Wooden Shoe Books has been operating since 1976, and after 40 years of being an anarchist, collectively-run, all-volunteer infoshop, the bookstore is turning to crowdfunding to raise a total of $25,000 for its greatly needed renovations. Being an infoshop means that the bookstore works as a venue where people can come together to share insights, information and news; in short, be connected via the store’s radical communities. It is run mainly with the help of volunteers, and the decisions are made through consensus, allowing everyone in the community to voice out their opinions.With all the challenges facing the Philadelphia bookstore, like the shortage of volunteers and relying on donations and sales to cover their expenses, they are now reaching out to investors and donors to help them meet their crowdfunding target. The funds will allow them to replace the old and heavy storefront grates, install an internal accessibility ramp, repair the electrical works, refinish the floor, continue to expand the bookstore’s inventory and purchase new items.
For The Shoe, as it’s referred to sometimes, these renovations will ultimately make the place more accessible and convenient for the Philadelphia community. It will also give the store the long-awaited facelift to make sure it will continue to be a comfortable and welcoming environment for a long time to come. This bookstore has been enabling people to channel their energies towards supporting local creators, and taking part in solidifying the community’s economy. Now it’s time to give the store the resources and time it needs to revive its internal structure.