Our Story

Main Street Books has lived in the old general store on Main Street in Davidson, NC since 1987 when Barbara Freund & Betty Reinke established the area's most esteemed bookstore. After 27 years of expertly putting books in the hands of bibliophiles all around town, Betty & Barbara retired in 2015. Adah Fitzgerald now carries the torch as proprietor of Main Street Books,. In early 2016, the bookstore got a facelift - Adah repaired & painted the antique bookcases, polished the original wood floors, refreshed the layout, and created a comfortable sitting area for quiet reading and events..

Our mission is to feed the imaginations of our readership with a full line of new books in addition to a wonderful selection of cards, journals, and gifts. At our core, Main Street Books is a group of kindred spirits who share a love of the written word.

Our Staff

Adah Fitzgerald, Owner & Manager

Adah grew up eavesdropping on her mother's book club discussions and hiding in her closet to read after lights out. She's proud to be at the helm of a literary institution in a community with such avid and interesting readers.

Catherine, Assistant Manager

Catherine grew up living all over the Western hemisphere and reading bilingually. Her local legacy includes directing area literacy programs for ten years.. At Main Street Books Catherine juggles superb customer service with astute book buying.

Drew, bookseller

Drew is an avid Michigan State fan, loves cold & rainy weather, and will drive a few miles out of his way to visit a cronut shop. His favorite books to recommend include TangerineBorn to Run and every cookbook whose author has brought food to share at their book signing.

Eleanor, bookseller and events coordinator

Ellie studied literature at Connecticut College and always says yes to an adventure. She's taught English in Greece, guided kayaking tours in Maine, played hostess at a ranch in Montana, and gives great recommendations in literary fiction. 

Hannah, bookseller

Hannah currently studies English Literature and spent a semester living and studying in Senegal. 

Jennifer, bookseller

Jennifer has built school libraries in North Carolina and abroad. She is an avid reader of adult and children's literature. Jennifer has raised her children to read the book before they see the movie and she's a fantastic gardener and quilter. 

Lily, bookseller

Have you seen the Hogwarts House banners that we put up for Harry Potter & the Cursed Child? Lily is the bookseller/artist behind those magnificent pieces. She follows in the (very large) footsteps of her older sister who was a bookseller through all four years of high school. 

Lisa, bookseller

Lisa returns to the US from many years living Across the Pond where she spent time as a librarian in Switzerland. She is an autodidact who is game for learning to do anything from training dogs to programming. She is our resident expert on mysteries and thrillers, but loves the classics, too.

Maeve, bookseller

Maeve currently studies literature and Hispanic Studies and has spent a summer studying British Lit in the UK. She is particularly fond of poetry and creative non-fiction, and while some say the pen is mightier than the sword, Maeve isn't taking any chances - she's a member of a fencing club . 

Nina, bookseller

You'll find Nina at Main Street Books on Sundays giving great recommendations from our Children's section and beyond. She has an eye for a great message paired with fabulous illustrations. 

Anna, bookseller-in-training

Anna follows in the footsteps of her older brother, Drew, as an up-and-coming bookseller at MSB.  She loved The Girl in The Blue Coat.

Photography by Amy Ellis Photography