Stirling Books & Brew: Part of a Downtown Vision
Stirling Books & Brew was a dream formed during long walks through downtown Albion. Jim and I would wander past the vacant buildings and envision each new opportunity. As we peeked back in time through the dust-covered windows, we imagined how each space would look filled up with friendly faces.
Dorthy Dickerson originally asked us if we could keep a bookstore open when we purchased the building. Dorthy and Gar Dickerson had maintained a bookstore for over 15 years, and we wanted to give it a try. Jim and I felt passionate about creating a destination. We envisioned a place that could host gatherings but could also be a hideaway to complete a project. Our dream included a good cup of coffee, free WIFI, and a freshly baked cookie.
As we designed the feel of the bookstore, we jointly agreed that we wanted it to feel comfortable. A visit back in time to a spot that encourages you to chat with the other customers and staff or spread out your books and relax. The wood-burning stove and 150-year-old tin on the walls and ceiling help create the ambiance we wanted. We really wanted the bookstore to act as a place that would bring everyone together.
We are working to offer activities for every variety of community members; from reading to 3-year-olds, to historical events and music, we are attempting to attract all types of interests and people to our store.
Passion is a cornerstone of Downtown Albion’s new foundation. Passion for gathering people in a friendly and familiar space, the desire to create a destination that offers a variety of goods and services, and the passion for a community that connects people’s lives together. Our goal is to have Stirling Books and Brew be an essential part of that vision.