Staff

Diane, Bookseller and Co-Owner

I think there’s a lot about this world that we don’t understand, like the afterlife or how bread becomes toast.

Dave, Bookseller and Co-OwnerDave, Bookseller and Co-Owner

Along with Diane, Dave is a co-founder and co-owner of Little Shop. Whereas Diane kind of runs the bookstore side of the bookstore, Dave kind of runs the business side of the business. He pays the rent. He pays the publishers. He pays the employees. He pays the utilities. He pays the taxes. He pays and pays. Want to help Dave? Come in to Little Shop and buy a book!

The Other Diane, Bookseller(the other) Diane, Bookseller

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”
A.A. Milne

Diane enjoys playing gin and can tell you how to get to Sesame Street. Diane lived on the island of Sodor but became bored with retirement. So she came to work at Little Shop. We’re so happy she did! 

Hannah Hyde, Bookseller and Muse

Oh, what a sweet child is Hannah Hyde
Oh how thoughtful, oh, how nice,
To buy a hat with a brim so wide,
It gives shade to all the frogs
And the worms and the mice.
—Shel Silverstein

In addition to providing shelter for small creatures in the form of absurd headgear, you can find Hannah tidying the shelves, thumbing through the latest mystery novels, and attempting to navigate the beginning stages of her audiobook narration career. 

A photo of heather in bloom in a fieldHeather, Bookseller and School Coordinator Person

A perennial favorite among Little Shop customers (sheep and deer really like her as well), Heather really blooms in late summer. Paul McCartney wrote a song about her!
I'm gonna fly to the moon
Check in outta space
Find me a suitable plot

Build myself a place
There I will stay
For a year and a day
Until the cares of my life blow away
And I will dance to a runcible tune
With the queen of my heart

Jason, Bookseller and Superhero

Sometimes student, sometimes scientist and sometimes photographer, Jason Smith is a full-time super hero better known as the web-slinging and wall-crawling Spider-Man. As an orphaned child, Jason was raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. At a science expo, Jason was bitten by an errant radioactive spider which granted him an array of arachnid powers.

Justin, Store ManagerJustin, Bookseller and Store Manager

Does not like green eggs and ham, Sam-I-Am. Not in a box, not with a fox, not in a house, not with a mouse. He would not eat them here or there, he would not eat them anywhere. Justin Colussy-Estes would categorically not eat green eggs an ham, Sam-I-Am. They’re probably filled with dye, or are riddled with salmonella, or something. Justin eats a salad if he wants something green, thank you.

Karen, Bookseller, Inventory Master, and Keeper of the Glitter

Karen has worked at Books A Million, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Chester County Book & Music Co., Square Books and has finally landed at Little Shop of Stories! She no longer has space in her life for pants without pockets, pens that only sorta work, nor checking to make sure her socks match.

Lindsey, Bookseller 

It could be a penny on the street, a random crow, a fox, or a #2 pencil; Lindsey will somehow find a way to say "Oh! That reminds me of that book I love!". Whenever she's participating in one of those "get to know you" games, the first thing she always says (very enthusiastically) is: "I WORK AT A BOOKSTORE ''. She thinks this gives people a good picture of who she is as a person.

She absolutely loves reading, especially when she gets to meet people who enjoy it as much as she does. Speaking of enjoying things, if you happen to discover Lindsey's favorite books, shows/movies, actors, singers, hobbies, or anything else that she could possibly get obsessed with; just know that the second you mention any of these things...she will not stop talking. You've been warned! :) 

Mark, Storyteller and Author 

Occasionally, Little Shop of Stories is graced with the presence of famous authors. Sometimes, they are no longer alive, and wearing a sharp pair of slacks. 

Matilda, Bookseller and Weekend Manager 

“‘Do you think that all children’s books ought to have funny bits in them?’ Miss Honey asked.
‘I do,’ Matilda said. ‘Children are not so serious as grown-ups and love to laugh.’”
- Roald Dahl, Matilda
In addition to funny books, Matilda also loves mysteries, sci-fi/fantasy novels, contemporary fiction, and the occasional nonfiction book. She grew up at Little Shop and is full of half-remembered Shop trivia.

Sunny, Bookseller and Director of Bookfairs

Sunny loves to read: picture books (all of them), true crime stories, magical realism but NOT fantasy, anything to do with religious cults or extremists, and gut wrenching star-crossed lover stories. She occasionally dips her toe into sad but true middle grade, but only when she is feeling particularly vulnerable.  When not not reading, Sunny can be found singing whatever song happens to be trapped in her brain at the moment. 

Sydney, Bookseller and Event Coodinator

Sydney is still figuring out how to be a pirate captain (or at least a captive) in the 21st century, but until that day comes she enjoys drinking abhorrent amounts of coffee, gardening, staring wistfully out of windows, reading fantasy/romances/fantasy-romances, and asking why we stopped sending people “to the sea” when they aren’t feeling well. Her most favorite thing, however, is spending time at Little Shop (both working and shopping)!

Teena, The Most Part-Time of All Booksellers

Teena likes a lot of things: children, books, pickles, yoga, songs from the 80s and 90s, and vanilla ice cream. She does not like olives or her daughter's cat. Even though she has a grown up job, selling books at the Little Shop is her most favorite thing of all. 

Zach, Bookseller and Event Planner

Zach is an Event Planner at Little Shop of Stories - He coordinates author visits, special events, and summer camps. Plus, he hosts Circle Time with Atticus the Frog! Zach is also a puppeteer, cartoonist, and themed-sock-wear-er. He loves dogs, books about dogs, and recommending books about dogs to actual dogs. His greatest achievement in life is being featured on The Varsity's instagram with his dog.