When an independent bookstore focuses heavily on themes such as music, art, and politics, it's bound to inspire a passionate following. By being located in the heart of energetic Tremont, Visible Voice all but ensured its place as a magnet for the neighborhood's like-minded folks. But this place is so much more than books: There's a wine bar, a garden courtyard, an upstairs meeting space. There are the obligatory book signings and poetry readings, but also wine tastings and art exhibits, with work scattered throughout the store. There are musical performances — including a free summer concert series in the courtyard offering a welcome blend of jazz, folk, and blues — and even a monthly feminist performance-art open mic. When's the last time the big box served up this brand of stimulation?
1023 Kenilworth Ave., Cleveland, 216-961-0084, visiblevoicebooks.com