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Webster’s Bookstore Returns to Downtown

From Bob Dylan vinyl to used Tom Clancy novels to steamed soy milk–it was apparent this weekend that Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe has rebounded from the financial woes that closed its previous location. Webster’s is back at it, serving the coffee sippin’, beret wearin’ counter culture of State College once again, and it feels like they never left.

The new Beaver Ave location is nuzzled underneath the art store, Uncle Eli’s, and has an expansive space to house the diverse inventory and equally diverse crowd of perusing customers.

Shelf after shelf is adorned with a range of literary genres from “Body, Mind and Spirit” to “Crafts and Hobbies” to an entire rack of graphic novels and cook books. The walls are dotted with local art and there is a relatively open space in a corner for future performances. Seating is plentiful inside and out, with an arrangement of tables and chairs to enjoy coffees, teas or a packed menu of flatbreads and soups from a fully-functioning cafe counter.

For those who remember the old days of studying to the smooth classic rock soundtrack, grabbing an early morning caffeine fix, or hosting club meetings at Webster’s, the newly opened space is well-equipped to not only rekindle the nostalgia but to rewrite the coffeehouse experience in State College.

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