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Buckhannon experiences changes downtown

April 25, 2013
By Melissa Toothman - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

The face of downtown Buckhannon is starting to change, as a number of businesses have moved from one place to another along Main Street in Buckhannon in the past year, while new shops have opened as well.

Some businesses are moving to more spacious buildings.

Main Street Antiques and Collectibles on East Main Street moved across the street into a facility that was formerly home to a book store. The Market Bistro, which used to be located in the back of the book store, relocated to North Kanawha Street. In its place is now the wine selection that is still offered by the antique shop, along with the new addition of crafted and imported beers.

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Analog Entertainment co-owners Michael Currence, left, and April Huskey have a new shop on East Main Street in Buckhannon, across from Dairy Queen. They are just a few of the people interested in keeping the downtown area bustling and fresh. (The Inter-Mountain file photo by Melissa Toothman)

NTELOS also moved a few spaces from its original location and into the former home of Books, Books, Books. The new location is more spacious than the former one.

Trumps Salon will relocate to a building next to its current facility.

Other businesses are moving to smaller areas to reduce inventory, such as The Seat Weaver Antiques and Collectibles on Main Street.

"We're going to keep on weaving seats and selling retail," said Chris Travis from the antiques and furniture store. Her husband owns the antique shop located where the old Buckhannon Emporium Antiques and Collectibles used to be. Their product also used to be sold within the Emporium in the past.

Because the building recently was sold to Community Care of West Virginia, the business will be relocating to The Shops at 46 Main by the end of April.

Another business operating within the old Emporium building, J & L Primitives, will be closing.

"We needed to reduce the inventory. ... We will refresh and have new things that are old," Travis said, adding that she expects the business to be open at its new location by May 1.

The Community Care of West Virginia has a medical office located on North Locust Street in Buckhannon. The business will be able to expand into the new building, while keeping its current location. Steve Foster, executive director for the Upshur County Economic Development Authority, said the new staff moving into the building will support the Tri-County Clinic.

Doctors' offices will remain at the North Locust Street location. A pharmacy and other professional office spaces will be located in the expanded facility.

"It's amazing how big that place was," Foster said, adding the new owner plans to have some form of entertainment take place there in the evenings.

There also have been or will be some new additions along East Main Street.

"I don't think there's any vacant buildings left on Main Street," Foster said.

The West Virginia Strawberry Festival office will have a new home around the first week of May when it moves to East Main Street, filling the vacant facility left behind with the move of Trumps Salon. The festival office also will offer consignment.

"It's going to be a nice change. It's a different view with people walking by on Main Street," Upshur County Chamber of Commerce President Sam Nolte said.

The Upshur County Chamber of Commerce and the Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau also will relocate to Main Street.

Nerducopia is a new shop that filled an old computer repair facility next to Chase Bank on East Main Street. It is a place where fantasy and fiction can come to life for fans. It also is a place where people of similar interests in the area can meet.

Nerducopia hosts Magic The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons game-playing times, in addition to selling cards, action figures, comics, board games and more. All store content is embedded around the "nerd culture," according to its owners.

Nerducopia also offers consignment opportunities for old action figures, comics, game cards, artwork, games and much more. The store opened early in December 2012.

Analog Entertainment, located on East Main Street, also is a sci-fi and fantasy shop. It opened the first week of April to sell comic books, T-shirts, board games, Magic the Gathering cards and much more.

The new store offers comic book subscriptions for a fan's favorite series, which can be delivered specially to the store for the customer. The shop also features coin-operated arcade games and a jukebox.

Foster said downtown Buckhannon will continue to grow with the future development of open land near the Microtel. No official businesses have been named to occupy the area.



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