TAMPA — One of Tampa's remaining local, independent bookstores is getting a new owner. Stefani Beddingfield will take over Inkwood Books on April 1 from owners Carla Jimenez and Leslie Reiner.
"We are proud to have the opportunity to pass forward a vibrant, healthy bookstore to Stefani, and are confident the new Inkwood will take great care of our devoted patrons as well as the new customers attracted by the fresh — admittedly younger — steward," Jimenez said in a press release Monday. She and Reiner have had the shop for more than 20 years.
Beddingfield previously worked as a stay-at-home mother to two daughters and was a devoted patron of the beloved South Tampa bungalow at 216 S. Armenia Ave.
"I am grateful to Leslie and Carla for this 'next chapter' in my life and look forward to promoting Inkwood's passion for books, reading and community," Beddingfield said in the statement.
Beddingfield said she is going to keep the current staff of three employees, as well as Reiner, who will continue to work at the shop part time.
Reiner and Jimenez encourage people to stop by the store this week to say goodbye and to participate in their farewell sale. All of their stock is 50 percent off until Saturday.