Beckley’s ‘Black Circle Bistro’ wins Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in WV

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV After weeks of delicious competition between bakeries across the state, our readers have spoken. The best chocolate chip cookie in West Virginia can be found in Beckley at Black Circle Bistro, a new restaurant that opened last fall in an old gas station.  “It took three years to get this recipe […]

Amy’s Market: Come for the food, stay for a sweet

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV After 24 years in the industry, including 14 years as an executive pastry chef, Amy Mills was ready for a change.  “I didn’t get to interact with customers directly, so I never got to actually see if they enjoyed what I made for them,” she says. “So I decided to open […]

How a local farm is freeze-drying strawberries for school snacks 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Generating year round revenue is a challenge for most small businesses. Especially for farms.  “The public can’t afford to pay what small farms need to survive,” says Jennifer Gilkerson of Sunset Berry Farms.  In response to this problem, policymakers wondered if government could incentivize the state to buy local food from […]

Lewisburg seeks to repeat as ‘Best Small Town Food Scene’ in America

By RealWV staff, Since the pandemic, small town America has been on a comeback. People like exploring closer to home, taking time to savor good food and an outdoor adventure for the weekend.  U.S.A. Today is celebrating several such small towns across America this spring. Their quest? Find the best small town food scene as […]

‘Love Child’: A toy store for kids of all ages, especially grandmas

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Ten years ago, Siobhan Winters was working for Deva Wagner at Wolf Creek Gallery, a staple of the downtown shopping scene in Lewisburg.  “Grandmas were my best customers,” Siobhan confesses. “I’d plop down in the floor and get them whatever shoes they wanted to try on. Older women don’t get the […]

‘Villains Comics’ uses nostalgia to build human connections

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Downtown Lewisburg has it all–delicious dining, boutiques, fine art, and now a new comic shop.  Over the years, a couple of other comic shops opened their doors to customers, which residents remember fondly. But Villain’s has a few things working in its favor this time around.  “The influx of more people […]

Top 5 revealed for ‘Best Chocolate Chip Cookie’ in WV

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV In the dark days of winter, we needed a little extra joy in our lives. So we here at RealWV thought it would be a great time to find the BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES in West Virginia! Do you like your cookies chewy or crunchy? Made with brown sugar or regular […]

FFA students prepare for Ham, Bacon, & Egg sale

By Keilei Christian & Mya Monroy, President & Secretary of Greenbrier East FFA The first Ham, Bacon, and Egg (HBE) Show and Sale in the Greenbrier Valley District of FFA began in 1941. Eighty-three years later, the sale continues and honors our young agriculturists every year. Producing approximately $72,832 last year, HBE plays a very […]

‘Church in a bar’ this Saturday in Lewisburg

By RealWV staff, The third in a series of events called “Not Church” happens this Saturday night from 6-8pm at the Brier Patch Bar & Grill. What is it? “It’s basically church in a bar,” explains Rev. Stephen Baldwin. “A lot of people are hungry for a more spiritual life, but they just won’t come […]

Blue Raven Tattoo offers family-friendly experience

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Jon Adams started giving tattoos in 1987 with a machine he built himself. It was built from a tape deck motor, toothbrush, guitar string, and components of a ballpoint pen. Now, he and his wife, Jessica, have opened a state-of-the-art tattoo studio just north of Lewisburg called Blue Raven Tattoo. And […]