8726 Ferry Street
Montague, MI 49437
|My sister Sue in front of the Book Nook & Java Shop--Note: No Jacket.|
Noting the tongue-in-cheek sign displayed atop the coffee maker at The Book Nook & Java Shop: "Friends Don't Let Friends Drink STARBUCKS," I realized that here is an establishment fighting the war of independents against the established commercial giants, not just on the printed-and-bound front, but also on the fashionable beverage front. I like this spunky attitude.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. The date and circumstances of my visit and the charming locale in which this noteworthy shop resides deserve a certain amount of attention.
November weather in Michigan, by and large, is a mystery. You never know what you're going to get. My Michigan friends will bear witness to the fact that it is possible to have howling winds and snow one day and go out sans jacket the next. November 7, 2011, happened to be one of those jacket-free days when the amount of blue in the sky pretty closely equaled the amount of cloud cover. So I called my sister Sue and suggested that she accompany me to visit a bookstore I had heard about that is not far from her home. Getting to be a regular companion on these bookstore jaunts, (She was with me in Williamston.) she quickly agreed, and her husband Ralph suggested we meet for lunch at a local establishment before beginning our adventure. In addition to the Book Nook, the quaint town of Montague on the shores of White Lake just a stone's throw from Lake Michigan is also home to an assortment of galleries, antique shops, and a most enjoyable lunch spot, Lipka's Old Fashion Soda Fountain. I can think of no better prelude to a bookstore visit than a nostalgic lunch in a historic pharmacy and soda shop. It promised to be a great day.