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Do Reading Resolutions Make Us Hate Books?

I’m the kind of person who makes ridiculous resolutions. (Like vowing to shop only at locally owned Alabama stores for a year and blogging about it. Or spending as little money as possible for three months and blogging about it. Or writing a novel in a month and blogging … […]

Do Reading Resolutions Make Us Hate Books?

I’m the kind of person who makes ridiculous resolutions. (Like vowing to shop only at locally owned Alabama stores for a year and blogging about it. Or spending as little money as possible for three months and blogging about it. Or writing a novel in a month and blogging … […]

Have a Very Merry Holiday!

  Church Street Coffee & Books will be open Christmas Eve (6 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and closed Christmas Day. We’ll be taking holiday book orders for most titles through 9 a.m. Monday morning (the 23rd), so give us a call this weekend if you’d like us to order a […]

Baristas in the Kitchen: Charlie and The Art of Fermentation

That big orange book you see peeking out in the cookbook section at Church Street Coffee & Books? It’s called The Art of Fermentation, and we have it thanks to Charlie, who loves to talk about all things healthy and local, from goat farming to beekeeping to mushroom hunting to, […]

Baristas in the Kitchen: Janie Cooks from Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey

  Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey is flying off the shelves here at Church Street. (Well, one time we literally dropped it off a shelf … but it’s selling really well, too.) And no wonder — the cookbook is packed with gorgeous food photography plus amazing-sounding recipes from Chef John Currence. […]

Tips from All-Star Social Media Trainers

I never thought I’d be a trainer. I’ve had a trainer, and it wasn’t a pleasant experience — Romen dragged me out of bed at 5 a.m. in the cold to swing around a kettle bell and play a hideous game called All the Stairs in the Neighborhood (FYI, Highland […]

Is It Lame to Give Books for Christmas? Sometimes.

Let’s face it: Sometimes a book is a really lame gift. Books can be boring; they can be preachy or judgmental. Self-help books that are really thinly veiled hints rarely make good presents — unless you’re a Grinch or a super-mean person, don’t give anyone a copy of He’s Just […]

Is It Lame to Give Books for Christmas? Sometimes.

I have a big extended family, so whenever we’re all together for Christmas, we’ve developed a system for opening gifts: We all open one at the same time, then we take a moment to go around the room and share what we’ve just unwrapped. One year I was watching everyone […]