Celebrate Women in Wheeling!

Wheeling CVBlog: Women’s History Month

Women-Owned Businesses

By: Jennifer Materkoski, MA



March was Women’s History Month, celebrate and visit some of the wonderful women-owned businesses in Wheeling. Here are some places to stop:


  1. Avenue Eats/Whisk: If you crave fresh, quality ingredients, it’s time to check out Avenue Eats. The Pub Burger was named one of the 33 Best Burgers in America. In addition to the award-winning burgers, the seasonal menu boasts a variety of salads and sandwiches. If you prefer something on the sweeter side, head just down the road to Whisk Bakery and Catering. Whisk offers fresh baked goods each day, including their famous cupcakes. Place an order for your special occasion cake or have them cater your next event. Both locations are owned by Wheeling’s Lara Graves.


  1. Happy Goat Yoga: Get your zen on at Happy Goat Yoga in historic North Wheeling. Owned by Wheeling native Lindsay Schooler, HGY offers an array of classes open to everyone. Whether you’re a novice or a beginner yogi, you’ll find a class to fit your needs. Classes are available seven days a week at various hours throughout the day. A convenient drop-in special is available for new students. For just $10, try as many classes as you’d like in the subsequent ten days. Bring your own equipment or borrow from the stash at HGY.


  1. Under the Elder Tree: If you’re interested in natural and holistic healing, check out Under the Elder Tree near Center Wheeling. Owner Carrie Eller is a professional herbalist and certified aromatherapist. The shop offers Eller’s own blends of essential oils, teas and healing salves and ointments. Customers can also brows an array of handcrafted bath bombs, candles and many other relaxing items. Take your relaxation a step further and book a massage with one of the shop’s licensed massage therapists. For more information or to make an appointment, call 304-280-0127.


  1. Later Alligator: For over ten years, Later Alligator has made its home in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market. Owner Susan Haddad fell in love with the building and came up with the idea to turn the location into a restaurant. Later Gator is the only restaurant between Columbus and Pittsburgh specializing in crepes (you can choose savory or sweet), but they also offer a full menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. Guests can also choose from a large selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Later Gator also does catering for private events. Call 304-233-1606 for more information.


  1. Thread and Grain: If you want a piece of Wheeling but don’t want to wait until your next trip, check out Thread and Grain on Etsy. Craft lover and Wheeling resident Katy McKinley offers up a variety of made-to-order goods, including a line of items to show some West Virginia The goodies aren’t just for Mountaineers. Thread and Grain also has a variety of other State Love items.


  1. Budget $aver: As springtime heats up, head to the freezer section of your local grocer and look for the bright colors of Budget $aver Ice Pops. Budget $aver pops are manufactured by the Ziegenfelder Company, which is headquartered in Wheeling with two other production sites in Denver, Colorado and Chino, California. The company is run by CEO Lisa Allen, a Wheeling native with family ties to the company. The Ziegenfelder Company is certified through Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
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