Season 18 of Barnwood Builders debuts tonight

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV It’s hard to tell who is more excited about the new season of “Barnwood Builders”–Mark Bowe or his fans. “I am so excited about this season that I have been sitting on my hands all day just to keep from clapping,” Bowe said on Wednesday. But Mark never sits on his […]

The Enchanting Mystery of Tuckahoe Lake

By Jonathan Eggleston for RealWV,  There’s something truly magnetic about a serene 40-acre body of water 3.5 miles south of White Sulphur Springs in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Over the years, I’ve found myself repeatedly drawn to its peaceful shore, captivated by its untouched beauty and the rich atmosphere that surrounds it. Tuckahoe Lake, constructed […]

‘MAX on Main’ set to open…very soon

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV “I feel like I’ve got something to prove,” says Ken Santmyer, owner of MAX on Main.  Ken’s grandfather opened the first Gino’s Pizzeria & Spaghetti House in Huntington in 1961. His father opened his own location in 1973. Ken not only worked in his family restaurants, but he has also built […]

Schoolhouse Hotel sold to new owners, expansion planned in White Sulphur

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV The Schoolhouse Hotel, located in downtown White Sulphur Springs, is the world’s first fully ADA-compliant boutique hotel. The doors officially opened in June 2022. Now, after receiving rave reviews from publications including Southern Living, Frommer’s, and Travel + Leisure, developer Charles Hammerman has sold the innovative hotel to SHWV Acquisitions, LLC. […]

John Gillespie

“He has been so good to us for many, many years!” says Phyllis Cantrell, Executive Director of Gateway Industries, who nominated John Gillespie to be the Real West Virginian of the Week. “He helps with so many community events!” John, his brother Charley, and his sister Martha run Gillespie’s Flowers & Productions together in White […]

Step inside a ‘Christmas Wonderland’ in West Virginia

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV For fifty years, Lee & Mark Gillespie have transformed their home into a “Christmas Wonderland” each holiday season.  Their wonderland includes: four large trees, two villages, eight garland doorways, and more than 3,000 ornaments throughout their one-story home.  “We can tell you where every ornament came from,” Mark shares with a […]

White Sulphur woman opens her home to international students

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Cindi Clarke has moved 39 times in her life. She grew up in a military family that was constantly relocating. As a result, she learned to appreciate the value in learning new cultures from new people. Clarke now makes her home in downtown White Sulphur Springs, where she works remotely.  Knowing […]

The Lunch Box, where delicious is in the details

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Erin Lovell revels in details. Every aspect of her newest project, The Lunch Box in White Sulphur Springs, tells a story. And it all begins with the “handle” atop the 10×16 foot pistachio-green building.  “Everywhere we go people would say, ‘I wish you were still serving food,’” she recalls.  One day […]

‘For the Love of Golf’ opens in White Sulphur Springs 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Before Brandon Watkins received his Professional Golf Management Degree and taught the game in places like Myrtle Beach and Knoxville, he was a student at Greenbrier East High School who played on the golf team.  “I started giving lessons when I was probably about 15,” he says. “I just love the […]

John “Some Kind of Wonderful” Ellison at Big Draft, free show Saturday

Born August 11, 1941, into an impoverished family in a small coal mining town in West Virginia, a young John Ellison started on a difficult career path as a musician experiencing tremendous hardship and violent racism. In the mid-1960s, Ellison traveled to Rochester, New York, where he founded Soul Brothers Six. in 1967, John Ellison wrote what […]