Our story started in November 1991 when Joan Lucey opened a small book shop in Macroom, County Cork. Although it was  thriving, Joan decided after a while that she needed a new challenge. When she heard that the building on Bridge Street in Cork City was up for sale, Joan took a chance and opened with 1800 square feet of retail space. About six years after opening, and following a few extensions, there was 5000 square feet of space available in the shop.

Vibes and Scribes soon carved a niche for itself as it did not directly compete with the big chain shops. Instead, Joan focused on supplying her customers with good quality bargain books and she also dealt in second hand books. She found that the people of Cork appreciated a place to find books on more unusual topics such as mind, body & spirit, cult authors, philosophy, art and even erotica for the more discerning customer.