Rhody Gem: The Book Nerd

September 2020


What it is:

The Book Nerd is a used bookstore, tea shop, and event space that offers hand-picked titles, specialty teas and treats, artisan gifts, and board games.


Where to find it:

Watch for the homey storefront with flowering window boxes, Adirondack chairs, and a light blue awning along Maple Avenue.


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

A neighborhood cornerstone, The Book Nerd is an ideal respite from a rainy day to get lost in shelves of books, or for hunting down a title you’ve been searching for. “I want people to come in and forget about the to-do list, just be with books and breathe,” says owner Cate Cote-Martel. With social distancing and health precautions in place, patrons can explore a vast inventory of titles, including an exceptional mystery collection, and kids can find games and stories to take home, too. While virtual browsing on Facebook and Quarantine Survival Bags kept book-lovers sustained during lockdown, the shop welcomes back in-person shoppers and still posts new inventory on Facebook. Cote-Martel expresses her gratitude to the community throughout the pandemic: “I’d really like to thank my people for going out of their way to make sure that both the store and I were okay.” And with the help of community donations, The Book Nerd also seeks to raise funds for different local causes each month.


70 Maple Avenue, Barrington • 337-5228 •  @thebooknerdonline


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