Life under the Macroscope: New business finding its way in Lennoxville’s student village

By Gordon Lambie

If one were to ask where to go for a coffee in Lennoxville, the corner of Connolly and Little Forks Streets is not the first site that comes to mind. Thanks to a new business called Macroscope, however, it is an option, and one that owner Xavier Bissonette hopes more people will consider over the coming weeks. According to Bissonettte, Macroscope brings together library, bookstore, café and creative workshop in a relaxed environment under one roof. “I’m a big reader so I often go to bookstores,” he said, noting that at least part of the inspiration for the idea came from his own frequent desire to just have a comfortable place to sit and read. A graduate of studies in literature and a former teacher, Bissonette said that he was attracted to spaces that offer the kind of homey, laid-back atmosphere he has tried to establish at Macroscope throughout his life as a student. Once he decided to go ahead with the idea of creating the café, it therefore made sense to set up shop in a student environment. “I wanted to get out of Montreal and was hesitating between Quebec City and Sherbrooke,” he reflected. “I chose Sherbrooke first and then settled in Lennoxville.” See full story in the Thursday, Jan. 30 edition of The Record.

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