BY BREANNA COLLINS, ENERGIZING ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITIES VISTA, THE HUB
As part of The Hub’s Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities program, currently in Boone, Lincoln, Wyoming and Taylor Counties, community coaches have been working with local residents to ask small business owners in the area about challenges that they are facing and resources they may need. We are spotlighting businesses who are taking part in this process to shine light on their work in improving local communities and to say thanks! for taking time out of their busy days to help with support for long term entrepreneurial growth for their area.
Breanna Collins: Tell us about your business.
Lincoln County Friends of the Arts: Lincoln County Friends of the Arts is located at 8112 Court Avenue (Route 3) in Hamlin, and we are many things. We are a history, art and tourism gallery for Lincoln County. We want to preserve and cultivate our county’s history, culture and the arts. The gallery displays revolving photo exhibits, albums, and other artifacts. We also promote and provide information on tourism and events in the area and our state. Arts and crafts from local artisans are on display and for sale, as well as books about the area and by local authors. In March (14th) we are having our first “Pop Up Bakery” featuring homemade goodies to take or enjoy at the gallery with friends and neighbors. We will continue to have these bakeries throughout the year as a place to “meet and greet and have a tasty treat!” Encouraging the arts, we offer a multitude of various workshops throughout the year such as painting, quilting, tie dying, loom weaving, clay creations and yoga..We plan on offering Summer Arts camps for children throughout the county this summer including art, science, music and movement. We are also an event and meeting space for the community. ☺
BC: How long have you been open?
LCFA: We originally began back in 2006 but our recent reorganization and the opening of our gallery has been since spring 2017.
BC: Why did you choose this community?
LCFA: The original founder and President of Friends of the Arts (FOA), Katie Thacker, shared that she had always had a great appreciation for the arts whether its visual arts, music, dance, crafts, all of it, and she wanted to have a space in our community for people to come together to enjoy, preserve and participate in the arts!
BC: What would you say to others wanting to start a business in this community?
LCFA: There’s a lot happening in Lincoln County right now and in particular, the downtown area of Hamlin, our county seat. An ongoing effort at revitalization and beautification by many area groups is beginning to show and we encourage anybody wanting to be a part and start a businesses here during this exciting time! Do a lot of planning to think everything through and BE PATIENT.
BC: What would you like West Virginians to know about you and what you do?
LCFA: First, we’d like them simply to know we’re here! We are open to the community so come on in and visit, look around and chat anytime we’re open (Monday-Thursday 12:30-3:30) and join us for one of our many events or workshops. You can find flyers about these either at our gallery or throughout the area. We also have a Facebook page: Lincoln County Friends of the Arts.