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Welcome... New small businesses to Glenvllle, Gilmer County & the area

The Glenville Democrat of Glenville, West Virginia

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Glenville and Gilmer County have come a long way in the past two decades.

In 1995 when this Editor first announced in Jackson, OH that he was buying the Glenville newspapers, a good friend, a native of Ravenswood, soberly asked, "Why would you want to live in Glenville... it doesn't even have a restaurant!" A decade or two before that when my friend visited here, maybe there wasn't a visible place to eat for strangers to the town and county. But, back in Jackson when I emphasized that Glenville had a "McDonald's and Pizza Hut," he expressed great amazement, saying, "Well, Glenville must be growing." This Editor wonders what he'd say today, with all of our wide variety of eating places, established within the past 20 years?

After all, there are a lot of new businesses in town, including restaurants. Thus, Glenville is developing into a more well-rounded city, as is the entire county and surrounding area. In fact, McDonald's has added breakfast all day to its menu and Pizza Hut — only a few years ago — now started offering Wing Street. Added to these, the new and renovated restaurants in town have their own specialties, notably the newest, Tudor's Biscuit World, provides a first class breakfast all day and lunch/dinner — opening with a flourish two weeks ago with two former state senators, Oshel Craigo and Mike Hall, in attendance. A Greg Smith Enterprises' eatery, Tudor's is joined by his two other eating places, Pioneer Grille and 10th Hole Sports Bar & Grill. Mr. Smith is serious about providing more eating out opportunities to area residents and our visitors.

Before Mr. Smith's entrance into the food business, Jeff Roberts, a local contractor, bought, renovated and enlarged the old Common Place/Audrey's on East Main Street into a up-to-date and finer eatery. He, too, offers breakfast all day, plus daily specials.

Other restaurants include Glenville State College's Aramark Food Service that sponsors occasional public premium meal nights around the holidays; Smokehouse BBQ with its signature smoked meats and meals; Subway in Foodland Plaza, and Foodland Supermarket itself that provides fine meals for the take out. Likewise for taking out, Gil's Pit Beef has made locals sit up and take notice of his weekly meal specials, principally his signature smoked meat sandwiches, bratwurst and full meal specials. More eating can be found at the 33 Country Club (a converted skating rink that was reworked into a restaurant/dance/party place); and on Sundays, the Old Wolfe Inn now offers brunch, both of the latter two places being out SR 33/119 East. (Dave Goff's Hot Dog/Ice Cream Stand is also a welcoming spot in the warmer months.)

Add to the restaurants, the other new small businesses, such as Sheila Hamric's nice Rustic Treasures, which she just established next to Minnich Floral, and you've got a goodly antique and collectibles shop. Also, in that same line is Amy Matthews' Consignment Cabin in Troy, which has much furniture, like This 'n' That, the other used furniture and variety store, stocks at Glenville's stoplight. Also, downtown are Smoker Friendly and Lasa Mencer's massage therapy — other newcomers this year. Talking about new stores, one should travel to Linn to see the new and enlarged Somerville Exxon Convenience Store, which also now has collectibles. Stover's Nationwide Insurance Agency and N & J Small Engine Repair are new, too.

While the above are places that Gilmer Countians and other folks in this region should stop by and see, the public's support of our area's small businesses is crucial to a thriving economy in this region, along with the knowledge that patrons are adding to our tax base to fund services.

David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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