August was Black Owned Business Month and what better way to carry the celebration into September than by sharing a few of our favorite bookshops owned by Black women?
We know, it’s tempting to get our favorite new reads on our doorstep overnight. During these tricky times, it’s more important now than ever before to shop small and support minority businesses. Buying from a small business directly keeps their lights on and doors open while putting money back into the community. Supporting small, Black-owned businesses clears the way for future generations to see success and know they too can dream big! That is what it’s all about, amplifying Black businesses and doing our part to celebrate voices in our communities that have been silenced or hidden for far too long.
So without further adieu, here are 8 Black-owned bookstores with premium online selections. Ahead, enjoy shopping small right from your couch.
Miss Read herself, Nyasha, created this store to highlight tales of BIPOC women and non-binary readers. With 20 pages of titles, you’re sure to find a book that feels it was written just for you!
Sisters and founders, La’Nesha Frazier and La’Nae Robinson combined their two favorite things to create Bliss! At Bliss, you can shop a gorgeous selection of books along with local wines (that can also be ordered online) the sisters pair with their favorite new reads each month. Books and wine. *Chef’s kiss*
Jocelyn Slaughter created Stone Catcher Books, a bookstore with purpose and passion. Stone Catcher not only sells primarily used books but the store also aims for 10% of proceeds to be donated directly to organizations that help disadvantaged youth looking to further their education.
Word of Reparations Club has quickly spread throughout Los Angeles because of its impressive book selection and wide range of events (currently both virtual and IRL.) Investing in the community and your book collection- count us in!
Noëlle Santos, a fierce Afro-Latina from the Bronx, opened The Lit. Bar to give her neighborhood a place to sip, read, and discover new possibilities through literature. Her online catalog is just as representative and culturally rich as The Bronx itself! That’s what we like to see.
Loyalty bookstore has one mission: to celebrate and amplify BIPOC and queer communities! This store’s wide range of books represents anyone who has ever been marginalized. Founder, Hannah Oliver Depp absolutely nails it in her carefully curated selections.
Rachel Cargle founded Elizabeth’s to highlight marginalized voices through this bookshop and writing centre combo. Profits from the bookshop support The Loveland Foundation, Inc. Therapy Fund, which Cargle designed to provide Black women, girls, and gender-expansive humans with access to therapy.
As a self-proclaimed and proud intersectional feminist bookshop, Cafe con Libros prides itself on creating a safe space for all while placing female-identifying readers at the forefront. Be sure to check out all of the amazing author events they have coming up!