The bookstore was opened in 1973 by Barb and Doug Minett in the halcyon days of neighbourhood bookselling. In 1980, The Bookshelf became The Bookshelf Cafe - Canada's first bookstore cafe/restaurant in an era when quiche and white wine ruled. Founded “to be a business of arts and culture within the community” and to “keep Guelph a sustainable city", The Bookshelf’s website posts many events and links to keep all of Guelph knowledgeable on worldwide and local sustainable events that are happening and how to contribute to them.
Business Website: http://www.bookshelf.ca/home
Year Founded: 1973
Number of Employees: 11-50