Recent news from the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce

Fayette County Chamber of Commerce
Connecting Businesses to Businesses
February 2018

Shop Local             Support Local Businesses        Shop Often             Support an Artist 
Buy Here, Live Here, and Support Your Local Business
The Chamber office hours are Mon. - Fri. 9AM - 5PM, Sat. 9AM - 3PM

Shop Local.....What does that mean to you? 
1. You supported local jobs & benefits
2. You kept your tax dollars in Fayette County & West Virginia
3. You enjoyed the uniqueness that keeps our downtowns alive
4. You sustained local craftsmen, artisans and farmers
5. You invested in local suppliers, manufactures and builders
6. You nourished local organizations, churches and charities
7. You became part of the community that attracts new businesses and tourism
8. You enriched your life...something you can't download--- Experience Local Today!
Welcome to Fayette County, WV
Star Song Cabins
Meadow Bridge WV 
(304) 484-7711

Whitewater Photography
140 South Court St. 
Fayetteville, WV 25840

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BAHBusiness After Hours - Starry Eyes Media
Join the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce & Starry Eyes Media
for a Business After Hours party.

Friday, February 2, 2018 at 5PM.  

412 Central Avenue
Oak Hill, WV 25901
(681) 823-5019 or

RSVP by calling the chamber office at 304-465-5617 or email

"Produced with Pride in Appalachia." Starry Eyes Media is a local advertising and web agency that provides websites, menu/graphic design, and print collateral.

Starry Eyes serves a wide variety of business types and specializes in marketing local companies within the food service and hospitality/lodging industry.

Enjoy delicious tacos and margaritas from El Mariachi, tasty treats from Sweet T's Bake Shop, and free advertising advice.  Starry Eyes Media will also offer one night only pricing on websites to attendees! If you're a passionate business owner, let's have fun and talk shop. 

Starry Eyes Media
412 Central Ave.
Oak Hill, WV 25901
(681) 823-5019
NEW Business Card Holders
Did you know as part of your chamber membership you may display a business rack card OR brochure in our office? 

Don't have a rack card? We now have business card holders! Call 304-465-5617 or email for more information.   
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***As of March 1, 2016 there will be a charge of $50 per E-blast. Please send information for e-blasts to Email  
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Greetings Chamber Members,
The mission of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is "To serve as the voice for the business community, providing leadership and vision that encourages a favorable business environment and economic expansion in Fayette County. "
In order for the Chamber to remain relevant long term, the board of directors decided we needed to look at a way to supplement the work accomplished at Bridge Day with another event.  While brainstorming on fundraiser ideas, we recalled the success of the Sports Festival and wanted to bring the vitality of that event back to our community.
NBA championship coach Pat Riley once said, "There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between." With this in mind, June 2018 is going to be a lot of fun: the Sports Festival is back and will be re-branded the:
"New River Gorge Sports and Cars Fest - June 20-24, 2018"
Though this event will be a fundraiser for the Chamber, it will directly benefit the entire business community of Fayette County. All events will be conducted in Fayette County and any Fayette County entity can be involved. While our focus is on Fayette County, our goal is to attract participants from all over the state and even the country. How many people do we know that have moved away and would love a reason to come back and visit (and hopefully, spend their money)!
In addition to this exposure, prize winners for the events will earn Fayette County gift certificates that can be used at businesses that are both chamber members and event sponsors. For example, if your business chooses to be a $100 sponsor, the winner of the golf event can present their certificate at your business and the chamber will reimburse you dollar for dollar. Any business sponsor could be reimbursed their entire sponsorship, or more = FREE MARKETING!
Included with this letter, you will find a sponsorship form and a tentative schedule of events.  Please consider joining our Chamber by being a sponsor and encouraging participation in the events.
Sharon Cruikshank, President                               Aaron Kemlock, Vice-Chair 

OnRampNew River Gorge Crossfit
We are sponsoring another On-Ramp (Introductory) Class for February 2018! Our coaches are eager to help you reach (and exceed) your goals by teaching the fundamental movements of a proven fitness regimen that mixes cardiovascular health with weight training. Cost of the class is $75 for the entire month (12 one-hour sessions) and begins Monday, February 5th. Class times will be M, TU, and TH from 7-8pm. Message us with any can pay in advance to reserve your spot by stopping by the gym during regular hours. Make a change in 2018!

