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Bookstore Gallery: A Journey from Dreams to Community Wellness

Grand Opening with Kyle & Auntea

We had the pleasure to be written about in the AJC, here are the key takeaways:

In the heart of Atlanta's Castleberry area, a unique haven for holistic wellness has emerged – the Bookstore Gallery. Founded by the dynamic duo of Kyle Brown and his aunt, Annette Hughes, this modern-day apothecary is a testament to dreams realized and a commitment to community well-being.

The Bookstore Gallery story began when Brown, in his first year at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, and Hughes, a Master Gardener program graduate, envisioned a space that combined their knowledge and served their community. Starting with a successful pop-up event featuring three hemp-based teas, they recognized the potential to create something special.

After two years of searching, they found the perfect home in an old theological bookstore, a block away from the Mercedes Benz stadium. The Bookstore Gallery officially opened its doors on September 26, 2022, offering a curated selection, including hemp-based teas, topicals, massage oils, and delightful edibles like cookies, gummies, and brownies.

Functioning as more than a store, Bookstore Gallery hosts discussion groups with health practitioners, covering topics like hemp and CBD benefits and autism education. Comedy and jazz nights add to the vibrant community experience.

With a focus on education, Brown and Hughes aim to remove the stigma surrounding hemp and cannabis in their African American communities, emphasizing the medicinal properties of these products.

The community reception has been overwhelmingly positive, aligning seamlessly with the emerging Castleberry ethos. Bookstore Gallery is not just a store; it's a welcoming space, modeled after a Starbucks, where the community comes together for relaxation, education, and wellness.

As the Bookstore Gallery brand expands with plans for a second location in Atlanta, the journey from dreams to community wellness continues, leaving an indelible mark on the evolving Castleberry neighborhood.

Read the full AJC feature here!


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