Archive Book Cafe in Fall River Prepares to Open in November

FALL RIVER – Brenna Custadio wants to write a new chapter in the history of Fall River.

She is the mastermind behind the bar at Archive Book Cafe, a new combination bookstore and coffee shop opening sometime in November on North Main Street.

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“There are many good cafes in this area, but nothing like this,” Custadio said.

As a bookstore alone, it has no equals in Fall River. And Custadio went far out of town for inspiration to mix books with coffee: the west coast.

A Coast Guard veteran, Custadio lived for a while near the Pacific Ocean, from San Francisco to Seattle. “Everywhere there is coffee mixed with everything,” she said. “Every bookstore has a coffee shop. Consignment shops have coffee shops. There are coffee shops if you get your tires changed.

“I was lucky enough to travel a bit with the Coast Guard and I thought, this is my hometown. I love my hometown.’ But I also feel that we need new, different things.”

Brenna Custadio is the owner of Archive Book Cafe in Fall River.

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A touch of the west coast

That Pacific vibe extends to the building itself. In a town known for tenements and Victorians, the house at 321 N. Main St. is a one-of-a-kind fixture—mustard stucco with a Spanish tile roof. Custadio said when she saw it for sale after a law firm moved, she knew it fit right in with her plans for Archive Book Cafe.

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