Burning Books is “on fire” – Buffalo Rising


For ten years, Burning Books has been a reliable anchor in a community that prides itself on standing up against the evils of society. The radical bookstore not only provided a “roof” – aka safe haven – during the brewing political storms, it also managed to grow to the point of running out of space.

To accommodate additional inventory, while providing space for community events such as book outings, lectures, discussions, etc., Burning Books will expand its footprint from 628 square feet to a whopping 2,378 square feet. It achieves this thanks to the recent purchase of the neighboring building.

Once operational, the additional space will not only allow Burning Books to double the size of its inventory, but it will also provide space for dedicated event space. The annex will also create opportunities for book clubs, collaborations with activists, authors, artists, publishers and organizations, and all kinds of other crucial amenities.

If there was a time for Burning Books to thrive, it is now… in an era when “social justice” is a priority and political activism is the new normal. To that end, this unique bookstore will continue to thrive as an educational resource unlike any other in the community.

It’s not every day that a business is able to expand its reach and footprint without moving to a new storefront. Fortunately, with the acquisition of the underused building next door, Burning Books will be able to meet all of its current needs.

The expansion will further help Connecticut Street to solidify as a strong trade corridor. I have spoken of opportunities of this nature in the past. So many old barricaded windows lying in wait… waiting for the right person, with the right vision, to open the windows and set up small shopping oases. For so long, Buffalo has relied on commercial bands such as Elmwood, Hertel, and Grant to conduct its business. Years ago, these types of storefront anchors were the norm – they provided walking shopping opportunities directly into residential neighborhoods, making communities not only livable but thriving. Today we see a focus on reconstructing these neighborhood settings, along streets such as Connecticut and around intersections such as Five Points. This expansion of Burning Books will go a long way in ensuring that these types of urban investments continue and pay off for everyone.

Currently, Burning Books has launched a crowdfunding initiative, as part of its expansion fund’s goal of $ 150,000.

To support the bright future of Burning Books, consider contributing to the gofundme campaign. Or visit the bookstore at 420 Connecticut Street, in Buffalo, NY 14213.

Burning books | (716) 881-0791

queen's eyes

Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder of the Powder Keg Festival which built the largest ice maze in the world (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurious! winter party. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator of the Saturday Craft Market (SAM) in Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of retro and vintage market The Peddler on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Kick off Witches’ Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and the Flutterby Festival.

Contact Newell Nussbaumer | [email protected]

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