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 started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.