To foster a greater understanding and awareness of Afro-centric literature, history and art through books, events and community service.
To focus on connecting people of different ethnic groups to the history and accomplishments of people of African decent.
To always project a positive mood and image.
To be an example for other businesses to follow.
MMB’s mandate is to be the best and most professional African American Book store in the country. We offer only quality products at a fair price.
Who We Are
Mood Makers is first and foremost an Independent African American bookstore with a focus on Books, Gifts and Art.
There are no strangers at Mood Makers Books. The mood is always friendly and pleasant. Our store is divided into four main areas for your convenience; books, greeting cards, gifts/collectibles and art gallery.
We provide a comfortable reading area. When you enter MMB, our trademark is the large diverse collection of children and adult books. From the atmosphere, you know you are in a space of comfort … just take your time and browse shelf after shelf of books by and about people of African descent.
As you browse the store you can’t help but admire the sculptures of Thomas Blackshear’s Ebony Vision Limited Edition and other notable art and figurine designers. You may want to take a few minutes and browse the original art or poetry. Studio 1 on the second floor host a number of events; open mic night, book clubs, book signings, workshops and community out-reach programs. Our annual “Poetry in the Window™” is one of the best attended events of the year. To get the feel of Mood Makers … you have to visit the store!
Mood Makers Books is the creation of Curtis and Marie Rivers. They wanted to create a bookstore that went beyond your usual formula bookstore. A store that would make people feel welcome without actually saying the words. The décor and atmosphere says Welcome!
Mood Makers Books was established in March of 1994 at the Village Gate Square, an old manufacturing building turned specialty mall with restaurants, gift shops, art studios and commercial offices. Village Gate is located on the east end of Rochester, New York, in a section of town known as the “Neighborhood of the Arts”. A perfect place for a unique bookstore.
Mood Makers Books was first located on the third floor of Village Gate. The store space was small… just large enough to fit a few shelves of books with tall white walls, just right for displaying artwork. At first, MMB sold only original artwork by Thurman Rivers, brother of Curtis and a few books and cards. In the Fall of 1994 MMB moved into a much larger space, but by the summer of 1997 they were running out of space again and expanded next door.
The store continues to grow and they continued to expand the book and other product lines. In April of 2011 they moved to their present location on the first floor of Village Gate. Original art by Thurman Rivers of Nashville Tennessee is still a focal point. When visiting Rochester New York … don’t forget to stop in at Mood Makers and let them “create the right mood” for you in Books, Art, Cards and Collectibles.
Local Authors ...
Featuring Rochester and surrounding areas published author's books on consignment or sold at Mood Makers. Contact MMB for additional information on these books and other local authors...
The Art Department spotlights sculptures by Thomas Blackshear. His nationally known sculptures are available at MMB in limited quantities. We are also a Retail Club Center for the Blackshear Circle Club. Thomas Blackshear has earned numerous awards including the international Collectible 2001 Artist Award. Blackshear provides collectors with sculptures of personal significance, high quality and value. The sculptures we have available are listed on this page.
Terms & Conditions
Placing an order with Mood Makers Books - MMB
There are a number of options you may use when placing an with MMB. It is left to you to select the best and most efficient method to transact your purchase. You may select from the following methods; credit card, check, or money order.
Getting Your Product via the Electronic Shipper
It is easy! Select the item you want to buy and click on “Purchase It”. That places your item into the shipper along with it’s codes. Once you have completed your selections click on “Purchase Now” your order will be ported to the order form. Just complete the form and click “Done”. We will do the rest.
Pay by Credit Card
Your credit card information is encrypted and we guarantee that your purchase is secure. No unauthorized charges will be made to your credit card from Mood Makers Books. All sales information is confidential. If you prefer not to include your credit card information with your order … you may Fax or phone your information to us. On the order form please check the method of payment. In the special note box, please indicate that you are Faxing or phoning your credit card information to us. Also include your name, date, phone number and order amount total (including shipping and handling form the delivery table) on your fax (we can not debit your card over the telephone).