Dalton store contains many hidden treasuresPublished 11:01am Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Like many small town convenience shops, you can find everything from gas or bait to a quart of milk and the latest gossip at the Dalton Corner Store. But if you don’t look carefully, you might miss a country antique shop tucked off to the side.
“We didn’t know quite what to do with this room,” said Beth Dorn, who co-owns the Dalton Corner Store with her husband Byron. “I didn’t want to put a pool table in, so had to come up with something.”
That something came when the couple bought out a room full of antique furnishings and décor from a woman that decided to re-decorate her home. The cozy room has a beautiful oak table in the center, and is flanked by shabby chic vintage farmhouse furnishings. Dorn certainly has an eye for design, placing vignettes of antiques and hand-crafts around the room.
“I’ve added in a few things, some bought, some made,” said Dorn. “Now we see people come in to pay for gas and do a double take.”
Dorn shows off a few hand crafts, such as a decorative felt ball and a distressed serving tray that she painted in between serving customers in the store.
The antique shop is located in what used to be the gas station. Byron Dorn makes use of the station’s former service bay for his hobbies, including welding metal for deer stands. The convenience store, which used to be an old chicken hatchery, is not only stocked with essential groceries, but also with hunting and fishing supplies, including bait tanks along the back wall. Prepared food can be enjoyed in the in-store dining area next to the warm pellet stove.
The Dorns have owned the Corner Store less than two years, but are well known in the community. Beth grew up in Dalton, and Byron is from nearby Urbank. They also supply another important service- providing community information.
“Our holiday craft sale is coming up at the community center on the eighth,” said Beth. “There will be 22 vendors, and Santa will make an appearance.”