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Taylor Martin plans downtown Clinton café, Cork & Cover

The Garden on Market is gone now, but Clinton photographer Taylor Martin isn’t done with the hospitality industry in the downtown area.

Martin’s seasonal pop-up bar, which he has closed, is giving way to his newest enterprise, a permanent “bookstore café” he’s calling the Cork & Cover. He says he plans to open it “by year’s end.”

To be located at 365 Market St., The Cork & Cover “will be a nostalgic hideaway where people can sit back and relax with a good book, sip on a cold beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), and enjoy a bite to eat,” Martin said.

“Guests will have the opportunity to make book purchases through online as well. Additionally, the space will even be available for private events and gatherings.”

The Cork & Cover will be next door to the DW Designs T-shirt shop, and in the former space of the clock shop, which has moved one door down in the other direction.

“Cork & Cover will be a full-time establishment with [days] of operation being Tuesdays-Saturdays with hours in the day and evening,” Martin said.

“While the details are still being finalized, I can assure you that this unique concept will be an exciting addition to our historic downtown.”

Martin’s Garden bar was only meant to be temporary, and was operating on very limited weekend hours inside The Spindle Tree photo studio at 303 Market St.

The Spindle Tree is in the former site of a short-lived Cajun restaurant that went out of business about four years ago.