Fascinating finds on the campus of Unity Village
Coffee, Books, Gifts, and Good Vibes
AROUND THE VILLAGE
When things get crazy busy, it’s always comforting to
know there’s a place to go here at Unity Village to catch
your breath and, if you’re feeling feisty, refuel with a
little caffeine. Obviously, I’m talking about the Unity
Village Bookstore and Coffee Shop on the east side of
the Administration Building across from the labyrinth,
where the not nearly awake enough as well as the already
adequately alert can come for a small respite. No matter
your level of cognitive ability in the morning (or any time,
really), you’ll walk out of this place feeling a little more
alive and chipper.
In its current iteration, the bookstore and coffee shop
has been serving employees and visitors in search of food
and drink as well as spiritual seekers looking for the perfect
book, CD, candle, or inspirational saying since 2007.
The coffee bar serves smoothies and Starbucks drinks,
including iced and hot options for coffee, lattes, and teas.
Each month, the menu features a different specialty drink.
You can also choose from a bevy of food options including
tasty house-made egg-and-bacon tarts in the morning or
salads and sandwiches for lunch. Baked goods (including
killer brownies), fresh fruit, and natural, organic snacks are
Once satiated, turn your attention to the immensity of
items for sale in the bookstore and gift shop. A few weeks
ago, I realized I needed stamps, a birthday card, and a
venti Americano with an extra shot of espresso. I trudged
down the steps from my office and within 15 minutes I had
everything I needed.
Of course, you can buy more than stamps, cards, and
intensely caffeinated beverages here. You’ll also find an
intriguing array of products from around the world,
including hand-blown glass ornaments, jewelry, wind
chimes, children’s books and toys, drums and singing
bowls, batik sarongs, and spiritual and New Thought
books from authors such as Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra,
and Byron Katie. You’ll even find Unity T-shirts, coffee
cups, postcards, and believe it or not, Unity socks. I’m
particularly drawn to the colorful garden poles. Of course,
you can also buy Daily Word and Unity Magazine here, as
well as both classic and new offerings from Unity Books.
“It’s the place to get away to,” says manager Lisa Hurst.
“You can enjoy meditative music, talk with friends and
coworkers, or even do a little work on your laptop, away
from your everyday work setting.” Free Wi-Fi is available.
The bookstore and coffee shop is open Monday
through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday through
Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Hours change during Christmas
week and on New Year’s Day.) Be sure to check out the
annual Christmas open house held the first Thursday of
December. For more information, call 816-251-3578.
DAVID PENNER IS THE SENIOR COPY EDITOR
AND PROOFREADER FOR UNITY WORLD
HEADQUARTERS. PRIOR TO COMING TO UNITY,
HE SPENT FIVE AND A HALF YEARS AS THE
EDITOR OF THE LEXINGTON CLIPPER-HERALD
IN LEXINGTON, NEBRASKA.
NO MATTER YOUR LEVEL OF
COGNITIVE ABILITY IN THE
MORNING (OR ANY TIME,
REALLY), YOU’LL WALK OUT OF
THIS PLACE FEELING A LITTLE
MORE ALIVE AND CHIPPER.