Newsstand could be history

March 3, 2008
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Delaware News Co.The owners of Delaware News Co., one of the city's last remaining old-school newsstands, are getting out of the business after more than a dozen years. Phil and Vincent DeFabis have put their business and their historic building along Delaware Street up for sale. The brothers are asking $415,000 for the 3-story, 3,000-square-foot building at 130 N. Delaware St., across from City Market. The structure was built in 1860 and now is home to a salsa-dancing studio and the newsstand. Delaware News could be included in the deal if a buyer was interested, Phil DeFabis said.
  • It sucks to see another local place go.
    1860? Wow. Its such an attractive building but I thought it would have been built in more like 1870. This place must have seen a lot of change in Indy. Hopefully some retail or something in that great storefront.
  • Bummer. I always feel like I'm stepping back in time when I walk into the place.
  • I still go to this newstand at least once a week to purchase my magazines. I can remember when the newstand opened there was 3 others downtown at one point and I went to all of them. I will miss Phil and Vince though.
  • That's a shame! I love that place! I hope someone else will want to keep the newstand and building alive. I've always loved the old tile floor in there. They just don't make em' like they used to.
  • Please, someone buy it and keep the newsstand open. This is like the passing of an old friend. Also, I seem to remember Bash Seed store was at this location around 1990.
  • color me free: You are correct. I meant to mention it was formerly home to Bash Seed Co.
  • off subject update: sad news - it looks like venu is on the backburner. This was taken from the Nora Comm Council (home of the illustrious Ruth Hayes!!):

    Please note: Presentation of the Venu, SW corner 86th and Keystone, is indefinitely postponed.

    ***also, i really hope they are only intending to renovate and not demolish the old 86th street bridge at keystone at the crossing. does anyone have any insight into that project? it's also up for discussion at the upcoming nncc meeting. thanks!
  • ryan which bridge are you talking about?
  • hi helen - the old green railroad bridge on 86th street that crosses white river just south of keystone mall and north of the plaza with kohl's/lulu's/etc...i've heard that it'll be demolished but on the council website it stated renovation. i think it's kind of an icon in the area and hope they don't demolish it. hmmmm...
  • It's no railroad bridge. That's the original 82nd St./Indiana State Hwy. 100 bridge.

    Highway 100 was the original pre-465 Indy bypass for US52 and 421, and it ran from Brookville Rd. and Shadeland Ave. north to 82nd, then west to 86th & Lafayette Rd.

    The second modern span was built when the road was widened in the 80's. As late as 1983 the stretch east of Keystone @ Crossing was two lanes and 55mph through a working gravel pit area up to Allisonville Rd.
  • Yeah, railroad bridges generally carry railroads. Anyway, as far as I know, the plan has always been to refurbish it. No plan for replacement.
  • All I know is that Chick Fil a is not gonna be on the menu for awhile.
    That whole area is going to be in trouble before long. With the bridge blocked even for a few months it is going to disrupt traffic like crazy.
  • The bridge is going to be rehabbed, not demolished. It's been under review with the state historic preservation office and last I heard, they had worked out an agreement to minimize negative impacts to the historic structure.
  • excellent!
  • I hope someone can buy the newstand.
  • sad

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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.