The Spenard neighborhood will soon have its own local bookstore.

The Writer’s Block took over the space previously occupied by an Adults Only store at 3956 Spenard Road, south of Minnesota.

Owner Vered Mares said what started as a passion for literature, turned into something bigger.

“Being a writer myself, and looking for space I really felt comfortable in, there was a real lack of availability for places to buy books that were focused on local books and local literature,” she said.

After several years of design and construction, the Writer’s Block will open next week.

It’s a bookstore/coffee house combo. Mares said they’ll have a menu that’s locally sourced with an international flair.

“Simple food made well,” Mares said. “International soups, ideas from Spain, Cuba, Portugal.”

They’re also working to get a license to serve Anchorage microbrews and wines.

“Other cities and communities across the country have discovered the way to support the literature is through great food and great coffee,” she said.

Their selection will feature about 2,000 titles and will highlight Alaskan authors mixed in with the better-known books.

“Several of us are parents and we know it's hard to find good, young books that are innovative and interesting. We'll have some classics like Goodnight Moon,” said co-owner Dawnell Smith.

Smith said she also saw a need for a business like this in Spenard.

“The community is already full of vitality and we're just giving a place where people can gather and be that way together,” Smith said.

Mares has lived in Spenard for almost a decade and is thrilled to contribute to the local economy in the neighborhood. She said they’re not focused on attracting a big tourist crowd, but instead want to cater to people who live in that area.

“We're Anchorage, we’re Spenard, and we're local and that's exactly how we want to stay.

The Writer’s Block opens Tuesday, Jan. 16.

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