As the holiday season approaches, area residents have even more places to shop for those special gifts for family, friends and loved ones.
The existing assortment of retail shops, big box stores and locally-owned emporiums already provides shoppers with many choices. The array has expanded with the addition of new stores such as the Peebles department store at Warwood Shopping Plaza in Wheeling and Boscov's huge department store in the Ohio Valley Mall at St. Clairsville.
I had the opportunity to pop into Boscov's for the big preview Thursday, Oct. 10, when customers could shop to their hearts' content (and score some giveway items and great bargains) if they paid for a ticket from a local charitable organization. All of the proceeds from the event's ticket sales are being donated to the participating charities, numbering in excess of 100 entities.
As expected, the huge store was packed with curious area citizens and avid shoppers. Each ticket-holder received a free meatloaf pan. It was amusing to hear the comments from folks waiting in line for the pans; the remarks ranged from "I don't even like meatloaf!" to "I can't wait to try this pan!"
Shoppers who were approved for a Boscov's charge card had an opportunity to receive additional gifts. As a result of all the special deals and gifts, customers were in a festive mood as they browsed and bought items and greeted friends and acquaintances in the store. Many folks also were eagerly awaiting performances by movie and television star Shirley Jones in the store's auditorium.
Boscov's official grand opening is taking place today, Oct. 13.
Retired West Liberty art professor Bernie Peace is encouraging his former students and colleagues to join him for a special celebration of his 80th birthday. A reception in Peace's honor is planned in the parish hall of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in downtown Wheeling from 1-3 p.m.. Saturday, Oct. 19.
A noted painter and collage maker, Peace has participated in more than 300 exhibitions over the course of his long career. He is still busy making art and entering shows. Some of his work is included in various private and public collections.
Wheeling native Justin Misenhelder, who now performs professionally under the stage name of Justin Mise, returned home for a special event this weekend. Meanwhile, another venture in his hometown is in the offing.
The actor, host and recording artist was invited to serve as host for a dancing competition at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling Saturday, Oct. 12, for the hit television show, "Dance Moms," on the Lifetime channel.
A spokesman for Mise said he also will be shooting a music video for his new single, "LoveKill," in Wheeling sometime over the next few months. The Wheeling Park High School graduate performs in New York, Los Angeles and in other cities; his resume includes stints with theatrical touring companies.
Linda Comins can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org