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LOOKING BACK AT THE BLOSSOM DAIRY SEE PAGE 10

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REAL ESTATE Resource Centre

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Contributing Writers M. Lynne Squires Looking Back: at the Blossom Dairy P10 Melody Pittman Weekend TravelerAsheville, NC

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1328 Tudor Rd $650,000 - Private and luxurious home on 1.56 acres, nestled right in South Hills

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5101 Virginia Ave E $142,000 - 2BR 1.5BA Stunning and completely updated 2-story condo located in the convenient and desirable Kanawha City area of Charleston!

1500 Kanawha Blvd E $775,000 - 5BR. 4.5BA. East End Historic Mini-Mansion seconds away from downtown!

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209 Ashby Ave $375,000 - 5BR. 3BA. Elegant 2-story brick home with STUNNING views, located in the South Hills area of Charleston.

316 Monroe Street $99,000 - 2 BR. 1BA. MUST SEE! Gorgeous 2-story home in the convenient City of South Charleston!

8310 MacCorkle Avenue $63,500 - 3BR. 2BA. Lovely 3 bedroom home, walking distance to park and ball field, located in a very convenient area of Charleston, MUST SEE!!!

2 Briar Hill Rd $113,000 - 2BR. 2.5BA 2-story townhouse in the convenient South Hills area. Home is walking distance to Overbrook Elementary, and George Washington High School

1313 Lee St #103A $255,000 - Gorgeous and completely updated 3-story condo located on the Historical East End of Charleston!

5324 Brad Char Heights $300,000 - 3BR. 3.5BA. DEAL OF THE CENTURY! Gorgeous, stunning, and updated home in the convenient Cross Lanes area of Charleston!

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2511 Lincoln Avenue $20,000 - Lot is priced to sell and is located in the convenient City of Saint Albans!

903 Laurel Rd $89,000 - 2BR. 2BA Charming and spacious 2-story home located in the convenient and desirable South Hills area of Charleston and is the PERFECT starter home!

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53 Lively Rd $59,000 - Gorgeous 3+ Acre lot in the desirable Chestnut Ridge Subdivision. Close to Southridge Shopping Centers and in the G.W. School District

108 Fieldcrest Rd $619,900 - Stunning colonial style home in one of Charleston’s most desirable locations.

711 Jefferson St $103,000 - 3BR. 2BA Charming 2-story home located minutes away from Downtown Charleston!

4515 Richmond Dr $215,000 - 4BR, 3.5BA Stunning 2-story home with an efficiency apartment including a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and full bath in the City of South Charleston!

0 Olympus Rd $19,900 - Great location and a recentlycleared lot! Beautiful piece of buildable land, very central, ample opportunity abounds!

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STUNNING VIEW OF THE CITY. Gorgeous, front of the hill location with views of the city and river! Located in award-winning school district and convenient to downtown and area hospitals! This lovely home was built in 1876 and is full of historic charm. Features include open concept kitchen and living area, as well as a private backyard that gives the feeling of being in the country. This home is a must see! Dual HVAC-1 unit less than a year old.

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BEAUTIFUL HOME IN DESIRED SOUTH HILLS. This charming home is perfect to raise a family in. Renovations include full master bath renovation, partial basement and outside deck area. Other great features include stunning kitchen and appliances, attached two car-garage. This home offers you all your needs.

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LOOKING FOR ACREAGE JUST MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN? This nearly 5 acre property is the one for you! Nestled on Chappell Road, this property is just minutes from area hospitals, the interstate, and downtown Charleston! Tie into city utilities!

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LUXURIOUS, MULTI-LEVEL HOME SITUATED ON OVER 4 AC IN WHISPERING WOODS! Features of this private & stunning home include marble & HW floors, large kitchen w/granite counters & SS appliances, main level master, & spacious patio w/ wooded views. The first-floor owner’s suite does not disappoint & includes sitting area w/FP & walkin tile shower! Other features of this marvelous home include gathering rooms on all floors, three car garage, & plentiful storage!

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PERFECT CORNER LOT TO BUILD. Conveniently located to all your South Ridge shopping and Route 119.

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OVER 1.5 ACRES OF LAND IN WONDERFUL KANAWHA CITY LOCATION! Just minutes to area hospitals, the interstate, and downtown Charleston! Easily tie into city utilities!

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BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED TOWNHOME LOCATED IN SOUTH HILLS!! This townhome offers wide plank hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, a main-level master suite, lower-level rec-room, and a patio. It doesn’t end there, right outside your door you will find two-pools as well as two tennis courts, a basketball court, and a play area for the kids

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LOOKING FOR A QUAINT LOT TO BUILD ON? Located in Seth, WV, this perfect, already level and cleared out river lot, is just what you need.

