Welcome Home, Honey! How to Feng Shui Your Decor for Love

Feng shui, as you may have heard, teaches you how to arrange your home furnishings for maximum harmony. But there’s another perk to this ancient Chinese philosophy: It can be harnessed to improve your relationships, too.

“Feng shui in your home affects how you connect in existing relationships, or—if you’re single—your openness to meeting new potential partners,” explains Anjie Cho, an architect, feng shui expert, and author of “Holistic Spaces: 108 Ways to Create a Mindful and Peaceful Home.”

So if you’re hoping for some more lovin’ feelings in your future, here’s how feng shui can help make that happen.

Open the Bedroom

Arranging your bedroom is key, of course—and you can start as Cho has by moving your bed away from the walls. True, you may want your bed’s headboard against one wall, but at least make sure both sides of the bed are clear so they are as open and accessible as possible.

“This simple shift opened up the space both emotionally and physically so I could invite a new partner into my life,” Cho explains.

And don’t forget art in this room. “Hang pictures that represent what you want—so no frozen tundra or desert images here,” adds Kim Julen, a feng shui coach.

Ping Deters, a certified feng shui consultant, suggests a picture with two objects, such as Mandarin ducks. “This symbol is popular because these ducks are known to mate for life,” she explains.

Match the bedside tables

Equality matters when it comes to feng shui—and this includes bedside tables. Be sure your boudoir has two nightstands with matching lamps on top.

“If there isn’t room for two, then no nightstands should be used, because having only one creates an imbalance in the relationship,” reports Julen.

Pick up your stuff

Clutter is feng shui’s enemy, say the experts. If you have too much stuff, you can’t welcome your partner properly, confirms Cho.

Take out anything that makes you think of people from your past, offers Trisha Keel, a feng shui educator.

Decorate your foyer mindfully

A neat mudroom or foyer sets a welcoming atmosphere for all the inhabitants of a home—and making this space more personal can set the right tone for once you both get home.

“Adding art or physical objects that both partners love at the entry point is helpful for harmony,” says Julen. You might consider a photo you both admire or a souvenir from a recent trip taken together.

Empty a couple of drawers

If you’re looking for a new mate, good feng shui dictates that you clear out part of your closets and drawers to make mental room for them, says Keel.

“And if you’re newly married or have recently moved in together, it’s recommended that you perform a major clearing to delete any vibrations from previous relationships,” she adds. (Translation: Consider repainting the room a new color, or replacing old rugs or linens so you can make a fresh start.)

Get cookin’ in the kitchen

Guess which body part represents romance in feng shui? No, not the heart, but the stomach. As such, “it’s vital that the kitchen be used and that couples spend time here cooking, because a cold kitchen is like a cold heart,” notes Katie Weber, a feng shui practitioner and creator of Red Lotus newsletter.

You should also nurture your union with a stocked freezer and a bowl of fresh fruit.

“All people eat and if they don’t eat at home, they’ll eat out—the same goes for getting love,” warns Keel.

Set your partner a place

It seems like a small gesture, but setting the table correctly can set the stage for love, say feng shui experts.

“A place mat for you and your partner—whether you have one or would like one—shows that you honor his or her presence,” explains Julen.

Lay in bathroom supplies

Outfit your loo so your partner doesn’t have to search for the TP. Baskets for laundry, plenty of paper goods, and a trash can are musts.

If you have two sinks, make sure the mirror is one piece of glass above them, as separate mirrors bring a disconnect to the relationship, points out Julen. And while you may feel very close to your lover, respect each other’s privacy for the most harmony.

Add the fire element

Encourage love by highlighting the fire element with shades of red in your furnishings. Is a fire engine–red couch too much? Start small, like with throw pillows. Or else add the actual element of fire by lighting a candle.

Tackle the garage

Yes, even your garage could improve your relationship if you try a little feng shui! For one, not everyone can conjure up a two-car garage out of a single bay, but if you have space for two vehicles, make enough room for your partner to park, notes Keel.

“If this is your garage and it’s packed with your junk, your new love may feel ignored or disrespected,” she says.

 | Feb 12, 2019


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5 Trends in Exterior Home Colors

Choosing a paint color for your home’s exterior can seem like a crazily daunting task. So many options! So crucial in making the right first impression on guests or potential buyers!  Should you go with basic beige, white, or (way) outside the paintbox?