New River Gorge Crossfit
211 West Maple Avenue
Fayetteville, WV 25840
(304) 900-5510
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WRCWomen's Resource Center - Lip Sync Battle 
Do you have awesome mocking talent? Showcase it for a great cause...and great prizes! 

Categories  - Individuals: Age 12 & under; 13-17; and 18 & up. Groups or Family

Registration Fee:  $20 individuals / $35 Group

For complete info visit
Presented by Southern Communications and Women's Resource Center

Preliminary Battles: 
  • February 24 ~ Crossroads Mall 
  • March 10 ~ Nicolas Co. High School
  • March 24 ~ The Ritz Theatre, Hinton
Sponsorship  opportunities are also available. Choose from 5 different sponsorship levels. Click the link below for more information. 
Thomas Rose Partners
Quality Service, Every time! Thomas Rose Contracting has been providing general contracting to commercial and residential customers in West Virginia since 2010.  Our goal is to deliver great customer service, quality work, and low prices.

We provide multiple home improvement services: painting, construction, pressuring washing, truck cleaning, metal roofing, vinyl siding, and home remodeling.
Our team has over 30 years experience and we always offer free estimates.  

FishFrySts. Peter & Paul - Lenten Fish Fry

Triple T Septic Service, LLC

BridgeWalkBridge Walk 2018 Special Walks
Guided tours are offered daily except for: high winds, snow and/or ice preventing access to the catwalk.

Schedule a tour for your birthday, anniversary, and/or reunion for $50Tax Included

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ASWVActive Southern WV ~ Activity of the Month
Get Active in the Park
Powered by Community Captains

Get Active in the Park is an innovative partnership between the  National Park Service and Active Southern West Virginia. Trained  Community Captains deliver free, beginner-level instructional programs to the New River Gorge region. Get Active in the Park empowers our community to see outdoor spaces as a place for health and wellness to take place. This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation. 
Pop-up (snow dependent) Winter Play Days will be announced to include snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, snow obstacle courses, snowman building, and more. Connect with our Facebook page for updates;  Get Active in the Park.

For more information:  Join the  Active Southern West Virginia Bulletin Board  group on Facebook to get updates on program details, email  or call (304) 254-8488.

Fayette County September  2018 activity calendar

Weekly Walking Group Partnership between ASWV & Fayette County Park
Starting January 31, 2018 at Fayette County Park

Active SWV is pleased to announce a partnership with Fayette County Park to offer a free weekly physical activity program. Starting January 31st at 10AM and reoccurring each Wednesday. Meet community captains Charity Wysong and Hilarie Jones for a Walk in the Park at Fayette County Park. Both Active SWV and Fayette County Park are excited to be able to offer this free weekly program to help increase physical activity opportunities in our community. 

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LulaRoe Brandy Wheeler VIP & Glow Tanning
 Visit Lularoe Brandy Wheeler VIP to see new inventory!  
Get $10 Lula Cash with a purchase of a pair of Valentine Leggings. 

Winter Hours for Glow Tanning: Wednesday thru Friday 12pm-7pm & Saturday 11am-3pm.

Glow Valentine's Specials: 

Valentine Special for massage therapist  Meri Thomas ....Buy one get one half off either hour or half hour. MUST be equal to receive discount...for example...2 half hours or two one hours. 30 minutes $30 hour is $60. Great Valentine's gift for you and your special one! Also, buy a single half hour massage ...only $25. That's $5.00 off! Offer good through February 14th book an appointment (304) 465-5746 today. 

