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Closing of stationery store marks end of an era

MAIN STREET STATIONERY owner Greg Tomb and longtime store manager Paula Mayer were all smiles late last month after receiving a beautiful array of seasonal flowers as a thank you from a long-time friend of the store. The shop, which has been operating on Main Street in Middlebury for going on four decades, will close at the end of October. Photo by Susan Humphrey

MIDDLEBURY — Main Street Stationery will close its doors this month after a 36-year run selling paper and various office supplies/services under the ownership of Greg and Barbara Tomb at 40 Main St. in Middlebury. 

The store’s roots actually extend deeper than the Tombs; it began in 1975 as Middlebury Office Supply in the basement of what is now the Town Hall Theater building on Merchants Row. Rachel Codding launched the business, eventually selling it to Bob Whittemore (who brought it to 56 Main St.). It was Whittemore who would in turn sold the business to Chris and Gloria Sheldon, before the Tombs took it over in 1986 and moved it to its final location. 

The Tombs have enjoyed a loyal clientele, and store manager Paula Mayer is a familiar face as he has staffed the register up front for years.

The current owners expect to close on a deal to sell the store by the end of October; the prospective buyer is finalizing his plans for the space.

While Tomb declined to be interviewed, he provided a brief statement to his customers. 

“It is with mixed emotions that we find it is time to move on to new adventures,” he wrote. “Thank you so very much for your support and friendship over the past 36 years.”

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