Business Spotlight: Sumittra Thai Cuisine

Business Spotlight: Sumittra Thai Cuisine

Business Spotlight: Sumittra Thai Cuisine

Business Spotlight: Sumittra Thai Cuisine
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New Thai Restaurant in Downtown Charles Town

Business Spotlight: Sumittra Thai Cuisine – There’s a new restaurant in town, and everyone is talking about it! Sumittra Thai Cuisine officially opened in July 2016 in downtown Charles Town, West Virginia and has been busy all week. If you love spicy, tasteful food, you’ll love Sumittra’s.

With its original location in Frederick, Maryland, Sumittra decided to expand after seeing a need in Charles Town. Their main restaurant has been a staple in downtown Frederick, receiving great reviews from all who visit. With an almost five star rating, they have been serving the area for several years with much success.

Their menu is a mix of delicious foods with Asian roots. Whether you’re looking for a hearty curry dish or prefer noodle bowls, Sumittra has it all. They have many of the well-known favorites, like pad thai, spring rolls, and wonton soup, but they also have unique creations. In addition, Sumittra works with your dietary needs, so if you are vegetarian or vegan, you’ll be sure to find something tasty to eat. For those who are worried about spice, they even give you a chart on the menu so you can avoid anything too spicy.

The ambiance is warm, colorful and modern. This is a great place for date night and families! Come for lunch, dinner, or even takeout. Everyone is welcome.

Interested in buying a home in Jefferson County? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Business Spotlight: Sumittra Thai Cuisine

Jefferson County WV: John Brown History

Jefferson County WV: John Brown History

Jefferson County WV: John Brown History
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Everything You Need to Know about John Brown in Jefferson County

Jefferson County WV: John Brown History – Are you a history buff? Then you’re in luck! Jefferson County is known for being a hub for all things history in the United States. In particular, Jefferson County is the location of much of the history surrounding John Brown.

Who was John Brown? And what did he do?

John Brown was a white American abolitionist who led a raid on the Harpers Ferry armory. His hope was to arm slaves so they could escape and become freed men. In 1859, he and a group of men attacked the armory and engaged in a battle that unfortunately did not have a successful ending. Locals had been tipped off about his plans and cornered he and his men (many of whom were slaves) in the armory.

What happened after the raid?

After the Marines and General Lee surrounded the armory, Brown refused to surrender and the armory doors were battered in. Brown and some of his men were captured and put in jail until a trial declared them guilty. They were sentenced to hang in December of 1859.

What still remains?

You can visit the armory in Harpers Ferry to see where the raid took place. In Charles Town, you’ll find the location of John Brown’s hanging, which is situated on the corner of Samuel and Hunter streets.

Visit the area and explore the unique history to has to offer! Interested in buying a home in Jefferson County? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Jefferson County WV: John Brown History

Business Spotlight: Mad Monks Coffee Shop

Business Spotlight: Mad Monks Coffee Shop

Business Spotlight: Mad Monks Coffee Shop

Business Spotlight: Mad Monks Coffee Shop
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New Business in Downtown Charles Town WV

Business Spotlight: Mad Monks Coffee Shop – The time has come and Mad Monks Coffee Shop has officially opened its doors! If you’ve been anticipating their opening, be sure to stop by this week and explore this wonderful new addition to downtown Charles Town, right on Washington Street (across from Skipper’s).

Mad Monks Coffee Shop is owned and operated by real monks from the local area. They are part of The Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem and are known for baking delicious bread. After noticing a need in their community, the monks decided to bring their talent to the public in the form of a new coffee shop.

On June 16, Mad Monks officially opened its doors and welcomed in happy customers eager for a cup of joe. The shop specializes in “high quality coffees, artisan monastic breads and other baked goods, with a friendly, peaceful, relaxing atmosphere.” Currently, their other goods include biscotti, scones, and egg souffles. They also offer Italian sodas chai tea, and specialty caffeine drinks like lattes and mochas. For their opening week, they have rosemary raisin bread and apricot challah bread. Yum!

