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New Bookstore, Cafe Heads To Wicker Park - And They Would Love Your Input

Move on over Myopic, a brand new independent book store is heading to Wicker Park. 


Sisters Rebecca and Kimberly George, Wicker Park residents, educators and soon-to-be small business owners, have set their sights on the former location of of Recycle Mens & Womens Designer Retail at 1474 N. Milwaukee Avenue as the spot for their new indie bookstore, Volumes Bookcafe.

And we couldn't be more excited. But Volumes Bookcafe won't be your traditional bookstore. This shop will incorporate a small cafe with coffee, baked goods & sandwiches and (if all goes well) beer & wine. The space is being designed so everything in the interior of the store is movable, allowing the space to be easily adapted to accommodate a variety of events ranging from author events to lectures and open mic nights to scrabble leagues, classes, and eventually kids camps. The owners of Wicker Park's newest bookstore would love for Volumes Bookcafe to be an event hub for the community and a comfortable hangout for you. "This will be a cozy and clear space with several nooks for reading and curling up with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. We want people to feel welcome to come and stay all day if they want" says owner Rebecca George. 

The team behind Volumes Bookcafe is all about their community. They want to serve as a valuable resource for everyone from little ones on up. That's where YOU come in. As they're preparing to stock their shelves, they would love your input. From what kind of fiction/non-fiction books you prefer to the types of events you'd like to see hosted there. Their focus will be primarily new books with a few used books sprinkled into the mix. But in no way are they looking to compete with Myopic and used books will not be their focus.

Approximately 1,800 square feet will be dedicated to books alone. There will be a lot of books. About 20% of that will be Children's, Middle grade and Young Adult. The rest will be a relatively standard mix for a bookstore including: Art, Architecture and Poetry sections. 

Look for Volumes Bookcafe to open late Spring/early Summer at 1474 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. 

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