Amazon Bookstore Under New Ownership, Staying Open

Amazon Bookstore Cooperative logoAmazon Bookstore is historic.

Founded in 1970, Amazon Bookstore Cooperative, Inc. is the oldest independent feminist bookstore in North America. Our store is a worker-owned cooperative offering products and services that foster the strength, wisdom, beauty and diversity of women, girls, and their families.

I assume this part will stay the same. New owner Ruta Skujins says she has big plans.

I don’t know how many of you heard that a few weeks ago Amazon Bookstore in Minneapolis, the oldest feminist bookstore in the country, announced it was closing at the end of June.

I am very excited to tell you that I acquired Amazon Bookstore on Thursday, and we will NOT be closing! I have great plans for the store, and hope to be able to return it to its glory. In fact, I have such confidence in the potential of the store that I am using my retirement funds for this.

I’d invite you to visit our website, but it was taken down in anticipation of the closing, and will take a few days to bring back up. I just talked with the landlord Thursday and he took down the ‘For Lease’ signs Friday morning. The store stock is depleted because of the going out of business sale, and future events have been cancelled, so I’ve a lot to do to bring it back up.

I hope to be able to lure many authors to the Twin Cities for readings; Amazon has a great event space downstairs that is also available for bookgroups.

Please stop by the store if you can – parking isn’t a problem. We’re at 48th and Chicago Ave S, right across from Turtle Bread. I don’t know yet if we have it in stock, but if you haven’t read “Hard Road, Easy Riding: An Anthology of Lesbian Biker Erotica,” you might want to pick up a copy!

We are still working out all of the details of the transition. I know I’m going to be busy as heck, but I’ve now accomplished two of my childhood dreams – to be an editor, and to own a bookstore!

Ruta Skujins
President, Amazon Bookstore

I don’t know if shopping there right now will be all that fruitful, but if you’re in the neighborhood drop by. Besides just being a great feminist bookstore, they do a lot of community building as well.

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