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Clover, owner of Clover Daydreams, stands in front of a bookcase.

Dr. Clover Tamayo (they/siya) is the founder and owner of Clover Daydreams in Tacoma, Washington. As a queer, disabled, Filipino American, Tamayo created Clover Daydreams with the goal of being a safe and inclusive book space and curates a collection that centers queer, trans, BIPOC, disabled, and marginalized voices. Tamayo sat down with me to discuss the origin of Clover Daydreams and the store’s unique environment and services.

Hidden Gems Literary Emporium owner, Kaila Sykes, smiles and holds an armful of books.

Kaila Boulware Sykes and Raymond Sykes are the owners of Hidden Gems Literary Emporium, a non-profit bookstore in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Sykes never charge for a book and never say no to a community in need. Kaila Boulware Sykes sat down with us to talk about the store’s origin, operation, and future. 

White letters on a green background, Dundee Book Company

When Ted and Nicole Wheeler opened Dundee Book Company in Omaha, Nebraska in 2017, it started out as a book cart. Not only has the company since transitioned to a fully stocked brick-and-mortar, the couple maintains traditional full time jobs and runs the store on the weekends.

The Novel Neighbor logo, blue text on white background, and Open Door Romance logo, brown and pink text on a yellow background.

You’ve probably heard of The Novel Neighbor. The shop in St. Louis, Missouri, first opened in 2014. In the ten years since then, they’ve expanded, added a nonprofit arm, and recently announced their latest project — Open Door Romance. I sat down with Holland Saltsman, Owner; Kassie King, Director of Social Media and Marketing; and Stephanie Skees, Director of Events and Curated Collections; to learn about the past and future of The Novel Neighbor.

The Mavey Books logo, a red silhouette of a running dog

Nadia Alawa and her daughters, Silla and Deema, are the trio behind Mavey Books. This new indie bookstore in Ardmore, PA, will host their grand opening this Indie Bookstore Day, April 27! Alawa sat down with us to share her origin story and vision for the store. 

Stanza Books owners, Andrea Talarico and Mark Harris

This week we’re spotlighting Stanza Books in Beacon, NY. Andrea Talarico runs Stanza Books with her partner Mark Harris. This cozy general bookstore covers about 900 square feet and offers all manner of books and events and has a publishing arm. I sat down with Talarico to learn more about Stanza’s origin and operation.