Fabled celebrates second anniversary with whimsical themes

Fabled Bookshop and Cafe celebrated its 2nd birthday this past weekend with special events like scavenger hunts, storytime readings, and prizes. Audrey La | Photographer Photo credit: Audrey La

By Tori Templet | Staff Writer

Fabled Bookshop and Cafe put on several celebrations throughout the weekend to ring in two years of being open. There were events, games and sweet treats for all book lovers regardless of age.

Fabled is an independent small business that is known for its nostalgic atmosphere and quaint environment. Taking inspiration from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” they placed golden tickets in books and had themed drinks such as the “Chocolate River” and “Violet’s Vice.”

The bookshop held many activities for its beloved customers, including pint night, a scavenger hunt, special guest readers for story times and free popsicles from Helados La Azteca.

Dallas junior Emma Roden said she was glad she got the opportunity to explore places in Waco and small businesses she had never been to before through the scavenger hunt.

“The scavenger hunt was very cool and well thought out,” Roden said. “It was really fun because there were places I had always wanted to go, but never really necessarily had a reason to.”

Roden said she normally sees college students when visiting Fabled, although there were plenty of families with kids in attendance during the celebration.

“There were a ton of people there to support Fabled, and it was so lively,” Roden said. “It was good to see the community and be reminded that Waco is not just Baylor. There are so many other people and places around Waco, and it was a really good reminder that it is not just us here.”

Fabled staff manager Chris Hirschfeld said it has been an amazing journey and Fabled feels so honored to have been in Waco for the past two years.

“There have been lots of changes in Waco over the years, but we have been here to provide a great place to form the Waco community and help people find great books and drink some great coffee,” Hirschfeld said. “The best part of this celebration has been being able to talk to people and hear about how it was either their first time or their 20th time in the store. It is awesome because you just get to bond with people over books and that is the best part about this place. Everyone was nostalgic and enjoying the space, which is what we want.”

Hirschfeld said Fabled plans to continue branching out, especially in finding ways to help the people of Waco by providing more books and more events.

“This vision that we have for Fabled is to be an anchor within this community and we hope that over the years, that vision can fully come to life,” Hirschfeld said. “We are just excited and hopeful that we can make that happen.”