Tiny Book Club, BIG Impact!
Most book clubs are very similar in structure: 1. pick a book/topic 2. Choose a meeting location 3. Meet up to discuss the book. Well, my experience at the Tiny Book Club, presented by Weirdo Workshop and hosted by Nina Teapot, was not your typical book club meeting. I was truly amazed and grateful we were invited to present our business with the members of the Tiny Book Club.
I heard of the Tiny Book Club through a co-worker, she said that a record label in Nashville hosts a monthly book club meeting and that they would like to spotlight local black businesses to build a relationship with the community. Not knowing what to expect, we walked into Indo Nashville, a premiere coworking office and event space, anxious and excited about the opportunity to speak about our business, JST Butler. As the members began to gather in and walk around the room, we met some of the most amazing and compassionate people. They were just as excited about our business as we were, I knew then we were in the right room! I loved the energy in the room, it made you feel welcomed, supported, and empowered.
The book club started off by introducing the audience to the local businesses that were present, Stacy Johnson from Butterfly Sanctuary, Jean Crème from The Passion8, as well as JST Butler. The owners of Weirdo Workshop, Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony, who are the multi- Grammy nominated duo Louis York graced the stage and welcomed everyone to the book club. They shared their newest single “Don’t You Forget” as well as The Shindellas latest single “Costume.” I loved both singles, they were electrifying and motivating! The music gave everyone a reason to get out of their seats and feel the vibes in the room. The energy in the room was off the charts crazy!
Finally, the reason for attending the event, the book or should I say poem. Girl by Jamaica Kincaid was literature of choice. A powerful poem about a mother giving advice to her daughter about what it means to be a woman. I loved hearing the different interpretations of the poem and seeing how everyone was comfortable enough to share their vulnerabilities about the poem.
Starting a small business isn’t easy and can be a scary task to manage. I appreciate what The Tiny Book Club is doing, supporting black businesses and giving the community a space to be their authentic selves.