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Looking Back

By: M. Lynne Squires

...at the blossom dairy

The Blossom Dairy is remembered more for its lunch counters, and milkshakes than it is for the home delivery of milk and dairy products. A survey of eBay, Etsy, and other online sellers reveal an assortment of items that have been for sale: glass milk bottles, tiny cream bottles, and even glass baby bottles bearing the Blossom Dairy label. Some people remember taking tours of the diary and receiving an ice cream treat at the tour’s conclusion. But if you ask folks about their memories of the Blossom Dairy, it’s the milkshakes they most often mention. Shopping in Charleston in its heyday, a stop at the Blossom Dairy on Quarrier Street was often tucked in-between visits to any of the dozens of thriving downtown businesses. The long, gleaming counter boasted twenty red stools, facing the bar where clerks made ice cream magic. Ten large milkshake blenders lined the wall, turning out milkshakes by the hundreds each day. Tables lined the opposite wall where diners could enjoy lunch. The Blossom Dairy open in 1927 by Samuel Sloman. After several successful years in the dairy business, Sloman decided to open several lunch counters around the Kanawha Valley. The iconic Quarrier street location was opened in 1938. It was only one of a half dozen or so sites and the lone survivor over several decades. The two-story building is one of Charleston’s finest examples of Art Deco architecture. The outside storefront has a recessed doorway flanked by rounded display win-

Email your responses about the Edgewood Historic District, or requests for locations you’d like Looking Back to visit to thewriter@mlynne.com. Squires’ book Looking Back at Charleston is a compilation of 24 essays and color photos from her column and is available on Amazon. Visit www.mlynne.com. 2016

dows. Above the door is a transom window. A burgundy and white Vitrolite marquee has Art Deco-styled lettering announcing you have arrived at the ‘Blossom Dairy Co.’ At night, neon lights glowed from the windows. The buildings’ second story is built in International style, with two over two glass panes in horizontal metal windows. This location was in operation for at least fifteen years, until the founder’s death in 1953. Records are sketchy regarding when the doors first closed and exactly how long they remained shuttered initially. The business was, however, reopened and served food and ice cream confections for many more years. The sports connection over the years was strong with the Blossom Dairy. The original owner, Samuel Sloman, sponsored a baseball team. While the business was owned by the Gattlieb family around the 50s and 60s, one year, Jerry West had a summer basketball team that Gattlieb and the Blossom Dairy sponsored. Refusing to go by the wayside, the Blossom Dairy has been rescued several times throughout its lifetime. Besides serving legendary milkshakes, the location has also been home to a fine dining restaurant and an upscale sandwich eatery. Next month, Looking Back visits the Kanawha State Forest Historic District.

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5001 Kanawha Ave, Charleston, WV

MAGNIFICENT KANAWHA CITY HOME Situated on a corner lot, this home features quality updates thru out. Oversized master suite addition including large bath with walk in shower and cedar lined closet make this a complete first floor living area. There are 2 possibly 3 additional bedroom with a custom marble bath on the upper level. Other updates include newer kitchen, architectural designed roof snd gorgeous hardwood floors thru out. Beautiful step down dining room and private office with wood paneling complete the first floor. Outside features include professional landscaped level backyard with access to attached 2 car garage.

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One of Charleston’s most beautiful and prestigious homes. Everything in perfection in this custom built classic over- looking the Capital dome. Private swimming pool with his and hers locker rooms, bonus kitchen in the basement with the family room, multiple garages all setting on over 3 acres and too many amenities to list.

One of Charleston’s most majestic homes. This Norman Tudor evokes its grandeur with its architectural detail, yet magnificently designed to be perfect for today’s lifestyles. Extensive landscape provides a personal 3 acre park setting. Endless amenities are realized in this 7,500 sq ft home to include pool house, gazebo overlooking court size gardens, large spectacular carriage house with spacious 3 car garage, executive rental on property. Private road 5 minutes to downtown.

Elegance in the forest best describes this magnificent home located South Hills. This home sits on 17+ private and gated acres with 100+ acres available for pleasure or development. 6 Bedrooms 4.5 Baths. The indoor pool offers year around pleasure in its own detached 2200 sq ft pool house with a kitchen and full bath. Built in 2004, this amazing home is quality throughout with beautiful trim and hardwoods, 10ft main level ceilings and 9ft upper-level ceilings.

