Sunday, June 16, 2024

Weary disappointment kept me from noting that the retail space at Massachusetts Avenue and Creighton Street in Porter Square will become a Big Picture Framing shop. Distant sadness kept me from reporting that the square’s Sasuga Japanese Bookstore has become a Century 21 real estate office. And a reeling sense of injustice has kept me from crying out over its Unicorn Books & Spiritual Resource Center, which once was the Bookcellar Cafe, then empty for more than two years (save for annual visits from an art cooperative at holiday time).

But replacing the Dress Barn in the Star Market shopping plaza is — and I’m so excited I can barely get the words out — Porter Square Books, with owners as close to rock stars as one can get in small book circles. The three managers of the Concord Bookshop, as well as former employees, have taken the 4,480 square feet of dowdy dresses and vowed to open it Oct. 1 with books, newspapers and cafe fare.

“Because of the area, we have to stay open until at least 9 p.m. every day, maybe later,” said managing director Dale Szczeblowski, also vice president of the New England Booksellers Association, to Bookselling This Week.

Unreservedly good news.