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Cincinnati black-owned bookstore

Smith & Hannon Bookstore

1405 Vine Street
Cincinnati OH 45202

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 513-641-2700

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Smith & Hannon Bookstore is a Black-owned bookstore that was originally founded in 2001 in Bond Hill. The owner and educator of thirty-four years, Joyce Smith, envisioned a place where the African American community could gather and embrace African American literature and authors.

“I really like the idea of being in Over-the-Rhine,” Smith said in a news release. “It’s an extremely popular walking community. I feel I might be able to make an impact in the area.” After being in Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for several years, this Cincinnati Black-owned bookstore has relocated to OTR.

Smith & Hannon Bookstore houses an extensive collection of these literary works:

  • New & Used Books (autobiographies, biographies, poetry, spirituality, children, and more)
  • Posters
  • Greeting Cards
  • Jewelry
  • Souvenirs
  • Bookmarks
  • Magnets
  • T-shirts
  • Carvings

About Smith & Hannon Bookstore:

Smith & Hannon Bookstore was established in 2003 with one mission: to bring a real, high-quality bookstore to the Cincinnati area with a specialization in literary works from African American and local authors. Their passion for black books and excellence is what inspires and continues to drive their operation. In addition, it prides itself on providing a superior shopping experience for its loyal customers.

About Over-the-Rhine:

Over-the-Rhine, also known as OTR, is just north of Downtown’s Central Business District. It is a historic, yet eclectic, area flourishing with a variety of shopping, dining, bar, and entertainment options.

Smith & Hannon’s Hours:

Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m.
Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, you can email the Smith & Hannon Bookstore, visit Facebook @smithandhannonbookstore, or call 513-641-2700, ext. 7522

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Email: [email protected]

Phone: 513-641-2700

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