Ashley’s Adventures: The Top Shelf


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you love getting lost in a good book, why not take it a step further and immerse yourself in a room full of them?

Old Books on Front offers an opportunity you won’t find anywhere else in the Cape Fear.

Above the bookshop, and up several stairs painted as books, you’ll find The Top Shelf: A Literary Loft.

Long before it was a bed and breakfast, however, it was an empty storage room.

Then, one morning, Gwenyfar Rohler woke up with an idea.

“I woke up and knew it’s going to be a nightly rental and it’s going to be curated around writers of North Carolina, both that people know and people don’t know, and we’re going to have a life size Scrabble board,” said Rohler, the store’s managing partner

Turning that dream into a reality was easier said than done.

“One year all we could afford to do was doors, so we bought wooden doors that year,” Rohler said.

Two years later, it all came together, giant Scrabble board included.

Just don’t expect to find a television.

“It’s a time to really enjoy the written word, your relationship with it and sharing it with the people you love,” Rohler said.

Click here to book your stay at The Top Shelf.

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