Originally published on Advocate.com December 07 2004 1:00 AM ET
The owner of Creative Visions, New York City's only remaining locally owned gay bookstore, has announced that he will close the West Village shop on December 31 after 14 years in business. Citing a number of difficulties, Vincent Migliore, who inherited the store after the death of his partner, Randy P. Glaser, has decided that closing the store on Hudson Street remains his only option. Creative Visions' online store, CreativeVisionsBooks.com, will remain open.
Since the near-closing of the gay Oscar Wilde Bookshop last year--before it was bought by Washington, D.C.-based Lambda Rising--New York City has been faced with a decreasing number of gay-owned or gay-friendly literary outlets. Creative Visions had long worked in collaboration with other gay and lesbian businesses and organizations and also fostered awareness of gay and lesbian writers through its monthly reading series.
In a letter sent to his customers, Migliore cited the loss of business due to the 9/11 tragedy and competition from the Internet among the many reasons for his decision to close. He also expressed his regret and gratitude. "Thank you deeply, truly, and sincerely for your patronage over these many happy and full 14 years," he wrote. "We will miss each of you."