I will be discussing the back story on how Books and Black Coffee was created and brought into life.
First and foremost, I have never thought about being an entrepreneur on any occasion. I’ve always had it in my head that I would go to school, get my degrees, and just work in a career. That all changed after having one casual conversation with a friend.
I hadn’t even moved to Hinesville yet but was in the process of preparing and getting ready for the move, I visited Hinesville more than a few times. That is when I realized that there was no bookstore in the area. Coming from Tennessee, where I went to the bookstore every Saturday morning for the most part, pre pandemic. I could not believe that there wasn’t a bookstore in the area. However, there was a Barnes & Noble in Savannah that I went to fulfill my addiction.
One day, I believe in late 2020, I was complaining about how I was tired of driving all the way to Savannah to go to the bookstore (I’m sure my friend was sick of me complaining about how far the bookstore was), so they suggested that I open one. They literally casually said, “Open up one.”, as they continued to do what they were doing. My mind started working overtime immediately. I found myself asking questions like, “Am I capable of opening a bookstore?”; “Am I capable of even being an entrepreneur?”; I had all these questions but the spark that the idea of opening MY own bookstore struck something in me and I couldn’t shake it.
From a Dream to Reality
Long story short (because I don’t want you all focused on this blog article, I want you to go onto the products page and purchase a book ). I started my research and began my entrepreneur journey early 2021. I ran the business idea across almost everyone who meant something to me and played a huge role in my life. I got nothing but great feedback, I might’ve gotten some questions about why a bookstore? I paid it no mind. It took me weeks to come up with the name Books and Black Coffee, mainly because I wanted something simple but catchy.
I write this article proudly and fearlessly. I could not say I was this confident in Books and Black Coffee a year ago, but I put in the work and thanks to my SCORE mentor, DeLisa Clift, and my EBV-University of Missouri family for providing me with all the necessities needed and courage to jump off the ledge with my business.
To my family and friends, thank you for being by my side during my highest highs while witnessing some of my lowest lows, during this process. Thank you to my friends who made sure I took a break from entrepreneuring to take a step back to rest. Last but not least, a huge thank you to the friend who put this idea in my head, there are no words to elaborate how grateful I am.
Welcome to Books and Black Coffee.