Independent Carmel bookstore closing

January 26, 2010
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An independent book shop specializing in mystery and suspense novels is closing after a seven-year run in Carmel. The Mystery Company in the Arts & Design District plans to host a farewell party Jan. 30, and close for good a few days later. The shop, which is owned by husband-and-wife team Jim Huang and Jennie G. Jacobson, will offer $10 off any purchase of $40 or more and $30 off $100 or more. Huang has been selling mystery books for 22 years, in Boston, Kalamazoo and Carmel. The couple is moving to Ohio, where he'll manage the Kenyon College bookstore. "It's hard to express how disappointed we are that things didn't work out at The Mystery Company, and how much we'll miss the many friends we've made here in Indiana," Huang wrote on his blog. "We've given this everything we could and we've had a great run. In the end, though, it just wasn't enough."

  • New building
    This was on twitter a couple of days ago. Sorry to see them leave. Note that they didnâ??t blame Carmel as their clientele were from all over Central Indiana. The top independent bookstore in Seattle just closed after many years.

    If you do want to report on some positive goings on here in Carmel that are relegated to building, there is the Keystone Const 4 story $40 millon Lofts and shops building. It is now out of the ground on Main Street.

    The new $12.5 million office building for SEP engineering is coming out of the ground in the City Center development. This is the result of a use of a Non Profit development Corp. If none of the above is exciting we can find a subway opening or something similar.
  • Seattle bookstore
    Elliott Bay? I know they have had problems like other bookstores but thought they were just moving to Capitol Hill. That is sad.
  • Why?
    Actually, the article wasn't about "exciting" things, Bruce. Your rather cavalier opinion is probably a safe bet as to why it's closing. Lots of new buildings don't necessarily make up for closing a niche market....are any of these "exciting" buildings going to sell mystery books? Seriously, I'd have to say that I no longer find any news of building in Carmel to be "exciting," just sad. Way too much money is spent to be a wanna-be. (And I'm a NE sider)

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