Beer and wine join the books in Bushwick
by Andrew Pavia
Jan 16, 2013 | 1736 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Matthew Winn, founder and owner of Molasses Books
Matthew Winn, founder and owner of Molasses Books

With people using Nooks, Kindles and iPads to read books these days, one used bookstore owner is trying a new tactic to attract customer. Along with tea and coffee, Molasses Books has added beer and wine to the menu.

The store, located at 770 Hart Street, officially received their liquor license on December 18. Molasses Books has been in business for roughly six months and has extended its hours and a full schedule of events.

Owner Matthew Winn said that he’s using the money from the alcohol to subsidize the used bookstore business itself.

“It’s not the kind of business you open up to get rich quick,” he said, but added that he has been happily surprised by the response from the community. “Things are good, people still care about books.”

Winn said that the always intended to serve alcohol to help pay the rent, and also plans on opening up a café. The new selection at Molasses Books consists of four different types of beer and a few wines for customers as they read and shop.

Before opening up shop, Winn was selling used books on the street in Kensington and Park Slope. Winn said that it is the culture of book lovers in New York City that will help his business thrive.

He said that many people have asked him why he is opening up a bookstore in today’s society as people are relying more and more on tablets and other technology to read. Winn said he doesn’t believe that people will abandon books.

“I think book stores will always be relevant,” he said. 

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