Over the years, Wellesley has seen its share of indie booksellers. In fact, as a Wellesley resident for the better portion of my life, I don’t remember a time when Central Street hasn’t had a bookstore—which, in the current climate of Main Street shops and bookstores in general, says a great deal about the devoted readers in Wellesley and its neighboring towns.
That said, the latest iteration of Wellesley’s bookstore may be its most winning. Wellesley Books has maintained all the charm (and the amazing staff) that made up Wellesley Booksmith, but seems to have upped that magical factor that turns a bookstore into a community hub. From bookclubs (including Bill’s Book Club for Guys, which is run by owner Bill Kohli and includes libations) to story times, to newsletters, events with local celebs like Ming Tsai or the inimitable Deepak Chopra, and a writing workshop in conjunction with Grub Street, Wellesley Books clearly understands that books and the people that want to talk about books belong together. (They also seem to understand that these gatherings deserve a little pour, as well!)
Many know that Wellesley’s shops and boutiques are worth a visit—from Isabelle Harvey to Wassick’s Cheese Shop. But a trip to Wellesley without a stop at Wellesley Books would be a true shame. When you do stop in, check out the local history sections to see our titles!