Handmade Crafts » thomas http://www.mountainmade.com/blog The blog of West Virginia handmade art and handmade crafts. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:48:29 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 Being Blessed — I Am MountainMade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/being-blessed-%e2%80%94-i-am-mountainmade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/being-blessed-%e2%80%94-i-am-mountainmade#comments Tue, 31 Aug 2010 05:00:30 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=977 Most days, you'll find Heidi Haldeen serving artists and guests at The MountainMade Gallery in Thomas, WV.

Most days, you'll find Heidi Haldeen serving artists and guests at The MountainMade Gallery in Thomas, WV.

I have been very blessed to work at MountainMade. I am surrounded every day by a quality, excellence and a committed group of people who believe in what we do: We represent West Virginia artists and craftspeople by knowing and promoting their work.

I am on the front-line. I have other duties, but I am often one of the first people to greet you when you walk in the door, email or call with a question. I don’t always know the answer, but I’ll find out and get back with you as soon as I can.

The “gift” is the relationship(s) I have with our customers.

We meet new people every day, but many of you have become friends. The Gallery is an open, intimate space that invites lingering exploration. I’m here to answer your questions and guide you in your search for the perfect gift, but “it’s got to be the right fit.” We get to learn a bit about your stories and your passions and preferences. We learn what’s most important to you. Your trust and commitment to quality, handmade goods keeps us alive and growing.

I am reminded of this every day. Today it was the couple who had been in 6-plus weeks ago and seen a Beth Crowder pastel and came back just to see her exhibit. Needless to say, they’ll enjoy a few of Beth’s whimsical critters and her detailed landscapes for years to come. To answer the phone and be serenaded by an artist who knows that today is my birthday is delightful. The customer who meets me at the grocery and makes the connection — MountainMade! This IS the good stuff.

But, the winning recent memory is the gentleman who shook my hand because I helped him and his wife create the perfect wedding gift for a young man who made a life and death difference to their family. A custom-made piece of glassware that will be used and cherished for a lifetime. To hear your story, makes mine better.

I AM MountainMade and part of a greater whole. I keep good company. Yours.

I look forward to serving you.

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The History of Thomas, WV’s Peacock Building http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-history-of-thomas-wv%e2%80%99s-peacock-building http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-history-of-thomas-wv%e2%80%99s-peacock-building#comments Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:06:57 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=495 The MountainMade Country Store is located in the Peacock Building, on Thomas, WVs downtown mainstreet. The building was purchased by the Vandalia Heritage Foundation in 2002 and renovated to its current condition.

The MountainMade Country Store is located in the Peacock Building, on Thomas, WV's downtown mainstreet. The building was purchased by the Vandalia Heritage Foundation in 2002 and renovated to its current condition.

MountainMade’s Country Store is located in the renovated Peacock Building, right on Thomas, WV’s historic Main Street. Some of the historic uses of the Peacock Building include residential apartments, saloons and retail shops.

The Peacock Building is typical of the commercial architecture of the downtown Thomas area. Architecturally and historically, the Peacock Building helps to evoke the days when downtown Thomas was a bustling center of commerce.  After fires struck Thomas in 1890 and then again in 1893, the town built new commercial structures from masonry to prevent future fires. Beautiful hotels, bars and an opera house lined the streets and many of those structures still stand today.

In 2002, the Vandalia Heritage Foundation purchased the building which was in need of major repairs. Vandalia gutted and renovated the building to include the retail area on the first floor where the MountainMade Country Store is located. The Peacock Building was originally known as the Bible Building, having at one time been owned by the Bible family. Vandalia re-named the building after the Foundation’s logo which features a peacock.

MountainMades Country Store has a Christmas Shop all year!

MountainMade's Country Store has a Christmas Shop all year!

MountainMade’s Country Store brings back the feel of an old-time general store. It features West Virginian gourmet foods, toys, pottery and other small gift items. It also maintains a year-round Christmas shop beside the vintage potbelly stove. A pottery studio exists in the rear of the store where customers can watch artisans create their products which are often for sale at MountainMade.

The next time you are in Thomas, stop in to shop and to see the full sized saloon bar that is currently displayed in our Country Store.

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