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The Main Collective — Taylors, South Carolina

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The Main Collective

Located in the Greenville County town of Taylors, this two-story building originally housed Wood General Merchandise Store (1). An 1897 deed granted to A. Coley Wood shows that this lot was purchased from Alfred Taylor for $125, with the store opening soon after (1).

The Main Collective Storefront

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By 1945, the building housed a hardware store operated jointly by C.T. Charping and W.H. Green; by 1950, Charping had become the sole owner and the name was changed to Charping’s Paint and Hardware Store (1). Sharping had a successful run until 1995 when he sold the store to Bill Wilson, who changed the name of the business to Taylors Hardware and Supply, which operated until 2001 (1).

The Main Collective, Taylors

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Another business known as Windows and More operated from this location for a few years before relocating to nearby Greer (1). While Bill Wilson still maintains ownership (1), the store is now known as The Main Collective, which hosts over 20 vendors and serves as a community marketplace with artwork, homemade goods, crafts, and more. Block parties are held in the community the second Saturday of each month May through October (2).

The Main Collective Sign

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The Main Collective: Our Sources

1. Mark Elbrecht, Greenville County Property Records

2. The Main Collective, Official Facebook Page

The Main Collective Info

Address: 1 East Main Street, Taylors, SC 29687
GPS Coordinates: 34.920268,-82.300229

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