Taylor Books is an institution in Charleston. I knew about Taylor Books before even moving to Charleston. In fact, I had written about it when I was freelancing for the Charleston Daily Mail. I met Ann, the owner, for the story, and she was just amazing. She is the most sincere, wittiest woman in Charleston, I'm sure. I hope to be half the woman she is some day.
And I spoke with her again recently for another story about her raising chickens on the top of Taylor Books. I mean, does it get much better? So, yes, I'm totally biased. I love this place. I love absolutely everything about it. It's situated in the heart of downtown Charleston, so walking there was always lovely. It is a locally owned book store that also has an cafe, gallery and more. It's a hub for culture in Charleston, and it is truly a home away from home.
It is the perfect place to relax with a book, to meet up with friends for coffee, to do an interview, check out local art, whatever. It's a perfect blend of everything I want in my free time. They even have wine.
The cafe is stocked with scones or muffins that Ann wakes up early to make. They're all delicious - you can't really go wrong. What's pictured to the left here is a pumpkin cheesecake latte. I mean, c'mon. What more could you ask for in life?
It's the best coffee shop in West Virginia. I think I can say that confidently. It's well-liked, and if you haven't been here, you're doing yourself a huge disservice.
Buy a book. Stroll through the gallery. Get some coffee and a scone. Scope out the passers-by. Revel in one of the best establishments Charleston has to offer.