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Stop, Shop, Sip and Sit for a while at Annie’s

October 12, 2008 (9:11 pm EST)
Filed under: Business by News Staff

Espresso Paulo at Annie’s Book Stop, Nobscot Shopping Center, Framingham MA.

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Tucked away on one end of Nobscot Shopping Center is one of Framingham’s unique shops: Annies Bookstop and more. We say “more” because within Annie’s is a small gallery of art, crafts, and jewelry, plus Espresso Paulo, a mini-coffee bar.

Owner Paul Ashton, aka Paulo, serves up coffee, tea, expresso, smoothies, plus fresh baked goods along with discounted pre-read paper and hardcover books, books on tape, and DVD’s. He will also take your gently used books in partial trade. Not only do you recycle books, but also save money at the same time. Call or visit the website for details on trading in your paperbacks and children’s hardcover books.

There is a new book on request service. Usually recent titles can be obtained within 48 hours. All New Hard Cover titles are offered at 20 percent discount from the publisher's recommended price. All new Paper Backs are offered at 10 percent discount.

In addition to books and great coffee, Paul also provides copy and FAX services. Paul has added additional tables for people to meet friends or business associates. Folks who want a game of chess or backgammon are welcome, as well as those who want a WIFI connection.

Annie’s is host to a mystery book club and periodically holds special events. A popular guest speaker is Dave Retalic, a local ghost hunter, who speaks on the paranormal in MetroWest and New England. Reservations are suggested as the room is limited to about 20 people. Call 508-877-1891 or visit for information on Dave’s next talk and other events.

Periodically Annie’s will host gatherings to watch events on a wide screen TV, such as the presidential debates. New installations of art work are celebrated with artist’s receptions.

Come browse and relax at Annie's!

Annie’s is located in the Nobscot Shopping Center on Water St., opposite the fire station and Anton’s Cleaners. The shop opens at 7 a.m. daily, except for Sundays, so you can stop in for coffee and a baked goodie for your morning commute or schedule an early morning meeting there. The shop closes at 6 p.m. most evenings, except Thursday, when it closes at 7 p.m. On Sundays the shop’s hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Paul will keep the shop open later for group meetings upon request. There is plenty of free, convenient parking.

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- Photos Curtesy of Paul Ashton


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