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1515 34 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 2B1
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Darlene and Joel Bell were looking for a business to run back in 1996. The opportunity came up to purchase a used bookstore and, because they loved coffee as well, they decided to add a café. Today, along with their daughter Caitlin, they have turned Bell’s Bookstore Café into a local hotspot with food, coffee, and of course, books.

“Book selling kind of fell off in the first five years, so we shifted focus and started selling food to go with the coffee, which has become much more popular,” Darlene says.

But the most popular product of all at Bell’s Bookstore Café is definitely the coffee: “We use our own blend, called Bell’s Blend, for our drip coffee. It’s locally roasted by Kienna and we sell a variety of their coffee beans as well.”

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