Welcome to Wild Iris Books!
Wild Iris Books is currently owned by Cheryl Calhoun and Erica Merrell - we are two women who both have a long history of activist work, a strong love of books, and a deep commitment to our community. Wild Iris Books is honored to be the last feminist bookstore in the state of Florida. We take our legacy seriously as we create a safe space for all people to question, grow, find solidarity, discover empowerment, and celebrate their originality! We love for people to come by and bring their energy to the store, and you’ll find tables and chairs, free Wi-Fi and a café on hand to help make your visit comfortable.
We live on the corner of University Ave and 8th Street in Gainesville, FL and you can always find your way to us by our colorful mural on the side of the building bidding you welcome. As you can see by the image, we are a circle – a part of you, a part of nature, and a part of the human spirit.
Our shelves are filled with lots of unique treasures you won’t find at the big box corporate bookstores. Our book selection ranges outside the normal fiction, cooking, biography, etc. realm to provide you a variety of choices. Browse through our feminist thought, lesbian and gay fiction, LGBT non-fiction and gender identity books. Our collection has everything for the budding activist/feminist/humanist as well as current and new releases for our longstanding allies and partners.
We love our local artists and creators and when we can – we put our money where our mouth is and buy local. Our locals provide us with many items and our partnerships are always growing. A few examples of our crafty community are visible in the huge variety of handmade soaps, a complete line of alternative menstrual products and herbal tinctures, herbs, teas and essential oils, clothing, jewelry, and rocks, minerals, crystals and gems.
In support of our metaphysical and new age friends we also have a plethora of ritual tools and resources, tarot and oracle cards, runes, Cd’s on meditation, relaxation and past life regression, candles and incense, and more. Peruse the new age and pagan sections, find your path to the Goddess with our divine feminine selection, or check out the astrology books for insights on yourself and the people around you.
We’ve been going strong since 1992 and we look forward to the future with optimism. If you like what you see, be sure to show our sister sites some love! Wild Iris Books has a blog filled with amazing guest bloggers and community happenings. Friends of Wild Iris is a non-profit with the mission of providing social, cultural and educational events to empower a diverse feminist community. And last but not least, check out Wild Iris Market – an online market dedicated to the mind, body and spirit realm where vendors and sellers come together to provide quality products and services – creating an alternative shopping platform to the impersonal online giants.
We’re glad you stopped by, and if you’re ever in Gainesville, come on in and share a cup of coffee or glass of wine – we’d love to meet you!