I could have never anticipated the outpouring that I received for the first post I wrote on local businesses in Logan County. For all of you who shared it, read it, and was encouraged by it, I just want to say thank you so much! If you haven’t seen the first one, you can find that here.
So then, here we are with Part Two. Why the need for a second one, you may ask? Well, there are a couple of reasons.
Reason One: Supply and demand. People in Logan County are hungry for something to be written about the place they love that is actually good. I know, because I live here, and it becomes disheartening for everyone when the only press we receive is bad. With nearly 5,000 views and over 1,000 shares on my first article in just a few hours, it became clear to me that there is a demand for good press in our county. Over 10% of our county’s population took the time to read my first post. If that doesn’t scream that there is a demand, then I don’t know what does.
Reason Two: Simply put, I love more businesses than the first eight I shared. I do a regular bit of hanging out in those places in my first article, to be sure. But, those aren’t the only ones. There are tons of great businesses in Logan County, and I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight eight more.
So, without further-ado, here they are!
1. Appalachian Range Outdoors – Chapmanville, WV
Appalachian Range is a venture founded by my personal friend, Dave Miller. Dave is a local Chapmanville boy, and is also the worship leader at New Haven Church. Now, again, I know some of you are shaking your head at this point, but seriously, they’re doing amazing and unique things.
They do a little bit of everything when it comes to the great Appalachian outdoors, and they’re really beginning to get a huge online presence. They really focus on promoting hunting, fishing, and exploring in Appalachia through creating amazing professional content such as cinematic documentaries and photography. They also promote habitat management practices, and offer direction for management to landowners and hunting clubs. They really want to establish a true network of ethical hunters, and are dedicated to making what they create very real and true to what hunting, fishing, and being outdoors in the Appalachian Region really looks like.
Another cool thing is that also work to help families in need by promoting what they call the Hunters Feeding the Hungry program.
Now, let me say this: Technically, Appalachian Range isn’t your everyday brick and mortar business. What I mean by that is they don’t have a building or location in town that you can visit. However, they do have an online store where they do sell their original Appalachian Range apparel. Their T-shirts are probably the most comfortable t-shirts I’ve ever wore, and their trucker-style hats are s-w-e-e-t (yes, I just did that).
2. AJ’s Card Shop – Chapmanville, WV
My family hangs out here pretty frequently. AJ has a great selection of diverse sports memorabilia. Everything from collegiate to professional stuff. If you have man-cave needs, and you want to swing in somewhere and pick up some signed WV sports memorabilia, go to AJ’s. You don’t have to drive all the way to Alumni Hall at the Charleston Town Center. Save yourself the drive, swing into AJ’s, pick it up there, and support a great local small business and a great family in the process. It’s a win win.
(AJ’s Shop doesn’t have a Facebook page. Swing in and see him in Chapmanville)
3. Perry Brothers – Chapmanville, WV
If you love firearms, this one’s for you. Fun fact: I’m a firearm owner and enthusiast, even though I may not talk about it much. I realize it’s not everyones cup of tea, and that’s fine. To each his own.
I absolutely love Perry Brothers. I honestly believe they have the best firearm selection around. Every time someone asks me about firearms and where to get them, I point them here. I go to Perry Brothers over Cabellas, Gander Mountain, or any other place. My family decided a long time ago that the Bros establishment would be where we picked up our firearm needs, and that’s what we’ve been doing ever since.
And, if firearms don’t do anything for you, I won’t fault you. They also carry. . .Well. . . Um. . .They have fidget spinners you can buy and play with too. So there’s that too.
4. Ink Slinger Tattoo – Logan, WV
TJ has really become my main man. If you’re into tattoos, TJ has the most professional shop I’ve ever seen, and I’ve had work at other establishments.
He’s invested lots of time, energy, and money into building his shop and making it that way, and it really shows. Not only is his shop great, but he’s great. He does great work. He’s did a forearm piece for me that I’m extremely happy with, and he fixed an older one on my wrist that I got somewhere else that I wasn’t happy with. He’s also done great work for the rest of my family. Every time I go over, either to get inked myself or with friends, I talk to TJ for hours. Usually about church, guns, music, or whatever. He’s a really cool dude, and I highly recommend him. Plus, he blasts 80’s hair metal the entire time. What’s better than that?
5. Four Seasons Country Store – Logan, WV
Four Seasons is doing some awesome stuff. Not only do they have awesome country-style food, not only do they tons of plants you can buy for your garden, and not only do they do kayak and canoe rentals, but Four Seasons recently started up what they’re calling Live on The River. Every Friday evening during the Summer, Four Seasons puts a spotlight on local Logan County artists. Seriously. Is there anything this place doesn’t do? They’d probably change your oil and rotate your tires if you asked nice enough. This place is a great source of economic diversity in Logan County. We need more places like this.
6. Morrison’s Drive Inn – Logan, WV
What can I say? This place is a classic. Legendary even. It’s been around longer than I’ve been alive, and they’re still kicking out the jams (or the burgers). If I drive through the Stollings area, I make it a point to stop at Morrison’s and pick up a cheeseburger. Those grilled slices of bread, the american cheese, the all beef patty, and even the old-school plastic wrap they put on your burgers . . I can’t even. Just go.
7. Parkway Drive-In – Logan, WV
Again. Same thing applies here. What is there to say? If you’re not stopping into Parkway, getting a hot dog with slaw, and then driving through Chief Logan Park afterwards, then what are you doing with your life?
8. Chirico’s Ristorante – Logan, WV
Ah. Last, but certainly not least: My own slice of Italian paradise in Logan County. Growing up, my dad would always tell me stories about Frank Chirico’s early days when he used to drive a food truck around the island in Logan that he used to sell amazing food out of. Seriously, it was apparently so good that my dad told me stories about it. Guess that shows how much my family loves food, right? But, dad used to tell me that everyday after football practice on the island, the first place he was headed was to Frank’s truck to grab his grub for the day whenever Coach Lacy Smith put them through a tough practice.
Well, you know what they say: Like father, like son. The apple sure didn’t fall too far from the tree. If my wife and I are going on a date night, this is our usual spot. We love the atmosphere of this place. The authentic Italian music. The bread, and your choice of Chirico’s homemade sauce or olive oil dip. I usually get the chicken parm, or a calzone that’s so big it will feed five people. As my father-in-law likes to say: Great googly moogly, you need to try this.
Thanks so much for checking out part two! I really hope you enjoyed this second eight local Logan County Businesses. Did I miss any? What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!