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-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
“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”
Diane hails from Barnesville, Georgia. She 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!
Heather, 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
Justin, 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.
Madison, Bookseller and Author Event Coordinator
Madison prefers living in imaginary worlds. Whether reading a book, teaching molecular biology, or doing improv, she thinks it’s more fun to explore environments that you can’t actually see. Growing up in Decatur, Madison kept being told that it was okay to be herself, even if that self was pretty weird. Through her time at Westchester, Renfroe, and Decatur High School, she developed two strong passions: science and theatre. At Davidson College, she continued to explore both of those passions, and from 2012 to 2016 she was a science teacher at Decatur High School (while teaching a lil’ improv on the side). Now she has switched from science full-time to more of an emphasis on theatre, performing and writing and improvising her way around town. She is excited to be at Little Shop of Stories so that she can help build bigger, weirder, more magical imaginary worlds for other people through BOOKS!
Sunny, Bookseller and Bookfair Coordinator
When not pinned under a giant avalanche of boxes at the Book Fair Operations Center or barrelling down The Connector in The Little Bus of Stories delivering books to all of the good boys and girls at their book fairs, Sunny can be found singing whatever song happens to be trapped in her brain at the moment and snuggling with her pride and joy, Hiroyuki, one incredible dog and best friend. 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. Sunny’s favorite things at Little Shop incude: meeting world famous children’s book author and illustrator heroes, community reading with On The Same Page, running Goody for Girls camp, and hanging out with people who love reading just as much as she does.