Archive Book Cafe in Fall River is preparing to open in November

FALL RIVER – Brenna Custadio aims to write a new chapter in the history of Fall River.

She is the mastermind behind the bar at Archive Book Cafe, a new combo bookstore and coffee shop that opens on North Main Street sometime in November.

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“There are a lot of good cafes in this area, but nothing like this,” Custadio said.

As a bookstore alone, it will have no peers in Fall River. And Custadio went far beyond the city to find the inspiration to mix books with coffee: The West Coast.

Custadio, a Coast Guard veteran, lived for a time near the Pacific Ocean, from San Francisco to Seattle. “Everywhere, coffee has mixed with everything,” she said. “Every bookstore has a coffee shop. Shipping stores have coffee shops. There are coffee shops when you get your tires changed.

“I was so lucky in the Coast Guard to travel a bit, and I just thought, ‘This is my hometown. I love my hometown. ‘But I also feel we need some new, different things. ”

Brenna Custadio owns the Archive Book Cafe in Fall River.

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A touch of the west coast

This Pacific atmosphere extends to the building itself. In a town known for rentals and Victorians, the home is at 321 N. Main St. a unique fixture – mustard piece with a Spanish tile roof. Custadio said that when she saw it for sale after a law firm moved out, she knew it fit perfectly into her plans for the Archive Book Cafe.

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