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Black English Bookstore officially opens in Tampa this weekend

exterior of a bookstore with a brick facade

A new bookstore is opening soon: Black English Bookstore located at 401 E Oak Avenue. Owner Gwen Henderson will open her new store on December 2.

“Black English Bookstore is a women-owned and independently operated bookshop that caters to readers of all ages while elevating black-authored books while also creating space for another women-owned coffee business for patrons along with records being played and a few plants to water,” writes Henderson in an email to That’s So Tampa. 

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The intimate storefront is 738 square feet, but they’ll pack in plenty of profound literature on the shelves. The inventory will start with approximately 1,200 – 1,500 books, puzzles, notecards, art, and more.

pen an ink sketch of a bookstore
Rendering via Black English Bookstore

“I am determined to amplify voices and pay tribute to our ancestors who were unable to read and write,” writes Henderson. “One of them is Sam Hightower (1860-1932) my great-great grandfather and I will read for him.”

Black English Bookstore is committed to a curated collection of books representing extraordinary voices while elevating a distinct culture and community. Henderson wants customers to feel free to order books and audiobooks from the works of writers who “pen a language identifiable and classified by this bookstore as Black English.”

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Follow the bookstore on Facebook, Instagram, and its website, as well as on Bookshop to learn more about what the store offers.

Check out our list of 10 more bookstores you need to visit in Tampa Bay this holiday season. Bookends Ybor, a currently mobile shop, will also open a brick-and-mortar in Ybor City in 2024.

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