In Episode 70 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Kimberly Batson. Batson is co-owner of Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, an independent book store in downtown Waco. She describes the long journey from concept to construction, what bibliophiles can expect to see on the shelves, and why she’s not afraid of Amazon. Before that interview, Meek hits the major commercial real estate news with expert Gregg Glime and learns about a potential housing development at the former Floyd Casey Stadium site from residential expert Austin Hooper.
Inside the Episode:
0:38 - What's Happening Here? with Gregg Glime
5:39 - The Residential Recap with Austin Hooper
10:11 - Kimberly Batson's
11:36 - Inspiration from Brit lit
12:39 - Learning from other businesses
13:47 - The dream (and a business plan) for owning a bookstore
15:55 - Indies fighting against Amazon
17:54 - Competitive advantages to opening Fabled in Waco
19:50 - Why choose Fabled?
21:41 - The ups and downs of developing the concept
24:00 - Honing in on the vision
26:55 - Kimberly's message for Waco