Photos: Community Pharmacy and Room of One's Own book store through the years –

After more than 45 years, both businesses have departed the downtown for the East Side.
Community Pharmacy on South Fair Oaks Avenue is adjacent to an apartment building and across the street from another.
Technician Karen Solien helps a customer at the pharmacy counter in the new space on South Fair Oaks Avenue for Community Pharmacy. The business was founded in 1972 and is now housed in a brick building constructed in 1925 near Garver Feed Mill and a bike path.
Customers browse the bookshelves at A Room of One’s Own on Atwood Avenue. 
Sydne Conant organizes books in the front window of A Room of One’s Own on Atwood Avenue. The store opened to walk-in traffic on Oct. 3 after closing to in-person shopping in March 2020.
A vintage sign from the early days of Community Pharmacy is displayed on a wall of the store’s new digs at 130 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Employee Kyah Fuller stocks the shelves at Community Pharmacy in Madison. Much of the shelving in the new space was salvaged from the former Downtown location.
Misian Taylor arranges books at A Room of One’s Own, 2717 Atwood Ave., which recently moved from Downtown, where the store had been a staple since the 1970s.
A Room of One’s Own opened to walk-in customers on Oct. 3 and has quickly become melded into its East Side neighborhood. The building was constructed in 1916 for the Madison Motor Car Co.
Richard Kilmer, a pharmacist at Community Pharmacy, 341 State Street, helps a customer Monday. The 3,942-square-foot stores sells a wide range of prescriptions, herbs, supplements, body care and homeopathic remedies.  Shoppers can even find greeting cards with the Beatles.
Chicory Poppinoff, an herbalist at Community Pharmacy, is shown here in a 2016 photo. Products in the herbal department include Wisconsin-grown ginseng and elderflower; yarrow, wild yam and shea butter.
Community Pharmacy, at State and West Gorham streets, has plans to move to the city’s East Side after opening Downtown almost 50 years ago.
The 46-year-old Room of One’s Own bookstore has been in its current location near the corner of State and W. Gorham streets since 2011. On Monday, owners announced they’d signed a 20-year lease on 2717 Atwood Ave.
Jes Lukes helps a customer at A Room of One’s Own bookstore on Wednesday. Lukes, 30, is one of three people purchasing the beloved bookstore in Downtown Madison.
David Harms, of Madison, browses through shelves of books at A Room of One’s Own bookstore, 315 W. Gorham St. The store will be moving to the Atwood neighborhood on Madison’s East Side.
Anne Perrote, of Madison, a longtime customer of A Room of One’s Own bookstore, tucks away purchases in her bicycle bag outside the book shop at 315 W. Gorham St., just a few yards off State Street. The store — its motto “Eat, Sleep, Read” — was founded in 1975 in a 2,000-square-foot space at 317 W. Johnson St. and in 1997 moved to a 3,000-square-foot space at 307 W. Johnson St. It doubled in size in 2011 when it moved to its current location next to Community Pharmacy and into space that had been home to Avol’s Books after the closing of Canterbury Booksellers.
Sandi Torkildson, right, co-owner of A Room of One’s Own bookstore, is selling the business to Gretchen Treu, who has worked at the store for the past 11 years, and two partners.
After a nearly two-year process, A Room of One’s Own bookstore, 315 W. Gorham St., is about to get new owners. Sandi Torkildson, who helped found the store in 1975, and Nancy Geary, have announced that an ownership group consisting of bookstore employees Gretchen Treu and Jes Lukes along with silent partner Patrick Rothfuss, an award-winning science fiction author from Stevens Point, will purchase the business on June 30. The store has 198,000 titles spread among 405,000 books of a variety of genres.
A bookstore can be a draw to not only locals but to visitors to the city. Edgar Francis of Stevens Point visited A Room of One’s Own bookstore in Madison last week.
A Room of One’s Own bookstore is located in space that at one time was home to Avol’s Books and, prior to that, Canterbury Books.
Sandi Torkildson, co-owner and one of five original founders of A Room of One’s Own bookstore in Madison, has announced that she and business partner Nancy Geary are selling the store. It was founded in 1975 on West Johnson Street and now occupies 6,000 square feet at 315 W. Gorham St. near State Street.
Barry Adams covers regional and business news for the Wisconsin State Journal.
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Community Pharmacy and A Room of One’s Own have settled into their new digs after decades in the city’s Downtown, and their new spaces are brimming with character.
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