Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Fallen Leaf Books - Nashville, IN


Fallen Leaf Books, Nashville, IN

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Not only had I never been to Nashville, IN, I'd never even heard of it.  Nashville, TN, yes, Nashville, IN, no.  After visiting here, this seems to be a well-kept secret (at least to me) and I can see why it is such an attraction for tourists.  Historical buildings, lots of small businesses, and a thriving artists colony that has been here for many years.  And speaking of thriving, that's exactly what I found in Fallen Leaf Books, a mainstay in the business community for this small town.  As owner Carey S. told me, this is a tourist attraction for all the art galleries and the bookstore is especially busy during the fall season.  But on this summer day, it looked like a bustling throng of tourists with me included.

Fallen Leaf began business here 8 years ago after Carey purchased the business previously know as the Book Loft (prior to 1989, it was located on the 2nd floor of another building).  So all told, this bookstore can trace its roots back 33+ years in Nashville.  And Carey can trace his bookstore roots all the way back to Montclair, NJ and is now happily sharing his book knowledge and talents with tourists and locals alike.  Don't ever let this store go, Nashville.

This small, one-level shop is located in the near downtown, and very convenient for foot traffic.  They offer new and used books and all the used books are on an inventory so they know what they have.  They also have a good number of vintage and collectible editions which are selling well, available online or in-person.  There aren't many sidelines but they do stock puzzles (they've sold well), touristy post cards, and locally created greeting cards to name a few.

Carey and store manager Taylor were wonderful to meet and I could've talked books with them all day.  I was really happy to hear that Fallen Leaf did especially well during the shutdown, something that I've been surprised to hear repeatedly from other indies.  I should never doubt the devotion of loyal independent bookstore customers.  

If you're reading this and just finding out about Nashville, IN, it's no longer a secret.  Set your summer vacation GPS for Fallen Leaf and enjoy a super bookstore experience with the awesome people who work there.  Go to an indie and buy a book.  Bonsoir.

CURRENTLY READING:  The Lincoln Highway, Amor Towles. 

RECENTLY PURCHASED:  Maid, Stephanie Land. 


This town has a fascinating history, another reason to visit. 

Beautiful storefront. 

One of two large display windows. 

See a book you want?  Go inside and get it!

I love it when I see dogs shopping!

View looking into the store from the front entrance.  I love the checkerboard floor and it will be dominant in many of the pictures below. 

Looking directly to the right from the entrance.  Let the browsing begin. 

What a great poem and drawing, right behind the checkout counter. 

If you know any Edgar Allen Poe fans, send them here. 

Below the checkout counter you'll find many recent releases and staff favorites. 

Attractive table display near the front of the store. 

Below the table display, you'll find just a few of the puzzles that the store carries. 

Just inside the front door and to the left is a display case that shows some of the stores' collectible and vintage editions. 

If you're a tourist, you should check out the stores' postcards. 

Republished classics available here. 

Display of new and noteworthy releases. 

This recent release is selling extremely well at this store. 

Overview looking across the store and into the back corner.

A few of the locally created greeting cards offered here. 

Just a few of the items of local and regional interest. 

Partial view of the children's area. 

I've seen a few of these book-themed clocks and always enjoy them. 

A long wall of literature on the right side of the store. 

Overview of the store looking from the back toward the front entrance. 

Yes, you'll be building a stack.  Yes, you'll need a basket. 

You'll find a few places in the store to sit and sample a book. 

With Carey on the left, the fine owner at Fallen Leaf Books.  Thanks for a great visit. 

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