One of our newest West Asheville Business Association members and new to West Asheville businesses, Firestorm Books & Coffee will host our first of the New Year WABA Wednesday on January 13, 2016 from 5-6pm.
Haven’t been to Firestorm yet? This is the perfect opportunity to come by, say hello and check out their terrific selection of books and offerings in the cafe. Coffee and hot cider will be available for WABA Wednesday participants.
WABA Wednesday • January 13, 2016 • 5-6pm
Firestorm Books & Coffee opened in May of 2008 as a worker-owned and self-managed business. Through the operation of a bookstore and cafe their collective aims to provide community space, critical literature and an alternative economic model based on cooperative, libertarian principles. In 2014, they moved from their original location in Downtown Asheville to a larger storefront on Haywood Road in West Asheville.
At 610 Haywood Road you’ll find a unique blend of off-beat, underground and independently published materials. Firestorm carries titles by AK Press, PM Press, Chelsea Green Publishing, Feral House, Autonomedia, Pioneers Press and many many others. Additionally, they host a wide range of events, workshops, film screenings, fundraisers and presentations. The vegan cafe offers an extensive selection of organic and fairly-traded espressos and teas, complimented by delicious snacks made locally.
Firestorm co-operative operates without bosses or supervisors, relying instead on well developed team structures. Decision making is achieved “horizontally,” using a formal consensus process in which each participant has equal voice. This collaborative environment creates a more empowering and enjoyable workplace while strengthening the business itself.
The ownership structure precludes them from applying for 501(c)3 nonprofit status; however, they are committed to a not-for-profit model and will reinvest 100% of earnings in the community once they are able to sustain labor at the equivalent of a livable wage.
WABA Wednesdays are monthly socials of the West Asheville Business Association (WABA). These free events are held at member businesses to celebrate our small business community, provide time for our members to meet each other and introduce more customers to our West Asheville businesses. Events are free and open to the public. More information about WABA can be found at www.west-asheville.com.
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