West Virginia Your Way

Things to do in West Virginia!

Plaid Eagle Antiques

 Guest Blogger: Sherry McCormick-Hawkins

Being relatively new to West Virginia and the Greenbrier Valley I have taken some time to explore some of the businesses here.

Silver & Glassware

One of my favorite places is a shop in downtown Lewisburg is called the “Plaid Eagle.” First off, the moment I walk into the store I am greeted and feel welcomed! This is a friendly place! The owner, Karen McClung, definitely loves her store and enjoys seeing people come in and browse. Also, she is readily available to talk to you about her large assortment of antiques and is happy to answer any questions.

The store makes me “feel young again” when I check out the toy section. Wow! There are several toys there that I used to play with as a child. I also have a small collection of antique dolls so I enjoy looking at the dolls that are available for sale.

Another neat aspect that brings back memories for me is the large assortment of glassware and silver. It definitely brings back memories of my grandmother’s house in Central Pennsylvania where I loved to visit. The Depression glass is my favorite!

The variety of vintage clothing and quilts in the store are amazing too.  If you are into those types of items I highly recommend Plaid Eagle to find what you’re looking for!

Small Dolls

Another aspect that is unusual is the large collection of medical items and old medicine bottles. This would be a perfect place for the collector of these types of items.

My husband is a collector of old books and has an extensive library.  Plaid Eagle has a large collection of antique books available for sale and a large amount of them are about West Virginia and the history of the state.  Hmmm…this might just be the place to shop for his Christmas present.

Karen is a specialist when it comes to antiques.  She has been in the business for over 25 years.  Not only does she have her store she also does Estate Sales.  She can do an Estate Sale of contemporary items as well as antiques.  She had a large sale recently which featured fine, contemporary items that was quite successful.  If an estate sale is something that you have been contemplating please contact her about it.

Please take a moment and check out the pictures and see for yourself.  Then, head on over to Lewisburg and the Plaid Eagle Antiques.  While you’re there enjoy yourself and shop away!

To find Plaid Eagle Antiques and similar stores go to www.WVyourWay.com and click on the Tourism heading.  Scroll down and select the keywords: Antiques, Books, Collectibles, Primitives, Prints, Quilts and Vintage Clothing.  Then scroll down to the map and click on “The New River/Greenbrier Valley” region.  Just below the map is the “search” button.  Click on the search button and in moments everything you are interested in, and nothing you are not interested in, will come up.  If you want directions to any of the places that are displayed, simply click on “Add to Itinerary” and you will be able to see the places you added separately and see the written out directions.  So go search and have fun!

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October 12, 2012 Posted by | Businesses, Tourism, Travel | , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Blind Art & A Country Store

What’s better than a scenic drive through the mountains of West Virginia?  Thank you for asking!  I’ll be happy to answer that little question.  The answer:  Finding treasures along that beautiful scenic drive.  Theres a highway between Hinton and Peterstown (State Route 12) that has two fabulous little treasures along the way.  I drove through there last week and stopped in to see Marcia at Wake-Robin Gallery and Emma Jean at Emma Jean’s Country Store.  This is a case where the people are just as interesting as their art and store.  And that’s saying something, since both are outstanding.

Wake-Robin is a pottery and gift gallery located in Forest Hill, and Emma Jean’s Country Store is a turn of the century country store located in Marie.  (One of these days I’ll  have to be sure people understand I mean the early 1900’s when I say turn of the century.)  The gallery can be found under the Tourism heading and the following keywords:  Art – > Gift Shop – > Pottery.

Wake-Robin Gallery

Marcia’s gallery is elegant in its presentation and reminds me of a museum.  However, you can buy the pieces in this museum, and they’re worth the money!  You see, Marcia is a potter of renown who uses her hands to shape functional pottery.  What makes her different is Marica has been blind since birth!  I love a quote she has that goes, “My hands remember how the pots grew, and my heart is gratified.”  When a person realizes she has only seen her pots with her hands, being gratified takes on a whole new meaning.

While I was there some people came in  and bought some gifts.  When they paid I was able to observe Marcia as she typed on a brail typewriter, which I had never seen before, and folded her bills a certain way so she would know which denomination they were.  The gallery had much more than pottery, though.  She had creations by other local artists ranging from jewelry and candles, to iron working and wooden utensils.  There were also woven items, some of which are provided by blind students of Berean College.

Inside Wake-Robin

Emma Jean’s Country Store is exactly that, a real country store that is like going back in time.  There are plenty of things to see and buy, or you may just want to talk to Emma Jean.  While I was there a few people came in and the talk was of neighbors and people helping each other out.  Just what comes to mind when someone thinks of how things are done in the country.  Since I was in a country store, I had to buy a bottle of grape Nehi.  I mean, what is a visit to a country store without buying something from my childhood?

