!Characters? Beyond Books
204 E. Broadway, Centralia, IL, USA
!Characters? Beyond Books Centralia Reviews
Eclectic Coffeeshop, Bookstore Mar 25, 2010
Characters is a bookstore/coffeeshop located in downtown Centralia on Broadway. They sell primarily used books, but it is a great place to get a caffeine fix. One of their best concoctions is the turtle frappaccino, a cold coffee drink mixed with caramel and chocolate, complete with whipped cream and caramel and chocolate syrups drizzled -- amazing! Being a coffeeshop, they do have a wide variety of coffee drinks, both hot and cold (the cappaccino also comes in the turtle choice). Plus, hot chocolate -- also delicious, teas, and Italian sodas (my favorite: the black cherry).
Characters has a lunch menu of panini sandwiches and homemade soups. They have added daily specials, offering healthy and homemade lunch options such as pasta primavera, or Mediterranean tuna salad.
Mike Miller, the owner of Character (along with his wife, LeAnn) has amazing carpentry skills and has built a treehouse in the back for kids to hangout and read books in. They've also done remarkable work by cutting 'Characters' into the wall, down to the original brick. Quite awesome, actually.
Characters also offers a forum for local musicians to showcase their music. They have jams for the public to enjoy most Friday and Saturday nights.
An eclectic place, Characters is a great place to grab a cup of joe, hang out and enjoy books or local bands.
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