Once you step foot inside Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery, you will immediately unwind. The space is casual and engaging with friendly staff ready to offer their knowledge. You might even run into an adorable dog while you are browsing. I’m not exaggerating when I say this place is pure bliss.
What’s it like inside?
Currently, there are three rooms to explore including the main area and two smaller rooms in the back. I admired all the details to make it feel comfortable including upholstered furniture, a record player, candles, and a faux fireplace. There’s an art gallery in the lower level with rotating art; however, it’s closed due to the pandemic.
So many great books!
The diverse book selection is neatly shelved and easily accessible. It wasn’t easy to decide what to buy, as there are many fantastic titles and authors to choose from. I ended up purchasing “wow, no thank you” by Samantha Irby and “Take a Hint, Dani Brown” by Talia Hibbert. I’m still reading Samantha Irby’s book and I don’t recommend reading it on the bus, as it’s difficult to “LOL” with a mask on (maybe that’s a good thing).
Some of my favorite local artists were here!
Not to fear that the art gallery is temporarily closed, as the entire bookstore is a beautiful work of art. Some of the art includes several pieces by Ahmad James Lee, as well as murals by Sentrock and Jc Rivera. The art encompasses much of the wall space and the details are astonishing. Semicolon is what I dream my humble abode will look like someday.
The following four photos represent art by Ahmad James Lee.
Celebrate National Black Literacy Day
A celebration will be held on February 14th and it has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day. The proprietress created a statewide holiday, National Black Literacy Day. The bookstore will be using donated funds to host a virtual “clear the shelves” event to support the community. Check their social for more details about this wonderful event.
Semicolon is one of the reasons I look forward to life getting back to normal. I can’t stop thinking about the art gallery and events they have up their sleeve. I’m so happy they are here!