Being an independent business in the book industry is a uphill struggle at almost all times. However, it's rewarding and we love the climb.

In our first post in our Bookish Businesses series, we talked about the brilliant STORGY magazine. In this second instalment, we're going to bring your attention to the wonderful Literary Emporium.

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Just down the road from us in Frome, Somerset sits Literary Emporium's home, with a design studio where all the magic happens. We spoke to the business founder and long-time Bookbarn lover, Rio, about what they do over at Lit Emporium.

"Literary Emporium Ltd is an independent brand creating gifts for book lovers including jewellery, stationery and apparel. We take inspiration from classic literature and beautiful words to bring a range of literary themed gifts for bookworms and bibliophiles.

Literary Emporium was established in 2012 as a creative outlet for English graduate, Rio Brown, who united a love of literature with a fondness for handmade crafts to create a range of necklaces with a literary twist. Looking to her bookcase for inspiration, Rio has now developed Literary Emporium’s product range to include a selection of jewellery, stationery and clothing."

Not only do Lit Emporium make gifts that are beautifully designed and make perfect Christmas or birthday presents for the book lovers in your life, but they also send a percentage of the profits from certain products to charities.

For each sale of the Votes for Women T Shirt on the left, the company sends 10% to the Fawcett Society, the UK's leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women's rights. Similarly, the company send 10% of each sale of the Bell Jar T Shirt on the right to Mind, the mental health charity.



To take a look through all of the beautiful products available, click this link to the Literary Emporium website.

We are currently selling this amazing perpetual calendar in our shop at Bookbarn for just £12.50, and we're hoping to expand to more of Rio's wonderful products in time for Christmas.


Keep an eye out for further posts in this series. We're off to buy a whole new wardrobe from Lit Emporium's clothing range. Bye!