Alphabetical order can help a reader locate Mark Twain on a bookshelf, but sophisticated knowledge of the space-time continuum and a lollipop can help locate him in a state of want. Begin a search for written matter with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of books, cuisine, gifts, and coffee at Creekside Books & Coffee in Skaneateles.
Creekside Books & Coffee exhibits a refined collection of literature, gifts, wine, and café fare in one homey place. The bookstore specializes in fiction, local interests, travel, home and hearth, and children’s books. Unrepresented titles, provided they're still in print, will appear shortly after word munchers make a request. Hunger evoked by colorful cookbooks subsides in the coffeehouse with a half-wrap-and-soup special ($8.95) or a grilled swiss sandwich with roasted red peppers and spinach ($6.75), two of many treats gracing the menu. Coffee fiends can treat their faithful coffee makers to one of Creekside's in-house-roasted artisan coffee offerings, such as the Juanasno blend ($12.99/lb.), or sip coffee on-site along with smoothies, teas, and other beverages. Bottles and glasses of beer and wine absorb the reflections of café tables and sleek black chairs gleaming from the gray ceramic-tile floor.
Along with volumes of poetry and plates of baked goods, Creekside arranges a number of events throughout the week such as book signings, trivia nights, and live music nights Thursday–Saturday. WiFi and DVD Puck, a free and legal peer-to-peer social network for creating DVD libraries, reside among less technical forms of entertainment such as page turning, coffee-bean juggling, and speed buttering.