I don’t care what any one says or has yet to say, we’re in a recession. I’m sure many industries that have already suffered will unfortunately continue to suffer as the weakness in our economy continues to make itself more and more apparent. Unfortunately, sometimes it seems that black businesses take extreme hits during these times. The beloved Karibu Books (very popular black bookstore in the DC area) will be closing its doors. It’s a special place to me because I found books that you wouldn’t see on display in the front of Borders that appealed to my interest (Ex. African Holistic Health). It was a meeting place for those new black authors and even icons to come share, sell and discuss their works with the community. Aside from church, it was one of the best meeting places for black folk to discuss our issues. According to the website, all stores will be closed by February 10th. (Dayum!!!) Hello Negro wishes them well in their future pursuits!
Dear Karibu Customers,
After 15 years of service within the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Karibu Books, a Black bookstore chain will be closing its doors. We sincerely thank each and every one of you for your patronage and support. We are optimistic that our mission to empower and educate through a comprehensive selection of books by and about people of African descent will continue to resonate within the communities we proudly served.
Since 1993, we have been blessed to help thousands of local, regional and national authors share their incredible stories of faith, hope, love, peace, politics and race. We can’t begin to express our gratitude for the countless authors who have graced our six stores and enriched our customers’ lives.
We will be closing our Security Square (Baltimore, MD) and Forestville locations on Sunday, January 27. The remaining locations, Bowie Town Center, The Mall at Prince Georges and Iverson Mall will close on Sunday, February 10. Our Pentagon City store is already closed.
Effective immediately, all inventory at all locations will be 50% off. All fixtures will also be available for purchase on February 10. See individual store managers for more information.
Again, we respectfully thank you for your loyalty, laughter and love.