By: Stacey Shannon—
Muncie, IN—Tuesdays through Saturdays, you’ll find Andy and Amy Shears at Muncie Map Company, located downtown at 111 E. Adams Street, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The couple work together to maintain a store that features items either about Muncie or made by folks in Muncie. And, as the name suggests, they also offer a wide variety of maps along with freelance art and graphic design services.
Andy, who has a PhD in cartography, got tired of teaching in academia and wanted to return to his hometown of Muncie a couple of years ago. After successfully selling maps at a Muncie Makers Market, Andy realized he could meet a need making custom maps in the community. He can restore maps as well as create new maps with data from any time period in any place.
“I’ve been making maps for 20 years,” Andy said. “For me, place matters, and maps are a big part of that. How do you ever know yourself if you don’t know where you came from? Muncie is my place. It’s where I came from.”
And Muncie has been a good fit for both Andy and Amy, who grew up in Westfield and has since adopted Muncie as her hometown as well. The couple have found that Muncie is a great place for their business and said the local business community has been incredibly supportive of their endeavors.
“[Muncie] is a place where there’s opportunities,” Andy said. “We’ve lived enough other places to know Muncie’s not a bad place. It’s been a very supportive community.”
Amy added: “We want to be a part of the community. We want to bring some pride back to the community.”
This business is a Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Member and chooses to do business in Muncie-Delaware County.
Stacey Shannon is a Delaware County resident, freelance writer, and is always on the lookout for good stories in East Central Indiana.