Epic Escape Game New River Gorge 

Love is real, real is love - John Lennon. But can your love endure 60 minutes of an escape game challenge??? Enter promo code "Love" for 15% savings for the month of February.

Contact us for more information at  email  or  304-574-0137

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WinterplaceWinterplace Tap Takeover - Bell's Brewery

 Mickey's Mountain Cafe will host a Tap Takeover by Bell's Brewery
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 12PM - close
Brats, Dogs, BBQ, & Chili also available 

Winterplace Ski Resort
100 Old Flat Top Mountain Road
Ghent, WV 25843
(304) 787-3221

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AOTGAdventures on the Gorge Winter Events
Magic or Comedy Performance
Smokey's Steakhouse
February 2, 7pm - 9pm

Soul Train Dance with DJ  
Smokey's Steakhouse
February 3, 7pm - 9pm

Embodying Yoga Through Nature: A Yoga Retreat for Beginners
Feb. 9 - 11

Valentine's Dinner
Smokey's Steakhouse
February 14, 5pm - 9pm

Harry Potter Murder Mystery
Smokey's Steakhouse
Friday, February 16 & Saturday, February 17
Cash Bar 6:30pm - Dinner 7pm

Sierra Nevada, Smooth Ambler
Smokey's Steakhouse
Friday, February 23 & Saturday, February 24
Cash Bar 6:30pm - Dinner 7pm

Steampunk Murder Mystery
Smokey's Steakhouse
Friday, March 9 & Saturday, March 10
Cash Bar 6:30pm - Dinner 7pm

St. Patrick's Day 
Chetty's Pub
Saturday, March 17
12pm - 9pm - Irish themed features 

GFWCGFWC Fayetteville Women's Club

Saturday, February 10th from 10AM to 3PM
Lewis Community Center
469 Central Ave., Oak Hill, WV 25901

Help the GFWC Fayetteville Junior Woman's Club support the American Heart Association at our 4th Annual "Go Red" for Women's Heart Health Awareness.

Vendors - Special Guest Speaker - Health Information 
50/50 - Door Prizes

Admission is free, donations are appreciated. 

The event is aimed to educate women about Heart Disease while shopping with local vendors for the cause.
FurBallNew River Humane Society

Digby...5 yr old male pit bull mix. Has been at the Shelter since October 6th.  Weighs 45lbs 
He's awesome!!! Calm, good on leash...we have him in the office often and he's perfect.  May prefer being an only dog. He's the best dog out of the kennel that we have and have had for a long time!! ♥️ His eyes are dreamy and beautiful!!! And his coat is sooooooo soft!!! Very clean boy. 

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Paddle2018 Events at ACE Adventure Resort
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May 26, 2018
Join ACE for a demanding trail run through the beautiful mountains in West Virginia on Memorial Day weekend. Choose between a half-marathon, 10K run, or a 5 mile walk. These distinctive race routes will take racers through the New River Gorge past scenic rock outcrops, cascading streams and abandoned coal mines. After grabbing your medal at the finish line a burrito buffet awaits to tame the appetite you have developed. Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers, plus you get bragging rights for tackling the Wonderland Mountain Challenge on May 26th, 2018.

May 31 - June 2, 2018
Get ready for the 5th year of West Virginia's best music festival at ACE Adventure Resort! Featuring over 25 bands including Umphrey's McGee, Big Something, Perpetual Groove, The Kind Thieves and more on a beautiful mountaintop stage. Plus food, vendors, visual artists, workshops, camping, and adventures in the New River Gorge. This is Appalachia's destination music festival featuring outdoor adventure paired with your favorite music! 

