Books, Beans and Candles MS is in an old Birmingham house going up 20th on your way to Vulcan. It’s on the righthand side, just after you pass the “Y-split”. Owners Mitchell and Darby Hagood have been at this location since August 2008, though they’ve been in business for two and a half years. Ever since seeing the sign out front (it starts with the word books!) I’d been trying to find time to stop in and see what it’s all about and finally was able to make it in and get some photos.
Mitchell Hagood sums up the shop with one word… “metaphysical”. (photos after the jump)
It’s a word that he uses to describe much of what’s inside and the books they sell, all revolving wournd religious, philosophical, magical, environmental thoughts. Hagood says that he special orders a lot of books for customers and not just the titles he sells.
“There are so many paths, there is no way I could carry them all,” said Hagood.
Books, Beans and Candles MS also offers wi-fi, meeting room space, reading nooks, a coffee shop, martial arts, belly dance classes and courses in meditation. They also sell lots of things you’d think of finding in such an interesting place as Books, Beans and Candles MS, in addition to just their books.
They are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to around 9 p.m.
Books, Beans and Candles MS
1620 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Below are some photos I took while walking through one of Brimingham’s newest booksellers.