Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Books + Coffee + Tattoos

Newly opened Vice Coffee promises to be a three-in-one stop for inked caffeine fiends who love a good read. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, establishment is a coffee house, a tattoo parlor, and a lending library - all rolled into one.

"I was hoping that copy of Rimbaud Complete would be here when I got in this morning, dammit."
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Tattoos are mostly by appointment, coffee (and soups, salads and sandwiches, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options) is served daily, and books can be had whenever Vice Coffee is open for business. Its hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday, 7 AM to 9 PM; Thursday through Friday, 7 AM to 10 PM; Saturday, 9 AM to 10 PM; and Sunday, 9 AM to 9 PM.

According to Vice Coffee's Facebook page, the lending library has 400 books...and counting. Looking at the photos, the lending library does contain some literature (for instance, John Irving), but many of the books appear to be about tattooing, which shouldn't be surprising considering the place of business. The books, which are a mix of new and used, are borrowed based on the honor system.
A corner of the lending library at Vice Coffee. It now has over 400 books.
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(If you're curious about exactly what books are available at Vice Coffee, take a look at THIS ONLINE CATALOG that Library Thing has for the lending library.)

At Vice Coffee, there are Android and iPhone charging stations and free Wi-Fi. There are also First Friday events, where there are beer and whiskey tastings, photo exhibits (with the photographers present), and much mingling and book browsing. The coffee house is located across the street from a live-music venue, Union Transfer, so in the evenings the crowd might be a little more rock and roll compared to the early-morning, grab-a-coffee-before-work customers.
A supporter of Vice Coffee reads with his daughter.
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Vice Coffee is located at 1031 Spring Garden Street, between N. 10th and N. 11th Streets. If you're in Philadelphia, be sure to stop by. In the meantime, like it on Facebook and/or follow it on Twitter.

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