FLINT, MI — An attorney is planning to open a bookstore where a liquor store once stood in Flint’s Grand Traverse neighborhood.
Dean Yeotis said he plans to host a soft opening of Totem Books, 620 W. Court St., on Black Friday, Nov. 27.
“I purchased the building to get rid of the party store and to help improve the neighborhood,” Yeotis said in an email to The Flint Journal. “I knocked down two buildings and completely renovated the building in just about every way possible.”
Yeotis, an attorney based in Flint, did not disclose the sale price of the building or the cost to renovate it.
The store also will offer music, art, coffee, food, films, lectures, book clubs and discussion groups, Yeotis said.
“I opened my vinyl record store, Found Sound, in Ferndale in 2012 at a time when most independent record stores were closing. We are now an award winning and thriving establishment,” Yeotis said. “I realize Flint is a unique market and the location may not be an obvious choice, however, in the words of the famed American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, sometimes ‘a man has to have brains enough to recognize the impossibility of a situation, yet heart enough to proceed anyway.'”
The store’s name came from Yeotis’ interest in American Indian culture.
“I’ve long been fascinated with Native American culture and deeply interested in mythology,” he said. “The name Totem is Algonquin in origin and it means sacred object or spirit being representing a group of people. I like to think of the Flint community as one.”