All Things Business

A Chapter Ends As Bookstore Announces Closure

9 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a sad day on Main Street.

In an announcement on its website, Mansfield’s “Bookstore Lady,” Llalan Fowler, manager of Main Street Books, announced that the county’s only independent bookstore will be closing.

The last day for the store will be on Saturday, September 26.

In the post, Fowler shared words of gratitude.

“As the manager for over nine years, I want to thank all of you who have supported the bookstore. It’s not easy for independent bookstores to survive anywhere, but is especially challenging in little towns like Mansfield. I fought day in and out to keep the bookstore open, but it was ultimately a losing battle,” the statement shared. More…

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All Things Business

Curbside Reads: Main Street Books Offers New Service

14 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

It you’re like us, you have been doing what you can to support local business in as many ways as possible.

For many, that has included ordering food from any one of Richland County’s main superb eateries, or drinks from your favorite pub or tavern, and then going by to pick it up or enjoy curbside service.

Now that same concept has been extended to obtaining something great to read while you’re enjoying that wine or hamburger. Main Street Books, downtown Mansfield’s independent bookstore, is giving it a try. More…

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All About Richland, Downtown

A Tale Of Pirate Mystery

14 Nov , 2019  

Steve Goble will be at Main Street Books in Mansfield on November 15 at 6:00 PM to discuss the third book in his Spider John pirate mystery series, A Bottle of Rum.

The book, which was listed on’s Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019, centers on an eighteenth-century pirate who is regularly wrapped up in mysteries and crimes.  More…

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All About Richland

1812Blockhouse Chats With Brutus Buckeye’s Mom, A Mansfield Native

26 Sep , 2019  

Brutus Buckeye was not born in Mansfield, but his “mother” was raised here.

Sally (Huber) Lanyon, who grew up on Arlington Avenue and went on to attend The Ohio State University, became one of the creators of Brutus Buckeye while she was still a student at OSU in Columbus. She is also the author, with her Brutus Buckeye co-creator Ray Bourhis, of “The Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye: As Told To His Parents.”

Lanyon now lives in Arizona, but is traveling back to Ohio for a visit and will be at Main Street Books in Mansfield on October 3 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, for a book signing. All are welcome to attend. More…

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All About Richland

The Yesteryears Of Channels 3, 5, 8, 43, And More

2 Dec , 2018  

It’s an opportunity to turn back the clock and step back into the past of television and radio history.

In particular, it provides a look at the yesteryears of Cleveland TV and radio stations and the shows and personalities it featured. Think of it as one part Hoolihan and Big Chuck, another Dorothy Fuldheim, and another Gene Caroll. More…

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All About Richland

Main Street Books Joins Others For Weekend Litfest

18 Apr , 2018  

If you’ve never been to a litfest, here’s your chance!

Richland County’s independent bookstore is serving as one of three venues for “Kleft Crisis 2018,” a weekend event presented by Chris Chronicles Press and Kleft Jaw Press (hence the name). Participating bookstores include Guide to Kulchur Books on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland, Mac’s Backs-Books On Conventry on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights, and Main Streets Books on North Main Street in downtown Mansfield. More…


All About Richland, Downtown

Book Talk Author Writes From His Midwest Roots

28 Feb , 2018  

Noted author David Giffels comes to Main Street Books this Friday evening for a Book Talk on his newest published work, Furnishing Eternity.

As shared in the event announcement, the work is “…a vibrant, heartfelt memoir about confronting mortality, surviving loss, finding resilience in one’s Midwest roots and seeking a father’s wisdom through an unusual woodworking project—constructing his own coffin.” More…


All About Richland

Monster Painting Show Returns

11 Feb , 2018  

It’s not just things that go bump in the night. Actual monsters return next week as the Third Annual Monster Painting Show hits Main Street Books in downtown Mansfield.

The store describes participating in this annual exhibition this way: More…

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All About Richland

Books And Beer

15 Nov , 2017  

Tonight, book lovers and beer lovers – often the same people – will enjoy the opportunity to join both passions in one place.

Main Street Books and The Phoenix Brewing Company are collaborating on a book talk and signing Wednesday evening at The Phoenix with writer Rick Armon. Armon’s latest published book is entitled “Fifty Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio,” and the event will include a 20 minute talk at 6 PM, followed by a question and answer session and then a book signing. More…

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