A mobile bookstore in the Bronx “is where my heart is”
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Latanya DeVaughn is the owner and operator of Bronx Bound Books, a mobile bookstore she started in May 2019. After working in various jobs and feeling unfulfilled, “I realized that opening up a bookstore is where my heart is,” DeVaughn said. Because of rising storefront prices in the Bronx, she bought a bus she found on Craigslist with her savings and used a $20,000 business grant from Lowe’s to renovate the interior. DeVaughn said her mobile bookstore is a way to provide access to books in her community, which she says has only one brick-and-mortar bookstores.
In the future, DeVaughn hopes to partner with organizations that serve families with an incarcerated parent. “Both my parents were incarcerated, in and out of jail as I grew up, and I would like to be able to connect with families who have an incarcerated parent and do events that will help them bridge the gap.”
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