Two leelanau county businesses join forces, Leelanau Books and The Redheads Cafe announce the opening of the Lil Leland Cafe within the bookstore on Main Street.
Leelanau Books owners for 18 years, Jon and Diana Sebaly were in the process of re-thinking the use of their existing cafe. Jon Sebaly explains, “We really wanted to create a third place for folks to gather for meetings, book clubs or just for coffee. It is our intention to provide that space for the community and to sell some books along the way.” It was during this planning phase that Sarah Landry Ryder of The Redheads approached them about their coffee bar and a possible partnership.
“We were considering expanding our cafe services at the bookstore.” comments Diana Sebaly. “So, when Sarah inquired, it seemed like a perfect fit and great timing. We are excited to offer our customers a terrific cup of coffee and delicious edibles coming from The Redheads’ kitchen.”
Sarah Landry Ryder lives in Leland and drives through daily on her way to The Redheads Cafe and Tasting Room in Lake Leelanau, where she has been in business for 17 years. “The foot traffic in Leland is hard to ignore.” says, Ryder. “I started looking for a way to get The Redheads brand visible to the Leland crowd and when this opportunity with Leelanau Books came up, I jumped on it. Books and coffee, the two just go together.”
The expansion of the cafe includes a 25 seat patio area in the rear garden with flexible space for events. The bookstore is currently open for business and expecting the cafe will be in full swing serving customers by mid-June, featuring great reads, great food and a great outdoor experience with free Wi-Fi and extended hours. The patio is scheduled to open in early June. The bookstore is open 7 days a week.