Tastes and Talents, a monthlong focus on food and the arts in Putnam County, begins March 1. With 15 locally-owned restaurants participating this year, residents and visitors are sure to find something delicious to enjoy.
"The theme of Tastes and Talents is Try Something New," said Kelli Steele Dailey, executive director of the Putnam County CVB, which organizes the event. "We hope people will come out and visit a new restaurant, try a new dish at a favorite restaurant, meet some of our local artists, hear a local musician, take a class or participate in one of dozens of Tastes and Talents events."
Putnam County has seen exciting growth over the last several years, particularly as it relates to the local food and arts scene. Tastes and Talents attempts to bring that together in a showcase of coordinate promotion and events.
For a full listing of participating restaurants and related events, visit PutnamTastesAndTalents.com.
Whether celebrating with friends, family, a spouse, or significant other...Putnam County offers plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with someone you love! Below you’ll find great answers to “What should we do for Valentine’s Day?”
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Dinner and a Show: Sleepy Hollow Golf Club is hosting a Valentine's Day Murder Mystery Dinner titled, "A Murderous Match Game." Step back in time with this hilarious rendition featuring the celebrities you loved back in the early 1970's! Open to club members and the public. Tickets are $43 per person. Purchase tickets HERE.
Valentine’s Day AND Anti-Valentine’s Day Party with Live Music: Whether you’re celebrating a night with your loved one or going out with friends, Mountain Pie Company in Hurricane invites you to visit on Valentines Day for two special parties! Inside you’ll find an Anti Valentines party with black decor and black balloons covering the ceiling. They’ll have lovey décor on the heated patio too complete with pink and red balloons covering the ceiling. Live music will start at 6 and last until 8. The musicians will be moving between both sections to sing “love stinks” blues and romantic love songs. MPC will feature several amazing homemade desserts, several new dishes, and pick two options. As always they’ll be serving their famous sangria.
Pasta Bar, Chocolate Fondue Fountain, and Live Music: If pasta and chocolate are your love language, then you’ll want to visit the Italian Grille for Valentines Day! They’ll be hosting a Valentine’s Day Pasta Bar ($14.95/person) with Chocolate Fondue Fountain from 4pm to close. The menu includes a build your own pasta bar, spaghetti marinara with penne, baked spaghetti with meat sauce, lasagna, linguini alfredo with chicken, linguini Mediterranean, assorted pizza, and MANY options at the chocolate fondue bar for dessert. Joe hunt performs love songs live from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
Main Street Shopping, Dinner, & Milkshakes: If you start your evening early, enjoy a stroll through the shops on Main Street! Shops like Hidden Creek Mercantile, Bear Wood Company, and Oodles are open until 6pm. Then head to Books and Brews for a scrumptious flatbread pizza for dinner or warm your heart and your hands with coffee or hot cocoa (open till 8:30pm). They have a nice area for kids to sit and play, and a yummy kids menu if you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with children in tow. Is your special someone a big fan of BBQ or burgers? Then they'll love a mouthwatering dinner at Mountain Que (open until 8:00pm). They are offering two special burger deals this week, including the Hunk-a-Hunk of Burnin' Love Burger, topped with a spicy deep fried mac and cheese heart, sautéed onions and jalapeño, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and drizzled with their signature BBQ ranch. If sharing a milkshake for two sounds sweet to you, then you must consider My Bella on Main Street (open until 8pm). Try one of their photo-worthy over the top milkshakes! Share with someone you love, or keep all the yummy goodness for yourself!
Dinner and the Perfect Gift! Putnam County has no shortage of delicious dining options! Check out our full dining directory to find the perfect place to celebrate with someone you love. Make your dinner extra memorable by finding the perfect gift at any of the wonderful locally owned small businesses listed on our local shopping directory!
Gifts for a Good Cause: If you want to show your love by supporting a great local cause, consider surprising someone you love with tickets for a local charity event! Surprise a Mom with tickets for her and a friend to attend the 2018 Mom Prom which is a special evening for Moms to get dressed up, have fun, and make memories for a local children's cause (this year proceeds raise funds for Putnam County Libraries' Children's Programs).
