Downtown Lafayette bookstore Main Street Books turns a new page

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Laura and Justin Kendall are turning a page in downtown Lafayette, taking over Main Street Books.

The couple had initially planned to change the name to Second Flight Books, but they told the Journal & Courier Wednesday that the layers involved in transferring a business from one owner to owner take priority for now.

“The name recognition,” said Laura Kendall, pointing to a sign inside the shop proclaiming those three words, “is important. For now, it’s Main Street Books.”

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Main Street Books, owned by Ted Malone, was previously managed by Malone’s late wife, Tamzin. Tamzin opened the store in 2015, and now the Kendalls will be taking the reigns on the downtown staple.

“Ted, the current owner, had talked to me,” Laura said. “He had come into my store a couple months ago and we talked about a lot of stuff because, you know, his wife passed away last year. We talked about that and just how life had been lately.

“And he mentioned that he was thinking about selling so he would have a little bit more time to spend with family…”

Laura and Justin more seriously approached Malone about purchasing Main Street Books, and now the weekend of Aug. 13 is when the contracts are set to be signed over.

Reception honoring Main Street Books

At 5 pm on Aug. 12, a reception will be held at Main Street Books to bid farewell and honor Ted and Tazmin Malone for the work they dedicated to the downtown area for nearly a decade.

Future plans for Main Street Books are nothing too substantially different than how they are now, according to Laura.

A plaque dedicated to former Main Street Books owner Tamzin Malone sits on display, Wednesday, Aug.  3, 2022, at Main Street Books in Lafayette, Ind.

“There hasn’t been a lot of fresh inventory coming in,” Laura said. “So we’re gonna try and get some new titles in there to try and freshen things up a bit. We are thinking that we’ll have a wider selection of new books because, I think with the downtown location, people would be excited to see some new books and new releases in there.

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