Thanks in part to influential designers like Joanna Gaines, more homeowners today are stepping away from the traditional and choosing less common modern palettes, like cheery teal or moody charcoal gray.

“We’re seeing homeowners go a bit bolder when it comes to curb appeal,” says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at BEHR. “While variations of white traditionally make a popular exterior paint color choice for many different types of housing styles—and are an easy way to play it safe—dark grays and browns are increasing in popularity this year … [or] painting the body a bold color like green or blue, or adding a pop of red on the front door.”

Sue Kim, senior color designer at Sherwin-Williams, agrees.

“Accent colors and colorful pastels are suggesting that homeowners are taking a step outside of their comfort zone,” she says.

Here’s a look at some of the top trends in exteriors right now.

1. Sea blues

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Eager to venture beyond a neutral palette but antsy about committing to too much flash? Watery hues are a charming way to settle the conflict.

From faint skylike shades to rich jewel tones, blues can make a big splash without requiring the learning curve of more outspoken colors.

2. All black

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It might feel like a scary choice, but a dark exterior can really make your home (and the trim) stand out.

“An interesting trend we’ve been seeing is all-black exteriors,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “It makes a statement and is a marked departure from the light neutrals of Scandinavian design.”

It’s no surprise the look has proven a go-to for certain top-tier celebs. Whether it’s Calvin Klein’s all-black-and-glass mansion in the Hamptons or, just down the road, Madonna‘s moody black farmhouse-style compound, a black exterior demands a certain degree of chutzpah. But if you can pull the trigger, it’s a contemporary look that conveys a fearless sophistication.

3. Taupe

Photo by Atelier A Bellavance Architect 

If you’re looking for an alternative to gray, Woelfel recommends taupe—a cross between dark brown and gray.

“Grays remain a key neutral for exteriors, but warmer tones in taupe and brown are on the rise,” she says. “Taupe is a great foundation that looks stunning on a variety of architectural types and pairs well with white trim and a bright-red front door.”

But a word of caution: When going with taupe (or any shade of brown or gray, really) be sure to consider your home’s position in relation to the sun.

“It will drastically impact how the color appears,” Woelfel says.

4. Spanish moss

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Even if you live in the ‘burbs, a nature-inspired color can make your home look and feel more like a retreat. That’s why Vincente Wolf, a spokesman for PPG paints, recommends going with a woodsy green, like Spanish moss.

“It has all the brownish tones of tree bark, which allows the house to slip into nature and makes the greenery pop, too,” Wolf says.

5. Neutral with a bold front door

Photo by Groundskeeper

Not ready to take the plunge on a new coat for your home? Consider a fun front-door color to change the entire look of your exterior. Try a bright red, blue, or even pastel to show off your home’s personality.

“A bold color makes an impression on anyone who walks through the front door,” Woelfel says.

Article adapted from Jane Chertoff of realtor.com


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First Fridays are BACK! February 1st!

First Fridays after 5 in Downtown Lewisburg Is Back! Friday, February 1st, 2019

Take a look a a list of what our area shops and restaurants will be offering!

Downtown Lewisburg celebrates First Fridays after Five on Friday, February 1st!  Join the fun  … live music, art events and tasty treats …. all free to the public.  Everyone is welcome!

Visit the WV Fine Artisans Gallery to see the newest Pamela Gatens paintings and Rose Dobbin’s newest masterpiece:  The Monroe County landscape, featuring Sunset View Farm’s Tony the Llama!  There will be some tasty valentine treats too to get you in the mood for romance!  1042 Washington Street East, 667-0320.

Love is in the Air!  Stop in to check out the alluring fragrances for Valentine’s Day at Harmony Ridge Gallery … Tainted Love, Dead Sexy and French Kiss!  Enter a drawing to win one along with a “Dead Sexy” Tote.  886 Washington Street West, 645-4333.

At The Lewis Theatre the WVSOM Diversity Committee invites the public to a free showing of RARE,  a one hour documentary that follows an extraordinary mother in a race against time to find a treatment for her daughter’s rare genetic disease.  Movie starts at 7pm.  865 Court Street North, 645-1223.

