This is a long overdue post. Sorry.
My work takes me all over Central Indiana. One of my favorite things to do when out and about is to stop at interesting looking mon & pop stores or restaurants. When in Lebanon, in Boone County, I would always stop at Mason's Used Books, on the north side of the town square, across from the Court House.
No more. Mason's closed their doors at the beginning of the year.
I'm not sure why they closed. Perhaps the owner retired. Maybe they couldn't make the rent. Whatever, I'm saddened by the loss. I picked up some truly unremarkable used paperbacks there, but also some very interesting books, including a copy of Washington Irving's "Tales From The Alhambra". That was a gift for my son, Alex. We visited the Alhambra together. It was a great old copy that was printed in Spain, and had the orginal price tag attached- in Pasetas!
The owner had a great sense of humor. I enjoyed talking about books with him. Alas. I hope somebody buys his stock and keeps the place open.