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Monday, January 28 2019
First Fridays are BACK - February 1st

First Fridays are BACK! February 1st!

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First Fridays after 5 in Downtown Lewisburg Is Back! Friday, February 1st, 2019

Take a look a a list of what our area shops and restaurants will be offering!

Downtown Lewisburg celebrates First Fridays after Five on Friday, February 1st!  Join the fun  … live music, art events and tasty treats …. all free to the public.  Everyone is welcome!

Visit the WV Fine Artisans Gallery to see the newest Pamela Gatens paintings and Rose Dobbin’s newest masterpiece:  The Monroe County landscape, featuring Sunset View Farm’s Tony the Llama!  There will be some tasty valentine treats too to get you in the mood for romance!  1042 Washington Street East, 667-0320.

Love is in the Air!  Stop in to check out the alluring fragrances for Valentine’s Day at Harmony Ridge Gallery … Tainted Love, Dead Sexy and French Kiss!  Enter a drawing to win one along with a “Dead Sexy” Tote.  886 Washington Street West, 645-4333.

At The Lewis Theatre the WVSOM Diversity Committee invites the public to a free showing of RARE,  a one hour documentary that follows an extraordinary mother in a race against time to find a treatment for her daughter’s rare genetic disease.  Movie starts at 7pm.  865 Court Street North, 645-1223.

It’s Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate at Bella the Corner Gourmet!  3 new brands for you and your Valentine sweetheart to swoon over!  Or perhaps to treat yourself…all paired with a fabulous couple of wines!  1017 Washington Street East, 520-4921.

Stop by Patina for creative complimentary beverages and whimsical door prizes!  1046 Washington Street East, 520-4962.

The Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center partners with The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine to present an evening in celebration of the talents of WVSOM students and faculty.  During the fall of 2018, the school provided open art studios for the students to take a break from their mental marathon and enjoy the process of art creation.  The Visitors Center’s February “Art in the Valley” display will feature “Study Break II”-works of art by WVSOM students using mixed medium art to answer the question “Diversity is…?”.  Live entertainment during the event will include a student duo performing pop standards and contemporary Spanish language favorites, and a faculty brass ensemble.  A compilation of video highlights developed by Rich McMahan will also be presented.  In addition to WVSOM student work, members of Greenbrier Girls’ Academy Drum Ensemblewill perform traditional and reimagined rhythms inspired by indigenous African drumming.  Don’t miss this fun evening of unique music and art!  905 Washington Street W  645-1000.

Edith’s Store will be sampling out mocktails, using Floral Elixir flower syrups, handcrafted all natural flower syrups for cocktails and sodas.  Made from real flowers and botanicals, this would make the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day!  1035 Washington Street East, 645-7998.

The Asylum presents the Krista Hughes Band, starting at 9pm!  399 Randolph Street East, 681-318-3515.

First Fridays after 5 takes place all year long, except January, in downtown Lewisburg with shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Lewisburg open until 8pm serving complimentary refreshments and entertainment, sponsored by City National Bank.  Downtown Lewisburg, America’s Coolest Small Town, is just 1 mile south of I-64 via exit 169.  The town center is located at Washington Street (I-60) and Jefferson Street (Rt. 219).  For more information go to www.downtownlewisburg.com or become a fan on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/lewisburgwv or call 304-645-4333.


Make Lewisburg your home!

304.645.2255 Contact us for any real estate needs!
Greg Allman, Broker

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Sunday, January 13 2019
How Much Snow is Too Much Snow on Your Roof

How Much Snow is Too Much Snow on Your Roof?

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But if you’re really worried you might have too much snow on your roof, here’s how to figure out if your roof is at risk — and how to remove that risk.

Weight of the Snow (Not ‘How Much’) Is What Matters

The critical factor in determining excessive snow loads on your roof isn’t the depth of the snow, it’s the weight, says home improvement expert Jon Eakes.

That’s because wet snow is a whole lot heavier than dry, fluffy snow. In fact, six inches of wet snow is equal to the weight of about 38 inches of dry snow. That’s a huge difference!

The good news is that your roof is required by building codes to withstand the heaviest snows for your part of the country.

“Theoretically, if your roof is built to code, it’s built to support more than the normal load of snow and ice,” says Eakes.

How to know if you’ve got wet or dry snow?  You back will let you know. Simply heft a few shovelfuls — you should be able to quickly tell. Plus, local weather forecasts should alert you if snow loads are becoming excessive.

Your Doors Will Tell You If There’s Too Much Snow

Your interior doors are a really good clue. If they begin to stick, that signals there’s enough weight on the center structure of the house to distort the door frame (yikes!).

Ignore doors on exterior walls but check interior doors leading to second-floor bedrooms, closets, and attics in the center of your home. Also, examine the drywall or plaster around the frames of these doors for visible cracks.

Homes that are most susceptible to roof cave-ins are those that underwent sloppy renovations. Improper removal of interior load-bearing walls is often responsible for catastrophic roof collapses from snow.

If You Decide the Snow Must Be Removed

Don’t do it yourself if it means getting on the roof.