It’s Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate at Bella the Corner Gourmet!  3 new brands for you and your Valentine sweetheart to swoon over!  Or perhaps to treat yourself…all paired with a fabulous couple of wines!  1017 Washington Street East, 520-4921.

Stop by Patina for creative complimentary beverages and whimsical door prizes!  1046 Washington Street East, 520-4962.

The Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center partners with The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine to present an evening in celebration of the talents of WVSOM students and faculty.  During the fall of 2018, the school provided open art studios for the students to take a break from their mental marathon and enjoy the process of art creation.  The Visitors Center’s February “Art in the Valley” display will feature “Study Break II”-works of art by WVSOM students using mixed medium art to answer the question “Diversity is…?”.  Live entertainment during the event will include a student duo performing pop standards and contemporary Spanish language favorites, and a faculty brass ensemble.  A compilation of video highlights developed by Rich McMahan will also be presented.  In addition to WVSOM student work, members of Greenbrier Girls’ Academy Drum Ensemblewill perform traditional and reimagined rhythms inspired by indigenous African drumming.  Don’t miss this fun evening of unique music and art!  905 Washington Street W  645-1000.

Edith’s Store will be sampling out mocktails, using Floral Elixir flower syrups, handcrafted all natural flower syrups for cocktails and sodas.  Made from real flowers and botanicals, this would make the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day!  1035 Washington Street East, 645-7998.

The Asylum presents the Krista Hughes Band, starting at 9pm!  399 Randolph Street East, 681-318-3515.

First Fridays after 5 takes place all year long, except January, in downtown Lewisburg with shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Lewisburg open until 8pm serving complimentary refreshments and entertainment, sponsored by City National Bank.  Downtown Lewisburg, America’s Coolest Small Town, is just 1 mile south of I-64 via exit 169.  The town center is located at Washington Street (I-60) and Jefferson Street (Rt. 219).  For more information go to www.downtownlewisburg.com or become a fan on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/lewisburgwv or call 304-645-4333.


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4 Reasons To Buy A Home This Winter

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insight report revealed that home prices have appreciated by 5.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.7% over the next year.

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase 

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have hovered around 4.8%. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase in 2019.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home.

3. Either Way, You are Paying a Mortgage

There are some renters who have not yet purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to build equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person building that equity.

Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?

4. It’s Time to Move on With Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide if it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer, or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe now is the time to buy.

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

Source: Keeping Current Matters

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Upcoming Events:
January 24th- Free Movie “The Last Waltz” at The Lewis Theatre 7:30 p.m.

January 26th- Support Our Local Farmers Market Saturdays 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.  located at the Gus R. Douglass Annex, State Fairgrounds

January 26th- WV Winter Music Festival Events begin at 2 p.m. Complete schedule at www.wvmusicfestival.org or on their Facebook page!

 

WV Winter Music Festival-January 26th

Make plans to attend! You won’t be disappointed, the Annual WV Winter Music Festival adds yet another amazing event to attend in the Greenbrier Valley.

The 8th Annual WV Winter Music Festival will take over downtown Lewisburg on Saturday, January 26th. Festival goers will be entertained by seven venues, scattered throughout the downtown, brimming with personable people, energy, and mixed musical genres. You will find old-time and bluegrass, funk and reggae, thrasher metal and classic metal, blues and R&B. Any one venue is no more than a block from another, meaning you can walk everywhere. This 2019 is an expected 40 acts (TBA) across 8 venues including Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Wild Bean, The Asylum, Sweet Shoppe, the Visitor’s Center, and the Lewis Theatre.

Last year, the event raised $16,000 as an emergency fund to help area musicians caught in unexpected financial stress and educational purposes. Over the years, the festival has helped many musicians across southern West Virginia and has sent dozens of students on field trips and music camps. It has provided Greenbrier East High School’s musical band, Second Block Rock, the opportunity to experience managing a series of performance along with Liberty High School’s aspiring young musicians. It has also helped students practice in their dedicated all-ages venue at The Hub Teen Center in Lewisburg. Moreover, the event has contributed proceeds to disease research at a Duke University. The $16,000 figure represents more than 800 locals and visitors from across southern WV and Virginia who converged in downtown Lewisburg last January. Many of the visiting attendees stayed in local hotels, b&b’s, and ate in our restaurants.

