By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 24, 2020 at 4:01 PM

After a successful run as an online store / book and graphic novel subscription service, Lion's Tooth Bookshop will open a bricks-and-mortar store at 2421 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Business owners Shelly McClone-Carriere and Cris Siqueira recently purchased the Bay View building that formerly housed Horseshoe Tattoo.

Lion's Tooth specializes in small press books and graphic novels for kids and adults, with emphasis on nonfiction, pop culture and activism. The space will also have gift items and eventually include a cafe with coffee, snacky food items and, if they can procure a liquor license, beer and wine. It will also someday host live events and book clubs.

"We are the only graphic novel subscription that supports zine makers and local artists. In addition to the book or graphic novel, subscribers receive zines and treats from artists. Lion's Tooth often partners up with the artists to produce the zines and swag," says McClone-Carriere, one of the founders of the Riverwest Co-op and the current school cafe coordinator at Highland Community School.

Siqueira is a Brazilian-born American citizen living in Milwaukee since 2004. She owned a bookstore specialized in "comics as art" in São Paulo, and has translated over 10 graphic novels to Portuguese. She has a Masters in Film and History from UW-Milwaukee and is one of the three co-founders of the Brewcity Bruisers.

Because of COVID, Lion's Tooth plans to open during the first two weeks of December with limited hours and capacity. Browsing by appointment, no-contact pick-up and online / phone orders will also be available.

To contribute to the Lion's Tooth fundraising campaign, go here. To find out more about subscriptions, check this out.

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.