“People die every year just climbing ladders,” Eakes points out. “Add ice and snow and you’re really asking for trouble.”

Instead, call a professional snow removal contractor to safely do the job.

Check to make sure they are licensed and insured — that immediately sets them apart from inexperienced competitors.

Expect to pay $250 to $500 for most jobs. That’s because they need special gear, including sturdy extension ladders, properly anchored safety harnesses, and specialized snow and ice-removal tools.

Don’t expect (or demand) a bone-dry roof at job’s end. The goal is to remove “excessive” weight as opposed to all weight. Plus, any attempt to completely remove the bottom layer of ice will almost always result in irreparable damage to your roofing.

Tips for Getting Snow Off Your Roof From the Ground

If you have a small, one-story bungalow where the roof is just off the ground, taking matters into one’s own hands may be safe — if you can work entirely from the ground and have the right tools.

Long-handled snow rakes work great on freshly fallen snow, and at $45 they are relatively affordable. Look for models with sturdy telescoping handles and built-in rollers, which keep the blade safely above the shingles.

Other versions work by releasing the snow from underneath. These models slide between the roof and snow, allowing gravity and the snow’s own weight to do most of the work. These are more pricey, rising well above $100. But it’s a good idea to rethink their use. Eakes points out, “They tend to work their best on light, fluffy snow — the kind that probably doesn’t need to be removed in the first place.”

A couple of tips if you’re going to remove snow from the roof yourself:

1. You’ll need to anticipate where the snow and ice will fall as you pull it off your roof — you won’t want to pull a load of heavy, wet snow down on top of yourself or any helpers.

2. Remember, the goal isn’t to remove all visible snow and ice, but rather just enough to relieve the excessive load on the roof.

Article by Douglas Trattnor of HouseLogic.com

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Sunday, January 13 2019
How Much Snow is Too Much Snow on Your Roof

How Much Snow is Too Much Snow on Your Roof?

Greenbrier Real Estate Service

But if you’re really worried you might have too much snow on your roof, here’s how to figure out if your roof is at risk — and how to remove that risk.

Weight of the Snow (Not ‘How Much’) Is What Matters

The critical factor in determining excessive snow loads on your roof isn’t the depth of the snow, it’s the weight, says home improvement expert Jon Eakes.

That’s because wet snow is a whole lot heavier than dry, fluffy snow. In fact, six inches of wet snow is equal to the weight of about 38 inches of dry snow. That’s a huge difference!

The good news is that your roof is required by building codes to withstand the heaviest snows for your part of the country.

“Theoretically, if your roof is built to code, it’s built to support more than the normal load of snow and ice,” says Eakes.

How to know if you’ve got wet or dry snow?  You back will let you know. Simply heft a few shovelfuls — you should be able to quickly tell. Plus, local weather forecasts should alert you if snow loads are becoming excessive.

Your Doors Will Tell You If There’s Too Much Snow

Your interior doors are a really good clue. If they begin to stick, that signals there’s enough weight on the center structure of the house to distort the door frame (yikes!).

Ignore doors on exterior walls but check interior doors leading to second-floor bedrooms, closets, and attics in the center of your home. Also, examine the drywall or plaster around the frames of these doors for visible cracks.

Homes that are most susceptible to roof cave-ins are those that underwent sloppy renovations. Improper removal of interior load-bearing walls is often responsible for catastrophic roof collapses from snow.

If You Decide the Snow Must Be Removed

Don’t do it yourself if it means getting on the roof.

“People die every year just climbing ladders,” Eakes points out. “Add ice and snow and you’re really asking for trouble.”

Instead, call a professional snow removal contractor to safely do the job.

Check to make sure they are licensed and insured — that immediately sets them apart from inexperienced competitors.

Expect to pay $250 to $500 for most jobs. That’s because they need special gear, including sturdy extension ladders, properly anchored safety harnesses, and specialized snow and ice-removal tools.

Don’t expect (or demand) a bone-dry roof at job’s end. The goal is to remove “excessive” weight as opposed to all weight. Plus, any attempt to completely remove the bottom layer of ice will almost always result in irreparable damage to your roofing.

Tips for Getting Snow Off Your Roof From the Ground

If you have a small, one-story bungalow where the roof is just off the ground, taking matters into one’s own hands may be safe — if you can work entirely from the ground and have the right tools.

Long-handled snow rakes work great on freshly fallen snow, and at $45 they are relatively affordable. Look for models with sturdy telescoping handles and built-in rollers, which keep the blade safely above the shingles.

Other versions work by releasing the snow from underneath. These models slide between the roof and snow, allowing gravity and the snow’s own weight to do most of the work. These are more pricey, rising well above $100. But it’s a good idea to rethink their use. Eakes points out, “They tend to work their best on light, fluffy snow — the kind that probably doesn’t need to be removed in the first place.”

A couple of tips if you’re going to remove snow from the roof yourself:

1. You’ll need to anticipate where the snow and ice will fall as you pull it off your roof — you won’t want to pull a load of heavy, wet snow down on top of yourself or any helpers.

2. Remember, the goal isn’t to remove all visible snow and ice, but rather just enough to relieve the excessive load on the roof.

