Bookstore rebuild nears completion

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — After the June fire that shut down two downtown businesses and displaced several residents, an end to the reconstruction is in sight.

Though a re-opening date has not been decided, Browse Awhile Books owner Bill Jones said that he is planning to move back into the building just before Christmas.

“I think we’ve reached the point where things will be moving quickly from here on,” Jones said.

In the last month, the building has been outfitted with new siding, insulation, and windows. The drywall is set to go up in the next few days, Jones said, and new flooring will be installed in early December.

“In my mind, that means the rest of it’s done,” Jones said of the floors. In the next week, Jones said he plans to start preparing inventory to move back into the store.

Ginghamsburg Church has been storing thousands of books that were salvaged from the store since the fire. Jones also said that his home garage is completely full of new inventory.

Move-in day is set for Dec. 21, he added. Volunteers from Time Warner will help move the estimated thousands of pounds of books back into the shop. Company policy allows supervisors eight hours a year to do volunteer work, Jones said, and store manager Amanda Carl’s husband is a Time Warner supervisor who has recruited several others to help in the moving process.

In the meantime, Browse Awhile Books is selling gift certificates.

“We’re doing that little bit to keep our hand in,” Jones said. “It’s the only thing we can really sell right now.”

Contact Browse Awhile Books via their Facebook page for more information or stop by the store, Jones said.

“Whenever the front door is open, there’s a good chance that we’re there,” he said.

The neighboring business, Merchant31, is temporarily operating from the upstairs loft at Bodega Wine and Specialty Market until the building reopens.

The was built in 1871 and, along with the rest of the Old Tippecanoe Main Street Historic District, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

By Cecilia Fox

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