Many of us make resolutions this time of year, but it’s always a good time to develop healthier habits. We’ve rounded up some of the best spots to start healthy habits.
Join a gym – Putnam County is home to many traditional gyms such as SNAP Fitness and Anytime Fitness.
Get Out(side) – The weather can be frigid this time of year, but on those days with more comfortable temperatures, explore the one-mile loop on the Esther and Norman Walter Nature Park on Red House Hill, the trails at Putnam County Park in Eleanor, or the Mary Ingles Walking Trail just south of Winfield.
Move in a New Way – Try something different by visiting one of many specialty fitness facilities. Take a yoga class at Lifespring Yoga, Pilates or TRX at Pilates Plus, or high-intensity training at Potential Plus / Revved Up CrossFit.
Shop Smart – Find a variety of supplements, health foods and products to support a healthy lifestyle at Health Smart in Teays Valley.
Make Healthier Choices When Eating Out – Plan ahead by researching restaurant menu options online and make your meal choice before arriving. And visit local restaurants that offer fresh, healthy choices like Bridge Café and Bistro or Island Teriyaki.
Make plans to enjoy things that promote overall health and wellness. Find an inspiring read at a Putnam County Library, schedule a massage, join a community group, or find a new hobby by exploring our Events calendar.
Photo Credit: Rock Paper Sisters. This is one of the beautiful prints you can find in their studio on Small Business Saturday!
This Saturday, November 25th, is Small Business Saturday. It is your chance to #shopsmall and show your love for our local, passionate, hardworking small business owners. There are so many wonderful small businesses in Putnam County to enjoy and support on Small Business Saturday. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite Small Business Saturday deals below.
(Each business name links to their Facebook page)
Almost Havana Cigar Lounge
Teays Valley, Noon-Midnight
Starting at 6PM we will be hosting our representative from Ashton Cigars for the "Ashton Holiday Experience" event. There will be specials on limited edition Ashton Holiday Packs of assorted cigars, raffles, cigar swag, and food! Everyone over 18 is welcome!
Appalachian Boarding Company
Offers available on online Black Friday-Cyber Monday
New and Used Stand Up Paddleboards up to 50% off!
FREE SUP DELIVERY within the State of West Virginia!
50% off ALL paddles, leashes, and SUP accessories!
FREE Life Jacket (PFD) with EVERY SUP purchase!
EXTRA 20% OFF our “3 Session SUP Certificate” (Full Price $135 - NOW ONLY $76!)
Find our SUP deals on Facebook @Appalachian Boarding Company. Message us there to “Seal YOUR Deal” or go to www.AppBoCo.com and use the Contact link.
Call Toll Free 1-844-3-ABC-SUP and/or 304-693-2955.
Email us direct: Evan.Young@AppBoCo.com
Arts n Thoughts Studio
Visit this beautiful gallery for one-day specials on seasonal pottery and paintings.
Birds Blooms and Butterflies By Design
Refreshments. In-store specials!
Bring in your old bird feeder, get 20% off a new one.
Handmade nature jewelry trunk show.
Bridge Cafe & Bistro
Hurricane, 9am-2pm, 5pm-9pm
Yummy dine-in food specials, and buy $100 in gift certificates, receive $20 free.
Calvin Broyle Jewelers
Teays Valley, 10am-8pm
Spend $199 or more and get a YETI Rambler 20
$599 or more FREE Silver Heart In West Virginia Necklace
$999 or more Free YETI Flip 8 Cooler
$1499 or more Free YETI Flip 18 Cooler
$1999 or more Free YETI Tundra 65 Cooler
Also, Alex and Ani will be 20% off
and Pandora will be buy 2 get 1 free.
Teays Valley, 11am-11pm
For each $50 you buy in FSG gift cards you will get another $10 gift card, (cannot use card on same day and other restrictions apply).
Hidden Creek Mercantile & The Copper Room
Hurricane, 9am to 7pm
Get $10 off with every $50 you buy in our retail shop (excluding wall art and prints); 10% off wall art and prints.
Throwback pricing on yum yum balls! Only $3.