Check out the newly renovated space and delicious food and drink between the hours of 9am-3pm Monday through Friday. Follow them on Facebook, and support your local businesses downtown! Interested in buying a home in Charles Town? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Business Spotlight: Mad Monks Coffee Shop

Jefferson County WV: Dentists

Jefferson County WV: Dentists

Jefferson County WV: Dentists

Jefferson County WV: Dentists
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Dentists & Orthodontists in Jefferson County, West Virginia

Jefferson County WV: Dentists – Is it time for your yearly visit to the dentist? You’re in luck! Jefferson County in West Virginia has a plethora of qualified dentists and orthodontists that are ready to serve you. Take care of yourself this summer and make an appointment with one of these great doctors below.

Charles Town Dental Center Located near the race track in Charles Town, Dr. Parker’s practice is close to home and has an excellent staff and facilities. Convenient, friendly, this practice has a great reputation in town. Services range form standard dental cleanings and children’s dentistry, to cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery.

Mayhew Family Dentistry: This is a family dentistry, through and through! Comprised of Dr. Emily Mayhew, her father Dr. John Mayhew, and her husband Dr. Ted Smith, the three perform dental hygiene, implants, periodontic and restorative services, among others. This practice is located in Harpers Ferry.

Drs. Diaz & Woodyard: With a practice conveniently located right downtown, you’ll find a small office but attentive staff. The doctors are considered general dentistry, which means they are a great option if you’re specifically looking for yearly dental checkups and hygiene.

RS Orthodontics: If you’re in need of braces or invisalign, consider visiting RS Orthodontics. Dr. Sebbahi loves making her patients smiles straighter and brighter! With locations in both Charles Town and Martinsburg, there is an extensive staff that is well trained and friendly.

No matter which dental doctor you choose, you’ll certainly receive the best care and attention in Jefferson County, West Virginia! Interested in buying a home in the area? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Jefferson County WV: Dentists

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas
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Things to do in Spring in the Eastern Panhandle

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas – Rain, rain, go away, come again another–on second thought, don’t come again for awhile! The Eastern Panhandle has seen an increase in rainfall this spring, and we’re ready to see it leave. But until summer comes, here are a few ways you can happily embrace this rainy spring season!

Have an Indoor Picnic 

Can’t get outside? Bring the picnic inside! Pick up your favorite foods from your locals farmers market (like the Charles Town Farmers Market or Orr’s Farm Market), like yummy ingredients for sandwiches and homemade sweet treats. Then head home and spread a blanket in your living room for a cozy indoor spring feast.

Go to the Movies

Rainy weather is the perfect time to hit up the local theater–in this case, Regal Martinsburg Stadium 10. Take advantage of it while you can. Soon the temperatures will rise, the sun will shine, you’ll be spending hours outside soaking up summer! For now, enjoy the familiarity of a movie and popcorn–the theater is always playing the newest releases.

Browse Antique Shops 

There is something so quaint and calming about sifting through antique shops in the pouring rain. Jump from puddle to puddle while you browse The Wooden Shoe Antiques, Needful Things and Junkwork Antiques in downtown Charles Town, or stop in to Patriot Antiques Center and Crim-De La-Crim in Martinsburg.

Visit the Library 

What better place to spend a rainy day than at the library? Curl up with a good book in a comfy chair and listen to the rain outside as you get lost in a story. Or, pick up DVD’s, audiobooks, or CD’s to pass the time at home. You’ll find all of this and more at your local libraries, such as gems like Charles Town Library and Martinsburg Public Library.

Take a Paint Class

Enjoy wine and a fun paint night with your friends or significant other at Urban Easel in Shepherdstown. You’ll feel relaxed and artistic as you create a beautiful painting to take home. Besides, who cares if it’s raining when you have wine?

Make the best of a rainy spring season with any of these date ideas. Want to buy a home in the area? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Jefferson County WV: Hardware Stores

Jefferson County WV: Hardware Stores

Jefferson County WV: Hardware Stores

Jefferson County WV: Hardware Stores
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Home Supply Shops in the Jefferson County Area

Jefferson County WV: Hardware Stores – As temperatures rise, it’s likely you’ll need to hit up your local hardware store for seasonal supplies: gas for lawn mowers, new paint, or outdoor tools for gardening and farming. Thankfully, the Jefferson County area of West Virginia has a variety of businesses suited to your needs. Find a few notable ones below!

