When things get crazy busy, it’s always comforting to know there’s a place to go here at Unity Village to catch your breath and, if you’re feeling feisty, refuel with a little caffeine. Obviously, I’m talking about the Unity Village Bookstore and Coffee Shop on the east side of the Administration Building across from the labyrinth, where the not nearly awake enough as well as the already adequately alert can come for a small respite. No matter your level of cognitive ability in the morning (or any time, really), you’ll walk out of this place feeling a little more alive and chipper.
In its current iteration, the bookstore and coffee shop has been serving employees and visitors in search of food and drink as well as spiritual seekers looking for the perfect book, CD, candle, or inspirational saying since 2007. The coffee bar serves smoothies and Starbucks drinks, including iced and hot options for coffee, lattes, and teas. Each month, the menu features a different specialty drink. You can also choose from a bevy of food options including tasty house-made egg-and-bacon tarts in the morning or salads and sandwiches for lunch. Baked goods (including killer brownies), fresh fruit, and natural, organic snacks are always available.
Once satiated, turn your attention to the immensity of items for sale in the bookstore and gift shop. A few weeks ago, I realized I needed stamps, a birthday card, and a venti Americano with an extra shot of espresso. I trudged down the steps from my office and within 15 minutes I had everything I needed.
Of course, you can buy more than stamps, cards, and intensely caffeinated beverages here. You’ll also find an intriguing array of products from around the world, including hand-blown glass ornaments, jewelry, wind chimes, children’s books and toys, drums and singing bowls, batik sarongs, and spiritual and New Thought books from authors such as Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, and Byron Katie. You’ll even find Unity T-shirts, coffee cups, postcards, and believe it or not, Unity socks. I’m particularly drawn to the colorful garden poles. Of course, you can also buy Daily Word and Unity Magazine here, as well as both classic and new offerings from Unity Books.
“It’s the place to get away to,” says manager Lisa Hurst. “You can enjoy meditative music, talk with friends and coworkers, or even do a little work on your laptop, away from your everyday work setting.” Free Wi-Fi is available.
The bookstore and coffee shop is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Hours change during Christmas week and on New Year’s Day.) Be sure to check out the annual Christmas open house held the first Thursday of December. For more information, call 816-251-3578.