Inkwood Books will have new ownership, remain intact
The small, independent Inkwood Books in Tampa has a new owner.
Store founders Carla Jimenez and Leslie Reiner announced the change Monday morning, after months of having the store effectively up for sale. The new owner is Stefani Beddingfield, effective April 1.
“We are proud to have the opportunity to pass forward a vibrant, healthy bookstore to Stefani, and are confident the new Inkwood will take great care of our devoted patrons as well as the new customers attracted by the fresh – admittedly younger – steward,” Jimenez said in a statement announcing the news.
Reiner will continue part-time work at Inkwood and remain engaged in literacy work in the community, while Jimenez is moving into partial retirement.
Beddingfield will keep the same name and location, and plans to continue many of Inkwood's services and events.
“I will keep the tradition of reciting a poem at Inkwood for 15 percent discount to celebrate April's Poetry Month,” she said in a statement. “I'm still smarting from being disqualified with my limerick recitation years ago, so in essence this is all coming full circle, and now I will finally get my discount!”
Previously, Stefani was a stay-at-home mom to daughters Sarah and Claire, and started Freedom Playground Foundation to build handicapped-accessible playgrounds.
The bookstore in a renovated bungalow at 216 S. Armenia Ave., has survived competition from much larger bookstore chains, largely through a devout base of local customers. The store remains a regular stop for authors and even presidential candidates who take the book circuit tour.
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