Spike Gjerde, Ivy Bookshop opening new cafe, bookstore in Charles Village

Spike Gjerde and the Ivy Bookshop are partnering to create a bookstore-cafe in Charles Village.

Spike Gjerde's Foodshed restaurant group is partnering with the Ivy Bookshop to open a bookstore-cafe in Charles Village.

Gjerde and Ivy Bookshop owners Ann and Ed Berlin are opening the yet-to-be-named concept at Nine East 33rd, the new student housing development being built at the intersection of St. Paul and 33rd streets.

While the culinary component will have offerings similar to Gjerde's Artifact Coffee — including sandwiches, sweet and savory pastries and high-end coffee — it won't be called Artifact. Gjerde said the space will have a distinct atmosphere, and it won't have a full kitchen.

"It’s going to be a very cool feel, but we can’t try to replicate what happened at the first one," Gjerde said. "We’ve taken our time. We wanted to find the right place and we wanted to create something that’s as special as the original.”

The shop is targeting an August opening. 

Ed Berlin said the new shop will have a book collection about a third of the size of the original Ivy Bookshop, which carries about 26,000 titles. Gjerde said some of his favorite books on farming, the environment and cooking will be available alongside the Ivy's curated collection, too. 

Both Ed Berlin and Gjerde compared the concept to Louie's Bookstore Cafe, a Charles Street hangout in the 1980s and 1990s that closed in 1999. 

"Everyone keeps saying, 'Oh my god, we need a Louie’s!'” Berlin said.

Berlin said the new venue will become the primary home to the Ivy's events, giving them room to grow. The original bookstore, located at 6080 Falls Road, hits maximum capacity at 60 people; the new space will be able to host between 75 and 100.

"It opens us up to a lot of opportunities that we haven’t been able to take advantage of,” Berlin said.

Although some of the store's events will be relocated, the original Ivy Bookshop is there to stay.

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