Battery Park Book Exchange

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As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I simply can’t pass up a good bookstore. They are among my favorite “home away from home” spots. So much coziness; so many possibilities to travel, learn new things, and meet new characters. So many books!

On a recent visit to Asheville, North Carolina, we wandered into the exquisite Battery Park Book Exchange.

If you’ve never been there, you may be wondering what, exactly, elevates it to the rank of fabulous.

Let’s go through the checklist, shall we?

The best bookstores are usually local, independent shops, with a unique vibe. Battery Park? Check and check.

And of course, it’s a good sign when a bookstore has a generous selection of books. Battery Park has more than twenty thousand (used) titles, all arranged in well-organized and -labeled categories, sections, shelves, nooks, bookcases, and rooms.

 

bookcases at the Battery Park Book Exchange

 

It’s always nice when a bookstore offers a spot, or two, to sit down, so that you can comfortably peruse the books. Well, this fabulous bookstore has room upon room, on two floors, filled with nearly floor-to-ceiling bookcases — along with a multitude of comfy chairs and sofas. You can sit by yourself, you can sit with a group, or you can perch on a cushioned window seat.

 

books and chairs

A few bookstore purists may disagree, but I enjoy being able to read, browse, relax, and chat — while enjoying a mug of tea or a cup of coffee — in more places than “just” a favorite coffee shop. For those of us who love a shot of espresso with our books, Battery Park sells coffee, drinks, and snacks (we didn’t try it, but the chocolate cake looked scrumptious!)

And, although we were there too early in the day to take advantage of this option, Battery Park is also well known for its wine bar in a corner of the shop.

But the coziest, feels-like-home part? They welcome dogs, too.

If you find yourself in Asheville, I highly recommend making your way to the Grove Arcade and paying a visit to the Battery Park Book Exchange.

Hi, there! I’m Jennifer, and I help too-busy-to-read bookworms and those who want to *be* readers maximize life’s simple joys — like reading a good book — by helping them create quiet spaces (mentally and physically) inspired by the habits of cats, who are masters at finding joy in life’s small details.

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Cicero

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