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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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.
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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