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The Secret’s Out

Posted December 26, 2012 in Community Featured, Boone

It just may be one of the best-kept secrets in Boone.

A steaming cup of hot chocolate and a pastry warm up a cold winter’s day at King’s Christian Bookstore.

A steaming cup of hot chocolate and a pastry warm up a cold winter’s day at King’s Christian Bookstore.

As a variety of new businesses go up along the Highway 30 corridor on the south side of Boone this year, wouldn’t it be nice if one of those bookstores with a coffee shop inside came to town? A small bookstore, no chain merchandising, a little neighborhood-style coffee shop?

Like an answer to a prayer, it’s already there.

Tucked quietly along Southeast Marshall Street, King’s Christian Bookstore is one of the friendliest little places in Boone. Life moves at an unhurried pace at this airy and inviting place. It is a quiet respite from the busy street just outside.

Wander in and find your way to an alcove in the back of the store, and you’ll find tables and bar-height stools just waiting for someone to spread out with a book and a tall cup of coffee or mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. On a handwritten blackboard, the coffee, cappuccino, latté, coffee K cups and smoothie choices fill the board.

Just reading the flavors is enough to start the mouth watering There is almond, amaretto, banana, butterscotch, cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, coconut, English toffee, hazelnut, peanut butter, butter pecan — and that’s only the beginning.

If you’re not a coffee or cappuccino person, there’s hot apple cider, a variety of teas, hot chocolate and even some Italian soda selections. Hand-made root beer floats and milkshakes are popular with kids young and old.

As a companion to the sizeable beverage selection, there are also a few packaged pastry choices to round out a cozy afternoon of sipping a drink and reading a book or magazine. On this blustery day, I picked out a cinnamon roll and coupled it with a steaming cup of hot chocolate — a relaxing combination that is comfort food at its best.

It was relaxing to browse and find a few things you don’t always find in the chains, all the while enjoying a hot beverage and a little something sweet to eat.

King’s Christian Bookstore and Coffee Shop
1325 S.E. Marshall St.
(515) 432-5242
Mon. – Wed.: 8 a.m. – 6 pm.
Thur. – Sat.: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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