Filling Bellies, Filling Lives
Jun01

Filling Bellies, Filling Lives

By Crystal Schelle MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Barrington Mighty was only 30 when he suffered a heart attack. Mighty, now 32, says the experience changed him while sitting beside his girlfriend Roxanne Wiggan, 29, in their downtown Martinsburg restaurant, Island Bliss Cuisine. “She watched me literally flatline and come back,” he says. “I decided I’m here for a reason.” That’s when he founded An9ted Humanitarian Foundation based in his cultural home of Jamaica. Every month the group goes out to different parts of the country to cook hot food to feed anyone who needs a meal. “We walk on the streets and find them, and give them something to eat,” he says. The last place they served meals was in Kingston, Jamaica. But on June 9, Mighty wants to bring the outreach to their newly adopted city of Martinsburg. The event will be 1 to 4 p.m. at Ambrose Park in Martinsburg. “We’re feeding the less fortunate in the community and have a fun day for kids,” he says. Mighty and Wiggan are the parents of two, Tristan and Emily, both 8. They also have another daughter due in August whom they’ve already named Destiny. Wiggan says Mighty’s heart attack “calmed him down.” “When he had the heart attack, he had friends who weren’t there for him,” she says. “He cut out bad company and he’s now more family oriented. He’s appreciative. He spends more time with God. Before, I never heard him say anything about praying. It changed him a lot.” Mighty nods. “I realized I was here for a reason.” Family and food Mighty and Wiggan have family who live in the Eastern Panhandle and would visit the from New York City. But when they visited, Wiggan says they could never find any good Caribbean food. “One day on the back porch he said, ‘I think we should move down here and option a restaurant because I think it would do very well,'” she says. “We decided to bring it here. We wanted to bring something different to the area.” Mighty says he learned how to cook by watching a friend who had a restaurant in New York. Then he’d put ” my own twist on it by making it different from everyone else’s,” he says. Being in the kitchen, Mighty says, became a passion. “Cooking was something that I really enjoy doing. It just became a part of me,” he says. In 2012, he opened up his own New York City restaurant called Tristan’s Caribbean Cuisine. Prior to opening his first restaurant, Mighty did electrical work for a solar company. Later, he worked for Manhattan Electric while...

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Donuts, Done, Differently
Jun01

Donuts, Done, Differently

By Crystal Schelle Moses “Moe” Herr admits he doesn’t even really know how to cook. But what he does know is a good tasting donut. Herr has brought a new type of fluffy, soft donut to Martinsburg serving them up at Moe’s Donut Shop. The shop is at 321 Aikens Center off of Edwin Miller Boulevard. Donuts came at time when Herr wanted to leave the corporate world and was looking for a new business opportunity. “I’ve loved donuts all my life, I’ve consumed donuts all my life. It just so happen I was done with 9 to 5. I was tired of working under someone,” he says. Herr, who grew up in Northern Virginia, was living in Texas at the time. He had been working as a process analyst when he thought there had be something different to do. That’s when he discovered donuts. In Texas, he says, independent donut shops are all the rage. “They’re on every corner basically,” he says. “It was pretty saturated.” Herr did some research and had found two shops. One was practically behind his home and had a great product, while the other had a great location but a lousy location. He opted for quality. “The ultimate goal was to bring this concept back to the Northern Virginia back where I was because there was no donut shops,” he says. But first he had to learn how to make the donuts. He says it took some convincing to have the owners teach him how to make the donuts, but Herr won them over. “I learned what I learned now from the owner of that donut shop,” he says. The recipe, he says, is one that’s basically used at all the donut shops across Texas. The secret, he says, is in the different techniques and ratios used to make the donuts. “We can use the same product, but I might be able to use the same donut because I use more water or something like that,” he says. “My donuts are a little different how my teachers were. You’ve got to make it your own.” It took time for Herr to learn how make the donuts correctly and says with a language barrier some steps he had to figure out himself. “I made a lot of mistakes the first year,” he says. It took about 10 years before he decided to see if he could locate a donut shop with the Texas-inspired donuts close to his hometown area. In July 2017, Herr opened his first shop at 28 E. Picadilly St. Winchester, Va. And in November 2018, he opened the Martinsburg shop in...