Article by Douglas Trattnor of HouseLogic.com

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Saturday, January 12 2019
WV Native and TV personality Mark Bowe brings Barnwood Builders fame to Greenbrier County

Building On

West Virginia native and TV personality Mark Bowe brings Barnwood Builders fame to Greenbrier County gift shop.


The nation was first introduced to Mark Bowe through the DIY Network show Barnwood Builders. The show, which debuted in 2013, follows Bowe and his all-West Virginia crew as they restore some of the nation’s oldest barns and log cabins, while also turning reclaimed logs and lumber into modern homes. Much of the the rehab work required happens at the crew’s “Boneyard” in Greenbrier County.

The show has been a huge success, but Bowe and fans of the show wanted more. “The idea for the retail store/showroom was born from the desire of our fans to have a destination to visit,” Bowe says. “Retail is a totally different beast from the Boneyard and construction sites that we typically work on and around; however, I love a good challenge.”

In February 2017, Bowe opened the Barnwood Living store and showroom in White Sulphur Springs. The shop’s inventory follows the rustic and vintage vibes of the show, featuring furniture and other small household items made by Bowe’s crew from reclaimed and locally sourced wood. Fans can also find all the Barnwood Builders gear they could imagine, including T-shirts, candles, stickers, wooden signs, tumblers, “barn”danas, and even a pencil holder branded with the Barnwood Living and Barnwood Builders names.

The store also offers an array of West Virginia-made products. The Barnwood Living team is always on the hunt for hand-crafted furniture and gifts made by local artisans—things that are not in short supply in Greenbrier County. The store offers hand-turned wooden bowls, handmade wooden spoons, lamps made from repurposed materials, and individually made light switch covers. The wealth of handmade goods in the area is one reason Bowe chose White Sulphur Springs for the store’s location. His motivation goes deeper than that, though.

Bowe is a Lewisburg resident and a two-time graduate of West Virginia University. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in safety management, both from WVU’s College of Business and Economics. He worked as a coal miner to pay his way through college and in 1995 opened his first company, Antique Cabins and Barns. His roots run deep in the Mountain State, and he says running businesses here is his way of giving back to a place that holds a very large piece of his heart.

As a result, the Barnwood Living team supports its community as much as possible. The team has worked closely with the United Way of Greenbrier Valley as well as Main Street White Sulphur Springs. But its most important service may be giving tourists one more reason to visit White Sulphur Springs.

Fans from around the world stop into the store. “The best part of having a retail store/showroom is giving our fans and clients a destination. A place that they can visit and put their hands on 100-plus-year-old beams and barnwood,” Bowe says.

Bowe recently launched a new pop-up shop in Round Top, Texas, at that city’s annual antique fair, selling many of the same items found in the White Sulphur Springs location. He plans to add a permanent Texas location to the Barnwood family in spring 2019. But there’s no need for West Virginians to worry about Bowe relocating entirely to the Lonestar State anytime soon. “There is nothing that makes me more proud than to represent my home state in a positive way. I will continue to carry that flag proudly,” he says.

Source: WVLIVING

written by Carlee Lammers and Nikki Bowman

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Sunday, January 06 2019
LEWISBURG Lives Large

LEWISBURG Lives Large

In honor of our 10th anniversary, we revisited Lewisburg’s historic downtown to see how it has changed over the years. And guess what? It is more charming than ever.


Ten years ago, when I was planning the first issue of WV Living, I spoke to focus groups around the state about what they would like to see in a statewide lifestyle magazine. One of the questions I asked was, “In your mind, what’s the most perfect West Virginia town?” No matter where in the state I was, the resounding response was “Lewisburg.” So, I jumped in the car with my camera and headed to Greenbrier County to write our first town feature.

In honor of that first issue, I packed my bags and headed south again to chronicle the growth of this charming community, and why 10 years later it is still considered West Virginia’s most perfect town.

It is probably safe to say that Lewisburg appeals to everyone. With the right mix of gift shops, boutiques, galleries, antique stores, eateries, and coffee shops, it is quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. But know this: Lewisburg’s growth was by choice, not chance. Its renaissance began in the late 1980s, when a group of residents came together and created a vision plan for Lewisburg’s future. Today a cross-section of the community—merchants, residents, retirees, transplants, entrepreneurs, and artists—continues to join forces to enhance their town by capitalizing on its distinctive assets.

If you are a history or architecture buff, you’ll love the well-maintained historic buildings that line the streets. Mark Twain once said, “We take stock of a city like we take stock of a man. The clothes or appearance are the externals by which we judge.” When I first drove down Washington Street 10 years ago, I was ready to pack my bags and call Lewisburg home—and I hadn’t even gotten out of the car yet. Lewisburg is a beautiful town. No matter the season, it is always dressed in finery. Thanks to groups like the town’s astute Historic Landmarks Commission and The Lewisburg Foundation, Lewisburg’s historic and architectural heritage have been maintained and enhanced and are a main reason guests return again and again—and many even decide to stay permanently.

