Independent Book Shop Series // Mr B’s Emporium

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Mr B’s Emporium 
14-15 John Street,
Bath,
BA1 2JL,
United Kingdom

Hidden amongst a cluster of other shops in one of the many alleys in Bath’s centre is an  eccentric little book shop home to Mr B and his literary delights. When researching my trip to Bath, I googled independent bookshops in the area and this was my first find! Unfortunately I couldn’t get a full shot of the exterior because it was at that moment I saw the celebrity, Ricky Gervais coming out of a small pub opposite and I got a bit star-struck. However, with the fun little paintings and view of the books within, you can’t help but fall in love instantly.

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As you enter the shop, you can see that it is split into different sections – you enter one area where you can find the till and lovely employees and your first selection of books. You can then either go downstairs (past a cute record collection) into another area filled with books and an interestingly decorated ceiling.

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Back upstairs and through a narrow hallway past the first area, you will find (much to my mother’s delight) a free-standing bath full of books! This room is dedicated to both children and Young Adult books, complete with a fantastic cardboard tree at the centre of the room. Now, onto the third floor!

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The third and final floor has to be my favourite – not only will you find more books (did you guess this was a bookshop?) but you can also find a little seating area and a station where you can make a cup of tea or coffee so you can sit down and read in front of the fire. I didn’t take a photo of the seating area because it was occupied but think cosy armchairs, steaming cups of tea and a good book!

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Finally, a little area connected to this room that I first thought was a bathroom but no, it’s another little beautifully decorated reading area. I kind of feel that this was made for me – small, compact and only room for one and it also includes a little stash of books! It’s clear so much thought was put into this bookshop, to the point that it feels like a home more than just a shop. It is full to the brim with books of every genre, welcoming staff and decorated to allure every type of reader. I definitely recommend visiting this delightful shop if you find yourself in Bath. If you go onto their website, you can find the story of what inspired this shop and it’s a must-read.
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