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A Cold Coke and a Warm Smile
Apr01

A Cold Coke and a Warm Smile

by Bonnie Williamson You’re greeted with a Coke and a smile as you walk through the doors. This may seem like an unusual way to attract customers to a furniture store, but it has been a tradition at Grand Home Furnishings, a third generation family-run business, since 1953. “It’s a welcoming gesture. A cold Coke and a warm smile,” says Matt Cox, the store manager of Grand Home Furnishings newest store in Martinsburg, West Virginia. “The furniture you buy becomes a part of your family. We want you to become a part of ours.” The idea for the Coke came from: what is the first thing someone offers guests when they visit? Something to drink. When the chain’s store opened in Lynchburg, Virginia, back in 1953, Grand Home’s founder George Cartledge, Sr. offered Cokes to customers who came to the store’s grand opening. Nearly 10,000 people came to the store over the next three days. Grand now gives out more than one million bottles of Coca-Cola a year. A little bit of history follows. The chain’s first location was in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1911 under the name of Grand Piano Company, specializing in pianos, other musical instruments and related merchandise. During the 1930s, the company added furniture, radios and phonographs. The Cartledge family purchased the store in 1945, changing the name to the Grand Piano and Furniture Company. The chain expanded in the 1950s to other locations in southwest Virginia and eventually other states. Eventually, Grand stopped selling pianos and became Grand Home Furnishings in 1998. The Martinsburg store opened in December last year on the site of the former Bon Ton store, which had been part of the Martinsburg Mall complex. The mall, which closed in 2016, was located at 840 Foxcroft Ave. “People in the community really wanted us here. There was just about nothing left on the site since the mall closed. People had to travel outside of the area to find places to shop. We wanted to keep things local, bring things back. We also see a tremendous potential for growth with corporations like Proctor and Gamble settling in the area,” says Cox. The Grand Home Furnishings store has 60,000 square feet of open space packed with furniture and a wide variety of home accessories as far as the eye can see. And customers shouldn’t just look at what’s available. They can become part of the furnishings. Literally. “We want people to sit on the furniture. Try it. Use it. See how it feels. Furniture is meant to be used. It’s okay to relax. The furniture you choose should be right for your home. People...

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Westwood Charm Boutique; Fashion is a Community, Not a Competition
Apr01

Westwood Charm Boutique; Fashion is a Community, Not a Competition

Chelsea Tederick “Fashion has to reflect who you are. What you feel at the moment. Where you are going.” – Pharrell Williams Every quaint downtown main street needs a few basics to be successful in serving the community well, typically referred to as the butcher, the baker and candlestick maker. In fact, Small Business Saturday has become one of the most popular and beneficial shopping events to grace our area as we are a demographic of individuals that enjoy gathering together, visiting all of the local hotspots and giving back to the community as a whole. The very idea of shopping locally sparks a very nostalgic image of window shopping as a family and spending time with those closest to us. Westwood Charm Boutique in downtown Martinsburg is bringing all of those sentimental and comfy, cozy feelings that shopping within ones specific community can create. Being downtown gives us an assortment of businesses to frequent, however, what none of us realized is how much we needed a new women’s clothing store that caters to this very demographic of ladies. Personalized and custom attire blends in with high-end market items, along with local, tailor made pieces that are serving the downtown natives well. Without a doubt this is an establishment that we have been longing for! Jillian Wyand’s childhood home was on Westwood Ave. in Baltimore, MD. and the charming name lent muse to the naming of her dream. A local, graduating from Hedgesville High School, that is deeply dedicated to the care and happiness of the people here, opened Westwood Charm Boutique in 2017 at a location in Meadow Lane Plaza. After getting her feet wet, Jillian realized that her attention was set on making her solo dream a reality and with the support of her loving husband, Matthew, along with 3 beautiful children, she set out to find a location that suited her aesthetic. Being so customer driven and willing to plunge into serving her community, a downtown location, across from the flower shop, established jewelry store and glass gallery seemed like the perfect location to immerse herself into the demographic of shoppers, and it did not disappoint. Most of us can agree that while it is nice to have the amenities of a large city, there is nothing quite like the tailored help that can be offered by Jillian at Westwood Charm. Red carpet service from the moment you enter the boutique as you will be greeted with a warm salutation, smile and offerings of help. If shopping for clothing is not something that is particularly enjoyable to you, step into Jillian’s ‘office’ and watch her create...

