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The Detroit metro area has always been a destination for anyone looking to make their mark in the world by starting a business. A large population coupled with space and the opportunity to be creative, innovative and to have a positive impact on the community, has made the metropolitan area a hub for entrepreneurs.

Home to long-standing businesses passed down from generation to generation, startups, co-ops, over 50,000 black-owned businesses and more, Detroit continues to make a name for itself as the perfect place to establish a thriving business. Whether you are a native of the area or looking for a fresh start in a new city, the Tri-County area has more than enough room for any aspiring business owner.

At Visit Detroit, we want to honor our small business culture with a series of monthly spotlights dedicated to celebrating the businesses and people who make up the fabric of our city.

This month, the spotlight is on …

Located in the Cass Corridor of the Midtown District, Source Booksellers, an independent business, has been a fixture in the Detroit community since 1989. Owner Janet Webster Jones is the daughter of a retired librarian and teacher. of Detroit public schools. She started selling books after teaching a class in Egyptian history and overwhelming encouragement from students and friends to start selling books.

Source Booksellers initially opened inside the Spiral Collective, a space shared with three other women-owned businesses, then moved in 2013 across the street to its current home. The store is widely respected for its well-stocked shelves on a variety of topics including culture and history, health and wellness, and books written by and about women.

Over the years, Janet has added elements to the bookstore that have served the community not only from a literary standpoint, but from a more holistic approach. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, you could attend book / author lectures, community book discussions, mind, body, and spirit classes such as tai chi, yoga, and belly dance. Remaining flexible in these difficult times, Source Booksellers began offering curbside pickups, online orders, virtual events, and book discussions.

Three unique facts about SourceBooksellers:

  • Themed book weeks such as “Forbidden Book Week”
  • Weekly book release announcements and hosted e-book discussions
  • Partnered with the Detroit Renaissance Lions Club to provide a book club focused on blindness and deafness for all readers

To learn more about Source Booksellers, visit their website for the latest information on events, new books and more.