There are now five stories of stories to explore in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Beacon Hill Books and Cafe opened on Friday after months of anticipation — you can find the independent bookshop in the former space of The Hungry 1 at 71 Charles St.
Upon entering, you’ll notice a sign featuring Paige the Squirrel. The mascot comes from a new children’s book about a squirrel living in a bookstore along the brick streets of Beacon Hill (sound familiar?). Keep your eyes peeled inside the store for a cozy recreation of Paige’s home nestled underneath a shelf on the first floor.
Each floor has individual rooms nestled around the corner with themes like “around the world” and “aesthetics.” There’s also a shelf dedicated to Persephone Books, an English publisher focusing on works by women writers from the late 19th and 20th century.
Plus, there’s plenty of magic in store for the little ones on the children’s floor — complete with a model train running along the ceiling + alphabet art from Sally King McBride. Play a game of “I Spy” with local landmarks on the piece, from a Red Sox “R” to Robert McCloskey’s ducklings.
Don’t turn the page just yet. There are a couple of exciting chapters coming soon:
Book it over and shop ‘til you drop Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. + Sunday from 12-5 p.m.