Best Specialty Bookstore

Alkebu-Lan Images

While a designation of non-mainstream might offend some merchants, it's a badge of honor for Alkebu-Lan Images, Nashville's premier black-owned bookstore. But being black-owned doesn't mean there's only books by African-Americans: Alkebu-Lan hosts volumes by people of color throughout the African Diaspora, plus other items ranging from calendars to out-of-town newspapers, and other gifts and tokens that convey the Music City black experience for visitors and longtime citizens alike. Check them out on Jefferson Street—it's on the bus line and part of a strip mall, with the shop as part of the backdrop to Tennessee State University, Hadley Park and other North Nashville staples. RON WYNN
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