Sunday, November 5, 2017

Roebling Point Books & Coffee - Covington, KY

Roebling Point Books & Coffee, Covington, KY
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I'm always fascinated when I visit independent bookstores that are housed in historical buildings.  Roebling Point Books & Coffee is one such bookstore located in the Roebling Row neighborhood of Covington, KY, just across the river from Cincinnati.  The building dates back to 1842 and it is believed that John Roebling (bridge builder and designer of the suspension bridge near the bookstore and the Brooklyn Bridge) spent time here.  The bookstore, the bridge, and the neighborhood have all been named after Mr. Roebling.  To go along with the building's history, you'll enjoy seeing lots of antiques as you browse through the store.  But you'll be distracted by all the books and the warm and cozy rooms they live in.

Roebling Point is a one-level bookstore with multiple rooms and a very visible location.  When you enter the store you'll be in the coffee/cafe portion of the store with some books and sidelines in this entry room.  At one time, this was a private residence and you can still feel that here with the several rooms the books are in.  The children's section has a room all to itself located straight through the entry room.  I thought the offerings of local and regional interests were especially good.  You'll find mostly new books and a few used books, but they don't actively pursue acquiring the used ones.  The store hosts occasional events, including venues off-site for larger crowds.  Roebling Point has been here for 7 years now, hopefully a good sign for future success.

When you visit here you'll easily be able to find public parking within a block of the store.  Or you can use the public bikes and ride here from anywhere in the greater Cincinnati area and park at the bike station right outside the store.

I didn't get to meet owner Richard H. on my visit but the store was in good hands with Claire who was able to tell me a little bit about the store and the business.  But I must say, I'm a little concerned that some people in this metropolitan area haven't discovered Roebling Point yet.  Find your way to this comfy store in a historic building, sink yourself into one of the comfortable chairs, and start trying out books.  You won't want to leave.  Go to an indie and buy a book.  Bonsoir.

JUST FINISHED:  Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon, Kelley and Thomas French.  This husband/wife author team relate the story of their unlikely courtship, unlikely marriage, and unlikely birth of their child, prematurely at 23 weeks.  This book tells the challenges they encounter for many months and the incredible medical team and hospital support staff that helped them on their journey.  This is a must read for young couples considering a family or others who have struggled with the birth of a premature child.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Highly recommended.  

CURRENTLY READING:  Tell The Wolves I'm Home, Carol Rifka Brunt.  

RECENTLY PURCHASED:  Trampoline, Robert Gipe.  The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, Dinaw Mengestu.    

Another exterior view.  These tables are the perfect place to be with your coffee and a book.  

You can find the best quotes posted at independent bookstores.  

Consider riding a city bike here from the metropolitan area, a fun and easy way to get to the bookstore.  

View looking into the store from the front entrance.  

Immediately left of the front entrance is the cafe.  

Great display just inside the front door.  

A few of the sidelines available in the entry room.  

I love seeing things like this in bookstores.  Antique model of a paddlewheeler.  

Considering the image of this book cover, it seems the author's last name is appropriate.  

A portion of the children's area.  

Follow this sign to some bargain buys.  

If you followed that sign, this is where you'll locate the bargains.  

The second room after entering the store, very spacious with comfortable seating.  Alert readers might recognize the celebrity browsing the store.  Yes, that's my mom.    

Music on vinyl is making a comeback in many bookstores around the country.  

I love this fireplace and the tile lettering in front of it.  

At least pretend to be reading when you stretch out here.  

An overview of the second room.  

Looking into the third room, after passing through the second.  

Book display in the third room, including some local interests.  

Follow this sign... a great gathering space.  

An antique phonograph.  

You can browse this display while you place your coffee order.  

A great picture of the bookstore's building.  


  1. The coffee prices seem very reasonable! Is it for "customers only," or does the book shop double as a coffee house-gathering place?

    1. You certainly don’t have to be a bookstore customer to visit the coffee/cafe space. However, there is not a lot of seating unless you continue into the bookstore and find some of the available seats throughout the store. You can also enjoy sitting outside on nice days. Thanks Bruce!