Sunday, March 15, 2009

Allies of Humanity Profile #1: Eric Maywar and Laurice Reynolds of Classics Used and Rare Books

Eric Maywar and Laurice Reynolds – Business Owners and Community Builders

BOOST’s founder, Tim Razzaq, met Laurice Reynolds some time in the early ‘90’s while selling Afro-centric books and literature in Trenton. She was one of his earliest customers and remained connected through their mutual passion for community organizing. Eric is Laurice’s son-in-law and owned a book shop in New Hope that was heavily damaged by the well-known flooding of the Delaware River. With Reynolds’s inclination towards community-building coupled with Maywar’s deep knowledge and entrenchment in the book industry, Classics Used and Rare Books has become a hub for community group’s, educational workshops, arts, recreation, and downtown Trenton business district’s growth and development.

Eric Maywar works for the Trenton Downtown Association, where he coordinates the annual Patriots’ Week celebration and was recently appointed to the Trenton Public Library system’s board of directors. Laurice continues to be a voice of “local wisdom” as a result of her extensive knowledge of the players, policies, and practices that has lead to the good, bad, and ugly of our beautiful State Capital’s failings and renaissance. They are, literally and figuratively, the yin and yang of urban revitalization. Join us in honoring them be purchasing your tickets to Allies (April 17) by clicking here and learn more about this dynamic duo by clicking here or visit

Eric Maywar and Laurice Reynolds of Classics Used and Rare Books to be recognized for their outstanding community service and business practices on Friday, April 17.
Please visit to purchase your passes for the ceremony. Call (206) 202-2883 or email

Eric Maywar and Laurice Reynolds own and operate Classics Used and Rare Books, located at 118 South Warren Street in downtown Trenton.

Classics supports community groups and networking with the support of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Groups that meet at Classics regularly include We Are BOOST, the Urban Studies Group, the Kids Book Club, the Trenton Scrabble Club, People and Stories, and the Trenton Knit and Stitch.

Classics has been a community networking engine that has found jobs and places to live for people in Trenton . They have spearheaded the Trenton Books in Home program, the Celebrity Scrabble Charity Tournament, the Trenton Book Fair and the Trenton Review.

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