Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse is struggling to keep things going and has issued a plea for support.
“Although our doors are still open, our sales have not been immune to the downturn in the economy and the impact technology has on how people buy and read books,” founder Philip Rafshoon said in an open letter to the community. “We’re realigning our business model, refocusing our products and services, and upgrading the store to meet the changing needs of our customers and the community. But we can’t do this without your help.”
The LGBT bookstore, which has been located for 15 years at the corner of Piedmont and 10th Street in Midtown, is asking its supporters to step up their purchases of books, CDs, gifts, jewelry and other merchandise and also to consider booking the coffeehouse lounge for business meetings and even pitch in as volunteer workers.
“Please let us know if you are willing to share your expertise in web design, social media, marketing, bookkeeping, finance, banking, retail management, retail sales, collections and legal services,” Rafshoon wrote. “We hope you agree that Outwrite is far more than ‘just another business’ but is truly a resource that the LGBT community and Atlanta cannot afford to lose and that we all need to help preserve.”
Founded in 1993 to serve Atlanta’s gay & lesbian community, Outwrite hosts a wide range of author events. Star Jones was there Tuesday signing “Satan’s Sisters” and Pearl Cleage was there earlier this month signing ”Just Wanna Testify.” At 7:30 p.m. June 7, Steven Petrow will be there to sign “Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners.”
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