Artefaktual, Barbour County’s only bookstore, opened with a ribbon-cutting recently.
Located off the parking lot opposite the Grand Theater at 47 South Main Street in Philippi, the humble but thriving business contains a surprising amount of comics, books, games, accessories, art supplies, and oddities, while inventory displays change weekly, says owner Gretch Corley. The store is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 8:00 p.m.
Corley holds an Associate in Arts degree in liberal studies from Fairmont State University. She is the former Marketing Manager of Amazing Spiral Comics & Games, a Visual Event Merchandiser for Under Armour, and Purchasing Adminisrator - then Graphic Designer for Diamond Comic Distributors.
Artefaktual may be telephoned at (304) 460-5754, or E-mailed at
Wellwishers from the city, county, region, and local Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the ribbon-cutting, including Susie Cvechko, Tammy Stemple, Traci Rexrode, Shana Frey, Katie Wolpert, Michael White, Amber Higgins, Liz Phares, Alannah and Laurieann Jones, John Boskovic, Megan Reed, Hannah Thome, Amaris Zirkle, and friends.