Carriage House Glass: Our favorite glass store
Carriage House Glass is a store that carries a broad and beautiful selection of decorative and artistic glass objects, including vases, bowls, candestick holders, ornaments, and paperweights. The shop features items by a number of West Virginia manufacturers and individual craftsmen, as well as items from other states and countries. It is especially fun to visit around Christmas, when they offer a nice selection of handmade ornaments.
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Wheeling Artisan Center: Local Artists In Wheeling
Renovated industrial building with a three-story atrium in the heart of downtown Wheeling. Beautiful arts and crafts from local artists, WV foods and produce, above restaurant/pub, arena, walking distance to waterfront park. Includes "Made in Wheeling" exhibit and 7,500 square foot open exhibition space, hosting community events, ethnic festivals, artisan shows, and catered events.
What to buy: The Ohio Valley is well known for its glass.
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Various: Surviving the Antique Stores
Downtown Wheeling, near the famous Colemens Fish Market are small little antique shops. If you're looking for antiques - or a challenge - go into any one of these stores. In many, you stare at the mounds of furniture piled a top another and pray it doesn't collapse on you.
The locals are courteous and ultra-American if you can picture that. Very patriotic and apple-pie. This is not a place for people who want to stand out in a crowd - they'd shoot you first and ask questions later. Parking near the antique stores is affordable with plenty of meters. The nearby art gallery is worth checking out as well.
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