Plan some time to linger here: there’s a lot to do and peruse! The solid old country store building in small-town Plainville has been proudly restored and now houses a vibrant and modern independent bookstore, café, and performance space. The title selection is one you’d expect to find in a well-stocked college town bookshop. That’s because Diary of a Wimpy Kid series author Jeff Kinney–who owns the shop along with his wife, Karen–racks up contemporary fiction, an extensive kids, teen and graphic novel section, and the newest cookbook titles with mouth-watering cover photos you’ll be glad to get in line for a grilled panini and a cappuccino before browsing the full collection.
Café manager Sandra Dipena sources fresh greens and vegetables from Crystal Spring Farm (right in Plainville) for the seasonal menus. Wheat-free baked goodies are made on site, and beer and wine is served in the café and at events. Yes, you read that right, you can enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine at the bookstore! The 2nd Story (the upper level of the building) hosts Family Trivia on the first and third Friday nights of the month as well as story times, poetry slams, open mic nights, craft classes, and author events giving the space a Seattle-like coffeehouse vibe. It’s a hoppin’ place where the community gathers to eat, read, and have fun.
An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Café
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762