Immaculate custom-built home in a country setting, situated on a large 2-acre lot! Exuding quality throughout, this home offers 3 Bedrooms 2.5 Baths, large open rooms, gorgeous hardwood floors and woodwork all throughout the home. With its huge wrap-around porch, this home boasts spectacular views of the wooded area that surrounds this beautiful home! Need more space? This home has a full unfinished basement which could add an additional 1400+ Sq. Ft. of living space if desired!

Nestled amidst lush foliage & landscaping is this lovely 2 story 3 BR, 2 BA home. Built in 1919, this home exudes character in every room & boasts many updates including Kit. & BA’s. The partial basement is beautifully finished w/ fireplace, shelves for your favorite books, closets for storage & laundry. Outside you’ll find a beautiful deck, split rail fencing, & a driveway leading to the home w/ an extra parking space on the main road. All this surrounded by mature trees & shrubs. A must see!

Charming East End home in excellent condition. Beautiful original woodwork and hardwood floors throughout. Large rooms with lots of natural lighting. Updated kitchen with breakfast area and formal separate dining. Large open family room and formal living off entry. 4 bedroom 2 baths on second floor. Finished 3rd floor with 5th bedroom and half bath. Fenced in backyard with secured gated access off street.

All brick home with stately features. Crown molding, wainscoting, refinished hardwoods & new double-glazed insulated windows throughout. Tons of storage in every room including wall to wall closets in master bedroom. 4 season (heated/cooled) sunroom overlooking large in ground pool & flat yard. 2 new furnaces & slate roof w/copper gutters maintained regularly. Den & family room feature beautiful butternut woodwork. 2 car garage, U shaped, brick driveway & professional landscaping.

Nestled on 1 Acre within the convenient South Hills neighborhood this charming masterpiece offers 4,200+ square feet of living space, Amazing Guest Suite with kitchen & full bath as well as a two car garage. The main level appreciates an abundance of sunlight through oversized windows accentuating the hardwood flooring throughout. So many home updates are highlighted by multiple fireplaces, restored & updated kitchen, baths, add new deck & firepit.

Completely renovated South Hills home situated on 3 acres. 5 bedrooms 4 full baths including newly remodeled main floor master suite. Additional bedrooms on the upper level with 2 full baths. Recent renovations include a new kitchen with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances; bathroom renovations; new roof; new electric; and so much more.

Williamsburg style home front of South Hills historic details 4 BR 3 full BA, HW floors, 11 80-inch windows & crown molding on main floor, master BR, large living room, formal dining room w/ French doors to covered porch, family room; eat in kitchen & large downstairs recreation area done in tongue in groove pine boards; 2 wood burning fireplaces, award winning school district, 6min drive to downtown.

This home is within walking distance to Joplin Park, Schools, and minuets to Restaurants, Shopping, and downtown Charleston. This lovely home boasts 4 bedrooms and 2 and 1/2 baths, beautiful hardwoods on the main level with a full unfinished basement with tons of storage space! The huge, level, back yard will lend itself to many hours of enjoyment for the Children and pets!

Beautiful Mid-Century home located on a dead-end street, just minutes from Southridge and downtown Charleston. This lovely home is loaded with updates including a new roof in 2016... (See the list in the Disclosure Documents). This home comes with a fully finished basement with decks off both the main and lower level. Beautifully appointed and great condition best describes this gorgeous home.

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24/7 Virtual Tour www.wilmaellis.net STUNNING AND BEAUTIFUL FORT HILLS HOME. This home offers 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths with numerous updates including new carpeting on main floor bedrooms, new flooring in the master bedroom, new porcelain in the master bathroom, new screened in patio with a bar top that folds down, 8 ft opening between kitchen and dining room. New kitchen countertops, new lighting in kitchen, and dining room, new double ovens new programmable gas logs in living room fireplace, new handrails on the front porch. $269,900 MLS 245220

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ONE-STORY BRICK AND STONE RANCHER. 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath. New flooring and new paint in some rooms. Beautiful cathedral ceiling in the formal living room. The family room has a wet bar and built-in bookshelves with a stone fireplace. new roof to be installed. great opportunity. $215,000 MLS 244659

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ONE OWNER - NEW ROOF & UPDATED HVAC. Heated inground pool 30 x 15 with an adjacent play yard. Large rooms. Nice landscaping & fenced yard. $237,500 MLS 242104

TOTALLY REDONE. New metal roof, windows & siding. New heating & cooling 2021, kitchen, newly added 1/2 bath, new flooring - freshly painted. 2 BD w/large closets, part bsmt. Fenced in back yard and recently redone front porch - won’t last long! $139,900 MLS 245634

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We’re continually on the hunt for experiences that add richness to our lives. In the spirit of the revival of road trips, we are proud to feature a monthly section featuring destinations within driving distance of Charleston. We feel that our smart and savvy readers will find these trips interesting and entertaining.

