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They say the only thing constant is change, and Susan Bell can certainly attest to that...

Susan is the owner of The Corner Oak, a furniture and gift shop at 81 East Main Street in Hagerstown, Indiana. Susan started the business in 2000, and expanded in 2003. Prior to opening the store, she operated a furniture re-upholstery business out of her home for 20 years.

“I enjoyed the upholstery shop,” said Bell, “because of the variety of challenges, and also because it gave me the flexibility to be with my children while they were growing up. After the youngest graduated, I thought a furniture store and gift shop would be a natural extension of the decorating that just goes along with re-upholstery”

A matter of logistics and time came into play, however, with the store and the shop being in different locations. That particular problem has been resolved. When a portion of the building adjacent to The Corner Oak became available, Bell decided to move her upholstery shop in to town.

“The demand for upholstery work never slowed down” said Bell. “But there just weren’t enough hours in the day to do justice to both locations. This arrangement solves a lot of problems.”

The buildings where the store and shop are located have also seen a lot of changes over the years. At one time it provided ice storage in its cellar. It has also served as a home for a shoe store, a couple of clothing stores, The Two Sisters Gift Shop, Jerry’s Liquor Store, Stan’s Rock Shop and David’s Clock Shop. It was also home to a boarding house, a tea room, an antique store, and according to local folklore, a few parties back in the 1970’s.

Both businesses will maintain the same hours, Wednesday through Sunday. Along with furniture and gifts from The Corner Oak, Bell Upholstery will offer a full line of upholstery fabric and supplies, along with pick-up and delivery.

And if history is any type of indicator, we can look for more changes in the future.

Beautiful and historic Hagerstown is located at the intersection of State Road 38 and State Road 1, just 4 miles north of Interstate 70.

81 East Main Street • Hagerstown, Indiana 47346 • Phone: 765-489-4241 • Fax 765-489-3664