New Bookstore and Cafe Coming to Owosso, Mich.
State Representative Ben Frederick and his wife, Lydia Frederick, are the store's principal owners. Supporting the Fredericks is a team consisting of operations manager Dani Caswell; marketing professional Kelen Caswell; and Dave and Dianne Acton, the owners of the town's previous bookstore Owosso Books and More, who will serve as mentors and advisers.
"Lydia and I have been excited about the renewal we have seen in downtown Owosso and throughout this country for many years," Frederick told the Argus-Press. "We can think of no better business to bring to our community than a vibrant and welcoming bookstore/cafe. Our team is excited to serve others in a warm and inviting atmosphere which mingles the familiar scent of coffee and baked goods with that of the printed page."
The bookstore side of the business will focus on community events, and the Fredericks plan to enlist knowledgeable Owosso residents to help curate various sections of the inventory. Events will be organized around specific topics, like the state of higher education, writing a personal memoir or caring for children with special needs, and books related to each session's themes will be available for purchase.
On the cafe side, Owosso Books & Beans will feature a custom-made, "cutting-edge" espresso bar and offer a variety of baked goods for sale. There will be plenty of seating for customers and the cafe will offer "3D coffee art," which allows customers to make intricate, custom latte art with the help of a 3D printer and an app.
Books & Beans will be the first independent bookstore in Owosso since Owosso Books and More closed several years ago. In fact, the Fredericks actually purchased that business from the Actons and, in launching Books & Beans, have changed its name and location.
"We're sharing anything and everything we've ever learned," Dave Acton said. "The value of an independent bookstore is in the face-to-face conversations with people, and being able to build relationships and a rapport with the community. You can't get that on Amazon."