By Michael Costa & Nick Chamiss – 1851 Staff
When you make your way into Newton Centre, you notice the various shops lining each side of the street. However, there is one shop that speaks ever so loudly from the roadside. There is a quaint bookstore located on Langley St. that extends outwards from a church. With its wide glass windows and stone surroundings, Newtonville Books draws in both readers and curious bystanders alike.
Originally located in Newtonville itself, Newtonville Books moved to Newton Centre in April 2012 in an effort to attract those exiting the T from the Newton Centre stop. After its near 15 years of existence, this independent bookseller still remains bold and persistent in its competition with bookstore giants such as Barnes & Noble.
Alongside their employees, the store is owned and run faithfully by authors Jaime Clark and Mary Cotton. Their strong passion for books is strikingly apparent when walking through door. At the check-out counter, one may notice that one side of the counter is held up solely by books. With this gesture, they are literally using books as support. This, among other small details gives Newtonville Books an aura of warmth and creativity in its overwhelming bask.
Beyond the average procedure that a bookstore carries out, Newtonville Books provides a little something extra for book-enthusiasts. The store also hosts events including book signings, writing workshops and even book club meet- ings. It is these aspects that separate them from other stores, which eventually lose their personal side with growth, a pleasant surprise to say the least.
Setting foot in Newtonville Books is a unique experience. Once you’ve visited this store, there’s no wonder why it thrives in the modern setting and continues to grow. Whether you are an avid reader, a parent or merely an admirer of all things great, head to Newtonville Books, a bookseller and a delight to the senses.
To get there, jump on the Green Line from Riverside and get off at the Newton Centre stop.