Owners: Skip Richardson and Gigi Best-Richardson
Years in Business: 23 years
Location: 1463 Tampa Park Plaza, Suite A, Tampa
Skip Richardson and Gigi Best-Richardson have owned and operated Best Richardson African Diaspora Literature & Culture Museum for 23 years, selling books as well as acting as curators for the non-profit museum.
Their history/herstory is as interesting as their offerings are eclectic. As a military family, they brought their bookstore to military and civilian communities in 1997, in Virginia Beach, Va., as BBRT Associates LLC. They later moved to the Virginia Beach Farmers Market and Antique Mall.
Then they went international.
“We have taken our business to four other cities and two different countries — Korea and Turkey — before re-opening in Tampa,” they shared.
Since relocating to Tampa, they have re-branded as “a historical venture,” featuring their books in a museum setting. They also provide historical tours and host public speakers, intent “on educating our customers on the diversity of the African Diaspora.”
When asked why visitors will love their store, they responded, “We are a non-profit independent, veteran and woman-owned museum, bookstore and gift shop. Our museum provides customers, both youth and adults, with educational artifacts and information on African Diaspora literary and cultural history. We feature rare and antiquarian books written by writers of African Descent and provide exceptional used, rare and new books, authentic high-quality gift items, and reliable service.”
To learn more about Best-Richardson African Diaspora Literature & Culture Museum, visit their website at www.bradlcmuseum.com.