This year, the Winter Music Festival will be presenting 2 free workshops: Taxes and the Working Musician with a rep from H&R Block, and Learn the Harmonica for Beginners and Intermediate Players taught by a Hohner Harmonica rep, and the President of the Huntington (WV) Harmonica Club and Marshall University professor. PLUS! They are excited to offer everyone a free viewing of The Last Waltz on Thursday, January 24th at the Lewis Theater.

Head over to HashtagWV.com to view the full 2019 WV Music Festival Schedule!

To find out more information about the festival:  www.wvmusicfestival.org

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WV Native and TV personality Mark Bowe brings Barnwood Builders fame to Greenbrier County

WV Native and TV personality Mark Bowe brings Barnwood Builders fame to Greenbrier County


The nation was first introduced to Mark Bowe through the DIY Network show Barnwood Builders. The show, which debuted in 2013, follows Bowe and his all-West Virginia crew as they restore some of the nation’s oldest barns and log cabins, while also turning reclaimed logs and lumber into modern homes. Much of the the rehab work required happens at the crew’s “Boneyard” in Greenbrier County.

The show has been a huge success, but Bowe and fans of the show wanted more. “The idea for the retail store/showroom was born from the desire of our fans to have a destination to visit,” Bowe says. “Retail is a totally different beast from the Boneyard and construction sites that we typically work on and around; however, I love a good challenge.”

In February 2017, Bowe opened the Barnwood Living store and showroom in White Sulphur Springs. The shop’s inventory follows the rustic and vintage vibes of the show, featuring furniture and other small household items made by Bowe’s crew from reclaimed and locally sourced wood. Fans can also find all the Barnwood Builders gear they could imagine, including T-shirts, candles, stickers, wooden signs, tumblers, “barn”danas, and even a pencil holder branded with the Barnwood Living and Barnwood Builders names.

The store also offers an array of West Virginia-made products. The Barnwood Living team is always on the hunt for hand-crafted furniture and gifts made by local artisans—things that are not in short supply in Greenbrier County. The store offers hand-turned wooden bowls, handmade wooden spoons, lamps made from repurposed materials, and individually made light switch covers. The wealth of handmade goods in the area is one reason Bowe chose White Sulphur Springs for the store’s location. His motivation goes deeper than that, though.

Bowe is a Lewisburg resident and a two-time graduate of West Virginia University. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in safety management, both from WVU’s College of Business and Economics. He worked as a coal miner to pay his way through college and in 1995 opened his first company, Antique Cabins and Barns. His roots run deep in the Mountain State, and he says running businesses here is his way of giving back to a place that holds a very large piece of his heart.

As a result, the Barnwood Living team supports its community as much as possible. The team has worked closely with the United Way of Greenbrier Valley as well as Main Street White Sulphur Springs. But its most important service may be giving tourists one more reason to visit White Sulphur Springs.

Fans from around the world stop into the store. “The best part of having a retail store/showroom is giving our fans and clients a destination. A place that they can visit and put their hands on 100-plus-year-old beams and barnwood,” Bowe says.

Bowe recently launched a new pop-up shop in Round Top, Texas, at that city’s annual antique fair, selling many of the same items found in the White Sulphur Springs location. He plans to add a permanent Texas location to the Barnwood family in spring 2019. But there’s no need for West Virginians to worry about Bowe relocating entirely to the Lonestar State anytime soon. “There is nothing that makes me more proud than to represent my home state in a positive way. I will continue to carry that flag proudly,” he says.

Source: WVLIVING

Written by Carlee Lammers and Nikki Bowman



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How Much Snow is Too Much Snow on Your Roof?

But if you’re really worried you might have too much snow on your roof, here’s how to figure out if your roof is at risk — and how to remove that risk.

Weight of the Snow (Not ‘How Much’) Is What Matters

The critical factor in determining excessive snow loads on your roof isn’t the depth of the snow, it’s the weight, says home improvement expert Jon Eakes.

That’s because wet snow is a whole lot heavier than dry, fluffy snow. In fact, six inches of wet snow is equal to the weight of about 38 inches of dry snow. That’s a huge difference!

The good news is that your roof is required by building codes to withstand the heaviest snows for your part of the country.

“Theoretically, if your roof is built to code, it’s built to support more than the normal load of snow and ice,” says Eakes.

