- Courtesy of Visible Voice Books
After a three-year hiatus, Visible Voice Books in Tremont will reopen in a new location on Sept. 27.
“It’s the same philosophy, same neighborhood and same proprietor—but we’ve doubled our space and centralized our location,” says owner Dave Ferrante in a press release announcing the store’s reopening in the Komorowski building on Professor Ave. in Tremont. “We’ve added more magazines, literary gifts and genres. We’re enhancing sections like fiction and cooking—something that’s important in a neighborhood known as a dining destination.”
The new location includes a 26-car parking lot, and the additional square footage has allowed for a café. Now, in addition to a rotating array of seasonal wines and craft beer, Visible Voice will offer locally-made pastries from Sweet Tooth Confections, specialty teas and brew-in-house coffee from Gimme! Coffee.
Last month, Crust opened as a full-service Italian restaurant on the building’s first floor.
“Crust was across the street from our old location and people would visit the bookstore after they ordered,” says Ferrante. “In these closer quarters it’s even more tempting to browse the literature at Visible Voice while you’re waiting on a pizza.”
The two businesses plan to share a patio and event space in the future.
“These past three years I have been making lists of books and lists of what I could do to refocus and strengthen the store,” says Ferrante. “The idea of reopening was never really out of mind for very long. For better or for worse, I would not be the person I am now if it was not for all the reading I have done throughout my life. Literature widens your world view and opens you up to understanding the struggles, motivations and will of others. People tend to purchase specific items online. An independent bookstore lets you serendipitously discover books and authors you may have never have otherwise known you were interested in or existed.”
Beginning Sept. 20, the store will offer limited hours. It will open fully to the public on Sept. 27. For more information, visit the website