Who We Are
Fables Books is Goshen's independent, locally-owned bookstore offering a wide selection of new and quality used books, literary gifts, and book and game ordering services. We fervently believe in the printed word and aim to match you with your ideal title. In addition to the titles we stock, we will order any book in print for you, and we will help search for those hard-to-find and out-of-print books.
We believe that bookstores are the heart and soul of a city. Bookstores cultivate stories while reflecting the interests, passions, and desires of their community. Fables Books is more than a place, it is a community, where each story matters: yours, ours, Goshen’s, old, new, spoken, written.
Our mission is to connect our community through our stories.
- We believe in the value of each person and their story.
- We believe in providing a safe space where all are welcome.
- We believe in honest, wise, and fair business practices.
- We believe in being responsible community members.
- We believe in laughter, smiles, and enjoying life.
- We believe that reading can change the world.
Meet the Owners
Veronica’s story has included some kind of retail work nearly all of her working life, in all sorts of places – and she was a big part of opening and working the previous bookstore in Goshen. She’s been just waiting for the right opportunity to come along to fill and fuel her dreams of a retail space. Along with years of other eclectic work experiences, she has skills in Human Resources, administration, operations, merchandising and taking care of people. Veronica’s primary role with Fables will be in operations, merchandising, and the care of other people who love stories. Veronica reads to escape….fiction, especially young adult, mystery and suspense, and fun beach reads.
For Kristin, bliss is a comfy couch, a blanket, a cup of coffee, and stacks and stacks of books. Kristin’s retail story started when she worked for the previous bookstore in Goshen. Being part of creating Fables has been a dream come true. Kristin’s experience and skills include operations, merchandising, marketing, event planning, and caring for others. Kristin’s primary role with Fables will be in event planning, operations, and caring for the community. Books hold new worlds, and Kristin loves the escape, which explains why most of her reads are fiction especially fantasy and sci-fi. Memoirs, humor, and science show up in the the mix.
Mark has spent his career in the IT world in various support and customer service roles. He is currently a Sr. Cloud Engineer for a business continuity company and the Assistant Boys Tennis Coach at Goshen High School. Local books stores have been a large part of raising his family from the local store where his children were born in Kansas to previous bookstore here in Goshen. Mark will be mostly behind the scenes providing IT service, lifting things, and likely filing in behind the counter when needed. Mark has always enjoyed young adult fantasy and sci-fi and has lately been enjoying memoirs.
Brad opened the bookstore in Goshen for Better World Books and operated the store the next 6 and a half years. As such, he has experience with all parts of starting and running a community bookstore. He has loved books his entire life and has a weird quirky memory for book-related minutiae. Brad will primarily be the book buyer for Fables, but you're sure to find him doing all sorts of other things around the store because he can't get enough of being around books. Brad loves books of all types, but particular favorites include modern fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, oral histories and baseball books. Feel free to chat about your favorite reads with him!
Gary spent the first part of his career in Accounting and is now a Business Intelligence Solutions Architect as part of the Data Warehousing group for a national Health Care provider. Gary will use his experience to support the owners primarily behind the scenes regarding bookkeeping, budgeting and planning, and whatever else the others ask of him. Gary enjoys mystery and historical biographies with some occasional fiction mixed in.
Founding MembersFables Books became a reality because the vision, dream and support of Goshen community members. We would like to thank the following for their time and talent. Fables Books was made possible by their support.
Founder and Manager of Soapy Gnome in Goshen. Jenny was instrumental in starting Fables Books. Within 72 hours after the closure was announced, Jenny and Brad had a plan on the back of a napkin for a new bookstore. We are grateful for her role in starting this venture.
Jeremy helped his partner, Jenny, get Soapy Gnome up and running. He brought his knowledge and experience to Fables Books in the initial months and helped us steam-roll the process. We are grateful for his work with Fables Books.