A boutique bookstore

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Brandi O'Neill (L), owner, and one of her staff stand next to a tall shelf of books.

Owner Brandi O’Neill (L) opened an independent bookstore in Kimberley's Platzl on January 2. — Logan Shellborn photo

Brandi O’Neill believed that Kimberley needed an evening location to have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, to read or write, or to socialize and relax. Her dream opened on January 2 in the heart of the Platzl. “Paper and Cup is a brand-new boutique bookstore and café that caters to creating social connection and relaxation in a trendy environment,” said owner O’Neill.

Currently, the café offers hot beverages and Stoke juices but O’Neill will be bringing in beer, wine and coffee liqueurs soon. Green Door supplies a delicious assortment of baked goods, and more substantial food—such as cheese plates from Crème Cheese Shop—will follow.

Oh, and the books will include the newest titles with a few favourites and classics mixed in for adults, young adults and children. “Reading is a huge part of my life and it fits in this business model nicely,” O’Neill said. Events will support literacy, writers, schools and book clubs as well as musicians and artists.

“There are so many possibilities,” she said, “and working with the City and chamber to elevate Kimberley’s status on the map is also top of the list.”

The interior of Paper and Cup includes shelves of books and a café that sells drinks and food.

Paper and Cup provides a relaxing and engaging hangout space from 12 to 9 p.m. daily. — Logan Shellborn photo

Virginia Rasch

Virginia is a writer and copy editor with Koocanusa Publications. She is an avid outdoor recreationist in all seasons and has lived in the Kootenays for 10 years. With degrees in the natural sciences, she has worked as a tour guide, an environmentalist, a writer, and a copy editor of scientific publications. Virginia now brings her passion for everything green to Kootenay Business. View all of Virginia Rasch’s articles

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