Ajamu Brown closed up his father’s book store, True South, on Sunday. The Bedford-Stuyvesant shop has had financial trouble since July, when its owner suffered a stroke.
The page has been turned for the final time at a beloved black bookstore in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
True South Bookstore sold its last book Sunday after struggling to stay open since its owner, Monroe Brown Jr., suffered a stroke in July.
Brown, 71, opened the Nostrand Ave. bookstore in 2007, not just to sell books, but to champion black heritage.
Fans and customers rallied at the shop in an effort to save the cultural center shortly after he fell ill. The 40 people who attended the fundraiser raised several thousand dollars.
But that wasn’t enough to keep pace with rent that, for some, is just too damn high.
"At the end of the day how many fundraisers can you do?" asked his son, Ajamu Brown, 36. "You have to be able to generate a profit in order to keep the business open."
The store’s rent was recently raised from $2,200 to $3,500 a month, he said.
That’s a common phenomenon in the neighborhood as landlords seek to cash in on Bed-Stuy’s increasing trendiness.
That’s put the squeeze on mom and pop spots like the bookstore.