Centre Market celebrates Small Business Saturday | News, Sports, Jobs

WHEELING — Centre Market in downtown Wheeling was full of shoppers both young and old on Small Business Saturday. Shoppers were seen wearing winter coats of various colors, as they moved from store to store, looking for gifts with a local touch.

Centre Market is always a lively part of Wheeling no matter the time of year but especially during the holiday shopping season. Shoppers looking for something handmade, artwork, antiques, clothing, or candles have plenty of chances to find it somewhere within Centre Market.

The shopping area remains a popular Wheeling stop because it has allowed many small businesses to grow and thrive for many years. Various small business owners have said that they enjoy being a part of the Wheeling community because of how friendly everyone is.

Many shoppers stopped into The Market Cafe for coffee to help them warm up from the cold temperatures during the morning. Jessica Clark-McDowell, who owns both locations for The Market Cafe, Ziklag, JC Photography said local flair keeps customers coming back.

“The locally made items are what bring visitors to Centre Market for Small Business Saturday because there is so much unique stuff here,” she said.

The four businesses that Clark-McDowell owns have allowed her to show off different parts of her personality. She also said that creating drinks for The Market Cafe is like creating little forms of artwork.

Amy Cordy, the owner of the VC Wares home decor and apparel store in Centre Market, agreed that the lure of local goods is strong.

“People that come to Centre Market know how nice it is to shop small and to shop local and we even have people that come here and are discovering it for the first time,” she said.

Corinne Lavin from Columbia, South Carolina, was one of those shoppers discovering Centre Market for the very first time.

“I am actually here visiting my friend’s grandparents house for Thanksgiving,” she said. “I think that Small Business Saturday is great. I just went to the antique store and looked at a bunch of different things, and I actually bought a jacket today.”

Centre Market maintains its popularity with shoppers, many of whom come back each year, including Mary Jurkiewicz, who was visiting Wheeling from Cleveland, Ohio for Thanksgiving with her son and husband.

“We always come down every year and we have done this for over 12 years,” she said. On Small Business Saturday we come into Wheeling and we look at all of the shops and we patronize small businesses because we believe in the small proprietor.”

Melinda Stevie of Moundsville is currently in the process of opening a new business called American Pies and Pastries in Centre Market which will be located where Oliver’s Pies used to be.

“We have been making pies for about three years now and selling them at local businesses and at local farmers markets during the summer,” Stevie said. “We love Centre Market and we are excited to open up our new business soon. My hope as a small business is to provide quality pies and baked goods to the residents here in Wheeling and in the Moundsville area.”

One of the things that Centre Market was doing to encourage shoppers to check out every location within the market was a scavenger hunt. The businesses handed out a map that had all of the stores listed on it, visitors to the market would visit a store, and they would get a sticker. If they were able to fill up their entire sticker sheet they had a chance of winning a prize.

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