1230059_619861521370128_1149705768_nHopewell’s latest addition to bountiful small businesses is The Bear and the Books, a quaint and simply perfect children’s book store.

This little shop opened in October 2013 and is owned and manned by Bobbie Fishman, a Hopewell resident and former children’s books buyer for Micawber and Labyrinth in Princeton. Bobbie is virtually an expert in children’s books and offers wonderful child-specific suggestions.

The famous bear wearing an elephant costume for Halloween. So cute. He is a clever bear.

Our visit to The Bear and the Books was delightful and offered relief from the bitter cold outside. And Bobbie’s abundant welcome and amazing book recommendations warmed us up for many more hours after our visit, enjoying our new books at home.


45 West Broad Street Hopewell, New Jersey 08525

Mon – Thu: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.