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After being in Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for several years, black-owned bookstore Smith & Hannon has relocated. OTR is now home to Smith & Hannon – the only black-owned bookstore in Cincinnati.


Originally founded in 2001 in Bond Hill, Smith & Hannon’s 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.”


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Furthermore, Smith & Hannon houses an extensive collection of both non-fiction and fiction titles in a variety of genres including autobiographies, biographies, poetry, religion & spirituality, children & young adult and more.



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Smith & Hannon’s Bookstore is located at:
1405 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tuesday – Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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



About Smith & Hannon
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 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.


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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.