Have you ever been on vacation when an unexpected downfall of rain dampened your sunny day of activities and next came a search for the local bookstore to help pass the time? Did you know that such a place is hidden right here in Sherbrooke? Located in Lennoxville, Black Cat Books has been in business for over 20 years and has been kept alive by owner Janice LaDuke’s love of books, reading and dream of sharing her literary appreciation with others.
Selling both gently used and new books, this small but magical environment houses all genres of reading material to appeal to a broad spectrum of reader preferences. Along with a prominent display where the works of local writers can be found, there is also a cozy children’s section complete with comfy chair and a “pet” dragon to keep your littles company while exploring the vast array of endless delights to be found.
Along with the many shelves of carefully logged selections, the Black Cat also sells a variety of custom-made articles at very reasonable prices. Artwork of a black cat lounging in a comfortable golden chair proudly displayed on some of their memorabilia and appearing both in and outside this treasure trove was a generous gift from Aislin– aka Terry Mosher – famed political cartoonist for the Montreal Gazette since the 1970’s.
Following suit of the renowned Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris, France, Black Cat also carries their very own specially blended coffee beans that can only be found at their store. Blended locally by Brûleries FARO – Roasting Houses also in Sherbrooke, this dark roast coffee is a mix of 80% Kenyan coffee and 20% Columbian Supremo. Both are premium arabica beans that when roasted together make a most enjoyable flavor of cocoa with subtle smoky aromas. Beans are available in both one ($12.50) and two-pound ($25) bags.
With Amazon being the biggest competitor for small bookstores such as Black Cat, there is always a prevailing threat that charming and serendipitous stores like this one may cease to exist if locals and tourists lean towards these book giants for their reading purchases. Along with rows of adventures – Black Cat offers very personalized customer service experience and knowledgeable advice. If the store does not have exactly what you are looking – do not fret as orders can also be made on your behalf – as multiple Canadian Publishers and Distributors work with this unpretentious organization to ensure each clients’ needs are met. With a collection of almost 4000 books, Black Cat works mainly through their FaceBook page and via email – and they also provide shipping options for these purchases.
Christmas and summer, when cottage folk flock to this beautiful area make up the stores main peak seasons, however this outstanding nook of sweet smelling paperbacks, beautifully bound hardcovers, unique calendars and wide variety of pleasure for both young and old is always open for business and would be so very pleased to welcome you in for a chat, a look around, a helpful word of advice, a healthy discussion on a book recently read or just a comfortable chair to sit in while perusing the limitless cache of inventory. Want to make someone’s day – try giving them a Black Cat gift certificate while supporting a local business.
Black Cat Books
168E Queen St.
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