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.
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.
“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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