Author: M. Lynne Squires

Focal Point: Alford Homes Solutions

Alford Home Solutions Some of the pleasures in the warmer months is enjoying the beauty of the outdoors and fresh air. A few of the downsides can be rain and mosquitos. Alford Home Solutions, true to their name, has solutions for your home. They specialize in creating sunrooms, screen rooms, pergolas, and patio structures to enrich your outdoor experiences while enhancing the beauty of your home. Sunrooms offer the luxury of year-round outdoor views while maintaining the comfort of the indoors. Whether built on an existing porch or deck, or constructed on a new foundation, a sunroom can be...

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Looking Back: at Libbey-Owens-Ford

Today, the Libby Owens Ford smokestacks remain only in the memories of those old enough to remember Reagan becoming President, John Lennon being shot, and Mt. St. Helens erupting.  The austere row of brick stacks towered over the far east end of Kanawha City’s MacCorkle Avenue; a silent sentries of a passing era. Glass product manufacturers Edward Drummond Libbey, Michael Joseph Owens and Edward Ford, who had all separate, sizable companies, merged in 1930 to form the Libbey-Owens-Ford Company. The Libbey Owens Company opened its glass manufacturing operations in Kanawha City in 1917, building six units in 1917, six...

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Ferguson Enterprises     Tucked away on Spring Street in Charleston is one of the Kanawha Valley’s premier destination locations for quality home fixtures and appliances. Open to the general public, as well as contractors and designers, Ferguson Enterprises specializes in lighting, plumbing, and appliances.        A ten thousand square foot showroom allows customers to see, feel and experience potential purchases. After all, wouldn’t you rather sit in a bathtub and know it fits, instead of ordering a tub and finding out after installation that it’s a tad too short for the tallest person in your home?...

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Looking Back: at the Diamond Department Store

Long before ‘anchor stores’ became synonymous with shopping malls, Charleston had a few stores that anchored the downtown shopping experience.  Among them, The Diamond Department Store, the jewel in the retail crown of the capitol city. Completed in a record six months in 1927, The Diamond was built on Capitol Street, on the site of the state capitol building that burnt to the ground in 1921. Designed by architect Charles Haviland, The Diamond was a state-of-the-art store.  The original building was five floors boasting large display windows fronting Capitol Street, modern ventilation, three elevators, and a pneumatic tube system to...

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Mr. Handyman     Mr. Handyman of the Kanawha Valley is locally owned and operated, springing from an international company of franchises offering an enormous range of services locally. One look at their website (www.mrhandyman.com/kanawha-valley) will have you thinking of repairs, improvements and services you might not be able or willing to tackle yourself. For example, they can install basketball backboard poles, assemble your Ikea furniture purchase, clean your dryer vent, and install a pet door. They can also assist in your spring cleaning and renewal projects, such as painting, hanging blinds, cleaning gutters, and installing a new kitchen...

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Looking Back at the Quarrier Diner

The diner is a commonplace sight in more northern states. In Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York you can stand on just about any street corner, throw a penny, and hit a diner. Diners are usually small eateries, family orientated, with vast menus, and open twenty-four hours. In Charleston’s mid-century heyday, the downtown boasted two diners. One, the Empire Diner was across from the Post Office on Lee Street, and was torn down before the century was over. The other downtown diner still stands. A mid-town Art Deco icon, the Quarrier Diner resolutely stands alone, and is still going...

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