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Charleston's West Side

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Charlestons West Side

Charming Charleston Charleston’s West Side is a neighborhood known for family businesses, good food and can’t-miss celebrations. Here you will find the Charleston Light Opera Guild theater company and the upscale Kelley’s Men’s Shop. Some of the oldest and most well-known family businesses in the state are here or were started here, including Fountain Hobby Center, FM Pile Hardware, Charleston Department Store and Fas Chek Supermarkets.

Charleston's West Side

Popular restaurants include The Smokehouse, featuring comfort food like burgers and barbeques, The Grill, with a wide selection of daily specials, and Chris’ Hotdogs, where you can get some of the best hotdogs in town. All three are hotspots for state leaders and town locals.

The West Side Main Street program is building on its strong foundation of established businesses by revitalizing the business district along Washington Street West and advancing historic preservation projects. A variety of programs are in place to replace infrastructure, improve the streetscape and accomplish façade renovations.

Charleston's West Side

A few of the neighborhood’s newer, can’t-miss events draw people from all over the city. In June, wiener dog races and an old fashioned ice cream social are part of Charleston’s FestivALL. The event also features a pet costume contest, pet blessing and wiener dog merchandise along with music and games for the kids. October means it’s time for OktoberWest, which is West Side Main Street's major fundraising event for the year. Bigley Avenue becomes a traditional German beer garden with bratwurst, sauerkraut, hot dogs and potato salad for all. Music is provided by a German band. There are games for young and old including barrel rolls, corn hole, dirndl girl races, and pumpkin painting for the kids.

Charleston's West Side

The Kanawha Trestle Rail Trail Project is currently working to create an urban trail for walking, biking, jogging and in-line skating in the West Side area. This is part of a larger 10 to 15 year plan to safely connect public, historic, cultural, educational and recreational properties from the State Capitol through Charleston to South Charleston’s Indian Mound.

Public art projects like the tile mural, containing more than 400 tiles painted by the community, and the painting of the piers under the Interstate Bridge on Washington Street are just two of the colorful additions to the West Side.

Projects like this are not only keeping Charleston’s West Side connected to its past, but also helping it blaze trails into a successful future.