After almost closing to the public, one of Philadelphia’s last black-owned bookstores is finally going to be reopened again.
Hakim’s Bookstore on Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s West Side is believed to be one of the oldest black-owned bookstores in America.
Founded in 1959 by Dawud Hakim, it is a business that has been a staple of Philadelphia’s black community for decades. However, approximately two years ago, the business started going under and eventually almost closed its doors to the dismay of its most senior and valued patrons.
Yvonne Blake (pictured) is Hakim’s daughter and is the controlling owner of the bookstore. Recently, Blake, 66, did an exclusive interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper to share some very good news. Hakim’s Bookstore will soon be relaunching to become bigger and better than ever.
Blake started a GoFundMe page to help raise monies for saving her family business. Over $1,100 dollars was raised on the page. Donations were mostly made by local people who did not want to see the cornerstone business fail. Blake has also done other things to help Hakim’s Bookstore market itself in today’s business landscape.