Nettle Cafe to be new home of bookshop

The Oxton Bookshop, based at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum and welcoming the community for nine years, recently closed. 

In December 2023 the new Williamson management was appointed and as part of a new artistic policy, the decision to close the Oxton Bookshop was made. Moira Young the owner of the book store was devastated by the decision but was determined to find somewhere new to house the bookshop asset.  

Nettle Café is nestled within the vibrant enclave of Make Hamilton on Cleveland Street off Hamilton Square. With an unwavering dedication to sustainability, holistic wellness, and community engagement, the café has emerged as a destination not simply for coffee and lunch but also as a hub for the community. Now, in its next venture, it is the new home for the Oxton Bookshop. 

The Bookshop will be opened to the public on Saturday, 17 February, at 3pm where there will be an afternoon of music, poetry, comedy, and talks to celebrate its launch. 

Guiding this endeavor is Nettle Cafe’s owner Julia Strelczuk, a fervent advocate for natural well-being, sustainability and community connection. She has worked closely with Moira Young the original owner of Oxton Bookshop to keep this fixture of the community alive. 

Expressing her excitement for the venture, Julia Strelczuk said, “I’m thrilled to bring Nettle to the community and provide a space for people to enjoy quality food and drink while supporting their well-being.

“We are honoured to keep Oxton Bookshop alive and feel privileged to continue Moira’s legacy. The collection of secondhand books is impressive, ranging from hidden gems to all-time classics.” 

Nettle Café invites patrons to savour a cup of coffee, peruse the shelves of the Bookshop, or engage in community events, promising an experience that celebrates the interconnectedness of individuals, culture, and the environment. 

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