Universal Forest Products – With its proximity on Ranson, WV, the UFPI store is a great place to find quality materials and reliable service. Their focus is all things lumbar and they source wood from all around to help various subsidies. Their products include building and packing materials, concrete, and more.

Home Depot – Also located in Ranson, the local Home Depot is a great place to stop when you need something quickly, specially the essentials. Shop for outdoor living, tools, wood, foliage, home improvement supplies, and other useful products.

Valley Hardware – One of the last remaining local hardware stores in downtown Charles Town, Valley Hardware is unique and loyal to its past. They provide retail hardware, glass and window replacement, screen repair, and other services. Stop in for paints and parts, doors, plumbing supplies, or lawn and garden tools.

Tractor Supply – This store has it all! From clothing and footwear to pet and livestock materails, Tractor Supply is a one stop hardware shopping experience with fair prices and great variety.

Sears Hometown Store – Find all of your needed appliances here at Sears. You can find amazing deals on everything, like lawn mowers and refrigerators. They even have quality power tools and fitness equipment! Sears is located in Harpers Ferry, WV.

No matter what your hardware needs are, Jefferson County has it all. Take advantage of all of these great businesses when you’re in need of materials. Looking to buy a home in the area? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Jefferson County WV: Hardware Stores

Charles Town Farmers Market: New Vendors

Charles Town Farmers Market: New Vendors

Charles Town Farmers Market: New Vendors

Charles Town Farmers Market: New Vendors
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New Businesses at the Charles Town Farmers Market 2016

Charles Town Farmers Market: New Vendors – April marked the beginning of the Charles Town Farmer’s Market season again, and residents are excited to welcome all of the wonderful new vendors! Take a look below for the some of the new offerings now available at the farmers market.

Walnut Hill Farm

For the first time ever, the market will soon have farm fresh, cream-line, whole, pasteurized milk. Walnut Hill Farm is a small, local family owned and operated in Kearneysville. Using registered Holstein and Brown Swiss cattle, farmers Mark and Donna and their son Justin produce all natural, non-homogenized milk for consumption. Their cows are fed GMO-free diets without added hormones.

The Cultured Leaf Kombucha

Only recently, kombucha has started to replace smoothies as the trendy drink of choice–and for good reason! Kombucha is a fermented probiotic-filled tea that has a unique taste and great health benefits. Owners of The Cultured Leaf, Jodi and Ryan, believe in sustainable, small batch production and living food.

Blue Mountain Farm

Dave, owner of this small-scale farm in Hedgesville, uses sustainable methods when it comes to produce and poultry. Blue Mountain Farm grows everything from arugula to zucchini, and plans to be at the market every single week.

Arcadian Furnishings

The market doesn’t just offer produce–it also offers home goods! Arcadian Furnishings specializes in rustic twig furniture. Owner, Tim, started woodworking at age fifteen, loves using unique wood types, and even makes smaller scale items like candle holders.

Mountaineer Popcorn Company

Located in the Shenandoah Valley, this company uses non-GMO corn only. In addition to standard popcorn flavors, Mountaineer Popcorn also make specialities like Peanut Butter Cup, Buffalo Wing, and Cookies and Cream, among others.

The Charles Town Farmers Market is located on S. Samuel Street in Charles Town and is open every Saturday from April through October, 8am until 12pm. Looking to buy a home in the area? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Charles Town Farmers Market: New Vendors

Eastern Panhandle WV: Climate

Eastern Panhandle WV: Climate

Eastern Panhandle WV: Climate

Eastern Panhandle WV: Climate
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Weather & Seasons in the Eastern Panhandle

Eastern Panhandle WV: Climate – Do you love having mild four seasons? Tired of too much cold or too much heat? You’ll find a happy medium here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia!

If you’re looking for traditional east coast weather, West Virginia has you covered. With distinct seasons and a prime location you can enjoy the beauty of all weather in the Eastern Panhandle.

Spring

One of the prettiest seasons in West Virginia, spring in both Berkeley County and Jefferson County is characterized by cool days, with the most precipitation falling in May. The Panhandle is abundant with stunning flora, so you’ll get to watch the variety bloom and grow throughout the season.