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The Studio Salon, Spa & Boutique: Hidden Gem of Motivation, Inspiration and Fashion
Apr01

The Studio Salon, Spa & Boutique: Hidden Gem of Motivation, Inspiration and Fashion

By: Chelsea Tederick “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself”- Coco Chanel Spring is finally making an appearance and it is, without a doubt, the year to be sweet and kind yourself. We are in a world that gives us Instagram models and celebrities to compare ourselves to, however, 2019 is the year to reclaim your inner beauty by treating yourself to the luxurious experience of a full body beautification at The Studio Salon, Spa and Boutique, just off of Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg, WV. . While it is easy to say that beauty comes from within, it seems like something less tangible in person, however, spend a day with the girls at The Studio and you will radiate from within and every inch of you will be covered in the tranquil confidence that you can be yourself and look fabulous doing so. The Studio is a chic, unique and ever evolving salon, spa and boutique that gives their clientele the experience of the best technical work, the most modern services and the ultimate in self-care professionalism. Each individual hairdresser, nail technician, esthetician and massage therapist (Equipped with the best brands) are talented artists with the education and creativity to have you looking and feeling beautiful as well as refreshed and ready to take on the world. While watching customers in their individual chairs, speaking to their technician, you can see and feel the confidence radiating around the room. From the moment I stepped foot into The Studio Salon, Spa and Boutique, even I couldn’t deny the urge to be pampered and showered with beautifying attention. Stacey McFarland, gorgeous owner of The Studio Salon, Spa and Boutique, just recently stepped away from her own chair after 32 years of mastering dedication to her craft of hair care. It is that very passion and love for what she achieved that inspired her to open this hidden gem that feels as though you have been transported into the most modern of salons in a world that is filled with all of the major brands and services to suite any and all tastes. Stacey is a breath of fresh air in this industry as she is forward thinking, modern and maintains staying very relevant in an ever-evolving business. While speaking, it is apparent that her main goal is the encouragement, lifting up, and support of our fellow women as she exudes an enigmatic personality that is both magnetic and charming. With the motto to “Breath love, hope and encouragement”, it is easy to feel relaxed immediately in the tranquil décor, laden with inspirational quotes as well as the most beautiful...

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A Place to Meet and Greet with Great Eats
Apr01

A Place to Meet and Greet with Great Eats

by Bonnie Williamson Domestic has a number of definitions. It can mean relating to home, household or family. It can also mean something produced or manufactured in one’s own country. Both definitions can be applied to Domestic, a restaurant in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. “We have an open and welcoming casual environment. We’re not pretentious. We want people to feel at home,” says Domestic’s owner and chef Doug Vaira. “We’re a casual American restaurant with classic iconic American dishes that remind people of their childhood. We also have American wines and a selection of domestic craft beers.” Burgers have always been a particular popular bit of American fare. Of course, they’re on the menu, but Vaira adds creative twists to that dish. Rise and Shine, for example, consists of the burger, an over-easy egg, bacon, white cheddar cheese and garlic aioli. Then there’s Glazed and Confused where the burger is served on a glazed donut bun, along with bacon and sriracha aioli, a hot sauce containing eggs, garlic, oil, lemon juice and spices. Vaira lists two entrees offered as the most popular ones. They include blackened catfish served with cheddar grits, tomato gravy, and balsamic brussel sprouts. The other dish is pan-seared crab cakes with green goddess sauce, which contains mayonnaise, sour cream, chervil, chives, anchovy, tarragon, lemon juice and pepper, along with shaved butternut squash and carrot salad and hand-cut fries. “People also like our tot-chos. It’s a tater tot with a difference,” Vaira says. The loaded tot-cho is a tater tot dipped in queso, salsa with beer-pickled jalapenos. Other appetizers include bacon-wrapped scallops and crispy fried green beans. A wide variety of sandwiches are included on the menu, like the Reuben: corned beef, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing; fish and chips; the clubber: grilled turkey breasts, bacon, tomato, red cabbage slaw and garlic aioli; a variation on the Sloppy Joe called Sloppy Jose: ground beef, cumin, jalapeno, tomato and white cheddar; and something called the not-so-philly cheesesteak: shredded white cheddar, chipotle aioli, diced jalapenos, roasted red peppers and caramelized onion. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are also on the menu. “We cater to carnivores and others,” Vaira says. Domestic even has a brunch menu with such items as French toast, biscuits and sausage gravy and sausage biscuit quiche with red pepper, purple onion, white cheddar, chilis and mesclun salad, a mix of assorted salad greens. Snack and share items include southern pan-fried grit cakes, fried pickles and beer-battered onion rings. Under the heading land and plant, Domestic offers Asian grilled chicken salad: romaine lettuce, bacon, red chiles, green onions and creamy miso ranch dressing; and honey-garlic chicken: brussel sprouts,...

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