Bruce Sizemore came into our office one day and made us feel like we’d known him all our lives. Black Oak ATV Resort, the business he started from scratch, is much the same. Book a visit with one of their cabins, and you’ll feel like you’ve gone to stay with family.
Lynnette Maynor is a local children’s book author in the Southern West Virginia area. She writes Christian themed books and coloring books. Lynnette has worked with illustrators Adrian Covington and Judy Plumley to produce the beautiful artworks in the series. You can find her books for sale on her website or in local bookstores like The Hatter’s Bookshop!
Artistic Adventures is a local paint-your-own-pottery studio based in Princeton that hosts workshops, private painting parties, and other community events. Their mission is to provide a creative outlet within a fun and inspirational environment for everyone who has a passion for making art.
The Hatter’s Bookshop is an independent bookstore in the Mercer Street Grassroots District. A small business with lots of heart, Hatter’s is filled to the brim with used and vintage books, as well as gifts, comics, coffee, and more. Owner Tammy Dotson is committed to making the business a center of the local community and hosts a reading room and event space for local authors to meet with the public.
A great example of American entrepreneurial success; 46 years after Jim and Dale Lawrence started Lawrence Brothers Welding out of a three-car garage in 1974, Lawrence Brothers, Inc. is now the region’s premier metal fabrication and engineering companies. They now occupy an 80K+ SQFT facility with 60 employees.
The Brain Training Center (TBTC) is an exciting mental health and wellness facility in Beckley, WV, that specializes in neurofeedback. Their technicians measure the brain’s activity and train it for function at its most optimal level to bring a variety of positive life shifts to their clients.
The Blue Ridge Bee Company (BRBC) opened for business as our neighbors in the Mercer Street Grassroots District and quickly became one of the most unique and charming destinations in the area. Owners William and Emily became interested in beekeeping when they learned about the global die-off of honey bees. After much studying, they started their honey operation in 2014. Each year, the company has grown and expanded.
Being the first kombucha brewery in Mercer County, WV, Bucha Brewhouse & Bistro brings many opportunities. Since before opening in September 2018, Bucha’s Owner, Kayla Alred, has had the vision of encouraging a culture in West Virginia that empowers citizens to take control of their health and well-being. Bucha provides a daily rotating menu with a variety of food styles and puts ingredients to creative use for things like house-made tofu mayo and cashew “cheesecake.”
Phillip and Mary Peelish began making soap at their kitchen table, giving away samples to friends. In late 2012, they began producing their soap to sell to various local shops and B&B’s. After two years, they expanded from having one scent to more than fifty.