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Clintons shop at Savoy Bookshop and Café in Westerly Sunday

Westerly — The Savoy Bookshop and Café had a few famous visitors Sunday afternoon.

Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton arrived in the downtown store along with Chelsea’s husband Marc Mezvinsky and their daughter, Charlotte.

“We had no idea that they were coming in,” said Jessica Wick, an employee at the store who was manning the cash register when the family came in. “They were there very low-key.”

Wick said a security detail came into the store before the family, just less than two weeks after Hillary Clinton’s loss in her presidential bid, walked in to shop for books.

The family made little fuss in the Canal Street bookstore and café, Wick said. And the other customers and employees in the Savoy at the time managed to keep their excitement to themselves, she said.

“I wouldn’t say we were playing it cool … but nobody approached them,” Wick said. “It was like, you’re shopping with your family,” she said. The former secretary of state was “kind, gracious — graceful even.”

“Bill was a total courteous gentleman,” she added. “It seemed like they were just in need of reading.”

Wick, who said she voted for Clinton in the Nov. 8 election, sold the former president and former Secretary of State some books. Then, of course, she asked for a picture.

“I think she’s a really strong, amazing woman,” she said. “I was very excited to tell her.”

Soon enough, they were gone, leaving the store’s employees to process the visit together.

“It was just all of us excited to be brushed by greatness,” she said. “It was meaningful to see her there.”

It was unclear what brought the Clintons to Westerly.

m.shanahan@theday.com

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