Earlier this year, I spent a couple of days in Greenville, SC for work. While I was on my way into the office one morning, I glanced out the window and saw an old historic home boasting a local bookstore.
Before I left Greenville that evening, I decided to stop by for a self-directed tour and was not disappointed.
The bookstore was called Joe’s Place, and before I even stepped foot inside I was already well in love.
The historic character of the house has a charming, boutique-museum feel. Not only is Joe’s Place a curator of literature, but it hosts local art, crafts incredible coffee, and stocks wine from family-owned vineyards in the southeast.
According to their website, the bookstore is named after the owner, Mary’s, brother, Joe, who passed away in 1999, but who left behind him an infectious spirit that Mary translated into Joe’s Place.
It is truly the kind of bookstore one can easily, and willingly, get lost in. The space is designed a bit like a maze, as though to lure guests from room to room, and there are endless quirky details to catch your attention and leave you lingering in a single spot for inordinate amounts of time.
Because I make it a point to buy at least one book every time I visit an indie bookstore, I left Joe’s Place with a copy of Bryan E. Robinson’s Daily Writing Resilience.
Since one of my 2019 goals (really, my only 2019 goal at this point) is to visit more bookstores in the southeast, starting with my home state of South Carolina, I wanted to share this lovely literary business before heading into the new year. If you ever visit Greenville, absolutely do not leave until you’ve had a stroll through Joe’s.
A version of this post was originally published on Soda City Reads.