Books and Crannies – A Black Owned Bookstore

Books and Crannies Bookstore
  • Photo by Books and Crannies

Books and Crannies is a Black Owned Independent Bookstore in Uptown Martinsville started by Deshanta Hairston. The Bookstore officially opened its doors in September 2016 after Hairston became a recipient of the 2016 Startup Martinsville program. As a result, she won over $12,000 to start her own business.

Books and Crannies Owner

Books and Crannies Owner, Deshanta Hairston. Photo cortesy of Martinsville Bulletin.

A Book Lover with a passion for writing, the mum of two is a Bachelor of Science in Professional Writing Graduate from the University of Old Dominion. Books and Crannies is further described as a General Interest/Literary bookstore stocking on Fiction, Nonfiction, Kidlit and a variety of other titles. Furthermore, the bookstore has the ability to order any books still in publication.

Worth noting is the used book section featuring $1 paperbacks and $3 hardbacks. Visitors to the store have access to self-served coffee available via a keurig. Complimentary water is also offered. And in a bid to promote and celebrate literature within the community, the bookstore hosts an array of events through the year such as;

  • children’s readings
  • open mic poetry and
  • book signings featuring local and regional authors.

On June 2nd 2020, with the ongoing George Floyd Protests in the US and a growing need to highlight black owned businesses, Hairston tweeted;

Unbeknownst to her, the tweet would quickly attract so much deserved attention ultimately translating into more online orders. This renewed interest is indeed a blessing in disguise for the thriving bookstore. The Covid-19 pandemic notwithstanding, Books and Crannies is still operational with adjusted hours. The store currently opens every Tuesday to Saturday from 11am-4pm.

See also Black Coffee Lounge







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Address & Contact Details

50 E. Church Street Suite 4 Martinsville, VA 24112

+1 276-403-4380

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