The beautiful buildings downtown aren’t just a façade. You’ll be hard pressed to find a small town in the state that offers the wide array of shopping options that Lewisburg affords. Fashionistas visit Yarid’s for a dizzying array of designer shoes, handbags, and jewelry. Yarid’s, which began in Lewisburg in 1908, is celebrating 100 years—no small feat for a retail establishment. For women’s clothing, Wolf Creek and High Country Boutique and Gallery are still tried and true spots for high-quality clothing and accessories. But in the past 10 years, new boutiques have joined them. Studio 40 features a hand-picked selection of limited-edition, artisan-designed clothing, jewelry, and accessories, and Merle Norman Cosmetics and Boutique sells the popular Simply Southern, Spartina, and Vera Bradley lines. For unique West Virginia–themed clothing and hipster-style casual attire, don’t miss Sunflower Soul. Check out the owner’s Pretty White Trash line.

Since we did our story 10 years ago, the beloved toy store Honnahlee has unfortunately closed—but don’t fret, there’s still a great toy and children’s clothing store in town: Love Child. Also new to the scene is a charming independent bookstore, A New Chapter.

Bella The Corner Gourmet is a must-visit. From artisan cheeses, gourmet foods, local meats, and fine charcuterie to West Virginia handmade goods and unique and useful kitchenware, you won’t walk out empty handed. Another local institution is Edith’s Health and Specialty Store, which has provided Lewisburg with health foods, spices, vitamins, and body care products for more than 20 years. A special spot is Harmony Ridge Gallery. You just feel cooler hanging out here. With a diverse and thoughtfully curated collection of American-made products that range from whimsical to artistic to functional at every price range, this is a place that draws you in. You can shop, pull up a bar stool and enjoy a glass of wine, and then shop some more. And if you are looking for outdoor clothing and equipment, Serenity Now is just next door.

If you love antiquing, Brick House Antiques is a darling shop that is still going strong. And for high-quality early 18th- to-19th century furniture, Robert’s Antiques Wine & Gourmet Shop is the place to go. In front of this unique shop, you’ll find more than 600 bottles of wine, beer, and champagne, along with a large gourmet food selection. Since our visit 10 years ago, Patina, a new vintage and antique store, has opened. With a large collection of vintage and eclectic decor, repurposed antiques, and even a booth that sells Yeti products, it’s a fun place to peruse. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are tons of more shops in and around the downtown area.

If, instead of shopping, you are looking for a jumping off point for outdoor recreation, Lewisburg has you covered. You can bike or hike the Greenbrier River Trail that follows the scenic Greenbrier River, the longest free-flowing and undammed river in the East. Folks come from near and far to fish and float the area’s pristine rivers and creeks. In the summer, you can swim at the Blue Bend Recreation area. If you prefer hanging out underground, then descend 120 feet down at Lost World Caverns or visit Organ Cave, the second longest commercial cave on the East Coast. Put on your hiking shoes and take to the trails at Greenbrier State Forest or, if you’d rather sling some mud, go off-roading at The Greenbrier Off Road Adventures. The Greenbrier also offers many other recreation activities—from golfing to sporting clays to ice skating to horseback riding.

Love art and culture? This town of 4,000 is home to three performing arts venues, including century-old Carnegie Hall—one of only four Carnegie Halls in the world that are still in continuous use as performance venues. Artists from around the world hold concerts here, and on summer evenings, you can enjoy free concerts on the lawn. Carnegie also has three galleries with rotating exhibits. The Lewis Theatre, which opened its doors in 1939, still shows films as well as hosting dance performances, concerts, and other events. Try and see a production at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, which has been producing exceptional live theater for nearly 50 years.

Lewisburg loves its artists. Galleries showcasing nationally acclaimed and local artists dot Washington Street. The Cooper Gallery, on the corner of Washington and Lafayette, is an art connoisseur’s dream and nearby Wandering Bird Gallery offers an eclectic mix of fine art and crafts. And not far off Washington Street, a historic school has been turned into Lee Street Studios, a repurposed space for studios for all types of creatives.

Make sure you visit the North House Museum, which is perched on the hillside with commanding views of downtown. Built in 1820, it contains the collections of the Greenbrier Historical Society and offers guided tours. You’ll learn about the fascinating history of the area and the infamous Greenbrier Ghost, whose “testimony” about her murder was accepted at trial.

One of the most noticeable changes in the last 10 years, in my mind, is that the culinary scene has exploded in Lewisburg. If you are a foodie, there’s a plethora of restaurants to tempt your palate. Ten years ago, Stardust Cafe was relatively new, and 10 years later, it is still receiving rave reviews. High-quality and locally sourced foods served in an intimate atmosphere draw locals and tourists alike. Food and Friends is still dishing out steaks and comfort food, and The Market, located next door, is still going strong as a salad, soup, and sandwich spot.

New to the scene is one of the finest French restaurants in the state, the French Goat. This bistro serves classic French dishes, and if you happen to be in town on a Sunday, you’ll not want to miss their brunch. Another dining destination is the Livery Tavern. Mouthwatering steaks, lamb chops, and fish dishes are served in an elegant tavern environment. For fantastic Latin cuisine, stop by Del Sol Cantina and Grille. It’s also a great spot to grab a drink with a friend. The Wild Bean offers more than just great coffee—it is a local favorite for its vegetarian menu offered at breakfast and lunch.

