Firestorm Cafe & Books

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Firestorm Cafe & Books is a worker-owned and self-managed "anti-capitalist business"[1][2] located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Named after the Earth Crisis song, this infoshop operates with an eye on creating a sustainable, radical community event space.[3] Firestorm Cafe & Books features a coffee bar, vegan food, free wireless internet, an extensive stock of books, and regular events (such as film screenings, political and economic teach-ins, local and traveling musicians and community workshops).

Firestorm Cafe & Books opened in May, 2008, spearheaded by Co-Creators Libertie Valance and Neala Byrne (aka Kila Donovan).[4][5] Since opening, Firestorm has hosted economist Thomas Greco,[6] gay activist Wayne Besen,[7] the Beehive Collective, environmental scholar Kirkpatrick Sale,[8] and benefits for the animal rights group Mercy for Animals.[9]

In May 2010, Firestorm Cafe & Books was named the "#2 Best Slow Money Business in America" by the Slow Money Alliance.[10] In December 2011, Firestorm was featured in a list of the "10 Coolest Independent Coffee Shops Across the US" surveyed by Zagat, a U.S. publisher of popular restaurant guides.[11]


Firestorm Cafe & Books is owned and operated by the Firestorm Collective, a cooperative body that uses formal consensus decision-making, working groups and management teams to equitably distribute labor and responsibility.[12] In keeping with its identity as an "anti-capitalist business," Firestorm is committed to operation without profit, returning 100% of would-be profits to the community.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  2. ^ Kate (2008-11-10). "Store Profile: Firestorm Cafe". Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  3. ^ Kate
  4. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Room with a viewpoint | Asheville News | Mountain Xpress". 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  6. ^ David Forbes (2009-09-23). "Asheville Currency project seeks alternative money". Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  7. ^ "Local gay advocates slam Exodus conference message | | Asheville Citizen-Times". 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  8. ^ Maryellen Lo Bosco (2010-04-07). "Kirkpatrick Sale on the secession of "Katuah"". Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  9. ^ "Animals Rights Events in North Carolina". Mercy For Animals. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  10. ^ Our Favorite Slow Money Business
  11. ^ Zagat (2011-12-27). "The 10 Coolest Independent Coffee Shops Across The U.S.". Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  12. ^ ""
  13. ^ Members of Firestorm Cafe & Books (2010-05-12). "Sound-bite vandalism". Retrieved 2010-06-01. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°35′38.95″N 82°33′15.67″W / 35.5941528°N 82.5543528°W / 35.5941528; -82.5543528