Thursday, 28 July 2016

Coffee, shops, magazines, notebooks - what a mixture!

 There is a global trend for publishers to jump on the coffee shop bandwagon and then take it to the next level.

'Cos I like coffee, coffee shops, magazines, books and stationery I guess this post was inevitable

Over in Milan the first Moleskine coffee shop has just opened its doors. More are planned in cities around the world where you can browse books and merchandise - including the iconic, eponymous notebooks, as you sip your favourite brew. Sure makes our beloved Caffe Nero in the local Waterstones look kinda shabby.

    Meanwhile, in London, the lifestyle mag The Monocle introduced a similar idea around a year ago.

 Whilst in Toronto, the Indigo bookstore below has a fresh new ambiance to rejuvenate interest in the printed word. Once upon a time, Borders Bookshops sold magazines too. Then they ceased trading.

The nearest we have are the poorly conceived WH Smith stores with a coffee shop attached to a few branches that seem to be in a perpetual state of chaos and in search of an identity. Poor old WHS must be revolving in his grave!