Maybe you are just hearing about our need for support now? Thanks a million for thinking about support the community while we make this big change!
The Big Move
Established in 1970, Glad Day Bookshop is the world’s oldest LGBTQ bookstore and Toronto’s oldest surviving bookstore. In 2012, a group of 23 community members pooled their funds and bought Glad Day Bookshop to save it from closing.
Since 2012, Glad Day Bookshop book sales have increased by 30% (bucking the North American trend that saw book sales drop 25% in the same period). However, revenue streams like DVDs, erotic photo books and magazines have still been dropping while the cost of doing business continues to rise. We have been going into debt every year, so our choice is clear:
We need to move it or lose it!
Our best strategy for survival is adding new revenues streams like food and drink – which means a larger space. We’ve picked out a great spot on Church Street that would allow us to be a bookstore & coffee shop during the day and a bar at night. It is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible washroom. It has a cute patio, a small space for performances and walls for art.
We will be a space where everyone feels welcome, sexy and celebrated. We will be a queer-owned, indie place on Church Street. We will amplify the love, creativity, sexuality, diversity & liberation that Glad Day Bookshop is known for.
It’s not going to be easy – but it’s going to be fabulous. And we can do it together.