Readings Hawthorn is a hub of community activity. The shop has been a major Melbourne author events destination since it moved from across the road to a larger space. Readings Hawthorn is home to several book groups, (for children as well as grown-ups).
Dench Bakers (of Scotchmer St, North Fitzroy fame) opened a cafe called Bread and Jam for Frances in early 2010 named after the classic children’s book based on a food obsessed badger who loved bread and jam so much that that’s all she wanted to eat (until the rest of the menu won her over!) Bread and Jam for Frances offer great bread, excellent coffee, simple, hearty food made with quality produce and artisanal care and passion.