Summer

If you love hot, humid summers, this is the place to be! The area is categorized as humid subtropical, with temperatures only reaching the upper 80’s during July. But don’t worry–it’s rarely hotter than 90, and average rainfall keeps things fresh and cool when you need a break from the heat.

Fall

Probably the most stunning season in the Eastern Panhandle, fall is characterized by crisp, cool days, with average rainfall and usually no snow. You’ll be surrounded by vibrant colors–a majority of the land is covered in forest, which means you’ll get to witness the changing leaves all season long.

Winter

Here in the Eastern Panhandle, winters are typically mild but cold, with the most snow falling in January. Temperatures tend to stick in the 30-40’s, with the low being 22 degrees. Witness the mountains and rolling hills covered in a blanket of snow a few times each winter, but you won’t ever have to stress about the weather hitting below zero (or freezing pipes).

Overall, the Eastern Panhandle gets the U.S. average of 37 inches of rain fall each year, and the average 26 inches of snowfall. More than half the year claims sunny days, and the comfort humidity level is on par with the U.S. average of 44 out of 100.

You can be sure that living in the Eastern Panhandle will provide you with both variety and vibrancy in terms of climate, typical temperatures and weather. Interested in buying a home in the area? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

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Berkeley County WV: Schools

Berkeley County WV: Schools

Berkeley County WV: Schools

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Ratings for Schools in Berkeley County

Berkeley County WV: Schools – The Berkeley County, WV school district ranks above average across the board, which makes it a great place to raise children. Take a look at some of the best schools in the area below!

Inwood Primary School – Serving kindergarten through third grade, Inwood Primary is ranked 10 out of 10 by Great Schools website. Parents describe it as a friendly and helpful atmosphere, with high test scores frequent excellence awards.

Tomahawk Intermediate School – Located in Hedgesville, this school scores an 8 out of 10 on Great Schools. With grades 3 through 5, many believe Tomahawk is a “caring” and “wonderful” place.

Hedgesville Middle School – Grades 6 through 8 attend this middle school. It is highly reviewed, with parents describing it as supportive, with attentive teachers and a strong anti-bullying program.

Spring Mills Middle School – Receiving a score of 8 out of 10, Spring Mills is considered a stellar place. Teachers encourage parental involvement and strive to create a positive, safe environment.

Martinsburg High School – Although not ranked as high as its earlier grade counterparts, this high school receives almost a five-star review. The teachers work to incorporate more than just state-testing, and extracurriculars are plentiful.

James Rumsey Technical Institute – A unique feature of the school district, Berkeley County has the only vo-tech school in the area, even bussing in students from Jefferson County. The programs have a good reputation, with a variety of industry pathways and class schedule offerings for all.

If education is in the forefront of your mind, know that Berkeley County has a variety of great schools for your children to attend throughout their academic career. Want to buy a home in the area? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Berkeley County WV: Schools

Eastern Panhandle WV: Spring Date Ideas

Eastern Panhandle WV: Spring Date Ideas

Eastern Panhandle WV: Spring Date Ideas

Eastern Panhandle WV: Spring Date Ideas
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Fun Activities for Couples in the Eastern Panhandle

Eastern Panhandle WV: Spring Date Ideas – We’re nearing warmer temperatures, which means the end of hibernation! Enjoy the spring weather in the Eastern Panhandle and try some of these date ideas this season.

Jefferson County Activities

Bloomery Plantation Distillery – Plan a night out with friends or your significant other at this local distillery. Try their homemade artisanal cordials, like hard lemon, ginger and peach shine.

Old Opera House – Enjoy dinner (at Alfredo’s Cafe or Paddy’s Pub) and a show for a sweet ticket discount! You’ll find ballets, musical events, romantic comedies and other theatre productions here.

Hollywood Casino & Horse Races – Spend an evening playing the slots or watch the horse races from the outdoor stadium. You can also indulge in hand-selected steaks while you dine at Final Cut.

River Riders – Have an adventure and get outside! Try white-water rafting, tubing, zip-lining, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, mountain biking, or fishing. The possibilities are endless.

Morgan’s Grove Park – Plan a picnic at one of the many local parks, where you can enjoy beautiful scenery, nice walking trails, pavilions and a volleyball court.

