas City, we found this gem that I am very excited to share with you!

Afterword Tavern and Shelves is a unique book store can be found in the Crossroads district of Kansas City. They offer a smaller selection of new books, but they also have a full bar that serves a rotating menu of book themed cocktails! There is an abundance of cozy seating and large tables perfect for meeting up with friends and chatting about books together.

The interior of the shop is small, but cozy. It is decorated with brick walls, large open bookshelves and candles which give this place a very warm and inviting feel.

After you are done browsing for the perfect book, be sure to stop at the bar and try one of their delicious cocktails to pair with your new book. If you are local to the area, they also offer a subscription where you can get a new book and a bottle of wine to go with it- a great gift idea for anyone who lives in Kansas City!

If you are planning on visiting Kansas City, check out our guide to 3 Days in Kansas City for some ideas on other things to see and do in the area.

Let us know what you think when you get a chance to visit!

Maria’s Bookshop- Durango, CO

One of the my favorite things to do when I go somewhere new is to find a local bookstore. This usually involves buying a book (or two, or three…) to support them and see what else they have to offer. Maria’s Bookshop is found in Durango, Colorado and is defiantly worth a stop. The shop can be found right off Maine Ave- which is such a cute street with so many great shops and restaurants, but that is a story for another time. The d├ęcor in the bookshop is so cozy and rustic and has a “tiny cabin tucked away in the mountains” vibe. If you aren’t careful, you can spend an afternoon here browsing the shelves looking for your next read.

Paul says he enjoys going into these stores with me, but I suspect his motivation is mostly to make sure our wallets are safe. When he walked in Maria’s bookshop with me, he looked around a bit and said “Oooh, games and toys! I’ll be back there!” which gave me lots of time to browse and take pictures.

In addition to books and games, there are many other small, local, bookish gifts and trinkets for sale including stickers, socks, greeting cards and much more. The only thing that was missing was a nice cup of tea or coffee!

It was hard to leave with only one book, but I was already pushing the 50 pound weight limit for my suitcase… If we ever find ourselves in Durango again, we will certainly make another stop in Maria’s bookshop.