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Online Bookstore Cbbooksdistribution.com opens Two Bookstores in Queens

Online Bookstore Cbbooksdistribution.com opens Two Bookstores in Queens

Queens, New York - January 17, 2004 - Online Bookstore Cbbooksdistribution.com opens two bookstores in Queens. C&B BOOKS was started in 1995 by Carol Rogers & Brenda Piper. C&B Books Distribution recently opened its first physical location at the Jamaica Market 90-40 160th, Street Jamaica, New York.

C&B BOOKS was started in 1995 by Carol Rogers & Brenda Piper. C&B Books Distribution recently opened its first physical location at the Jamaica Market 90-40 160th, Street Jamaica, New York. The Grand Opening of the second store located at 75-25 Parson's Blvd., Flushing, NY was held on January 8, 2004. The bookstores will carry a variety of multicultural books and host self-published and published author books signings. Two years ago we started the C&B Book's online club. The club has grown immensely.

The motivation behind this book business was the lack of affordable books written by African American authors. We decided to become an asset to our Youth and the community as a whole. We offer our books for less than the major distributors. We knew this would provide our readers with a wide variety of reading materials. We carry titles for all ages and cultures. We stock titles in all categories, fiction, nonfiction, spiritual and inspirational etc. We became known as the Book ladies of Queens. The customers would flock to us, requesting titles never complaining about the book cost, they knew that we would give them the best deals.

We sold books at St. Nicholas for the next two years. Our last year was during the Christmas season, we went to St. Nicholas to sell our books at their Christmas Holiday indoor market. We began to setup the books, when a nice woman approached us and asked us, "Did we carry any books written by African American authors? We being the business smart women that we are (smile) replied, "Which titles are you interested in? She told us she would return with a list.

Caroline & I will always be grateful to Ms. Betty Miller Mason; she is the reason that we became Booksellers. When we asked Betty if we could mention her name in this writing, she was elated. Betty we want the world to know that people like you are the reason that we are successful African American Book sellers. Betty Miller Mason from the bottom of our hearts we thank you for your inspiration and our first African American Book Sale.

Caroline was so excited that someone was interested in African American books, and very impressed with the large order for African American books, she was determined not only get these books, but to offer the books at the same discount.

Our customers were all races, ages, and from all walks of life. Some became our friends and others came just to visit or place their order. You may wonder why we attracted so many people. The reason that we attracted so many loyal friends and customers was due to our concern for their satisfaction and happiness, not just their dollars. Children have always been our specialty, so whether the parent could afford a book or not, we never let a child leave without a book, on us. Our children are the future, and reading will offer them that future. We have never denied any child a book and we never will.

In 1997 after we left the St. Nicholas flea market. Carol and I ventured street vendors business. We began setting up in all five boroughs of New York; we worked out a schedule, for each place of business. We set up shop in front of various companies that would allow vendors to sell. People came from everywhere; our nickname, The Book Ladies of Queens became very popular we certainly were in demand.

We beat the odds, bad weather, hot days, long hours, every weekend; nothing stopped us from getting books into the communities. Yes, we wanted to gain profit and we still do. However the real reward is when you can provide books for all the people who want them. In 2000, we decided to sell books from home. We set up a mail order service in-house. We really wanted an Internet service but weren't educated in that area. We researched and educated ourselves about the Internet business.

It wasn't until February 2002, that our dream became a reality. We were contacted by Mr. Phil Andrews, Public Relations Director, and a member of the 100 Black Men of America. He encouraged us to build a website and put the books on the Internet.

We didn't feel that we were ready to take on a venture that large. Caroline was not as unsure about the Internet business as I was. Eventually they both won me over. We began to build the site. Phil Andrews joined C&B Books Distribution Center as our Public Relations Director on March 1st, 2002.

During her research, Caroline contacted a web-designer and asked her to take a look at out our site. Diane of Difs Web-Design, came to us with a site that we couldn't refuse. She continues to keep up our site. We also promote -- host signings for self-published authors -- visit the author's gallery.

On October 1, 2004, we held the Grand Opening of our first store - Visit our bookstore at the Jamaica Market located at 90-40 160th Street, Jamaica, New York. Caroline & Brenda are proud to say we made it this far by Faith and there is no stopping us now! We are now full time Book Sellers/Distributors/Promoters- Online and off.

C & B Books Distribution Inc. sponsored the 2005 Queens Book Fair April 30, 2005 at the Jamaica Farmers Market Harvest Room located at 90-40 160th Street, Jamaica, New York. For more information on the 2006 Queens Book Fair log on to our web site at www.cbbooksdistribution.com and contact us.

To speak with Caroline or Brenda please feel free to contact us via, telephone, 1-718-591-4525, or email us at: cbbookdist@aol.com don’t forget to visit our website and post a message in our guest.

To All our Supporters & Those Who Believed in Our Mission thank you - The Book Ladies of Queens!


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