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The SunLit interview: Clara Villarosa’s Hue-Man Experience finds unexpected new life

Clara Villarosa’s Hue-Man Experience Bookstore, founded in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood in 1984, stood as a hub of Black culture for 16 years. In the tough and competitive independent bookselling world, Villarosa also joined forces with now former Tattered Cover owner Joyce Meskis to create dialogue on racial issues through a conversation group called the […]

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Colorado’s Tattered Cover bookstore sold, will become nation’s largest Black-led bookseller

NEW YORK — A leading independent bookstore, the Colorado-based Tattered Cover, has been sold to a group of investors and will become the country’s largest Black-led bookseller. An investment group led by Denver natives Kwame Spearman, who will serve as CEO and operations manager, and David Back purchased the Tattered Cover for an undisclosed amount […]

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A coronavirus shift to online shopping has helped save some retail sales — and tax revenue — in Colorado

When Erika Righter saw foot traffic at Hope Tank vanish in March as coronavirus safety measures went into place, she temporarily closed her Broadway gift store and reopened online.  “Thank God for online,” said Righter, who opened the Denver store in 2012. “I launched an online shop, which I wish I had done years ago.” […]