This year Bittersweet, Inc. is celebrating its 30th Anniversary at its original location, 1666 Wards Road, just north of Altavista. It was organized by eight area artists who wanted a location to market their work. The founding members were: Barbara Miluszusky, Beth Arnn, Lyndia Goodwin, Arlene Thomas, Melissa Miano, Julie Fellers, Betty Gilliam and Bernice Johnson.
Over the years, Bittersweet has expanded by offering a varied selection of art, furniture, tools, plants, jewelry, pottery, porcelain painting, clothing, china, glassware, photography, floral creations, lamps, every day and holiday decorations and Virginia handmade outdoor Adirondack furniture. Bittersweet combines the patina of the past (antique and vintage) with the zest (new and traditional) of the present, which include handmade and repurposed treasures and gifts.
Since they are considered a co-op, they each own a part of the business, and all take pride in their neat and tasteful display of the merchandise. Bittersweet is known for quality, value, selection and interesting finds within a comfortable price range and pleasant atmosphere.
Arlene Thomas is the only active original member and is currently serving as President. Two long time members are Carolyn Hall, Vice President and Shirley McKeel, Secretary. Darnell Bennett is Treasurer and Deborah Silva is a board member. Newest associates are Nita Reynolds, a porcelain painting artist from Rustburg, VA and Gloria Howard a clay potter from Forest, VA.
1666 Wards Road Altavista, VA 24517
Open Monday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm Sunday 1-5 pm
You can join Bittersweet Inc for an anniversary ribbon cutting on
Monday December 14th at 10am!