New Kindred Stories bookstore in Houston amplifies Black authors and artists

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – When Terri Hamm’s daughter, Elle, found it difficult to find books that resonated with her and her experiences as a young black girl, Hamm decided it was time to open a black curated bookstore space focused on diverse stories and uplifting community spirit.

Hamm started Kindred Stories by providing pop-ups around the city of Houston at various local community events.

After success and witnessing a desire for a storefront from the community, Hamm opened its doors to Kindred Stories’ semi-permanent location in October 2021. It became a favorite of the community. The community is located right in the heart of Third Ward on the Row Houses Project campus and has hosted author chats with stars like Gabrielle Union and Tabitha Brown.

Hamm said Kindred Stories is grateful to her customers, who are like family to her.

“I want people to feel like they’re being prioritized, like we built this store and kept this store in mind,” Hamm said.

Hamm says serving young readers is central to the store’s inspiration.

Kindred Stories also recently launched a Young book club for young readers.
The bookstore, though small, is large, occupying a space in the historic campus of the Row house project.

Hamm said: “Project Row House has been a model of what real community and social connection can look like and offers an opportunity for lesser known artists. Here on the grounds of Project Row house is really special.”

As a wife and mother of two, Terri says she reads as a form of self-care.

Her family provided her with the support she needed to be able to thrive as an entrepreneur.

Kindred Stories not only features a wide selection of books, but also items from local artisans. You can shop at Kindred Stories Wednesday through Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm
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