Lewisburg is home to some new fantastic bakeries. Blackwell’s Catering, located where the former Greenbrier Valley Baking Company once was, serves fresh pastries and quiche in the morning and sandwiches, soups, pizza, and salads for lunch. You’ll also want to pick up a cupcake or two. Another new bakery that replaced the Bakery on North Court Street is Corn + Flour Bakery. It is also open for breakfast and lunch and is the go-to spot for fresh bagels and coffee, breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and bear claws. On South Court Street is Amy’s Cakes and Cones, which serves up 16 varieties of Hershey’s Ice Cream along with artisan chocolates, cookies, cupcakes, and candies.

The Irish Pub on Washington Street is a Lewisburg institution. Weekly Celtic music performances, traditional hearty meals, a large selection of draft beer and whiskey, and a cast of characters sitting at the bar are a few of the things that make this place special. In the last couple of years, the Asylum has joined the nightlife scene. This multi-level bar and grill is outfitted with a dining area and a fully equipped sports bar, and in good weather you can enjoy live music on the rooftop bar. Open for lunch and dinner, locals swear Asylum’s fried chicken is the best in the county.

Now that you’ve shopped, eaten, shopped, and eaten some more, where do you rest your weary head? Of course, The Greenbrier is only a stone’s throw away from Lewisburg, but if you are more interested in staying downtown, the Historic General Lewis Inn has been greeting guests for 86 years. Offering 24 rooms and suites that are furnished with period antiques and a dining room that serves farm-to-table cuisine for breakfast and dinner, it has been undergoing impressive renovations since Sparrow and Aaron Huffman bought the inn four years ago. There are also chain hotels located near the interstate, but if you are looking for a bed and breakfast, Church Street B&B isa stately home built in 1904. For a touch of The Greenbrier without the expense, Maison Marcel, located less than one mile from downtown Lewisburg, is a delightful, albeit colorful option—the interiors were decorated by Carlton Varney, who as president of Dorothy Draper & Co., oversees The Greenbrier’s decor.

Since our article 10 years ago, Lewisburg has blossomed. New shops have opened, there’s a more diverse collection of restaurants, and more people are using it as a base for outdoor recreation. Lewisburg is a town you can visit for a day or stay a week and never be bored. I’ve focused on the downtown amenities, but there are equally as many restaurants, shops, and destinations on the outskirts, like Smooth Ambler Spirits, Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company, Jim’s Drive-In, Retro Donuts, and Hawk Knob Appalachian Hard Cider and Mead, to name a few. So plan your getaway. But be warned, you may love it so much you join the growing ranks of those who decide to never leave.

Story by WVLiving - Nikki Bowman

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Sunday, December 30 2018
7 New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

Declutter

downloadA popular resolution, centered around getting your home in order. But, when it becomes a challenge it may fall to the wayside. To keep  yourself on track, get started now. Schedule time for this task just like you would any other. Plan to declutter, even if you can only block out twenty minutes for the task, do it! This will help make it feel less daunting, you don’t have to complete it all in one day!

Planning a room renovation

You may not have had the time –or money– to renovate a room this year. But next year, may be just the right time for a freshen up. If you’re thinking about it, start planning, budgeting, and scheduling contractors now. Often times electricians, plumbers, or other licensed contractors can become heavily booked, it’s a good idea to reach out a few months in advance.

Putting holiday decorations away early

Do you choose to leave your decorations up a little longer after Christmas? That’s totally fine, this can allow your family to enjoy the holidays a while longer. Professionals suggest that when you do decide to start taking down the decorations, look at what you have and what you plan to buy. Make sure you have the right size containers for your decorations and a good place to put them, this can make the task a little easier.

Tackling Little Projects

pen calendar to do checklist
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You know that little list you’re always adding to? Have you ever considering putting it all on your resolution list? You may find that the little tasks you consistently ignore or keep adding to really aren’t that difficult and that you may be able to tackle them all at once and mark them off for good! So, get to hanging those photos, clearing the gutters, patching the holes in the walls, or installing that ceiling fan. Mark them off!

Organizing a specific space

Narrowing your organizational resolution to a particular problem in your house may be a more achievable goal. Master closet, home office or garage sound familiar? You want to create a better system in the space but follow these few steps before running out to get those fancy bins and storage containers.

  • Focus on the function of the bins and containers rather than how they look
  • Look at what you’re keeping in the room, what will stay and what will go?
  • Measure and establish a plan for the best way to maximum your space for functionality and organization

Preparing your house to sell

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You’ve decided that 2019 will be the year that you decide to sell, but don’t wait until the New Year comes. Contact a real estate agent to go over just what needs to happen to your home before you list it- whether it’s refinishing the floors or finishing the paint job you started last month. Often the number of listings continue to rise after the first of the year, so the sooner you list–the less competition you’ll have. Any of the professional REALTORS at Greenbrier Real Estate Service can you help you with the listing and consultation process.