How to know if you’ve got wet or dry snow?  You back will let you know. Simply heft a few shovelfuls — you should be able to quickly tell. Plus, local weather forecasts should alert you if snow loads are becoming excessive.

Your Doors Will Tell You If There’s Too Much Snow

Your interior doors are a really good clue. If they begin to stick, that signals there’s enough weight on the center structure of the house to distort the door frame (yikes!).

Ignore doors on exterior walls but check interior doors leading to second-floor bedrooms, closets, and attics in the center of your home. Also, examine the drywall or plaster around the frames of these doors for visible cracks.

Homes that are most susceptible to roof cave-ins are those that underwent sloppy renovations. Improper removal of interior load-bearing walls is often responsible for catastrophic roof collapses from snow.

If You Decide the Snow Must Be Removed

Don’t do it yourself if it means getting on the roof.

“People die every year just climbing ladders,” Eakes points out. “Add ice and snow and you’re really asking for trouble.”

Instead, call a professional snow removal contractor to safely do the job.

Check to make sure they are licensed and insured — that immediately sets them apart from inexperienced competitors.

Expect to pay $250 to $500 for most jobs. That’s because they need special gear, including sturdy extension ladders, properly anchored safety harnesses, and specialized snow and ice-removal tools.

Don’t expect (or demand) a bone-dry roof at job’s end. The goal is to remove “excessive” weight as opposed to all weight. Plus, any attempt to completely remove the bottom layer of ice will almost always result in irreparable damage to your roofing.

Tips for Getting Snow Off Your Roof From the Ground

If you have a small, one-story bungalow where the roof is just off the ground, taking matters into one’s own hands may be safe — if you can work entirely from the ground and have the right tools.

Long-handled snow rakes work great on freshly fallen snow, and at $45 they are relatively affordable. Look for models with sturdy telescoping handles and built-in rollers, which keep the blade safely above the shingles.

Other versions work by releasing the snow from underneath. These models slide between the roof and snow, allowing gravity and the snow’s own weight to do most of the work. These are more pricey, rising well above $100. But it’s a good idea to rethink their use. Eakes points out, “They tend to work their best on light, fluffy snow — the kind that probably doesn’t need to be removed in the first place.”

A couple of tips if you’re going to remove snow from the roof yourself:

1. You’ll need to anticipate where the snow and ice will fall as you pull it off your roof — you won’t want to pull a load of heavy, wet snow down on top of yourself or any helpers.

2. Remember, the goal isn’t to remove all visible snow and ice, but rather just enough to relieve the excessive load on the roof.

Article by Douglas Trattnor of HouseLogic.com

 

Coming Soon: A Great Addition to the Greenbrier Valley

Although it’s a few years away, the anticipation and preparation for a great new facility is in the works for our area!

Greenbrier Valley Aquatic Center is highly anticipated and supported by the community.
Click link to see all building plans and other information!

The new aquatic center will be located in Fairlea on the State Fair grounds. Architect Tag Galyean and colleagues have aided greatly in bringing this dream to a reality. Galyean in a recent interview with WVNSTV 59 News mentioned that this will be a first class facility not only offering three pools but also party room, classroom, senior club room, and a cardio workout area.

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Future location of GVAC (photo from GVAC Facebook page)

The community has pulled together to support this project, nearly $2.5 million has been raised to fund the project.

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Construction is set to begin in March of 2020 will a proposed completion date of Summer 2021!

What a great addition to our wonderful Greenbrier Valley, another great reason to make this your home!

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See WVNS Full feature article about the GVAC!

WV Living Revisits Lewisburg–Charming as ever!

Chances are if you don’t live in Lewisburg, you may want to! Just driving through the town for a visit will make you wonder what’s behind those doors on Washington Street of the many shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. You’ll roll the windows down for the fresh air, you’ll enjoy the sites of historical homes and venues. Every scene is a good one here! WV Living featured Lewisburg 10 years ago in their first issue. Guess what? It was that good they wanted to come back and chronicle the changes over a decade and to no surprise- they still think that it’s the most wonderful West Virginia town…(we couldn’t agree more)! Take a look at the Fall 2018 article from Nikki Bowman of WV Living…

LEWISBURG Lives Large

Ten years ago, when I was planning the first issue of WV Living, I spoke to focus groups around the state about what they would like to see in a statewide lifestyle magazine. One of the questions I asked was, “In your mind, what’s the most perfect West Virginia town?” No matter where in the state I was, the resounding response was “Lewisburg.” So, I jumped in the car with my camera and headed to Greenbrier County to write our first town feature.

