It's a coffeehouse. It's a bookstore. It's BOTH! And it's coming soon to a historic section of Gloucester Township, New Jersey.

There's a section of Blackwood off Black Horse Pike that I'm very excited to see is enjoying a little revitalization. It's the stretch between Almonesson Road and E. Lake Ave. where Meadows Diner is located.

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That's the historic part of the town where older businesses of yesteryear have outlived their usefulness. Progress, am I right?

I look at some of those long unoccupied storefronts and think about all the possibilities. In particular, I had been hoping someone would come along and open up a coffee shop. Well, it looks like my wish is coming true!

Due in 2024 is Ren's Coffeehouse & Books, 42 Freeway reports.

Half of the space Ren's will occupy off the Black Horse Pike (across from Palace Caterers) spent some time as a used bookstore.

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Ren's will reportedly take over both sides of the storefront, restoring the left to a new/used bookstore, and renovate the right side to become a coffee shop, which will also serve pastries and other snacks.

I LOVE this. I grew up in this area and I think this is a perfect location for a small business like this. It's exactly what's been missing. I just keep thinking that it reminds me of the movie 'You've Got Mail' and its fictional Shop Around The Corner bookstore.

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I'm equally enthusiastic for Ren's proprietor, too, who, according to 42freeway.com, has given up a profession in the corporate world to fulfill her dream of opening a coffeehouse. We should all be so brave!

Of the endeavor, Ren writes, 'My hope is to create that space for you, a space filled with coffee and creativity; a space to play games with friends and find your favorite books; a space to share your talents and ideas; and most importantly – a space to be authentically you.' What a lovely sentiment.

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I can't wait to become a Ren's regular! I'll keep you posted!

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