Three Black-Owned Bookstores to Support in Massachusetts

If you are a book lover, consider buying your next read from an independent bookstore before looking on Amazon. Small independent bookstores have a bigger impact on their community than it may seem. They support local programs and bring in revenue to their city or town. And in these times, it is now more important than ever to support local independent black-owned bookstores.


57 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 | | 617-541-1722

Frugal Bookstore is the only black-owned bookstore in Boston. Located in Roxbury, Frugal is owned and operated by Clarissa and Leonard Egerton, two bibliophiles who want to share their love for literature with their community. They sell brand new books online, over the phone, or in person, and their customer service is amazing.



51 Bearskin Neck, Rockport, MA 01966 | | 508-233-8418

Susie’s Stories is located in Rockport and represents the vision of Susie Rich, “to educate and entertain, promoting a positive image of self-esteem, confidence and the importance of community to both young readers and adults.” Susie’s Stories offers children’s books, poetry, and much more. Through storytelling, this independent bookstore aims to encourage positive attitude and to educate children on health and safety information about staying safe during extreme weather occurrences.



97 Hancock St, Springfield, MA 01109 | | 413-737-6400

In Springfield, Olive Tree Books-n-Voices has been owned and operated by Zee Johnson for over 15 years. The building where the comfy bookstore stands was once a crack house. With a lot of love, inspiration, and help from her community, Johnson transformed the location into an inviting safe haven where you can get lost in the over 500 titles that focus on historical works, children’s stories, and their beloved inspirational & religious section. Stop by today for a friendly smile or a bit of inspiration.