Main Street mainstay unique in retail


SECOND AND THIRD generations of Dooley’s owners — Tim, left, and his father, John — stand in the splatterware department of their store on East Main Street. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

There are very few, if any, more popular landmarks in the downtown business area of Fredericksburg than Dooley’s 5-10 & 25¢ Store.

For nearly 90 years (the exact anniversary will occur in October), Dooley’s has offered an extremely wide variety of items for sale. That list ranges from potato guns to tea pots, belly button lint removers to plant seeds and bulbs, strawberry hullers to pickle pickers, many patterns of fabric for making clothes to a wide variety of toys.

And in those 90 years the Dooley family, now in its third generation, has been supplying the needs of its customers with a friendly, hometown atmosphere at its 131-133 East Main Street location.

One of the store’s areas that gets much of the customers’ attention is the toy department.

“We sell a lot of toys that other stores will not carry,” Tim Dooley said, mentioning a short list of such items as plastic bugs, rubber snakes, metal cars and trucks, cap guns and jacks.

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