June 23, 2018
The largest mud run in West Virginia! Have fun and test your own limits in the time and space you're comfortable with, while gettin' as Gritty as you wanna be on an untimed 5k Tenacious Trail or 1 Moxie Mile fun run and mud obstacle course designed for excitement, fun, and laughter. Walk, sprint, skip, jog or dance through trails, over walls, through tubes, and mud pits with names like Commando Crawl, Over-Under Logs, Slickey Slide, and more! 
Wear anything you feel comfortable in. A bikini, costume, overalls, prom dress... anything, but it will get dirty! Chix is in the name, but we don't exclude the guys that respect our grit - those guys are man enough to run with Gritty Chix! Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

July 7, 2018
Gather at Wonderland Water Park for the 8th Annual Big Air Blob Competition. Fireworks won't be the only thing rocketing skyward on Independence Day. Teams of two will compete for the most outrageous blob of the day. Judges will score up to 10 points per blob based on form, height or just sheer craziness. Prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners! When you check-in be sure to ask for details at the ACE Welcome Center.  IT'S FREE TO THOSE PLAYING AT THE WATER PARK ON JULY 7th!

August 5, 2018
Join ACE Adventure Resort for the 17th Annual New River Gorge-ous Trail Run & Walk. Choose between three race options including a half-marathon, 8.5 mile run, or a 5 mile walk. All the courses wander through deep hardwood forests and offer spectacular views of the New River and the historic town of Thurmond. And yes, prizes are awarded.

October 12/13, 19/20, 26/27, 2018 
The Mad Butcher is coming back to the New River Gorge this fall. Dare to explore old abandoned buildings and dark corners of an adventure resort hidden in the woods. Campers and hikers have seen things here that will make your bones turn cold. Be careful not to stir the shadows, or creatures lurking in them. You never know who or what's watching... maybe what's left of those people who never checked out... maybe the thing that keeps them here. Just don't scream, or they'll find you.

Tues & Wed | Closed
Thurs | 5pm-10pm
Fri - Sat | 5pm - 11pm
Sun | Closed
Mon | 5pm - 10pm

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Ribbon Cutting at Verizon Russell Cellular 
The Fayette County Chamber would like to welcome Verizon Russell Cellular to Fayette County! Brent Hudnall and his team ( Kenny and Drayton pictured above) are eager to assist you with all of your cellular needs. Russell Cellular, Inc. is an exclusive Verizon Authorized Retailer specializing in wireless communication services and is one of the nation's largest Verizon Wireless Retailers. Located in the Fayette Square on Mall road right off the Lochgelly Road Exit. Store hours: Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 8:00pm

Verizon Russell Cellular: 
365 Mall Rd
Oak Hill, WV 25901
(304) 207-3425

Winter Cabin Rentals 50% Off! 
Add some spark to your winter  and save 50% on beautiful New River Gorge cabin rentals, plus get the 4th night free through  March 31st

Kroger of Oak Hill
New Assistant Manager Named at Oak Hill Kroger
Carl Hamlin is the new assistant manager of the Oak Hill Kroger.  He's a native of Chesapeake, Ohio and joined Kroger as a part-time clerk while attending Marshall University.  He comes from the Riverwalk Mall Kroger in Charleston.

"I actually requested to be transferred to this store because of my interest in mountain bike riding," explains Carl.  He's a member of the New River Bicycle Union Chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association.  Carl has ridden from his current home in Montgomery to Fayetteville.

"I'm delighted to be at the Oak Hill Kroger," says Carl.  "The customers and fellow associates are friendly, and treat each other as neighbors."

The Oak Hill Kroger is open from 6 a.m. until midnight every day. It is located at Fayette Square on Rt. 19 and employs approximately 100 associates.  Matt Diederich is the store manager.

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas at Wisteria! 

Sweet surprises for your sweetheart at Wisteria's Gift's! 

Scarves and cute plush 50% off

Valentine's Day Vera Bradley Style!!

"Our Gift to You" February 8-14 FREE with 
$100 Vera Bradley purchase. Value $49. 

