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Customers should fly to Flyleaf for a splendid experience

Cecile Walsh ’24
Coffee and conversation Customers enjoy an evening catching up with friends while munching on some of Flyleaf’s snacks and browsing for books.

The multiple requests received for The Tower to review Flyleaf should speak for themselves; this new bookstore, cafe, and bar has been a hit ever since it opened. Not only does the atmosphere transport customers into a bookshop straight out of a fiction novel, but the delightful food and drink options keep customers sticking around all afternoon. Ever since Barnes and Noble on Mack closed in 2018, Flyleaf is the only adult-centered bookstore in Grosse Pointe, and it certainly surpasses expectations.

Immediately upon walking in, customers are faced with bookshelves and a cozy bar area that offers coffee throughout the day, with a cocktail menu for happy hour in the evening. A plethora of nonfiction books and journals are available to scope, and there are plenty of seating options to utilize while doing so.

The first floor immediately establishes the cozy atmosphere that Flyleaf maintains throughout all three floors, and the food offered furthers the excitement to explore the rest of the store. Food ranges from pastries provided by Crispelli’s to small snacks like truffle popcorn and house-spiced nuts, all of which fit the book-browsing and studious environment perfectly. There are also small breakfast, lunch, and dinner plates that customers can take advantage of during lengthier stays, or if they just want to enjoy a meal somewhere pinterest-worthy.

The second floor is decked with fiction books that mainly lie in the adult age-range, however, there is a dedicated section for young adult readers filled with books for customers below 14. With fireplaces and cozy seating aplenty, this floor is perfect to visit in order to work diligently or just look around. If the intention of coming to a cafe/bookstore was to meet with a book club, study group, or other congregation, there is a reading room that is available to be rented out on this floor, and keeps up with the snug environment throughout the rest of the store.

Finally: the third floor. This outdoor seating area is not only great for later in the evening when customers want to enjoy the outdoors with a drink, but good for lunchtime ammenities as well. Even when the temperatures dip below summer weather, blankets and heaters will be offered into the fall so this wonderful location can still be offered.

Three floors worth of books, seating arrangements, and positive vibes later, Flyleaf is certainly a new Grosse Pointe staple that deserves to be utilized and appreciated for all of the marvelous features and attention to detail it offers customers.

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Cecile Walsh ’24, Print Editor in Chief
Cecile Walsh is creative in every way possible. She is super crafty; painting her nails every weekend and producing little projects whenever she can. She’s an active member of the Poetry Slam club and goes on fun trips, such as the Mackinac Island trip as part of the Poetry Slam club. In her free time, she is a personal assistant to a local children’s book author, pursuing her love of English outside of school. Cecile joined Tower to use her love of writing to become more immersed in the news and what’s going on in the world, as well as to help others become more aware and in the loop. “It can be really interesting and fulfilling to help people stay more informed,” Walsh said. This year, she hopes to stay on top of all of her duties, to progress throughout the school year.

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