Homegrown Business: Patricia Massy of Massy Books

For this edition of our Homegrown Business series we spoke with Patricia Massy of Massy Books to find out more about the company.

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What is your business called and what does it do?

Massy Books. We are a new and used bookstore. We also operate a non-profit, Massy Arts Society. see www.massybooks.com & massyarts.com – here is also a great article about us http://www.my-empire.co/portfolio/massey-books/

What made you want to do this work?

One of my first jobs out of high school was working at a used bookstore. I fell in love with it. I wanted to be surrounded by stories and share stories that often go untold.

What problem did you want to solve with the business?

Share stories that often go untold, and be a store where folks can come for an experience – we have a secret book nook!

Who are your clientele/demographics?

Everyone from young to old

How does your business make money? How does it work?

We sell new and used books. we buy books from distributors, wholesalers, customers, estate sales, etc. and resell them.

Where in the city can we find your profession?

229 E Georgia St and online.

What is the best question a prospective customer could ask a member of your profession when comparing services? Give the answer as well.

Q: Why are you better than the next person? 

A: We have stock that you won’t necessarily find elsewhere, we can order in almost any book you get from Amazon or Indigo or Chapters, when you support us, you support the community! We’ve donated over $50,000 to various local charities since inception and continue to do so. We have the largest collection of Indigenous material in a storefront space. in Vancouver. We’re Indigenous owned and operated. We have the nicest staff.

What is the best part about what you do? What is the worst part? ‘

Best part – reading, talking about books and ideas, increasing visibility of underrepresented voices and sharing their brilliance.

Worst part – the long hours and the low pay

Where can we follow you?

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

PAY IT FORWARD: What is another local business that you love?

Treasure Green Tea – our neighbours!!