MahoganyBooks to open Md. location in June

WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL – D.C. bookstore MahoganyBooks will open a second store at National Harbor on June 19.

The brand, which launched online in 2007 before expanding into its Anacostia Arts Center retail location in 2017, is owned by Derrick and¬†Ramunda Young. MahoganyBooks focuses on the work of Black authors and has hosted author events with the late Rep. John Lewis, Walter Mosley, Chimamanda Adichie, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Misty Copeland, among others. President Barack Obama recently joined the Youngs during a virtual meeting of the store’s “MahoganyBooks and Very Smart Brothas Book Club,” where they were discussing his latest book, “A Promised Land.”

The new location, located in National Harbor’s Waterfront District, will be nearly triple the size of its Anacostia location, clocking in around 1,400 square feet.

“We’re excited that our customers will have easy parking. They’ll be able to go have a nice dinner and come to a book signing,” Ramunda said. “We’ll still remain true to who we are in providing Black books by, to and about people of the African diaspora. A lot of customers are really excited to learn about Black history and Black culture and our diehard regulars are elated about the new space. We’re going to serve what we do best, and that’s Black books.”

The store, which was recently featured on NBC’s “Today Show,” has seen major growth in sales over the past year. From May through October 2020, that included selling 100,000 books.

“I can’t even compare it to what we were doing before,” Ramunda says.

The increase in demand came amid a push for buying from Black businesses and a surge in demand for books focused on anti-racism in the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others by police over the summer of 2020.


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