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Bedlam Book Cafe

Used books, from the academic to the esoteric. Unique curiosities. Organic juices and smoothies. Community gathering spot. See website for hours.

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Happy National Poetry Month! April has long been known as “the cruelest month of all” since poet T.S. Eliot branded it as such... and while that may end up being true in a newly painful way as we face this pandemic, I’m turning to the art of poetry more than ever.... so this kicks off the first “poem of the day” that I’ll be posting every day this month.... I love this poem called “Things” by Lisel Mueller because of the way it makes transparent some of the most basic of impulses we possess - to infuse objects, things, ideas with human qualities..... . . Thank you for those of you who have been placing online book orders with us! We are very grateful for your support! #indiebookstore #bedlambookcafe #realbooks #realjuice #poetry #nationalpoetrymonth #aprilisthecruelestmonth #pandemic2020 #wordworshipper

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Super exciting news... we are now LIVE with our brand new website!! This will enable all sorts of online purchasing for the weeks/months to come.... to start, while stay-at-home orders persist, you’ll be able to purchase things that can be shipped directly to you - new books, and gift cards.... once folks are okayed to move around a bit more, we’ll be adding a whole slew of other things you can order - hurt + remainder used books, gift items from our store, and cafe drinks for curbside pickup! . . We also continue to work on getting our rare books listed online, and there will eventually be a link on this new website that brings you directly to our rare book inventory.... . . We continue to be so grateful for all your support and patience! Please keep supporting local businesses!! And stay safe, healthy, and well... #indiebookstore #bedlambookcafe #realbooks #realjuice #communitybookstore #worcesterlove #discovercentralma #igworcesterma #supportlocal #pandemic2020

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This is what my days have become... and it’s not bad! 🔥📚😻 #hygge #cozy #brightside #readingbythefire #winterredux #indiebookstore #bedlambookcafe #realbooks #realjuice #tanehisicoates #pandemic2020

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Reading and journaling this morning.... and also about to mail off a bunch of Bedlam gift certificates this morning.... Thank you thank you thank you for all your support during this time! #stayhealthy #pandemic2020 #indiebookstore #bedlambookcafe #realbooks #realjuice #poetry #oceanvuong #coppercanyonpress #journalingheals

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I dunno about you, but I’m missing those juices!! I got out my trusty old Omega Juicer (this baby is 20 years old and still runs great) and whipped up a carrot apple ginger juice... it was a balm of freshness.... but ugh, the cleanup at home is no fun! #juicygrrrl #realjuice #bedlambookcafe #annesextonsbedlam #localproduce

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Proof that I’m a “tapas reader” - read a little of this, read a little of that.... this isn’t even the whole stack of what I’m in various stages of reading right now! And now that I have all this time, I feel too distracted to read! Who else is feeling this way? What are you reading (or trying to focus on reading)? #pandemic2020 #tapasreader #widerangingtaste #indiebookstore #bedlambookcafe #realbooks #realjuice #tbrpile #inprogresspile #bookstagram #morebooksplease #usedbooks

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Thank you for all your feedback earlier this week! We’ve been hard at work implementing new things based on your input.... . . First, we have a brand new website that should be live this week.... it has a nifty new online shop that we will use more and more over the coming weeks and months... at first you will only be able to purchase gift cards on it.... but eventually once shelter-at-home restrictions are lifted there will be an array of things you’ll be able to purchase, including our cafe drinks, for curb-side pickup! . . Second, there’s a form that we will be using on the homepage of our new website that will allow you to enter the info for any new book and we will locate it for you and ship it directly to your house... . . Third, we love the idea of making little grab bags of books for you! There are soooo many cool books in our store, and once we can be there on a more regular basis we will put together little book packages and post them on social media for folks to see and then message us to buy! . . And last, we are still in the process of listing our rare books online.... things don’t move fast in the book world, and we’re often dealing with suppliers and websites that use old technology and old-school practices, so we thank you for your patience!! We will continue to keep you updated on our progress.... . . Thank you SO much to those of you who have been buying gift cards from us! #stayhealthy #thiscommunityisamazing #wewillgetthroughthis #indiebookstore #bedlambookcafe #realbooks #realjuice #worcesterma

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We can’t believe it’s been a week that we’ve been closed. It feels so much longer! We miss our customers and the store so much and hope you are all healthy and well... . . We wanted to fill you in on what we’ve been up to: helping our employees file for temporary unemployment, working with a political action committee for small business advocacy, grocery shopping for ourselves and family members, tending to self-care, reading, hiking, attending a private booksale, and reformulating how to keep Bedlam running in what could be a much longer haul than we thought when we first closed.... . . We pride ourselves on being a physical, experiential space to explore.... but we also realize it could be many weeks and perhaps months until we can return to normal and provide that intimate space to get lost in the stacks while sipping on one of our cafe drinks.... so in addition to working on listing our rarer books online, we’re also working on ways to keep you supplied with fresh reading material.... as you know, we’re largely dependent on local library booksales to replenish our stock - and those have all been cancelled for a while to help limit the spread of COVID-19.... but we do have access to hurts and remainders (newer release books that were returned from new bookstores or slightly damaged) as well as new books from large distributors.... we’ve already placed a large order of hurts and remainders that should be here in a week or two.... . . But we want to hear from you, and what, if any, your book needs are... we think books are a necessity - right after food, shelter, and healthcare! So please tell us - how many books would you want per month, would you order new books through us if you could, would you want curbside pickup of those books or have them shipped to your door? We want to serve you, and remain a vital source for all your reading needs..... . . Thank you for supporting us during this unprecedented time! And thank you to our customers who have bought gift certificates - we will be mailing them this week! #stayhealthy #community #indiebookstore #bedlambookcafe #realbooks #realjuice

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Did you know we have a case of rarer books, some signed, some first or earlier editions, some old from the 1800s.... and we also have a dedicated bookcase for popular first editions, much of it fiction and many of the books signed.... many treasures to discover! . . I also want to say that we’re evaluating on a daily basis whether to close for a while due to the coronavirus.... if we do close, we will post it here and on our website... #bewell #indiebookstore #bedlambookcafe #realbooks #realjuice #usedbooks #rarebooks #firsteditions #bookcollector #pandemic2020

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Love this family who came out to buy some books and smoothies! #stockup #indiebookstore #bedlambookcafe #realbooks #realjuice #healthysmoothies #pandemic2020 #shopsmall

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This has been a stressful week for so many folks.... small businesses are feeling the pinch, artists and musicians are having wage-earning performances cancelled, and people whose job it is to care for other people have had even more stresses heaped upon an already stressful job.... we feel ya, and we’re right there with ya.... . . We hope we can be an oasis during all this anxiety.... come in, stock up on some great reads, treat yourself to a healthy tonic from our cafe, and maybe even achieve some moments of blissful peace like my cat in the last pic.... #indiebookstore #bedlambookcafe #realbooks #realjuice #feedyournerves #radiaherbs #catsdontworryaboutcoronavirus #takecareofeachother #pandemic2020

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