Uncasville, CT (January 4, 2022) – The Key Bookstore, a Black-owned bookstore that engages readers through curation, activities, subscriptions, events and community engagement, has been named the Connecticut Sun’s “Change Can’t Wait” Business of the Month for January. The Key, whose mission is “Divine liberation one page at a time,” puts readers on a path to self-mastery and the cultivation of connection on and off-line.
Khamani Harrison, Owner and CEO, got the idea for The Key during the Black Lives Matter protests back in 2016. She had gone to a Black-owned bookstore looking for answers that she may not have necessarily found in other bookstores. Relieved to have found the answers she was looking for, she decided that she wanted to be and create another vehicle for people to find answers for themselves. Harrison feels, “it’s time our local institutions develop a network of diverse relationships that represent the community around them,” and true to her mission, she is using her bookstore to do just that.
The Key, with its storefront located at 1429 Park Street in Hartford, is a fully interactive bookstore experience, led by four pillars: Afrocentricity, Spirituality, Environmentalism, and Entrepreneurship. The bookstore is committed to creating an experience to bridge the gap between the antiquated book community and emerging connective technology. As such, The Key has employed the use of social media, interactive web2.0 website templates (websites that emphasize user-generated content, ease of use, participatory culture, and compatibility with other products, systems and devices), audiobooks, eBooks and now web3.0, which uses blockchain products such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and NFTs.
“We are so excited to be able to feature The Key Bookstore as our “Change Can’t Wait” Business of the Month. Khamani has done a great job providing our community with a wide range of books and reading materials that resonate with people from all walks of life. Being able to bring awareness to the work she’s doing is an honor.” – Morgan Tuck, Director of Franchise Development