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About us

The intersection of arts, culture, literature and wine

A Concrete Rose merges a bookstore, micro-winery and live entertainment venue under one roof; a book bar but so much more! The bookstore will feature books and art created by authors and artists of the African diaspora providing the community with the opportunity to learn about different cultures through the immersion of literature and art. We aim to provide the community with a place to freely express themselves and showcase their work on a regular basis. The inclusion of wine intersects a sophisticated experience with a casual experience giving our space a unpretentious vibe for all to enjoy.

Our vision is to establish a passion and appreciation for culture, literature and the arts through the wine bar and bookstore. We envision A Concrete Rose serving as a staple of growth and the merging of ideas in the community by providing a safe space for all to feel welcome. In celebrating and amplifying the stories of people of the African Diaspora, we hope to ignite conversations and actions that will positively change the dynamic of the relationships we have with others.


Meet The Owners


Co-Owner | Winemaker

Evita Colon

Evita Colon is Lancaster's City First Poet Laureate, an award-winning, Afro-Latinx multi-hyphenate creative entrepreneur. In addition to being a published poet, she is the owner/founder of various creative enterprises such as Speak to My Soul LLC, BLK Voices Magazine, and co-owner of A Concrete Rose. She has written, directed, and produced 4 theatrical productions and authored a book. She continues to use her creativity as a catalyst for change and the foundation for much-needed conversations that push society forward.


Favorite Book

A Rose that Grew From Concrete 

Tupac Shakur


Favorite Wine



Favorite Quote

For God is within Her, She cannot fail.

Psalms 46:5


Co-Owner | Winemaker

Solise White

Solise is the Co-owner of A Concrete Rose Book Bar Co., Owner of Soul Kharisma Dance Fitness and Creative Chief Officer and Head Choreographer of Speak to my Soul. Solise has choreographed theatrical plays such as Speak to My Soul: A Montage of Voices and Purple Cries for Blue Skies. Solise is a creative director and can also be seen in Marsha Ambrosius video, 90's Love. Being no stranger to dance and using it to elevate her community. Solise also uses her passion to create experiences by hosting events at A Concrete Rose Bookbar. 

Favorite Book

Speak to My Soul: A Montage of Voices

Evita Colon

Favorite Wine



Favorite Quote

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.

-Martha Graham

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