Collection: Mission, Vision, and Values

At Grit City Books, our mission, vision, and values serve as the foundational pillars that shape every aspect of our business. These principles not only guide our curated selection of books, gifts, and events, but also how we interact with our customers, colleagues, and the broader community.

Mission & Vision

  • Mission

    To foster a diverse community united by the joy of reading and learning, where all are embraced and inspired.

  • Vision

    Grit City Books is more than a bookstore; it's a sanctuary of literary exploration and intellectual discovery, where diverse individuals gather to share stories, broaden horizons, and kindle passions. Nestled in the heart of Tacoma, our independent bookstore fervently embraces inclusivity, fostering a secure space for all to explore, connect, and uncover. As LGBTQ+ owners, we radiate acceptance and progress, spurring positive change within and beyond our community. With our inviting, nostalgic ambiance, we aim to be a hub of connection, where diverse backgrounds unite to learn, thrive, and revel in the splendor of human expression.

Our Values

  • Inclusivity

    We wholeheartedly embrace the rich tapestry of humanity, welcoming people from all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives. Our space is a sanctuary where diversity is not just respected but celebrated.

  • Curiosity

    We believe in the power of curiosity to drive personal and collective growth. We curate our collection to pique interests, spark conversations, and encourage a lifelong love of learning.

  • Community

    We foster a sense of belonging, creating an environment where relationships flourish. Our bookstore is more than a place to shop; it's a space to connect, share, and build lasting friendships.

  • Progressive Spirit

    As LGBTQ+ owners, we champion progress and social change. We actively support and promote voices that challenge norms, inspire critical thinking, and advocate for equality.

  • Playfulness

    We infuse playfulness into the reading experience, recognizing that joy and humor are essential components of human connection. Our store is a space to explore, imagine, and find delight in unexpected places.

  • Nostalgia

    We honor the past while embracing the future. Our nostalgic ambiance evokes cherished memories while providing a platform for fresh ideas and contemporary voices.

  • Local Engagement

    We are deeply rooted in our Tacoma community, collaborating with local artists, authors, and organizations to contribute to the city's cultural tapestry and support its growth.

  • Quality Curation

    Our commitment to quality is reflected in our thoughtfully curated selection of books, ensuring that every title holds value and resonates with our customers.