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Chamber Spotlight: LaNika Barnes, Fire & Ice Bookshop

LaNika Barnes

LaNika Barnes opened Fire & Ice Bookshop in 2021. To chat about books and get personalized recommendations, you can reach her through her website, at, and at 2027 Woodbrook Ct. in Charlottesville.

What does your organization do?
Recognizing the diverse interests, expertise, and time commitments of our customers, Fire & Ice Bookshop is dedicated to providing personalized reading experiences. We strive to engage in one-on-one conversations about literature, offering a diverse range of books and products to cater to individual preferences.

What is unique about your organization and the work you do in our community?
Fire & Ice Bookshop, owned and operated by a local Black, female educator, uniquely caters to both adventure seekers and those seeking stillness, appealing to both bibliophiles and bibliophobes alike. Embodying inclusivity, our bookstore is a literary haven for everyone in the community.

What do you believe is most important for the future of our region?
While it may sound cliché, I firmly believe that prioritizing investments in our youth is crucial for the future of our region. This strategic focus will contribute to the development of sustainable, informed, and healthy communities for years to come.

What is one of your favorite nonprofits?
I admire and support the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia for their impactful initiatives in closing achievement gaps, offering scholarship funding, advocating for local youth and families, and their commitment to engaging small businesses in their events.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
I would love to have a band and vocalist follow me each day, playing the 'Reading Rainbow' theme song with the lyrics 'Take a look. It’s in a book. The Reading Rainbow!

What is your favorite quote or piece of advice?
"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." ~ George R. R. Martin

What do you like about being a Chamber member?
My initial encounter with the Chamber was through Leadership Charlottesville, where I not only acquired valuable information about our community but also forged lifelong connections with its members. As an entrepreneur and Chamber member, I've gained a distinct vantage point on the immense value these connections offer to many.