This Afro-Latina Is Raising Funds To Open The Bronx’s Only Bookstore

Nolle Santos desires the Bronx to get lit, with literature.

The afro-boricua released a crowdfunding project through Indiegogo last month in hopes of opening The Lit. Bar in her district. The Bronx was entrusted no book shops after the Barnes &&Nobles at the Bay Plaza Shopping Center just recently closed.

Santos imagines her company as both a red wine and a book shop bar, a social center for individuals to come together and discuss social concerns, she informed PIX11 News. Thats something amazon can not offer.

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The method Santos sees it, The Lit. Bar is a chance to alter understandings about her neighborhood.

Lit like literature, Lit like intoxicated. Lit with enthusiasm to eliminate preconceptions … and show, as soon as again, that the Bronx keeps developing it, Santos states in one part of her project video, above. And we merit, that we are more than simply tennis shoe shops and we support the arts, so I stand here today and ask you to open your hearts and assist us reveal the world what lots of stop working to see: that the Bronx is no longer burning, other than with a desire to check out.

And the 30-year-old Human Resources expert and blog writer states her book shop will show the variety of her area.

When you enter into an area like the South Bronx, where the majority of our population is African-American and hispanic, you require your shops, your recreation center and your companies to show individuals that really live there, she informed The New York Times.

Santos won 2nd location in the New York Public LIbrarys New York StartUP! Company Plan Competition in 2015, which included a reward of $7,500.

The boricua bibliophile has actually currently raised over $39,000 by means of Indiegogo, and shes wanting to fulfill her $100,000 objective in the month thats left of the project. The business owner got a huge increase after filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted about The Lit. Bar on Feb. 3. Santos informed he offered her project $5,000.

The Lit. Bar will be a lot more than book shop as far as Santos is worried, she feels the area will serve a greater function.

When you consider the South Bronx you do not generally think of white wine and intellectuals reading, Santos informed PIX11 News. Its actually a motion to break those Bronx stereotypes.

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