Daisy's On Main to close

Julie Dunker covers the counter in this photo. The store has been busy as customers come in for the closing sales. Photo by Kacey Ginn

Last week, the owners of Daisy’s On Main, which has been part of Clarion’s downtown for 17 years, announced that they would be closing the store. After nearly two decades of flowers, food, gifts and printed goods, the Dunker family has decided that they’re ready to move on. They expect to close the store at the end of July.

Daisy’s on Main was founded by Barb Hagie and her daughter Julie Dunker. Barb lives in the south part of the year nowadays, so the shop is usually run by Julie, her husband, Steve, and longtime employee Kaci Andrews. The shop’s name is a nod to Barb’s mother, Daisy.

The 120-year-old building used to house Shupe’s Hardware Store, then Don’s TV, and before those a café. By the time they bought the building, it was just “a shell,” according to Julie.

“My mom had a vision and we went from there,” she said.

Clarion may be sorry to lose such a nice store, but there is a silver lining. The Dunkers intend to clean up a building on Madison Ave that Julie’s father used for cattle sales and turn it into the Red Shed Events Center—a place that can be rented out for events like wedding receptions, reunions, or conventions.

 

For the full story, see the June 15 edition of the Monitor.