We finally visited Books and Cookies, a book store, bakery, and enrichment center on Main Street (a few blocks from home) today. They opened doors exactly one month ago and since I've been traveling and recently hosted two large, back-to-back parties, we haven't had a chance to visit until now. And the kids' space totally lived up to my expectations.
Upon entry, you're smacked in the face with the sweet smell of freshly baked cookies and greeted by the friendly staff, including former teacher and owner Chudney Ross. The shop is a little warm with the kitchen sandwiched between the library and cafeteria area, but it's not uncomfortable. In fact, it's very inviting. The space feels welcoming and for once, children are encouraged to climb, sit, crawl, push, and enjoy the space as they please (with parental guidance, of course).
After reading several books in a few comfy nooks, Lulu had fun exploring the space (especially enjoying the teepee) and eventually settled down to snack on a tasty cheese sandwich, juice, and milk. Then she danced a bit in the activity room with a few other kids. I had to drag her out to head home for nap time.
Books and Cookies is a great addition to our neighborhood. Now one of our new favorite places is home to two of our favorite things. Anyone want to meet us in the neighborhood? Holla!