In honor of that first issue, I packed my bags and headed south again to chronicle the growth of this charming community, and why 10 years later it is still considered West Virginia’s most perfect town.

We know this building quite well! Our office building built in 1823.

It is probably safe to say that Lewisburg appeals to everyone. With the right mix of gift shops, boutiques, galleries, antique stores, eateries, and coffee shops, it is quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. But know this: Lewisburg’s growth was by choice, not chance. Its renaissance began in the late 1980s, when a group of residents came together and created a vision plan for Lewisburg’s future. Today a cross-section of the community—merchants, residents, retirees, transplants, entrepreneurs, and artists—continues to join forces to enhance their town by capitalizing on its distinctive assets.

If you are a history or architecture buff, you’ll love the well-maintained historic buildings that line the streets. Mark Twain once said, “We take stock of a city like we take stock of a man. The clothes or appearance are the externals by which we judge.” When I first drove down Washington Street 10 years ago, I was ready to pack my bags and call Lewisburg home—and I hadn’t even gotten out of the car yet. Lewisburg is a beautiful town. No matter the season, it is always dressed in finery. Thanks to groups like the town’s astute Historic Landmarks Commission and The Lewisburg Foundation, Lewisburg’s historic and architectural heritage have been maintained and enhanced and are a main reason guests return again and again—and many even decide to stay permanently.

The beautiful buildings downtown aren’t just a façade. You’ll be hard pressed to find a small town in the state that offers the wide array of shopping options that Lewisburg affords. Fashionistas visit Yarid’s for a dizzying array of designer shoes, handbags, and jewelry. Yarid’s, which began in Lewisburg in 1908, is celebrating 100 years—no small feat for a retail establishment. For women’s clothing, Wolf Creek and High Country Boutique and Gallery are still tried and true spots for high-quality clothing and accessories. But in the past 10 years, new boutiques have joined them. Studio 40 features a hand-picked selection of limited-edition, artisan-designed clothing, jewelry, and accessories, and Merle Norman Cosmetics and Boutique sells the popular Simply Southern, Spartina, and Vera Bradley lines. For unique West Virginia–themed clothing and hipster-style casual attire, don’t miss Sunflower Soul. Check out the owner’s Pretty White Trash line.

Since we did our story 10 years ago, the beloved toy store Honnahlee has unfortunately closed—but don’t fret, there’s still a great toy and children’s clothing store in town: Love Child. Also new to the scene is a charming independent bookstore, A New Chapter.

Bella The Corner Gourmet is a must-visit. From artisan cheeses, gourmet foods, local meats, and fine charcuterie to West Virginia handmade goods and unique and useful kitchenware, you won’t walk out empty handed. Another local institution is Edith’s Health and Specialty Store, which has provided Lewisburg with health foods, spices, vitamins, and body care products for more than 20 years. A special spot is Harmony Ridge Gallery. You just feel cooler hanging out here. With a diverse and thoughtfully curated collection of American-made products that range from whimsical to artistic to functional at every price range, this is a place that draws you in. You can shop, pull up a bar stool and enjoy a glass of wine, and then shop some more. And if you are looking for outdoor clothing and equipment, Serenity Now is just next door.

If you love antiquing, Brick House Antiques is a darling shop that is still going strong. And for high-quality early 18th- to-19th century furniture, Robert’s Antiques Wine & Gourmet Shop is the place to go. In front of this unique shop, you’ll find more than 600 bottles of wine, beer, and champagne, along with a large gourmet food selection. Since our visit 10 years ago, Patina, a new vintage and antique store, has opened. With a large collection of vintage and eclectic decor, repurposed antiques, and even a booth that sells Yeti products, it’s a fun place to peruse. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are tons of more shops in and around the downtown area.

