Anyone with kids knows that coffee can be a very important asset to the day. And Book Bums, located inside the Kids First Sports Center on Kemper Road, knows that too. Book Bums gives parents the flexibility to enjoy a cup of La Terza Coffee while watching their kids’ practice or quickly grab a cup before heading to another activity. One of the most unique features of the company is their dedication to reading. They have an unbelievable lending library for families to borrow books and a passion for literary enrichment. We had a chance to talk to one of Book Bums’ Co-Founders, Christy Williams, to find out more about their company!
What’s your name and role in the company?
Anna Hazard; I am the manager at Book Bums ?
Tell us a little about your history.
Husband and wife team (Mike and Christy Williams) opened Book Bums on January 9, 2010 in Olde West Chester, intending to be a literacy center that would help kids learn to love reading and empowering families to play an active role in their child’s education. Book Bums had a few snacks and drinks available for purchase during Story Times, tutoring sessions, and Foundations of Literacy classes, and soon, people were asking why we didn’t have lunch options available. The menu developed with family recipes and with the help of Mike and Christy’s youngest son, Cameron (who spent some time in culinary school), we soon became known as both a cafe/coffee shop as well as a literacy center (it was a blast to explain this to people who came in and didn’t know about the other half of the business!). In April 2015, we opened our second location inside Kids First Sports at 7900 E. Kemper Road and operated in both locations until the landlord in Olde West Chester sold the building and (understandably so) the new owner wanted to move in. Since August of 2015, we have been operating solely in Kids First Sports. The literacy side of the business has not thrived with our move to Kids First, as the atmosphere here is much busier, louder, and not as conducive to learning in a seated atmosphere. We still have our lending library, and parents and kids alike are welcome to borrow books, enjoy them, and return them whenever they are finished.
What type of atmosphere are you trying to create for your customers? What kind of experience do you hope your customers have?
We hope to create a restful place for parents and siblings to hang out while kids/siblings are in classes. Of course, we strive to provide a fantastic coffee experience, from drip coffee to frozen lattes, which is why we buy from La Terza (!). We hope that everyone walks away from their time at Book Bums with a smile, feeling better about themselves and about their day after being served by the Book Bums team.
What do you like about La Terza?
I, personally and professionally, love La Terza for their customer service, their willingness to explain all things coffee, their service to their clients (they provided an espresso training for Book Bums a few years back!), as well as for the freshness of their coffee! There is simply no other coffee that is fresher than La Terza. Who can beat coffee that was roasted the day it is delivered?!
Have you ever been to Book Bums?! If not, be sure to check it out next time you’re in the area!