Mountain Pie Company
Live music from 7:30pm to 9:30pm with Jacey Fuller. Like their music announcement post on Facebook and get a complimentary order of cheesy bread when you show the post to your server. (limit one per table)
Free fresh made pork rinds with any order.
Special pricing on all in stock prom & bridal gowns are anywhere from 15-50% off. Brides must call 304-586-4132 for an appointment.
$50 off in stock Catstudio hand-embroidered pillows.
Free gift w Purchase of $100 Brighton
Free gift w Purchase of $100 Spartina
Free $88 grand tote w $100 purchase of full priced Vera Bradley, while supplies last!!!!!!
Wind and Fire Bangle Bracelets, buy 2, get one free!!
10% off Christmas ornaments
Rock Paper Sisters
Stop in to find one of a kind holiday greeting card box sets & holiday prints. Free consultations for stationery clients.
Find exclusive in-store specials. Free gift with any purchase over $25.
Teays Valley, 10am-8pm
WVU Vest and Varsity/Letterman Jackets
Vest Regular Price $39.99 Black Friday Price $24.99
Jacket Regular Price $79.99 Black Friday Price $49.99
WVU Baseball Jerseys Regular Price $79.99 Black Friday Price $39.99
The Putnam Market
10% off your purchase of $50.00 or more
FREE cup of coffee with any purchase
4 gift bag giveaways (gift bags will include a variety of products carried in the market + a bundle of flowers) To enter to win: customers will put their name in the drawing upon visiting the PM, and the four winners will be chosen at closing time.
Scott Depot, 7:30am-7pm
New member special: 3 for 1 deal. Available through November 30, 2017. Buy a January-March, 2018 membership, receive a free December, 2017 membership. Joining fee waived. Must pay for January-March in full at time of purchase to receive free December membership.
Yeager Design & Interiors
Teays Valley, 10am to 5pm
Enjoy their beautiful Christmas decor! 50% off clearance section. All showroom upholstery pieces will be 10% off, rugs on the floor 20% off, hanging lighting 12% off, and accessories are also 12% off.
The list above is only a small preview of all the great shopping and dining you can find in Putnam County. Follow the links below for a full list of places to shop small and support local business in Putnam County!
Shops in Putnam County
Dining in Putnam County
Putnam County Chamber Directory
When it comes to kid-friendly events, Putnam County is the place to be, especially at Halloween time. Local businesses, organizations, and municipalities provide plenty of opportunities to make sure little ones can enjoy lots of safe and memorable Halloween fun. Here are 13 of our favorite kid-friendly 2017 Halloween events happening this month in Putnam County!
Note: Click each event title for more information.
Hocus Pocus Party
10/20, 6-8:30pm, Winfield
Enjoy the Hocus Pocus movie at Putnam Princess Parties. Meet the Witches Three who will present spells and music, then enjoy crafting fun as everyone makes lollipop ghosts and witches hands full of popcorn! $35 per couple (1 adult, 1 child), $10 each additional adult and $20 each additional child.
Princess Trick or Treat at TVCS
10/21, 6-8pm, Teays Valley Christian School, Scott Depot
Trick or treat with your favorite princesses from Putnam Princess Parties. Entry is $5 and benefits the Teays Valley Christian Prep Basketball Team.
Pet Halloween Costume Contest
10/22, 1-4pm, Valley Park, Hurricane
New Hope Animal Rescue’s pet costume contest is always adorably fun! Watch the show at the large shelter at Valley Park, or bring your pup in costume to enter the contest. $5 pet entry free. Enjoy the show for free.
Halloween in the Stacks
10/24, 5-7pm, Putnam County Library-Main Branch, Teays Valley
Kids can wear their favorite costume for spooky storytime and trick or treating through the library stacks! FREE event.
Marshall Health Halloween
10/26, 6-8pm, Marshall Health, Scott Depot
Visit this safe trick or treat event featuring lots of goodies, giveaways, and games. FREE event.
Trick or Treating at the Putnam Farmers Market
10/28, 9am-1pm, Valley Park, Hurricane
Bring the kids in costume to trick or treat at the Market. Enjoy bouncy house fun and special activities from vendors. FREE event.
