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By Kim Harbour

West Virginia's quaint towns and charming main streets make the ideal location for businesses and families alike. Read about how five couples have made a nice living in West Virginia's historic downtowns.


LewisburgLewisburg: Putting Fun into Fridays
Looking for something fun to do on a Friday evening? Lewisburg's Merchants Association sponsors First Fridays after Five, the first Friday of every month, all year round.

SuttonSutton: Getting ON TRAC to be an Artists' Town
"Messy Vitality" - that's the name for the funky art galleries, coffee shops and quirky specialty boutiques that are breathing new life into West Virginia's main streets.


MartinsburgMartinsburg: Creating a Sweet Success on Main Street
West Virginia main streets are like a box of assorted chocolates – each shop a delight to savor, according to veteran chocolatier Brenda Casabona.




WheelingWheeling: Finding Online Careers on the Way Home
Justin Seibert was born and raised in Wheeling. And even though he thought he would come home…some day…it took him a while to realize just what his career would be.


FayettevilleFayetteville: Catering to Dogs, and the Owners who Love Them
Barbara Aguilar left her native town of Hinton in 1974. As her journeys took her to other states, such as Pennsylvania and New York, one state always remained on her mind: West Virginia.