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FriendsBBQ Fundraiser for Friends of New River Gorge National River
Chase away those winter blues with some awesome BBQ!

"Friends of the New River Gorge National River" will be hosting a fundraiser at Dickey's BBQ located at 
2004 Harper Road, Beckley, Tuesday, March 6th from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.  

Tickets are $15 ($18 after February 28
th) and entitle you to one of the following choices:  4-Rib Platter with 2 Sides, Drink and Cookie or Blondie Brownie OR 2-Meat Platter with 2 Sides, Drink and Cookie or Blondie Brownie OR 1 Sandwich with 2 Sides, Drink and Cookie or Blondie Brownie plus free ice cream cones for all!

The fundraiser proceeds will help "Friends" with upcoming projects throughout the New River Gorge National River area. Please contact a "Friends" board member for tickets or go to or checkout our Facebook page "Friends of New River Gorge National River".

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ArtParkYouth Arts in the Parks 2018 Art Contest
Nature can be a great inspiration!  Local students can celebrate their creativity and interest in nature through the Youth Arts in the Parks 2018 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest. This contest and spring art exhibition allows students to serve as community leaders and raise awareness of Appalachia's natural diversity and parks. Their works will inspire community connections to local ecology and outdoor stewardship. Some students will also have the opportunity to explore the business of art and its role in economic development.
New Contest Rules and Entry Platform:  This art contest is open to all K - 12 grade students of Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers Counties. Youth can enter art through their school or independently. A variety of mediums can be used to create art inspired by a spring Appalachian wildflower found in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia. Updated 2018 contest rules, list of accepted wildflower species, new online entry procedures, special team challenge news, and some species photo references are available online at .  

Entry Time and Awards:  Photo of contest entries must be submitted online between January 9 - February 7, 2018. Top entries will be showcased at spring 2018 art exhibit at Tamarack in Beckley and online. Contest winners will receive art supply awards at a special ceremony.

Spring Nature Festival:  This Youth Arts in the Parks art contest is part of New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, April 27 - 29, 2018. This annual spring event celebrates this region's amazing ecology and is hosted by staff and volunteers of New River Gorge National River, Tamarack, and several southern West Virginia State Parks.
Join this celebration of ecology through art with Youth Arts in the Parks!
Image caption: Hairy skullcap © Anna Ide, 8th grade, Ansted Middle School, Fayette County. 2017 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest - Best in Show (paper/wire sculpture).

Wild Mountain Soap Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
Use code: VAL17 for a special chamber discount.

Scented bath bombs, lotion, sugar whip scrub, body butter, men's products and deodorant. Stop by for a sample of our new product "shower butter"!  
Upcoming Events
February 2018

Feb. 2 - Business After Hours 5pm, Starry Eyes Media
Feb. 2 - Magic or Comedy Performance at AOTG
Feb. 3 - Soul Train Dance with DJ at AOTG 
Feb. 3 - Tai Chi at Canyon Rim Visitor Center
Feb. 3 - Tap Take Over at Mickey's Mtn Cafe, Winterplace
Feb. 5 - NRG Crossfit On Ramp Begins
Feb. 9 to 11 - Yoga Retreat for Beginners at AOTG
Feb. 9 - Yoga Chi at Canyon Rim Visitor Center
Feb 10 - Community Hike Endless Wall (ASWV)
Feb. 10 - GFWC, Go Red Event, Lewis Community Center 
Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day
Feb. 14 - Valentine's Dinner at Smokey's Steakhouse, AOTG
Feb. 16 & 17 - Harry Potter Murder Mystery at AOTG
Feb. 16 - Sts. Peter & Paul Lenten Fish Fry
Feb. 23 -  Sts. Peter & Paul Lenten Fish Fry
Feb. 24- Women's Resource Center Lip Sync Battle

A Walk in the Park each Wednesday at 10AM
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Fayette County Chamber of Commerce
310 W. Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901
304-465-5617 - Email

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