Originally Published in the August 2018 issue of the Corcoran News
Owners: Angela and Jamie Schwesnedl
3032 Minnehaha Ave
Books, pizza, live music, community space, wine and beer, used books, I could go on and on but what is not to like? If you haven’t already guessed, this month’s interview was at Moon Palace Books. I’m sure you know this place: the pastel rainbow colored shop on Minnehaha. Powderhorn residents Angela and Jamie Schwesnedl opened Moon Palace in its former location in 2012 and it thrived for five years. The couple and their store have a strong commitment and connection to the community and so when Moon Palace relocated just six months ago, it moved only a couple blocks closer to the corner of Lake Street. They managed to keep the same look and comfortable vibe but were able to add more books and features to the new, larger space.
Not only does Moon Palace now carry thousands more books, but they have a lovely second floor area for their used collection which has seating for their hosted book clubs. Individuals can schedule this area, when available, for their own clubs or book discussions by emailing the store.
The new Geek Love Café is located toward the back of the store. The menu includes breakfast sandwiches and skillets in the mornings with pizza and salad available all day, and also has beer and wine. Of course the café serves a variety of coffees and teas for you to enjoy on their patio which, pending city approval, is coming soon!
Moon Palace has a large community space to host book readings, live music, or private parties. Located in the back of the store next to the café, it would be great if this room becomes known around town as a music venue. Upcoming musical selections include Kissing is a Crime and Superheater. Upcoming readings are as follows: Monday, June 11, 7pm – Ahmed Ismail Yusuf reading from The Lion’s Binding Oath, and events for Leni Zumas, Dorthe Nors and Miriam McNamara are on the schedule as well. For dates and times and future events, stop by the store, their Facebook page or website.