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Outwrite Bookstore seeks community help to stay open

Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse owner Philip Rafshoon

Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse sits on what is considered the gayest corner of Atlanta — 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue — and has served as a community hub for LGBT people to meet and organize, as well as purchase books, CDs and hear readings from their favorite authors.

But late last month, Outwrite owner Philip Rafshoon put out a call to the community seeking support. A poor economy and the changing landscape of the publishing industry have put in peril the landmark that’s been in business 15 years.

“Everyone says, ‘We love your store and we love what you do for the community,’ we just have to get more people in here and get them to stop taking us for granted,” Rafshoon said in an interview.

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Lesbian-owned bookstore Charis to open new feminist center

The oldest and largest feminist bookstore in the Southeast is looking for a new and bigger  home.

Charis Books & More and Charis Circle, the nonprofit arm of the independent feminist bookstore, are seeking a new space to open a feminist center and asking the community to become involved in making it happen.

At an informal event at the bookstore in Little Five Points Wednesday night, the owners of the bookstore and the executive director of Charis Circle made the major announcement that the store, now located in a small house with very little parking, hopes to have a grand opening of the new center — to be named the Charis Feminist Center — next March.

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Gay bookstore provides gathering place to escape cabin fever during Atlanta snowstorm

Philip Rafshoon and employees of Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse

There was no doubt that Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse would stay open over the snow storm that has practically crippled the city for two days.

The gay favorite spot was open on Monday and broke all kinds of records, said store owner Philip Rafshoon. It seems the snow and ice-covered roads didn't keep many people from staying out of Midtown and enjoying a completely white Piedmont Park where sledders were playing all day.

"It was our biggest snow day ever," Rafshoon said Tuesday afternoon while taking a brief break. And thanks to the people enjoying Piedmont Park's rare beauty while and then later seeking some coffee and food, finding Outwrite open was an excellent treat.

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Outwrite a Midtown haven

Philip Rafshoon and employees of Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse

Gay bookstore braves the winter weather and offers Midtown residents a reprieve from the snow and ice