Meet the Owner
Bookstore Owner & Idea Engineer
Angela began reading in preschool and hasn't stopped since! She was the child who brought her book to the supper table, would be immersed in the current read so deeply that she often didn't hear anyone attempting to get her attention, and in middle school, sat with the other kids who brought their books to read at the lunch table. You'll probably see her with her nose in a book if you ever run into her around town.
Her passion for reading became a passion for learning which fueled the pursuit of her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and a little extra coursework along the way. This excitement for books and learning sparked the idea for the bookstore. She aspires to ignite a similar passion in others through books, programming, and conversations about the books everyone is reading as part of the bookstore community. When asked why she opened an independent bookstore, her response is "to change the world". Initiating and offering a platform for positive change in the immediate community in order to change the world is a driving force for the activities and programs offered and books curated at the bookstore.
In order to launch the new adventure, Angela is blending a background of retail experience, work as a mental health therapist and career counselor, and experience as a college professor. From a decade of experience as a mental health therapist and college professor, she has learned how critical it is to develop strong relationships with others and has honed skills for inspiring in others a drive to learn and grow. She brings the skills for getting to know people and develop relationships to the retail bookstore business because she believes it is more than a transactional relationship; it is more than trading a book for money. Getting to know patrons, what their reading interests and preferences are, and relating to them around books and ideas is the foundation to a bookstore that serves the community in which it lives. She also brings her skills in teaching and developing academic programs to her new bookstore life in order to plan events and programs for children, youth, and adults of all ages.
In 2020, Angela was honored by being selected the Morganton Main St. Office's Main Street Champion.
Assistant Bookstore Manager
Position Open - Currently Accepting Applications
Adventure Bound Books opened its doors June 23, 2018 in downtown Morganton, NC. In September 2019 the bookstore moved out of the 550 square foot shop into a 1500 square foot storefront just up from the original location on Sterling St. In August 2021, the bookstore moved, once again, into an almost 3,000 square foot store front on West Union St. We are thankful for the community's continued support of our mission and vision.
Our goal is to be your preferred independent bookstore in Burke, McDowell, Catawba, Caldwell, Alexander, and surrounding counties by getting to know our customers' reading interests in order to offer a customized and personal experience at every visit. On the shelves you'll find new and used books - Indie Next List favorites, new releases, best sellers, classics, fiction, fantasy, science fiction, romance, young adult books, books on nature and outdoor themes, religious, spiritual, and philosophy books, and an entire children's area. You can also find book-related gifts and educational items - book-themed shirts, hats, and socks, funny and snarky candles, literary themed tea, baby gifts, tote bags, and book lights, as well as art and plush toys made by local artists. Adventure Bound Books also offers programming - adult Book Clubs, Saturday morning Story Time, Storybook Camp in the summer, monthly poetry readings, and more - as well as an event space which offers opportunities for book clubs to meet, and a space for local writers to come and create. We bring local and regional authors to town for book signings and conversations as well.
Adventure Bound Books has been honored several times over the years. In 2019, the bookstore receive the Downtown Distinguished Award With a Cherry On Top, an award recognizing exemplary customer service. In 2020, Adventure Bound Books received the Downtown Distinguished Award Breath of Fresh Air, recognizing it's innovative and unique event and program offerings. Most recently, Adventure Bound Books was voted as Best of Burke 2021 in the bookstore category!
Additionally, bookstore owner, Angela Shores, was interviewed and included in the published phonebook style work Call Me Ishmael where she chats about the importance of independent bookstores, community, and changing the world with one of the book's co-authors, Stephanie Kent. Inclusion in the published work is quite an honor! In 2020, Angela was also honored by North Carolina Main Street as being recognized as the City of Morganton Main Street Champion!