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Closer Look – April 2024

Sabu's Books

Sabu’s Books

Sabu's Books sign
Sabu’s Books

Sabu’s Books, a minority and women-owned independent bookshop, opened its doors on February 24, 2024. Co-owners Sabreena Anowar and Janene Hillbrick chose that date as a tribute to their friend, Kate Walker, who died a year prior. 

Anowar, inspired in childhood by the enchanting image of the Beast’s library in the Disney film Beauty and the Beast, has always dreamed of making that image her reality — and the aspiration finally materialized with the opening of Sabu’s Books.  

During the pandemic, Anowar took comfort in buying and reading books, unknowingly laying the foundation for the secondhand bookstore.  

“It may not be as pompous as the Beast’s library,” she says, “but it’s certainly a humble baby step towards making my childhood dream a reality.” 

Sabu’s Books aims to provide its customers with a cozy experience, with soothing music, complementary coffee, and plenty of seating. Visitors are often greeted by Rama — the bookstore cat who once belonged to Walker — and may even catch a board game in progress.  

“We play board games here at the shop,” Anowar says, “so if you happen to come by at that time, feel free to join us.” 

The owners are vocal about their dedication to preserving traditional, physical books in a digital age and fostering community connections through author events, book clubs, and gatherings.  

4603 John Garry Dr., Ste. 12  | 573-292-9788 | SabusBooks.com

Sage - coffee lounge
Sage – coffee lounge


Operating out of the previous Coffee Zone location, Sage is quickly charming its way into the hearts of Columbians as it establishes itself on downtown’s iconic Ninth Street, surrounded by other local gems like Skylark Bookshop and The Blue Note. Complete with plushy booths and a cluster of armchairs for a group of friends, this coffee lounge invites customers in to enjoy artisanal creations in an atmosphere of comfort. 

Kaitlyn Schlacks was inspired to create an environment where people feel welcome to be themselves in a space that cultivates genuine connection. Whether catching up with girlfriends over brunch or snuggling up with a good book by the front windows, Sage is the perfect setting to escape and savor the moment. 

The menu features items carefully crafted by chef Tabitha Casey, who is passionate about supporting local farmers and suppliers. Though the fare is like that of a traditional café, Sage subverts customer expectations with items like avocado toast topped with ricotta and tomatoes or fresh lavender honey scones. It’s recommended to complement your food with one of Sage’s many specialty drinks, such as the Eclipse cold brew, banana nut latte, and tiger mocha. 

11 N. Ninth St.  | 573-449-8215 | Instagram: @sage.como

Sage Coffee Lounge Dessert
Sage Coffee Lounge
Sage Coffee Lounge
Sage Coffee Lounge

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