Putting your house on the market

2018 is coming to a close but if your house is ready, you may be able to go into 2019 with offers coming in! With an enthusiastic REALTOR from our team, your home could sell faster than you might expect. Make sure that you’re ready to sell because buyers during this traditionally slower time of year are ready to make a deal!


Contact us if you’re ready to start your house hunt or if you’re considering listing your home. There’s no better time like the present! 304.645.2255

Gregory Allman, Broker
www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com

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Friday, December 21 2018
Top Kitchen Trends We'll Keep Seeing in 2019

Top Kitchen Trends We’ll Keep Seeing in 2019

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We recently posted a picture (see left) on our Facebook page of a kitchen that featured black cabinetry and asked our followers if they loved it or not.  A few said no, but safe to say that the majority loved it! This sparked our curiosity to find out more about kitchen trends and what might stick around for the coming new year! Take a look…


Because a kitchen is such a big-ticket item, it’s one area of our homes where we’re generally more risk-averse. “There are always going to be trends we hold onto [in the kitchen],” says Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design at The Home Depot. “We think of our childhood, of how are parents lived. There are certain pieces of we just aren’t willing to get rid of.”

But that doesn’t mean a kitchen is a boring, trendless spot. You can incorporate some of the year’s biggest trends into elements—like a throw rug or even a paint color—that are easier to swap out. And if you’re planning a major overhaul, you can count on these more sweeping changes to be relevant into 2019 and beyond.

1. Bare minimalism

Clean and uncluttered kitchens are still hot, but busy homeowners have realized that function does need to come first in a kitchen, says Jennifer Howard, owner of JWH Design & Cabinetry. In 2019, you’ll see the trend continue with a better balance between enclosed storage for everyday essentials. “Open shelves will continue to be an attractive and functional feature—in moderation—especially the floating shelf style.”

2. Quartz countertops

“Quartz has become the most popular of countertops, because it has the natural stone look, but has the indestructibility of a man-made material,” says Fishburne. Today most countertops have straight edges to create a safer, more timeless look, she adds.

3. Contrasting colors

“We’re seeing people play with contrasting color combinations, and the social nature of kitchens make them perfect spaces for having fun with color,” says Ashley Banbury, senior designer of HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams. “It’s all about creating a contrast that will hold someone’s attention.”

4. Unique Wood Finishes

“Stained or natural wood will always have a spot in many kitchens, but unique textures, grains, and finishes will make the statement, whether using specialty wood veneers or a multi-step treatment of solid wood,” says Jennifer Howard, owner of JWH Design & Cabinetry.

5. Integrated finger pulls and appliances

Integrated finger pulls, the chamfered edges of a cabinet door or drawer that you grab with your fingers to open it, are here to stay, says Anderson Kenny, owner of Anderson Kenny Architecture. “Really chic kitchens [also] have refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, hoods, and other appliances behind panels that allow them to blend with the millwork.”

6. Two-toned cabinetry

“Families are using these colors not only on the walls, but also on kitchen islands and shelving,” says Sue Kim, senior color designer for Valspar Paint. The colors may change, but the general concept will remain relevant.

7. Mixed metals

“You don’t have to stay with one color across fixtures, hardware, and lighting,” says Fishburne. You might see stainless steel, satin brass, and chrome all in one kitchen—and that’s perfectly acceptable. “Mixing colors lends sophistication.”

Article from apartmenttherapy.com


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Sunday, December 16 2018
5 Holiday Hosting Disasters and How to Avoid Them

Imagine you’re preparing to host your annual holiday party, and you’re past the point of no return. The veggies and meats have been bought. Guests are already braving busy airports and crowded highways to get to your home — and then your oven won’t turn on. Your home-cooked meal has quickly turned into a microwave dinner.

That’s just one of many hosting nightmares that can end your holiday party before it even begins. Thankfully, some of the most damaging mishaps easily can be avoided. We collected five of the most prevalent issues and give you preventative tips to keep your holiday party on track.

Problem: The Oven Doesn’t Heat

For any holiday occasion, the oven is the most important appliance in your house. If it fails to work, the centerpiece of your meal could go from roasted beef, ham, duck, or Tofurky to Peking Duck from the local Chinese takeout joint.

How to avoid:

  • There are any number of reasons a stove can break, but one common cause of disaster is easy to prevent. Don’t self-clean your oven until AFTER the holidays. You risk blowing a fuse or a thermostat, and tracking down an oven technician around the holidays can be tough.

Problem: The Kitchen Sink Clogs

The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest of the year for plumbers. The prime cause of this clog-a-thon is the mistreatment of drains when cooking holiday feasts. We hope your Thanksgiving went well, and that you avoid clog-a-thons for the rest of the holidays.

How to avoid:

  • Fats and cooking oils can solidify in your pipes, so never dispose of them in your kitchen sink.
  • If you have a garbage disposal, make sure it’s running before anything goes in it, and never feed it any stringy, fibrous, or starchy foods like poultry skins or potato peels.
  • To fix, don’t rely on chemical drain-clearing products that can harm your pipes. Use a snake instead, available for $15 at your local hardware store. Best to keep one on hand.

