Yesterday, downtown Fredericksburg was hopping with all the folks who came out to take advantage of the very warm weather (our car thermometer read 72). There was a steady stream of customers at Lee’s ice cream (he couldn’t possibly have been prepared for the onslaught), and the bikers were out in force. We stopped at Hyperion for a cup of coffee, but the place was packed, with not a seat to be had outside. Instead, we headed down to the Griffin Coffee Shop, where they have a back porch and patio perfect for enjoying a cup outdoors.
I had a stack of books to donate to the library for their used book sale, but a sign on the whiteboard in the Riverby window enticed me to stop there with my box of books first. After a quick review of my offerings, they picked out half of them (about 6 or so, mostly paperbacks in good condition of the “literary import” variety), and offered me $6 cash, or double that in credit. I took the credit--just like that, $12 in credit for books I was getting rid of anyway! I was thrilled. A stop at the library to unload the cheesier best-sellers rounded out the afternoon.
The porch and patio hidden behind Griffin seats about a dozen:
Poster of Riverby Books by local artist Bill Harris: