Welcome to the First Official Newsletter!

August 14, 2022| Issue 1

Progress Towards Opening

Hello Friends,

Thank you so much for your interest in A Sanctuary Cafe, and for waiting so patiently for this first official newsletter!

The Good News: We are making progress and still have every intention of opening at 80 Charles Street in Boston’s charming, historic Beacon Hill neighborhood! This summer’s activities have included filing for zoning relief, discussing a health variance with the health department, updating the website, and developing an online storefront with books lists on Bookshop.org (more on that below). 

The Not-So-Good News: The design/zoning/permitting process is taking even longer than our most conservative estimates, and we’ve had to delay our projected opening. We are so sorry to disappoint everyone who was expecting an opening by the end of the year, and please know that we are working as hard as we can to navigate all of these pre-opening hurdles.

Current Timeline to Opening:

Permitting Phase: through end of 2022

Construction Phase: starting January 2023

Opening: Spring 2023

Curious to learn more about our progress and next steps? We are hosting an Open House on August 31 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at our future location (80 Charles Street). It will include members of the design and permitting team ready to answer questions about the architectural drawings and all of our current plans for the space, plus some wonderful tasty treats. (Sorry, no cats yet—that’s why we need the zoning relief!)

Visit our Updated Website!

Can’t wait for us to officially open? We can’t either! Why not relax with a new book while you wait?!

We wish we could talk books in person, but we’ve been channeling that energy into book lists on Bookshop.org. With the commission we receive on each book sold (any book, not just the ones on our curated lists), we will be able to match every Bookshop.org purchase with a Boston Public Schools book donation! 

Visit Our Online Storefront!

Event Recap: May Open House

Thank you to everyone who joined us! It was wonderful meeting neighbors, discussing the plans for the space, and sharing amazing macarons from Maca (including cat portrait macarons!) and incredible teas from Tea-Do

Updated Window Display: Now Featuring Books!

Moving forward, a section of the front window will have a rotating display of recently read (and recommended!) books.


Current Books in the Window:

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi (click here to buy or see our review below)

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston (click here to read our online review or buy)

Currently Reading:

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh

Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser

Important Dates

Open House 

80 Charles Street

Wednesday, August 31 

6:00 - 7:30 

In Our Next Newsletter

  • Meet Kampbell!! Kampbell is one of the incredible cats who will live full-time in the cat lounge. Amidst many other fantastic qualities, he takes his own selfies! (See above!)
  • August 31 Open House Details
  • More About Our Unique Business Model
  • More Books!

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Looking for a Great Summer Read?

This was the first book on my summer must-read list, so it’s not surprising it’s the first one I’ve finished. I am a very big fan of Akwaeke Emezi’s work, and they are one of the few authors (the only right now?) where I actually follow through on my plans to reread their work. I’ve come to expect beautiful prose, gorgeously developed characters, and to being personally stretched and challenged in unexpected ways.

What I love about this book: it is the most brilliant blend of fantasy and realism. The fantasy is big and fun, with beautiful, interesting people, Yefi having her “hot girl summer” with multiple appealing men, and even includes Yefi being whisked away to a spectacular mansion set within lush rainforest on a Caribbean mountainside. But there is also deeply moving, heartbreaking realism in Jonah, Yefi’s former husband, whom she will not call her ex because they never broke up, he died. I loved that this isn’t a book about a broken person being “fixed” by a new love, because Yefi isn’t looking to replace her experience with him. This book is about finding the good things in life that can settle in next to the broken, scarred places—and in that way, Emezi writes something both more real and more unbelievable/fantastic than possibly any romance I’ve read before.

If you’re looking for a new read that channels the essence of summer and delivers on steamy romance, check this one out. Additionally, if you’re “not a romance novel person” (I used to label myself this way), check this one out and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. (Romance, Publication Date: May 24)

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