Problem: The Heat Goes Out

As the party’s host, you’re supposed to hang guests’ coats — not apologize to them for having to keep them on. A lack of heat can stop a holiday party dead in its tracks.

How to avoid:

  • The key to avoiding freezing your party to a standstill is regular maintenance of your HVAC. Every 90 days, a new one-inch pleated furnace filter should be installed. If you haven’t done it in a while, now’s a good time to replace it.
  • Also inspect insulation on refrigerant lines that are leading into your house. Replace them if they’re missing or damaged.

Problem: The Toilet Stops Up

Toilets have a way of clogging up at the worst times, such as during parties and when you have overnight guests. This is especially true if you have a low-flow toilet from the early 1990s.

How to avoid:

  • Don’t flush anything other than sewage and toilet paper down the toilet. And there’s nothing wrong with putting up a polite note to remind your guests to do the same.

Problem: The Fridge Doesn’t Cool

Without a properly functioning refrigerator, your meat could get contaminated, your dairy-based treats could go sour, and you may not be able to save your yummy leftovers. To avoid discovering a warm fridge after it’s too late, take these simple precautions.

How to avoid:

  • Get a thermometer for your refrigerator to make sure each shelf stays below 40 degrees and you can be aware of any temperature changes.
  • Also make sure the condenser coils located on the back of the unit or beneath it are free to breathe. Coils blocked from circulating air by cereal boxes atop the fridge, or dirtied by dust or pet hair can prevent a fridge from keeping cool.

Article from HouseLogic.com we hope that you found these good tips helpful!

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Wednesday, December 12 2018
Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

The holiday season from November through January is often considered the worst time to put a home on the market. While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed. First, decide if you really need to sell. Really. Once you’ve committed to the challenge, don your gay apparel and follow these tips from FrontDoor.

  1. Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard.
    Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home and distract buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes.
  2. Hire a reliable real estate agent.
    That means someone who will work hard for you and won’t disappear during Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s. Contact our team of professionals, we are ready with snow boots and shovels to list and sell during this time! This will ease your stress and give you more time to enjoy the season.
  3. Seek out motivated buyers.
    Anyone house hunting during the holidays must have a good reason for doing so. Work with your agent to target buyers on a deadline, including people relocating for jobs in your area, investors on tax deadlines, college students and staff, and military personnel, if you live near a military base.
  4. Price it to sell.
    No matter what time of year, a home that’s priced low for the market will make buyers feel merry. Rather than gradually making small price reductions, many real estate agents advise sellers to slash their prices before putting a home on the market.
  5. Make curb appeal a top priority.
    When autumn rolls around and the trees start to lose their leaves, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. Bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard. Keep buyers’ safety in mind as well by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.
  6. Take top-notch real estate photos.
    When the weather outside is frightful, home buyers are likely to start their house hunt from the comfort of their homes by browsing listings on the Internet. Make a good first impression by offering lots of flattering, high-quality photos of your home. If possible, have a summer or spring photo of your home available so buyers can see how it looks year-round.
  7. Create a video tour for the Web.
    You’ll get less foot traffic during the holidays thanks to inclement weather and vacation plans. But shooting a video tour and posting it on the Web may attract house hunters who don’t have time to physically see your home or would rather not drive in a snowstorm.
  8. Give house hunters a place to escape from the cold.
    Make your home feel cozy and inviting during showings by cranking up the heat, playing soft classical music and offering homemade holiday treats. When you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, you also give them more time to admire its best features.
  9. Offer holiday cheer in the form of financing.
    Bah, humbug! Lenders are scrooges these days, but if you’ve got the means, then why not offer a home loan to a serious buyer? You could get a good rate of return on your money.
  10. Relax — the new year is just around the corner.
    The holidays are stressful enough with gifts to buy, dinners to prepare and relatives to entertain. Take a moment to remind yourself that if you don’t sell now, there’s always next year, which, luckily, is only a few days away.


    As always, our team at Greenbrier Real Estate Service is always ready to help you with your real estate needs. We always offer FREE consultations, contact us today if you may be ready to sell your home. 304.645.2255

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Friday, December 07 2018
Holiday First Fridays After Five & Girls Day Out

  

Holiday First Fridays After Five & Girls Day Out

A busy, fun weekend in Lewisburg, WV

Don’t miss out on the fun this weekend in Lewisburg, WV. This Friday and Saturday are sure to offer a good time with friends and family, all while braving the chilly weather and enjoying all offerings of these events.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 7TH: HOLIDAY FIRST FRIDAY’S AFTER FIVE

Downtown Lewisburg celebrates a Holiday First Fridays after Five on Friday, December 8th!  Join the fun  … free horse drawn carriage rides, a Santa visit, artist receptions and tasty treats throughout town …. all free to the public.  Everyone is welcome! To start off your evening, bring the family to the downtown Lewisburg Branch of Premier Bank for a visit with Santa Claus from 3pm to 5pm.  1085 Washington Street East, 647-3216.

