BY BREANNA COLLINS, ENERGIZING ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITIES VISTA, THE HUB
A total of six new businesses have surfaced in Taylor County and the Grafton community in recent history, bringing new life to the small business community and a vibrancy back to main streets. These new businesses contribute to the growth in foot traffic in the downtown area, reminding folks of the olden days when the streets were filled with people.
In fall of 2017, a new restaurant appeared on Grafton’s Main Street. Leonard’s Grill offers burgers of many varieties, salads, sandwiches, and kids menu items. They pride themselves on quick and friendly service and have received wonderful support and feedback from the community.
A few months later, a Financial Advisor named Joseph Munroe began visiting local businesses and attending All Aboard Grafton meetings in hopes of exploring the opportunity for establishing a client base and office in Grafton for the company Edward Jones. Joe has found success in attaining a client base rather quickly and is currently seeking out office space.
During this same time Appalachian Flow, a yoga business, began offering classes out of Buffalo Flats. While it’s the first yoga business in Grafton, Appalachian Flow holds six classes a week and is excited to bring yoga classes to the community while being optimistic for their future in Taylor County.
In December of 2017, a local coffee shop, Espresso Yourself Coffee House, caused quite a buzz among community members. Opening their doors just before Christmas, the Coffee House serves specialty coffees and baked goods from Anna Ash and her new businesses, Euphoria, out of Fairmont, WV. The Coffee House has experienced great success in their venture thus far.
The same week, a business out of Belington, WV held their grand opening. Located on Main Street, Hometown Care moved into the old American Legend building and were pleased to bring their services to Grafton and Taylor County.
Shifting into the new year, Travis Hudson decided to follow his dream of running his own business and was pleased to open Tygart Electric LLC.
With the New Year comes a new journey for these entrepreneurs. We hope that our small business community continues to grow and that others can see from these, and all of the businesses in Taylor County, that they too can run a successful small enterprise. Follow your dreams and create your own adventures.