Hi! We are the the Ad Astra Books and Coffee House crew. When we first began talking about a creating bookstore nearly a year ago, our hometown, Salina, Kansas, didn't have an independent bookstore and all the shops downtown, except the bars, closed at 5pm. There was nowhere for writers to read their work, or readers to buy books, and although there was a wonderful coffee roaster twenty minutes away, no one in town served his coffee. We had to drive an hour and a half south, or two hours east to luxuriate in that oh so necessary bookstore atmosphere.
After months of planning and fundraising, Ad Astra Books and Coffee House opened on November 28th of 2011. However, we are still in great need if we are to survive our first year. This is where you beautiful people come in.
We are open until 10pm seven nights a week. We sell new and used books, coffee, tea, and treats, locally made crafts and have events on a small stage three or four nights a week. Live music, literary readings, celebrations of Dr. Seuss, chess nights, we bring them all to a small city of 47,000 set along the Smoky Hill River of the Smoky Hills.
We are a worker-owned cooperative. This means that:
1) We are the staff.
2) Once there are profits, they will be split equally between members, with a large percentage going directly into store improvements and new programming.
3) The health of Ad Astra is not dependent on one or two people. Our cooperative is designed to grow and change as old members move on and new members come in. If we can make it through our first year, we should last for decades after.
4) No one is in it for the money. At best we hope to make a living wage and to build something of lasting importance for our community.
5) Our highest priority is the cultural vibrancy of Kansas.
Your support will allow us to complete our vision to become one of the best bookstores and coffee houses in Kansas. Your donation will be used to purchase lighting and sound equipment for speakers, live music, and other events, create a state-wide marketing program to let everyone know we exist, to establish a magazine and newspaper inventory, and purchase other odds and ends we might need to get us through our first year in business.
We are artists, activists, writers, musicians and artisans. We believe that independent bookstores are a human right and serve coffee made from beans roasted to perfection just days before, which is not a human right but a luxury we support.
- (30 days)