This Is Us: Cousins go into the beauty business

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Autumn Judy & Heather Webb grew up together on Teaberry Road in Ronceverte. They were cousins and good friends. They even attended beauty school at the same time. When they graduated, they decided to open a salon together…in March 2020. Just weeks before West Virginia entered a state of emergency due […]

Gillespie’s: A family business, 100 years strong

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV  How has Gillespie’s Flowers & Productions thrived for 100 years now in White Sulphur Springs? According to matriarch Phebe Gillespie, age 92, the answer is simple: “No one puts their hands in their pockets around here. We work.”  In continuous operation since 1923 as a flower shop and event business, Gillespie’s […]

Darrel’s Factory Tire is ‘all about the people’

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV February 19, 2023 Thirty-three years ago, Darrell and Patsy Cornwell decided to open a new business in Ronceverte. Darrell previously sold tires at Ripco and wanted to continue offering that service to local residents.  It was a Friday when they submitted the paperwork for Factory Tire Outlet to the bank. On […]