Bluestockings opened in 1999 and then reopened in 2003 after a financial downturn caused the original owner to sell it.
The collective is made up of volunteers who work three-hour shifts once a week; staff members who work more hours and have had more training; and a third tier of people who handle logistics.
Ages range from midteens to late 30s. “Nobody gets paid,” Mx. Hardwick said. “All money made goes back into the store.”