If, instead of shopping, you are looking for a jumping off point for outdoor recreation, Lewisburg has you covered. You can bike or hike the Greenbrier River Trail that follows the scenic Greenbrier River, the longest free-flowing and undammed river in the East. Folks come from near and far to fish and float the area’s pristine rivers and creeks. In the summer, you can swim at the Blue Bend Recreation area. If you prefer hanging out underground, then descend 120 feet down at Lost World Caverns or visit Organ Cave, the second longest commercial cave on the East Coast. Put on your hiking shoes and take to the trails at Greenbrier State Forest or, if you’d rather sling some mud, go off-roading at The Greenbrier Off Road AdventuresThe Greenbrier also offers many other recreation activities—from golfing to sporting clays to ice skating to horseback riding.

Love art and culture? This town of 4,000 is home to three performing arts venues, including century-old Carnegie Hall—one of only four Carnegie Halls in the world that are still in continuous use as performance venues. Artists from around the world hold concerts here, and on summer evenings, you can enjoy free concerts on the lawn. Carnegie also has three galleries with rotating exhibits. The Lewis Theatre, which opened its doors in 1939, still shows films as well as hosting dance performances, concerts, and other events. Try and see a production at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, which has been producing exceptional live theater for nearly 50 years.

Lewisburg loves its artists. Galleries showcasing nationally acclaimed and local artists dot Washington Street. The Cooper Gallery, on the corner of Washington and Lafayette, is an art connoisseur’s dream and nearby Wandering Bird Gallery offers an eclectic mix of fine art and crafts. And not far off Washington Street, a historic school has been turned into Lee Street Studios, a repurposed space for studios for all types of creatives.

Make sure you visit the North House Museum, which is perched on the hillside with commanding views of downtown. Built in 1820, it contains the collections of the Greenbrier Historical Society and offers guided tours. You’ll learn about the fascinating history of the area and the infamous Greenbrier Ghost, whose “testimony” about her murder was accepted at trial.

One of the most noticeable changes in the last 10 years, in my mind, is that the culinary scene has exploded in Lewisburg. If you are a foodie, there’s a plethora of restaurants to tempt your palate. Ten years ago, Stardust Cafe was relatively new, and 10 years later, it is still receiving rave reviews. High-quality and locally sourced foods served in an intimate atmosphere draw locals and tourists alike. Food and Friends is still dishing out steaks and comfort food, and The Market, located next door, is still going strong as a salad, soup, and sandwich spot.

New to the scene is one of the finest French restaurants in the state, the French Goat. This bistro serves classic French dishes, and if you happen to be in town on a Sunday, you’ll not want to miss their brunch. Another dining destination is the Livery Tavern. Mouthwatering steaks, lamb chops, and fish dishes are served in an elegant tavern environment. For fantastic Latin cuisine, stop by Del Sol Cantina and Grille. It’s also a great spot to grab a drink with a friend. The Wild Bean offers more than just great coffee—it is a local favorite for its vegetarian menu offered at breakfast and lunch.

Lewisburg is home to some new fantastic bakeries. Blackwell’s Catering, located where the former Greenbrier Valley Baking Company once was, serves fresh pastries and quiche in the morning and sandwiches, soups, pizza, and salads for lunch. You’ll also want to pick up a cupcake or two. Another new bakery that replaced the Bakery on North Court Street is Corn + Flour Bakery. It is also open for breakfast and lunch and is the go-to spot for fresh bagels and coffee, breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and bear claws. On South Court Street is Amy’s Cakes and Cones, which serves up 16 varieties of Hershey’s Ice Cream along with artisan chocolates, cookies, cupcakes, and candies.

The Irish Pub on Washington Street is a Lewisburg institution. Weekly Celtic music performances, traditional hearty meals, a large selection of draft beer and whiskey, and a cast of characters sitting at the bar are a few of the things that make this place special. In the last couple of years, the Asylum has joined the nightlife scene. This multi-level bar and grill is outfitted with a dining area and a fully equipped sports bar, and in good weather you can enjoy live music on the rooftop bar. Open for lunch and dinner, locals swear Asylum’s fried chicken is the best in the county.

