Soft Opening: Cabot Street Books & Cards, Beverly, Mass.

Cabot Street Books & Cards, the latest store in the HugoBooks group, had its soft opening yesterday at 272 Cabot St. in Beverly, Mass. The new location had been originally slated to open in 2015, but redevelopment of the building took longer than anticipated.

The Patch reported that the "former Casa de Moda storefront has been seemingly quiet for months, but the city's long wait is over.... The announcement comes more than two years after Casa de Moda--the popular specialty gift shop that sold cards, jewelry, home wares and more for over 40 years--closed its doors. Atomic Cafe moved across the street shortly after the gift shop opened, but only filled about one third of the store."

Owner John Hugo noted this is the second HugoBooks location "that shares space with Atomic Café, a local indie café and roaster, the first being in Newburyport. The 1,200-square-foot micro indie is a model that we hope can prove itself a worthy model to repeat."

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