If you’re a regular customer at Four Seasons Books in (116 W. German St., Shepherdstown), you can probably recall a time you were looking for an obscure book from childhood, or the perfect gift for your cousin’s best friend’s little brother’s wife who you don’t know very well (but you think she’s into history), or a last-minute birthday gift for your twelve-year-old niece who “doesn’t really like to read,” but you really wish she’d start—so you came to the independent bookstore on German Street to ask Kendra Goldsborough, once-manager and now-owner, for help. And with psychic powers akin to the chocolatier in the film “Chocolat,” she retrieved the exact title you needed within minutes.
Local Business Spotlights
Small businesses are the backbone of the local economy in Jefferson County. The Observer features spotlights the people behind our local shops, restaurants, and small businesses to share their challenges, dreams, and inspirations.
Since 2007, Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle has provided the region with a full-service bike, kayak, and canoe shop, while also providing sales, services, and rentals.
Every country, culture, and family has a person within it like Mave Ortega Greene (Ortega). The type of person that, upon meeting, you feel like you’ve known forever. Mother. Wife. Chef. Businesswoman. Raconteur. Professional. Friendly. Quick with a story. And like any leader, she keeps her audience in rapt attention.
Chelsea McBee opened Wholelistic Esthetics in 2018 and has since been helping client after client discover how to care for their skin, protect it from future damage, and, ultimately, “love the skin they’re in.”
Tony Martirano is about as native as it gets. Born and raised in Martinsburg (WV), he attended many of the schools and visited the local libraries where he now performs for kids and families as the region’s preeminent children’s musician.
Mountaineer Recovery Center, targeted to open in September 2019, will be the first in the state of West Virginia to provide this level of treatment, according to someone’s needs all in one place.
Shepherdstown’s Mecklenburg Inn is an English-style pub with a beer garden that simply feels like home. Solar powered and cozy, and draped in historic architectural features, visitors can order a favorite drink and sip on the comradery inside, or step outside into a peaceful sanctuary of old-growth trees and flowering plants.
Since 2007, Adam Shively has worked diligently to make 4 State Real Estate the second-largest independently owned real estate company the Eastern Panhandle. As the founder of the growing company (headquartered at 201 N George St., Suite 101, Charles Town), Shively and his team are well on their way to meeting their professional goals: “to create a regional powerhouse and a name you will have faith in referring your friends and closest family members.”
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to ride a bike effortlessly up even the steepest hills, or for extended miles and hours while barely breaking a sweat? Well, you can stop dreaming. That time has arrived in Harpers Ferry—via the newest iteration of mobile tourism to the Eastern Panhandle: Harpers Ferry Electric Bike Rentals.
As a rule, most American’s like their homes big, but Danielle LaRock and Jonathan Carnill have a desire to live tiny in an 8.5 x 20-foot dwelling. They hope to develop a space for other owners of tiny homes to enjoy their “tinys” as well—in harmony with the belief that it’s important to be in a community with others who care about the planet, personal development, simple living, and helping each other while also being self-sufficient.
The Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center (EPEC), which houses the only shelter for victims of violence in the area, has exponentially expanded its reach and impact over the years. Founded in 1977, it served less than 100 victims in its first year. Today it serves 1,400 victims annually.
Founded in 2004 by teachers Bernardine Somers and her friend Patty Neely (who retired in 2008), Morgan Academy is an innovative K-10 private school (including preschool) offering small classes that allow for one-on-one teacher-student time.
According to the USDA, more than 13 million children in the United States live in “food insecure” homes, which means those families don’t regularly have enough food to eat. Thankfully, there are two programs in Jefferson and Berkeley County that are making a difference to help end childhood hunger.
Jumbo Seafood, LLC is a Fresh Seafood “Market Truck” that opened in Loudoun County (VA) in 1995. In 2011, the husband and wife team of Les Bowman and Ali James relocated their truck to Jefferson County, and now offer their product from a corner of the property of the EZMART/Sunoco gas station at 1422 Blair Road, just off of Route 340, halfway between Charles Town and Harpers Ferry.
Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority (BCSWA) Chairman Clint Hogbin is very proud of his organization’s efforts to adhere to the West Virginia Legislature’s requirements that all solid waste authorities reduce landfilling. In fact, it could be argued that, with Hogbin’s influence, BCSWA is one of the most progressive authorities in the state—making great strides in recent years towards sustainability and recycling.