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Janet Jones, owner of Source Booksellers

By Puakea Olaisha Anderson
Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — “I didn’t have a business plan, I didn’t write it out, I didn’t have a dream — I used an opportunity and I just followed the work,” says Janet Jones of Source Booksellers.

The 75-year-old entrepreneur started her business 24 years ago and recently moved to a new location.  Jones, who was one of the first business owners in the popular West Willis business strip, was encouraged by students at her church to begin selling books. She used books to deepen her description of a trip to Egypt.

Jones says she took advantage of a great business opportunity to open Source Booksellers in the heart of Midtown’s small business hub.

Now located only across the street in the new Auburn building on Cass Avenue, Jones is planning to triple her inventory and add more genres to her new and enlarged space.

Currently, Source’s eclectic collection includes categories such as history and culture, health and well-being, books by and about women, art and metaphysical, spiritual tomes. Jones plans to add books on philosophy and religion, as well as sustainability and ecology.

“I enjoy creating an environment where people can explore and discover books,” Jones told The Michigan Citizen.

Source Booksellers is a community bookstore and Jones believes that the community has everything it needs to be successful.

“I don’t think there’s anything missing in the community; everything we need is here. The issue is knowing what you need and (how to) search it out,” Jones said.

She added that she’s also planning to expand her map section.

“In my opinion, it is so important to know where we are and not just who we are,” she says.

In addition to selling books, Jones has mind, body and spiritual exercise classes every Saturday from 10-11 a.m. The exercises include Tai Chi, Yoga and belly dancing.

She also provides a wide variety of items that include shea butter, fair-trade chocolate from Ghana, lip balm, ginger candy, raw snacks and incense.

“Sidelines are always good,” said Jones, “it gives the people more.”

Source Booksellers hours are Tuesday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information about Source Booksellers call 313.832.1155 or visit

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