For ten years, Burning Books has been a trusted anchor in a community that prides itself on fighting social grievances. The radical bookstore not only provided a âroofâ – aka safe haven – during political storms, but has also grown so far that it ran out of space.
To accommodate additional inventory and at the same time space for community events such as book publications, lectures, discussions, etc. This is made possible by the recent purchase of the building next door.
Once the additional space is up and running, Burning Books can not only double the size of its inventory, but also provide space for a special event space. The addition will also create opportunities for book clubs, collaborations with activists, writers, artists, publishers, and organizations, and all sorts of other important amenities.
If there has ever been a time for Burning Books to thrive, it is now … at a time when “social justice” is paramount and political activism is the new norm. To that end, this unique bookstore will continue to thrive as an educational resource unparalleled in the community.
It is not every day that a company can expand its scope and presence without moving to a new business. Fortunately, with the acquisition of the unused building next door, Burning Books will be able to meet all of its current needs.
The expansion will further help Connecticut Street establish itself as a strong commercial corridor. I’ve talked about this type of opportunity in the past. There are old boarded-up shop window fronts waiting for the right person with the right vision to get out of the shop window and build small shopping oases. Buffalo has relied on commercial strips for as long as Elmwood, Hertel and Grant to do business. Years ago, these types of window anchors were the norm – they provided walk-in shopping right in the neighborhoods that made the communities not only liveable but also thrive. Today we see a focus on rebuilding those neighborhood environments along roads like Connecticut and at intersections like Five Points. This addition to Burning Books will go a long way in ensuring that this type of urban investment continues and pays off for all.
Currently, Burning Books has launched a crowdfunding initiative as part of its expansion fund’s $ 150,000 goal.
To support the bright future of Burning Books, make a contribution to the gofundme campaign. Or visit the bookstore below 420 Connecticut Street, in Buffalo, NY 14213.
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