Several years ago, Covington’s only bookstore and coffee shop almost closed for good. The decade-old store — cherished by locals and visitors alike — was threatened by a significant rent increase, constant construction and closure of its main thoroughfare, the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. Luckily for Roebling Point Books & Coffee, high market rates and constant development surrounding the area were no match for the shop’s popularity and beloved neighborhood status. Owner Richard Hunt struck a deal with the landlord, who saw the value in keeping the establishment open, and they came to an agreement on rent. So Hunt’s original search for a new location ended up becoming the search for a second location. After options rolled in, he made a final decision to open the second Roebling Point Books & Coffee in Newport. Much from the flagship shop was duplicated in Newport, including offering space for community meetings as well as coffee and Lil’s Bagels. This new shop features a grand fiction section and rare and antiquated books. Hunt and customers are happy with the expansion. “A city needs a bookstore like a body needs a soul,” Hunt tells CityBeat. roeblingpointbooksandcoffee.com.