Inside Emma Jean's

If you look at the photo that goes with Emma Jean’s listing for her store on www.WVyourWay.com, you may think you are looking at a painting.  I know that a lot of people, including myself, thought it was a painting when they first saw it.  So, if you like the idea of walking into, not only history, but a painting, you may want to visit her and talk awhile.  Oh yeah, and you just might show up the day The History Channel will be filming a story about her store.  I know they’re coming, we just don’t when yet.  Her store can be found on WVyourWay under the heading Tourism and the following keywords:  Antiques – > Collectibles – > Country Store – > Groceries – > Primitives – > Wine Store.

Emma Jean's Country Store

So take a drive down Rt. 12 and stop and see two very nice ladies.  The trip is worth it and it’s an experiance you won’t soon be forgetting.

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Tourism | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On The Way to Ski Snowshoe

So you’re heading to Snowshoe in the mountains of West Virginia to do some skiing.  You can speed up and speed back and miss all the points in between, or you can take a few minutes to enjoy some things along the way which will offer some variety from what you will see, and pay, on the mountain.

There are different routes to Snowshoe, so I’ll cover more routes in other blogs.  Let’s start with US 219 between getting off I-64 at Lewisburg and heading north to the mountain.  There are plenty of shopping venues in Lewisburg, so let me just highlight a few.  Downtown there is the Old Hardware Gallery (China, Gift Shop, Jewelry), which has nothing really to do with hardware.  It is mainly a gift shop with a wide variety of unique items to choose from.  They also carry FiestaWare, which seems to be very popular.  I liked it because the staff was very friendly and you can even get a free cup of coffee or glass of lemonade.

The Hardware Gallery in Lewisburg

Bella’s The Corner Gourmet is another place downtown right on the corner of US 219 and US 60 which offers gourmet cheeses and unique gift items.  They even have a very nice suites if you need a place to stay (Cheese Shop, Shopping, Wine Store).  Discount Decorating, which is located between the interstate and downtown offers some very decorating items and gifts for the home.  Plus, the ladies are very friendly and helpful to answer questions (Arts & Crafts, Gift Shop, Primitives).

I love books, and so does Plaid Eagle Antiques located in the downtown area.  They have many rare books dealing with history, and especially West Virginia, that you will drool over.  They have more quality items than most antique shops, so they’re definitely worth taking a look at (Antiques, Books, Collectibles, Primitives, Prints, Quilts, Vintage Clothes).

Now, head north on US 219 and 3.2 miles north of the I-64 you will find the Ruby Rooster Antique Mall.  They have 25 dealers specializing in furniture, glassware, pottery, books, decorative items, primitives and various collectibles.  It’s under a large roof, so be prepared to do some browsing.  There’s also a small bakery and cheese shop located next door (Antiques, Collectibles, Shopping).

Nine miles north of Lewisburg in Frankford is Lowell’s Bakery.  This place has some good eatin’!  If you like hot dogs with chili, you have to try their’s, ’cause they have a smoke flavoring that is making me hungry right now just thinking of it!  Check out their listing on www.WVyourWay.com which has even more information about  this nice little place.  Oh yeah, and they also have some nice memorabilia from the area on the wall (Bakery, Desserts, Pizza).

Continue driving north and you will reach the top of Droop Mountain and enter Pocahontas County.  On this mountain is the biggest Civil War battlefield in the state.  It also has a very nice overlook with a grand view of the Little Levels and Hillsboro.  Once you drive down into Hillsboro you may want to try the Pretty Penny Cafe.  It’s a nice restaurant that utilizes locally grown produce and organic fare to create a familiar but jazzed up version of your favorites (Casual-Fine/Dining, Catering, Family, Wireless Internet, Music).

After leaving Hillsboro and not far after passing US 55 heading toward Richwood, you’ll come across Grandpa’s Pantry on the left.  It’s a little off the road, but there are good signs to guide you.  The small store sits on a knoll and it has some very good cheese and deli products you’ll want to stop and enjoy.  They have Amish selections, sweets, WV made food products and many other tasty items (Amish Goods, Cheese Shop, Country Store).

Right after you pass by Marlinton you’ll go up a hill and sitting on the right is Gunter’s General Store.  They have a slew of WV made crafts, jewelry, candles, wind chimes and other collectibles.  They also have a nice selection of antiques (Antiques, Arts & Crafts, Gift Shop).

Right before you turn up Snowshoe Mountain you’ll see a strip of stores on your right.  From about the middle of that building to the far left you’ll find the Route 60 Why Not Shop.  This is a must stop store with all kinds of gifts.  And I do mean all kinds.  They also have a delicious deli where they serve some of the best sandwiches I’ve had in the state.  It’s also a place you can rent ski equipment.  So stop and tell them you saw them on www.WVyourWay.com! Oh, and spend some time reading all the interesting signs.  You’ll get a good laugh (Biking, Canoeing, Gift Shop, Shuttle Service, Skiing, Tubing)

Bella's

January 11, 2011 Posted by | Restaurants, Tourism | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments