When the independent Visible Voice Bookstore closed its storefront on Kenilworth in 2014, the community mourning the loss of this cozy gathering place, which not only sold books, cards and other literary-related items but also hosted musicians, poets, authors and community meetings.
But in the fall of 2017 book lovers rejoined when it reopened in a higher-profile location on Professor Avenue in the former Komorowski funeral home. Visible Voice is on the second floor, while its former across-the-street neighbor, Crust pizza, occupies the first. The new space is more open and flooded with natural light. It includes space for an expanded coffee and pastry bar and chairs and tables in the back.
As at the old store, Visible Voice specializes in a dozen main genres including art, music, poetry, fiction and politics and current affairs, with a combination of new and used books and remainders. Browsers will find sections on such topics as nature, outer space, spirituality, film, graphic novels and “fringe culture.” There’s also a kids’ section and gift-type items
The store also has a 26-car parking lot, solving the perennial Tremont issue of tight parking. Visible Voice is open Wednesday through Sunday.