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Book her! Fort Greene woman inks lease on shop

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A would-be bookseller has moved one step closer to bringing an independent bookstore to Fort Greene.

“It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the lease is signed, the contractors are on their way, and we’ve got an opening date target for September,” Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, the founder of Greenlight Bookstore, gushed in an e-mail to The Brooklyn Paper last week.

The lease is for a storefront at the corner of Fulton Street and S. Portland Avenue in the bookish heart of the neighborhood.

Fort Greene has rallied around Stockton Bagnulo’s business vision ever since she won a $15,000 grant from the Brooklyn Public Library last year to do the impossible: open a bookstore in this electronic age.

But challenges remain for the shopkeeper.

There have been modest investments from neighbors, but Stockton Bagnulo and her partner, Rebecca Fitting, are still seeking financial backing.

For info about Greenlight Bookstore, visit abookstoreinbrooklyn.blogspot.com.

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Jessica from Fort Greene says:
Hi Mike,

Thanks for the writeup and the pic! Just wanted to clarify, though: while Rebecca and I are still accepting community lenders (we've raised about $60,000 from the community so far), we have a substantial amount of our own equity in the store, and we just got approved for a loan of $150,000 from the World Trade Center Small Business Development Fund -- so we're in extremely good shape financially. Interested book lovers can see details and updates on our website, www.greenlightbookstore.com. Hope to see lots of Brooklyn Paper readers when we open in the fall!
June 8, 2009, 11:13 am

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