Now that you’ve shopped, eaten, shopped, and eaten some more, where do you rest your weary head? Of course, The Greenbrier is only a stone’s throw away from Lewisburg, but if you are more interested in staying downtown, the Historic General Lewis Inn has been greeting guests for 86 years. Offering 24 rooms and suites that are furnished with period antiques and a dining room that serves farm-to-table cuisine for breakfast and dinner, it has been undergoing impressive renovations since Sparrow and Aaron Huffman bought the inn four years ago. There are also chain hotels located near the interstate, but if you are looking for a bed and breakfast, Church Street B&B isa stately home built in 1904. For a touch of The Greenbrier without the expense, Maison Marcel, located less than one mile from downtown Lewisburg, is a delightful, albeit colorful option—the interiors were decorated by Carlton Varney, who as president of Dorothy Draper & Co., oversees The Greenbrier’s decor.

Since our article 10 years ago, Lewisburg has blossomed. New shops have opened, there’s a more diverse collection of restaurants, and more people are using it as a base for outdoor recreation. Lewisburg is a town you can visit for a day or stay a week and never be bored. I’ve focused on the downtown amenities, but there are equally as many restaurants, shops, and destinations on the outskirts, like Smooth Ambler SpiritsGreenbrier Valley Brewing CompanyJim’s Drive-InRetro Donuts, and Hawk Knob Appalachian Hard Cider and Mead, to name a few. So plan your getaway. But be warned, you may love it so much you join the growing ranks of those who decide to never leave.


You heard what she said, “But be warned, you may love it so much you join the growing ranks of those who decide to never leave.”

We’re OK with that! Contact us to make Lewisburg or one of the many great surrounding areas your home! We have many residential listings as well as land, farms, and commercial properties available!

Contact our team of professional and experienced REALTORS 304.645.2255

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Gregory Allman, Broker

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

The Holidays have come and passed, and chances are you’re thinking of those New Year’s Resolutions. If you want to finish them early in the new year, it’s best to get a head start. Check out seven resolutions to get started on now!

Declutter

downloadA popular resolution, centered around getting your home in order. But, when it becomes a challenge it may fall to the wayside. To keep  yourself on track, get started now. Schedule time for this task just like you would any other. Plan to declutter, even if you can only block out twenty minutes for the task, do it! This will help make it feel less daunting, you don’t have to complete it all in one day!

Planning a room renovation

You may not have had the time –or money– to renovate a room this year. But next year, may be just the right time for a freshen up. If you’re thinking about it, start planning, budgeting, and scheduling contractors now. Often times electricians, plumbers, or other licensed contractors can become heavily booked, it’s a good idea to reach out a few months in advance.

Putting holiday decorations away early

Do you choose to leave your decorations up a little longer after Christmas? That’s totally fine, this can allow your family to enjoy the holidays a while longer. Professionals suggest that when you do decide to start taking down the decorations, look at what you have and what you plan to buy. Make sure you have the right size containers for your decorations and a good place to put them, this can make the task a little easier.

Tackling Little Projects

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You know that little list you’re always adding to? Have you ever considering putting it all on your resolution list? You may find that the little tasks you consistently ignore or keep adding to really aren’t that difficult and that you may be able to tackle them all at once and mark them off for good! So, get to hanging those photos, clearing the gutters, patching the holes in the walls, or installing that ceiling fan. Mark them off!

Organizing a specific space

Narrowing your organizational resolution to a particular problem in your house may be a more achievable goal. Master closet, home office or garage sound familiar? You want to create a better system in the space but follow these few steps before running out to get those fancy bins and storage containers.

  • Focus on the function of the bins and containers rather than how they look
  • Look at what you’re keeping in the room, what will stay and what will go?
  • Measure and establish a plan for the best way to maximum your space for functionality and organization

Preparing your house to sell

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You’ve decided that 2019 will be the year that you decide to sell, but don’t wait until the New Year comes. Contact a real estate agent to go over just what needs to happen to your home before you list it- whether it’s refinishing the floors or finishing the paint job you started last month. Often the number of listings continue to rise after the first of the year, so the sooner you list–the less competition you’ll have. Any of the professional REALTORS at Greenbrier Real Estate Service can you help you with the listing and consultation process.

 

Putting your house on the market

2018 is coming to a close but if your house is ready, you may be able to go into 2019 with offers coming in! With an enthusiastic REALTOR from our team, your home could sell faster than you might expect. Make sure that you’re ready to sell because buyers during this traditionally slower time of year are ready to make a deal!


Contact us if you’re ready to start your house hunt or if you’re considering listing your home. There’s no better time like the present! 304.645.2255

Gregory Allman, Broker
www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com