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Hooked is Bringing New Life to the Lansing Literary Scene

It’s no secret that bookstores have had a hard time with the rise of online retail giants. Something that hasn’t faltered, though, particularly in a city that’s university-adjac…

It’s no secret that bookstores have had a hard time with the rise of online retail giants. Something that hasn’t faltered, though, particularly in a city that’s university-adjacent, is the success of a good coffee shop.

Led by Sarah Reckhow and husband Matt Grossmann, both faculty at Michigan State University, Hooked will bring the wonder of a well-cultivated bookstore together with a cafe environment.

“Hooked is going to be a bookstore and cafe serving coffee, wine and light food. It will also be a community space where we’ll have events and opportunities for book clubs and more,” said Reckhow. “Things motivated by learning about books, tasting wine, tasing coffee and meeting people.”

In addition to being able to order a glass or cup to stay, wine and coffee will also be available for retail. Though they won’t manage the day-to-day operations of the business with their work at MSU, the cafe is the result of their passion for reading and community.

“The idea originated over many years of conversation between me and Matt, and the places we’ve been and, of course, our love for bookstores. We’ve experienced some amazing places that had the hybrid environment of bookstore and cafe and wanted to see more of it in the area,” said Reckhow.

Reckhow and Grossmann hope to open Hooked in 2022. A location for the business has not yet been determined.

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