Photo by Matt Godfrey.
When Cathy Fiebach opened Main Point Books in 2013, she was the talk of the town, as in: Most folks thought she was crazy. Independent bookstores were closing all over the country, beaten at the retail game by Amazon. Even the much-loved Borders locations in Wynnewood and Rosemont were gone.
Fiebach opened her shop nearby, on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr. And while many admired her entrepreneurial chutzpah, they doubted she’d ever succeed. She proved them wrong. Main Point Books was a smashing success. Local celebs like M. Night Shyamalan popped in for sought-after titles, and Fiebach hosted book-launch parties and readings by nationally known authors.
When the Readers’ Forum bookstore recently closed in Wayne, the owners of the space courted Fiebach. “They want to keep it a bookstore, so we made a deal,” she says.
The new Main Point Books on North Wayne Avenue will be 2,000 square feet—25 percent bigger than its former location. “The landlord gutted it and is putting in new walls, floors and bathrooms, so it feels like a new space,” says Fiebach.
The biggest—and perhaps most welcome—change is an expanded children’s and young adult section, which Fiebach hopes will become an after-school hangout for nearby Radnor Middle School students.
She plans to launch the new store on July 25 during Wayne’s Harry Potter Festival. Muggles and wizards are equally welcome.
116 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (610) 525-1480.