McConnaughey and Young Building


Built in 1871, this building was used for harness manufacturing and was named for its early owners, Mr. McConnaughey and Mr. Young. Other early uses of the building include a dry goods store, barber, news store, millinery shop and a telephone exchange office.

The eastern portion of the building, addressed as 118 E. Main Street, was occupied by several different hardware stores (owned by Timmers, Scharf and Baldwin, and John Benham) from the late 1800s through the mid-1960s. In 1966, the hardware store was converted to Fite’s Bakery that later became the Tipp Pastry Shop, then a jeans shop, followed by Sutton’s Upholstery. In 1978, James Gagnet opened Olde Tippecanoe Colours wallpaper store in this location.

The second floor, which has most recently been used as apartments, at one time housed a barber shop operated by Garfield Baldwin and Cooney Bowmaster and in 1944 housed a studio operated by Bowers and Son.

From 1990 to the present, the eastern portion of the building has been home to Browse Awhile Books. Some fanatics claim that Browse Awhile is haunted, and it appeared on the television series My Ghost Story. The building was damaged by a fire in June 2016 and after reconstruction, the bookstore reopened in June 2017. The western portion of the building, addressed as 114 E. Main Street and also 116 E. Main Street has been occupied by numerous businesses including Von Ashen’s shoe store; the Jackson Family’s sandwich shop and beer garden in the 1930s; Bob Thomas’ card room; Bake Staup and Les Eickhoff barber shop and Pearson’s Laundry in the 1940s; Ruby’s beauty shop in the 1960s; and William Kessler & Ron Logan’s attorney office from the 1960s to 1970s. This portion of the building was home to the Tippecanoe Frontier Trading Co. from 1980 to 2007. The Big Robot Cafe occupied this space from 2008 to 2010 followed by an antique store, and most recently Merchant 31 clothing store.

Historic Downtown Tipp City Ohio


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Tipp City, OH 45371

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