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Driving 4 1/2 hours south of Charleston brings you to Asheville, the dreamy city woven around the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville is chock full of fantastic food, delicious craft beer, boutique shopping, and the Biltmore, one of the country’s most visited attractions. Here’s what to see and do on your weekend getaway to Asheville.

The Biltmore Estate, the southern home of George and Edith Vanderbilt, is the grande dame of this beautiful mountain region, and a guided tour will easily take up most of your day; it is worth it. Besides visiting the actual three-story Biltmore estate, you can also shop, sip, and unwind at the Biltmore Village. You will also find plenty of spots for hiking, photography, and sightseeing. Tip: First timer should plan their visit as many of the roads inside the enormous gated property are one way.

There are many places to shop in Asheville, but one you cannot miss is the nearly 150+-year-old Mast General store, featuring men and women’s clothing, gifts, outdoor gear, food, and retro toys. Then, stop by Rocket Fizz, a fun old-school candy store with a wide array of classic sodas, great for the old and the young.

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The historic Grove Arcade is another Asheville treasure trove full of shopping, dining, and an excellent photo ops spot. Battery Park Book

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Indulge in billowy biscuits, a gravy flight, pimento cheese grits, and fantastic Southern fare at Biscuit Head. Or, if you dare, try the Filthy Animal, a buttermilk biscuit with fried chicken, pimento cheese, bacon, scrambled eggs, and smothered in gravy.

river views at New Belgium Brewing.

WHERE TO STAY IN ASHEVILLE The Grove Park Inn is a 513-room historic hotel with excellent restaurants, shops, and a wealth of understated elegance. Rooms come in several price points, but the views from them all are sensational. You may want to sit by the stone fireplaces and sip a glass of wine or watch an incredible sunset from Sunset Terrace, Grove Park Inn’s premier restaurant. Grove Park boasts a 43,000 square-ft subterranean spa, one of the best in the world, and a championship Donald Ross golf course.

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Exchange is well worth a visit, with thousands of titles, live music on weekends, and an impressive wine and small bites menu.

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I love Cedric’s Tavern at Antler Hill Village for lunch or dinner, with indoor and outdoor seating, live music nightly, and sensational craft cocktails. The ham and cheese white cheddar fondue with sourdough toast is unbelievably good. If you venture over to visit the Grove Arcade, stay for a customized burger, hot dog, or chicken sandwich and milkshake from Burgerworx, or takeout from Baba Nahm, a Mediterranean joint. Photo by Melody Pittman.

If you’d prefer a bed and breakfast experience, Carolina, Pinecrest, and Cumberland Falls are great choices.

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Mural hunting is fun in Asheville and a great free thing to do. The adorable Dolly Parton mural (783 Haywood Road) was my favorite, but a few to add to your driving list are Lou Reed, Stay Weird, and Chicken Alley. For those seeking more art and culture, the Asheville Art Museum in the center square of downtown with American art from the 20th and 21st centuries.

ASHEVILLE: A BUCKET LIST DESTINATION Asheville, North Carolina, offers a laidback getaway with loads of indulgences to enhance your trip and make it most memorable. From the live music options to the blue-green-hued majestic mountains, craft breweries to foodieworthy restaurants, and historical sites to jawdropping art installments, Asheville is a bucket list destination everyone should check off. Article by Melody Pittman of https://www.whereverimayroamblog.com Photo by Melody Pittman.

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WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

A super affordable and delicious place to eat in Asheville is White Duck Taco Shop, and there are three locations to visit. Choose from various street tacos, soups, chips and salsa, and white or red sangria. Standard Pizza Co. is another yummy option with mouth-watering pizza and calzone creations. Asheville offers dreamy desserts, such as a pie flight from Baked Pie Company or affogato, a slice of Highland Mocha Stout cake, chocolate bonbons, or creme brûlée from French Broad Chocolate Lounge in the heart of downtown.

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Asheville is a craft beer mecca, with more than 100 kinds of local beers and more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the country, 38 to be exact. Find Catawba Brewing Company in the South Slope neighborhood or enjoy the beautiful

Photo by Melody Pittman.

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