Being a typical literature major, I am a sucker for bookstores and quiet coffee shops. In the vicinity of my college in Washington D.C. there is no shortage of either one of these things (some of the places I frequent are Little Red Fox and Politics and Prose). However, in Connecticut the options are more limited. Since I’ve been home, I’ve been making it my mission to find some new favorites in the area.
Luckily, I didn’t have to look far. Both roughly 10 minutes from my house, one town over in Hartford, The Jumping Frog used bookstore and the aesthetically pleasing, city worthy coffee shop: Story and Soil, pack a real punch.
Located at 387 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06105, Story and Soil is a multi-roaster specialty coffee shop in the bustling heart of Frog Hallow. This destination opened for business in the summer of 2017, but it has quickly gained a loyal customer base and acclaim within the area.https://www.storyandsoilcoffee.com/.
Just a bit down the road, within the Real Art Ways building at 56 Arbor St Ste 107, Hartford, CT 06106, The Jumping Frog is a charming used bookstore filled with rare and out of print books, magazines, paintings/drawings, and other ephemera. The store gets its name from Mark Twain’s classic short story by the same title. I found many of the books to be priced at $10 or lower (some exceptions included the rare books and signed books).
When I visited, I wandered around with my friend Abbie for about an hour, taking everything in. I ended up purchasing a signed poetry collection for $10 from an author I’d never heard of. I saw works by recognizable authors like Mark Twain and Harper Lee, and some notable series like Nancy Drew and Pretty Little Liars, but overall, the books were much more eclectic and lesser-known. To read more about The Jumping Frog, visit their website: http://www.thejumpingfrog.com/.