After losing her job as a political campaign manager early in the pandemic, Egypt — who is passionate about literature, specifically the work of BIPOC writers — was determined to make her dreams of owning a bookstore come true. After raising $20,000 through crowdfunding, Egypt opened her doors in 2020.
Describing her store as a “cultural bodega,” customers can get locally made products including art, books, music, and in her own words, “a little bit of everything.” Egypt also said Comma acts as an “epicenter of multiculturalism” that gives artists and designers a platform.
In addition to receiving praise from her community — which she said is “going through a renaissance” — she has also gotten the attention of Hollywood and starred in Mastercard’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” commercial.
“Still having a difficult time processing it,” Egypt said, noting that she is honored to be connected to a “movie that is a cultural touchstone.”
Overall, Egypt’s advice to aspiring business owners is to “challenge yourself with being uncomfortable” and to “take risks.”