Then, The Shops & Restaurants of Downtown Lewisburg are excited to offer free horse drawn carriage rides from 5pm to 7pm along festive main street, filled with holiday lights & decorations.   Catch your ride in front of City Hall and enjoy!

Lee Street Studios welcomes West Virginia ceramic artist Sean O’Connell with a show titled “In It Together”, a solo show of new ceramic and mixed media sculpture.  Sean lives in Alderson and maintains a working studio at Lee Street Studios.  232 Lee Street North, 681-318-3551.

“You’re an Angel” at Harmony Ridge Gallery.  Stop by to take a pic of yourself & your friends with the Wings of an Angel!  Enjoy complimentary holiday refreshments & wine specials!  886 Washington Street West, 645-4333.

The Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with Greenbrier County Schools to present the 5th annual “Sharing the Gift of Our Talents” exhibit.  The exhibit, featuring artwork from middle and high school students.  Complimenting this year’s art show will be the display and silent auction of select historical school desks that have been transformed into functional and captivating works of art by partnering artists of Lee Street Studios.  Proceeds will go to the United Way of Greenbrier Valley’s Project Apple Seed, supporting purchases of classroom supplies and basic student needs items.  Please join us as we celebrate the talented students of Greenbrier County Schools and the community that supports art programming in our schools.  905 Washington Street West, 645-1000.

WV Fine Artisans presents Rose Dobbins, well known for her portraits in pastel.  She will be demonstrating her techniques with oil paint.  Rose will be working on a Monroe county scene featuring Sunset View Farm and their llama, “Spooky” (affectionately known as Tony).  Please stop in for a complimentary cup of mulled apple cider and chat with an artist or two!  1042 Washington Street East, 667-0320.

Wish List Party at Wolf Creek Gallery.  Prizes will be drawn throughout the evening.  Enjoy their special punch, while making your own holiday list.  967 Washington Street West, 645-5270.

Bella’s holiday tradition includes Jeff’s Breads Chocolate Cherry Bread and a sip of the new December wines added to Bella’s Shelf!  Talk about an elf on the shelf!  1017 Washington Street East, 520-4921.

The Asylum welcomes Iron Lion World starting at 9pm. Check out their new December cocktail list.  Make this your final stop on First Friday and enjoy some great tunes!  399 Randolph Street East, 681-318-3515.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH: GIRL’S DAY OUT IN LEWISBURG, WV!

Go directly to the Girl’s Day Out Facebook Page!

Great fun for the girls, grab your friends and family and hit the town! Area shops offer discounts, giveaways, prize, complimentary items, and a slew of fun! Take a look…

A New Chapter: Free handmade French rolling pin or cheese knife to first 24 customers who purchase a cookbook(s) at $30+ and refreshments.

Amy’s Cakes & Cones: $1 off 5-Truffle Gift Box

The Asylum: $1 off any holiday cocktail and a drawing for an Asylum T-Shirt & a $25 Asylum gift card

Bella The Corner Gourmet: Hot ruby cranberry mimosa tastings! Surprise gift with purchases over $75!

Bodies in Motion: Myofascial Release Class/Workshop at 10am for $15

Corn + Flour: Complimentary cookie with every purchase

The General Lewis Inn: Make Your own signature scent with purchase of an advance $25 ticket Complimentary champagne included.

Greenbrier Valley Visitor’s Center: Win a $100 Visa Gift Card and refreshments served. If you win, we encourage you to spend it #LOCAL!

Harmony Ridge Gallery: Yes! Complimentary Champagne! A girlfriend photo selfie station with loads of fun accessories! And prizes all day!

High Country Gallery & Boutique: Enter to win 3 Chan Luu Skinny scarves with purchase

Lewis Theatre: Enjoy a free small popcorn with beverage purchase at “Can You Ever Forgive Me” at 7pm

Patina: Roll the dice and win a door prize; raffle for a basket of vintage stuff; and win a prize for the ugliest Christmas sweater

Plants Etc.: Refreshments, a drawing to win a fire & light recycled glass bowl, and fortune telling! What does your future hold?!

Stardust Café: ½ Off All Alcohol Purchases

Studio 40: Enter in 2 Drawings! 1.) Win a Sterling Tree-Of-Life Necklace and 2.) Win a Leather Wrap Bracelet

Sunflower Soul: Enjoy complimentary spiced Apple Mimosa and enter in a drawing for a Sunflower Soul & Pretty White Trash give-away

Suzanne P. Hancock Interiors: Try Color Street nail polish samples

WV Fine Artisans: Drawing for a Tote full of Brookstone Soap products and a hand-crafted Fabric Folio. Wine and artisanal cookies.

Wandering Bird Gallery: Complimentary glass of wine and register to win one of 3 mystery art grab bags

Wolf Creek Gallery: Enjoy famous sparkling punch and delicious treats. The first 20 customers will receive a gift with their purchase!

Yarid’s: Pull a candy cane to receive a 10% or 15% discount


Information from Hashtag WV and Harmony Ridge Gallery

Greenbrier Real Estate Service has a full team of professional REALTORS ready to serve you, if you’re ready to make this place your home- contact us!

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