A metro bookstore is holding a fundraiser Friday evening with the hopes of raising enough money to keep its doors open.
Nappy Roots Books owner Camille Landry said the bookstore is an important part of this community. Like many other businesses, it has struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fundraiser event will include a silent auction through Facebook and a virtual concert that will be streamed through Facebook Live with multiple local artists. Food at the store will be provided from multiple chefs across the metro in to-go containers due to the pandemic.
Landry said it's a night she's excited for, everything plans to start at 6:30 p.m. and finish at 9 p.m. However, it's also a night that important in keeping the bookstore on the northeast side.
Landry said the bookstore, which operates on thin margins in the best of circumstances, has been particularly hard hit during the pandemic.
"The generosity of my neighbors has enabled us to survive,” Landry said. “But we are doing this fundraiser to make sure we have enough funding. And, most importantly, carry out programs that we provide for the community.”
It's those programs -- such as tutoring, enrichment programs and college prep classes -- that demonstrate the importance of the bookstore.
It also plans to start a community garden this year.