Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Spotty Dog Moment

One of the best pints I've had on this side of the pond was this past weekend at the Spotty Dog on Warren Street in Hudson. Housed in an old firehouse, this independent bookstore has everything-- including a well-stocked art supply section and local beer on tap. It reminded me a great deal of Dingle, Ireland, where many of the stores serve as pubs at night. Dick Mack's doubles as a shoe maker, Foxy John's is hardware by day, heck even the town's seamstress works the taps at night. How efficient is that, two functions in one building? Yet the Spotty Dog tops them all with an excellent selection of books and a spot for tagalong kids to play a game of snakes and ladders. After buying an architecture book and a beautiful calligraphy pen, James and I saddled up to our pints and marveled at the genius of the place.

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