Villian in the Valley
10/28, 1-2pm, Valley Park, Hurricane
Join the Putnam Princess Parties’ Arabian Princess for a special storytime, a royal activity, and then a special meet n greet and picture time with the Dark Fairy! FREE event.
Fall Fest with Batman & the Hopemobile
10/28, 3-5pm, Hurricane First Church of the Nazarene
Enjoy a trunk or treat event with special guests, Batman and the Hopemobile from Heroes for Hire. FREE event.
All About Fun Halloween Bash
10/28, 5-9pm, All About Fun, Hurricane
Inflatables, special guests (Batman, Wonderwoman, & Scooby Doo), pizza, a small bag of chips, a drink, and cupcake (while quantities last), & costume contest! Admission is $10/child, adults can purchase a meal pass for $4.
Jump Craze Halloween Costume Party
10/28, 6-10pm, Jump Craze, Teays Valley
Inflatables. Cupcakes, candy, pizza, and drinks will be served. Costume contest & trophies! Admission is $7.50/child
ReStore Sunday Fun Day
10/29, 11am-4pm, ReStore-Teays Valley
Bring the kids along when you attend Sunday Fun Day at the ReStore. Live music by Keith Ellison starting at 1pm. He's promised to perform a few favorite spooky tunes! Enjoy special one-day-only sales. FREE event.
Pumpkin Decorating with the City of Hurricane
10/29, 3-6pm, Hurricane City Park
Pumpkins and carving kits will be provided! There will also be cookies, hot chocolate and music to enjoy. Prizes for 1st place pumpkins by age categories. FREE Event.
Trick or Treating on Main Street
10/31, 6-8pm, Hurricane
Trick or Treat with the businesses of Main Street! Costumed doggies will get a special treat at Hidden Creek Mercantile. FREE event.
Many families have already discovered the hidden gem that is Gritts Fun Farm, open each September and October. Even if you have been to Gritts before, there is something new to discover with each visit on their more than 300 acres. Here are some of our favorite things to do each fall at Gritts.
We think autumn in Putnam County isn't complete without going to Gritts. We hope you'll plan a visit soon, and enjoy some of the other things Putnam County has to offer while you're here!
If we are what we eat, then we are awfully sweet here in Putnam County! There are plenty of unique places to satisfy your cravings for desserts, and we wanted to discover which sweets were necessary for our visitors and residents to try!
We asked locals their favorite places to sugar up, and compiled a list of must-have desserts.
Serendipity Cupcake Boutique
We’ve never met a cupcake that we didn’t like, but we REALLY like Serendipity’s Strawberry Shortcake cupcakes. We also hear the French Toast cupcakes, which contain snickerdoodle cake with maple syrup drizzled over cinnamon buttercream, are delicious…they sure sound delicious. Stop by next time you drive on Teays Valley Road for a treat (or two)!
Bridge Café and Bistro
Just because you have a gluten allergy, doesn’t mean you should miss out on any sweets! The Bridge Café and Bistro in Hurricane has gluten free desserts with quality ingredients, so you can feel less guilty about eating more than one, am I right? Their honey cupcakes seem to be a hit, as well as their carrot cake. We also can’t wait to try the infamous yam brownies!
Winfield Dairy Freeze
We know you’ve heard of “The Freeze” and all its signature desserts, but that just means you need to make a visit to the Town of Winfield for their delightful milkshakes and diner-like charm! The peanut butter milkshakes or Reese Cup Kandy Koolers are great for any sweet tooth, and their apple dumplings and pumpkin rolls will have you make another trip back.
Tammy’s Country Kitchen
If you love cake as much as we do, then Tammy’s Country Kitchen in Frazier’s Bottom is the place for you! Full of home-cooked food and desserts “just like you would find at your grandma’s house,” this southern restaurant offers delicious sweets that fulfill any desires. Some favorites include coconut cake, chocolate cake, “Pig Picking” cake, and cobbler.
Hidden Creek Mercantile
Amongst healthy snacks, salads, soups and sandwiches, The Hidden Creek Mercantile on Main Street in Hurricane is known for its delectable ice cream flavors. Pick up some Orange Pineapple or Peach ice cream, and sit outside under the umbrellas on a hot summer day!