With his trademark heavy breathing, Darth Vader walked through the aisles and past customers of the new downtown shop Counter Point Cooperative.
Walking past the register where Kelsi Boyd was ringing up some customers, “Vader” stopped and used the Force for a pretty convincing sales pitch. “Shop local,” he said before flipping aside his black cape and walking back out onto Main Street during the 16th annual Mothman Festival.
The Mothman Festival was like a bit of a cosplay Christmas come early for Counter Point, as the new creative retail co-op at 424 Main St., in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, got to let thousands of shoppers from the Tri-State and beyond know about the new store and its eclectic, mostly local gifts from West Virginia and Appalachia.
While Counter Point may not usually serve as the staging and dressing area for dozens of “Ghostbusters” and “Star Wars” characters, the new shop has been letting folks know there is a new rebel alliance of sorts in the quiet Ohio River city where local crafters and artists have banded together to create a new business and help foster a creative movement…