The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Logan Village Mall, which opened in 1996 with more than 9,000 square feet of space, will soon be under a new operator, although the building owner will remain the same. The mall, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 (above), will have a spring open house this Saturday.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Logan Village Mall, which opened in 1996 with more than 9,000 square feet of space, will soon be under a new operator, although the building owner will remain the same. The mall, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 (above), will have a spring open house this Saturday.

Noblesville’s Tammy Daubenspeck said her cell phone and Facebook messenger have been going crazy regarding the news of Logan Village Mall.

Beginning this Monday, the downtown Noblesville shopping mall will be under new ownership.

Building owner retired Sen. Luke Kenley has sold the business but still retains ownership of the building. 

It’s his only Noblesville property for which he doesn’t “just function purely as a landlord.” When he bought the building, he inherited the mall with purchase of the building. Through the years, he’s worked with mall manager Mary Fesmire and has come to know that the mall -- which opened in 1996 with more than 9,000 square feet of space and more than 40 vendors -- is an “important part of the retail offerings down there.” 

But as the Noblesville businessman got longer into retirement, he thought the mall needed an owner.

And it just happened that Jim and Erren West “called me looking for space in downtown Noblesville.”

The Wests own 3 Rusty Nails Shoppe in Anderson. The Pendleton couple has signed a five-year lease for 3 Rusty Nails LLC to take over ownership of Logan Village Mall, effective April 1.

They plan to close their Anderson location at the end of this weekend and will move their business inside Logan Village Mall on or around May 1.

Why the move to Noblesville?

“One of the major reasons was to be part of the highly reputable establishment along with all the great artisans that have booths inside. We are truly excited about this opportunity,” Erren West said on Tuesday. 

She sees downtown Noblesville “as a great destination for shoppers and families” with all the shops, restaurants and events, “which made this decision so much appealing.”

West said a large majority of 3 Rusty Nails’ customer base came from the Noblesville area, along with Fishers, Carmel and Westfield. 
“This move seemed natural for us,” she said.

Their plans for the mall are simple. 

The Logan Village Mall name will retain its name. And the mall layout will be the same. The minor change will be the addition of 3 Rusty Nails Shoppe as a vendor in the mall.

West said, “We want to make Logan Village Mall a shopping destination in Noblesville. We feel with the variety of vendors in Logan Village Mall, there is something for everyone.”

The ownership will be involved with the mall in all facets of the business, said West, who will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the mall as well as the employees. She hadn’t yet determined whether or not the current employees would be retained.

She currently runs 3 Rusty Nails Shoppe and this will be a natural transition for her. 

Her husband, Jim West, will be back at the workshop in Anderson, working on custom furniture as well as unique items, and repurposed items, for their 3 Rusty Nails Shoppe vendor booth. 

The Wests’ 3 Rusty Nails Shoppe offers unique home decor, repurposed and custom-built furniture and unique finds. Their advertising says, “Bring in a picture from Etsy or Pinterest, we can build something the same or similar for you.” The Wests have built custom farmhouse tables, dining tables, console tables, sliding doors, farmhouse kitchen islands, console dog crates and more. “Our goal is to offer unique products that you will not see at every store,” Erren West said.

Their three current commercial buildings in Anderson include a store, workshop and storage. The store’s current retail location will become The Gathering Place at 3 Rusty Nails, an event center for weddings, receptions, reunions and other gatherings.

Erren West was born in Plymouth and raised in New Castle and Richmond. She graduated from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne with a degree in education in science. 

Jim West was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, graduated from Earlham College in Richmond with a business management degree.

In 29 years of marriage, they spent 15 years in the Cleveland area, 10 years in Angola and moved to Madison County (Anderson area) about four years ago due to Jim’s employment.

Erren West is a former middle-school science teacher for the 10 years before deciding to start doing arts/crafts that now has evolved in the 3 Rusty Nails Shoppe. This strictly came from her love of designing.

Jim West, who has a background in woodworking, was in sales and management for about 25 years, in machinery, and two years ago joined the business as partner due to travel restrictions due to Young Parkinson's Disease, which he’s had for 10 years.

The Wests, through the 3 Rusty Nails LLC (limited liability company), will pay building owner Kenley rent just like any other tenant of his downtown properties. Kenley also owns and leases properties at 920 Logan, 940 Logan, the South 10th Street buildings that house Ginger’s Cafe ( former Kenley’s Supermarket), Prevail, Village Tailors and Dollar General; the East Conner Street buildings that house Big Lots (former Kenley’s Supermarket), Autozone and Avis Car Rental; and a couple of parking lots east of the Square.

Kenley, who admitted he’s “not very good at retiring,” said the sale of the business operation is part of an “energetic plan for the future, for my family, Consider energetic plan for the future, for my family, get into condition, trying to do a plan, not very good at retiring.

“It’s better for me and better for downtown,” Kenley said.

P.S. Tammy Daubenspeck is happy to say that she will continue there with her Giggle Gal Boutique.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com. Read more about the new owners in the online version at thetimes24-7.com.