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Our Historic Building

PIECES on Main
History 

PIECES on Main is located at 33119 Main Street in Historic Downtown Dagsboro. Records show that the building was erected in the late 1800s by Mr. William Oliver “OLLIE” McCabe as a general store. Mr. Ollie was known to his family as “Popper”. His wife, the former Virginia Gray, was known as “Mommer”. Mr. Ollie later leased the store to his brother-in-law, Charles Gray. This property may once have been a part of real estate owned by James Oliver Hazzard, who operated a hotel adjacent to this lot on the corner of Swamp Road and Main Street. Mr. Hazzard died in 1879 and his brother took up the hotel. At some point portions of James O. Hazzard’s real estate were sold through Orphan’s Court. 

 

Once the property was returned to Mr. Ollie, he sold the property to Joshua Burton Chandler and his son, Frank J. Chandler (Mr. Frank) who ran the general store. “Chandler’s Store”, as it was known, was reputed to be the first store in town to sell fresh meat kept in a modern refrigeration case. Mr. Frank retired, and the store was rented in 1956 to Gerald and Martha Timmons of Dagsboro. The store became Martha’s Interiors, a shop specializing in custom draperies and furnishings. Once closed, the building was sold to a Mr. Franklin T. Baker, a local contractor, who used the old store as a warehouse. 

 

 Dagsboro native and attorney, D. Stephen Parsons purchased the old store and his wife Valerie operated an antique shop called “The Red Rooster”. When this closed, the building sat vacant for a few years until David and Karen Jayne and their family leased the store as “Jayne’s Reliable”, selling antique and re-purposed furniture, sundry gift items and architectural salvage pieces. The Jayne’s relocated their business to a larger location on the corner of Main Street and Vines Creek Road in 2013. The old store was then leased by Travis Schafer and Stacy Doney and opened as “Beach Uniques”, featuring custom furniture, artwork, and architectural salvage items. The business closed at the end of the summer 2018.

 

 This charming, well loved, little piece of Dagsboro history is now leased by Karen Murray owner of PIECES.  Pieces on Main opened in November of 2018 and offers a mix of old and new items. You will find furniture, home decor, vintage treasures, gifts and the Autentico paint line. The quaint old store contains the original front window, counters, shelving, and floors. It has the lovely ambiance of yesteryear and is a perfect place to shop for every occasion.