Berkeley County Activities

Pikeside Bowl – Spark your childhood nostalgia with a trip to the bowling alley. On the weekends, you’ll find pizza and Pepsi nights and laser bowling as well.

Redbrick Gallery – Take a stroll downtown and stop in this fine art museum, which features local artists in a variety of interesting mediums. They also offer painting parties!

Sleepy Creek Lake – Go fishing or spend a weekend camping at this local lake. You can even night fish, and boats are allowed.

Regal Cinemas – Go old school with the traditional dinner & a movie night. The theater in Martinsburg always plays the newest releases!

Evergreen Driving Range – Spend an afternoon practicing your swing with some friends. The driving range is open every day, lighted for night play, and has a two-level tee area.

Whatever county you live in, the Eastern Panhandle has a lot of great activities for date nights and weekends. Spend time supporting your local community while having fun! Looking to purchase a home in the area? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Eastern Panhandle WV: Spring Date Ideas

Berkeley County WV: Hair Salons

Berkeley County WV: Hair Salons

Berkeley County WV: Hair Salons

Berkeley County WV: Hair Salons
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Beauty Boutiques in Berkeley County West Virginia

Berkeley County WV: Hair Salons – Still getting over the winter blues? This is a great season to change up your look! Visit one of the many Berkeley County area hair salons and enjoy a fresh cut for spring. You’ll find some of the best salons highlighted below!

Cristallo Blu Salon & Spa – Rated as one of the best salons in the county, Cristallo offers everything from hairstyling and facials to massage, waxing, manicures and pedicures. Clients describe them as friendly, talented and affordable.

Glitter Hair Salon – This salon provides a pampered and fun experience! Glitter’s professionals offer a variety of speciality cut and color options for their clients.

Regis Salon – Enjoy shopping at the mall, and follow it up with a visit to the Regis. They offer all types of cut and color services for men and women, as well as waxing.

9 West Hair Studio – This local boutique salon in Martinsburg specializes in chic cuts for all, in a fun and quirky atmosphere. They even offer a luxury essential oil hot towel treatment for men!

Hair Cuttery – If you’re looking for a quick cut and efficient service, the Hair Cuttery is for you. A favorite among men, they offer affordable prices and are often available on short notice.

Feel refreshed this spring with a quality haircut, color or new style! Berkeley County has a lot of great hair salons with personalized attention and those with professional skills. Looking to purchase a home in the area? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Berkeley County WV: Hair Salons

Spring in Jefferson County

Spring in Jefferson County

Spring in Jefferson County

Spring in Jefferson County
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Spring is in the air in Jefferson County, West Virginia

Spring in Jefferson County: Spring is officially here, and we are so excited for what’s to come this season in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia! Here’s a brief look at some of the notable events, celebrations, and overall fun happening in the area in the coming months.

Friends Wilderness Center: This outdoor multipurpose space is offering a variety of spring-centered events, from a poetry workshop and wildflower foraging class to watercolor journaling and an evening studying the stars.

Charles Town Library: The library will celebrate Poetry Month & Earth Day with a Teen Poetry Slam & Poet’s Circle event on Friday, April 22 from 6-8pm. Register to compete in the slam or come to listen!

Jefferson County Little League: Opening Day for the local Little League is on Saturday, April 9 this year! Please see their calendar for details on games.

Charles Town’s WV Fest: Formerly known as the Heritage Festival, the WV Fest will be on Saturday, June 18 from 10am-4pm, with arts & crafts vendors, food, live music, and other educational activities.

Charles Town Farmer’s Market: The CTFM will open for the season on Saturday, April 16 at 8am. Come meet old and new friends, shop local and enjoy fresh spring produce!

Jefferson County Museum: The museum will reopen on Tuesday, April 12. On Saturday, April 16 from 1-4pm, the staff will hold a celebratory reception, where they will debut their four new exhibits to the public.

B.Vintage: A beloved favorite in downtown Charles Town, B.Vintage will be hosting a Chalk Paint 101 class on Sunday, April 2nd from 1-4pm.

No matter your interest, you’ll certainly find a variety of fun activities to keep you occupied while you celebrate the long-awaited arrival of spring! Interested in purchasing a home in Jefferson County? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Spring in Jefferson County