Longtime Charleston residents Jenny Ferrara and Michael Bourke are voracious readers and avid connoisseurs of the local food and beverage scene, so they decided to take a leap and combine their passions into a Cannonborough/Elliotborough shop where others can share in their zeal. The husband-and-wife duo plans to open Philosophers & Fools early next year at 50 Bogard Street.
Named after a William Faulkner quote in The Sound and the Fury, the corner shop will carry a variety of new books in varying genres, along with options for coffee, wine, beer, and snacks, like baked goods and panini sandwiches. “We both have a deep love for books and choose to spend a good portion of our free time reading and enjoying a glass of wine or a beer while doing so,” says the couple, “We found ourselves saying, ‘Why don’t we create a place where others can enjoy this too?’ We want Philosophers & Fools to be a cozy, welcoming bookstore where you can feel comfortable coming in by yourself to read, meet up with a friend, or your book club, and enjoy a snack or beverage.”
Philosophers & Fools is nestled in the same neighborhood as ultra-popular restaurants Vern’s and Chubby Fish, so Ferrara and Bourke hope diners consider stopping at their shop for a drink while waiting for a table or a post-dinner nightcap. Their wine program will be organic/sustainable leaning, and they will have a selection of canned craft beer, coffee from Counter Culture, and an assortment of other nonalcoholic options.