In Spring 2014, we added a cafe space on the first floor of the bookshop, featuring locally-roasted Coffee on the Porch coffee beans in our espresso, french press, and pour over services.
Now, the not-so-obvious: it’s all tangled up in this “fiercely indie, truly local” thing. Those aren’t just words in a hipster, cargo-culture phrase; it’s our four-word manifesto.
As an Independent bookshop, we reject the mega-corporate stranglehold that permeates — both physically and digitally — our daily lives, and blunts the potential for genuine, mutually-beneficial interaction between individuals in a community. We hold steadfast to the ideal that a passion for our product, a predilection for our customer’s interests, and a dedication to our store’s purpose translates to a more personal service, and is of greater value to a book buyer than the prefabricated, Pavlovian comfort of a Big Bookstore or a brand name website. Don’t get us wrong — we don’t denounce the service provided by Big Bookstores that have a focus on profit margins and monetary gain; we just think we sell books better.
At O&T, we are fervent believers in supporting other Independents and cultivating community. We promote local authors, artists, and artisans in any way we can. We host poetry readings, author readings and signings, book release events, an Owl and Turtle Writers Group, as well as various crafter and maker events. We feature locally-roasted coffee, locally-blended teas, and locally-made baked goods in our cafe. We are proud to be connected by the convictions that make us all different, and united by a collective stake in our locale. Isn’t that what a community is all about?
Fiercely indie. Truly local.