Just two weeks ago, the city staged a series of ribbon-cutting ceremonies to welcome nearly a dozen businesses that have either newly opened or restored and reopened flood-damaged downtown storefronts.
"It is such an exciting time in our community," said City Councilman
"White Sulphur is an amazing community, a wonderful family," Shay said, noting that she had previously lived in
RockFab is one of the enterprises that survived the
"We have not given up on this area," the store manager said of the RockFab company, which is based in
Best known for its exquisite natural stone custom countertops, RockFab also deals in manmade quartz and Corian products, tile, various flooring options, cabinetry and hardware, and sinks and faucets. The White Sulphur store contains samples of many of RockFab's offerings, including full slabs of granite, quarried in exotic locations like
"We'll have 34 to 36 slabs here at any given time," Shay said. "It lets customers see the variations in the stone before they buy. I can also prepare a template (on a computer) so the customer can see the pattern as it will look once the cuts are made to fit their setting."
Shay does the initial measuring in the client's home in order to calculate -- without charge -- a quote on the cost of the job.
"I worked in the
The customer base now served by the White Sulphur store encompasses those locations, plus
RockFab is open
----Just up the street from RockFab, Barnwood Living's three-week-old showroom occupies a space that once housed the insurance office owned by the company's founder,
Following a group of
Local references often slip into the TV program. An upcoming episode will feature the erection of a pavilion in a soon-to-open White Sulphur park named for country music star
In a 2015 interview with
Having the midtown location filled with "
"We want this showroom to be a destination for people who are fans of the show," said
"The boneyard is not a safe place for people to visit," Shelton remarked, noting that the showroom also provides a convenient place for Bowe to meet clients.
Many of the artisans whose work is featured at Barnwood Living are local, or at least West Virginians, Shelton pointed out. The company even works with a local screen printer for the T-shirts and other gear imprinted with the "
Plans call for the addition of a handcrafted jewelry line and perhaps a selection of popular cast member
"We just have really, really cool things here," Shelton said.
Plans are already in the works for a formal grand opening on
Barnwood Living is located at
----Other new and refurbished downtown
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