Young Entrepreneur With a Servant's Heart

Staff Writer

Minster  High 2015 graduate Abbey Goubeaux  is a hard-working young entrepreneur. She owns the Small Town Boutique in Fort Loramie. She is also a cosmetologist at Looking Glass Salon in Minster. Her father Dan developed small cell aggressive lung cancer in June 2017, and she was inspired to use her business to help others who were also fighting cancer. Goubeaux notes her family, “appreciated support we have received from our community.”

She raffled gift baskets and then used the proceeds to buy presents for kids being treated at the Dayton Children’s Hospital. She raised more than $500. When the gift basket raffle ended, Goubeaux purchased most of the toys from Topsy Turvy Toys in New Bremen to help support a local business.

She made the trip to Dayton Children’s with her mom Vicky and dad Dan on Monday, Jan. 30. With a wagon overflowing with toys, They were ushered into rooms where they could present toys to the children.

Among those they visited was Karris Flory, 14, of Sidney, daughter of James Flory. Goubeaux surprised her with a Spirograph and a gift certificate.

Goubeaux made a personal point to see Jackson Hogenkamp, 15, of Minster, son of Scott and Shelly Hogenkamp, who was in for treatment for osteosarcoma. Abbey’s sister, Danielle Coverman, babysat for Hogenkamp’s family. Hogenkamp received a Minster Wildcats hat.

Goubeaux said she “felt honored to personally deliver and see the lives that I touched. I want them to know there’s other people out there keeping them in their thoughts and prayers.” Abbey points to her family motto in their cancer fight “No one fights alone.”