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Cara Hedrick: Heritage Station is not a restaurant

Nov. 16, 2012 @ 02:49 PM

I work for the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau. It is inside the main building of Heritage Station. I do not work in a restaurant.

Several times a day people stop by our office looking for the restaurant that formerly occupied the space where we are located now. Most of the time they are saddened to learn that the restaurant they remember is no longer here. There has not been a restaurant in this building since 2008, but that certainly doesn't mean that there is nothing to see or do at Heritage Station!

Built in 1887, the place that we have called home for almost three years was originally the local railroad depot for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. An authentic locomotive (with working train whistle) and a renovated Pullman car are part of the history that remains on the property today, along with beautiful woodwork and original stained glass. But there are so many other new and exciting reasons to stop by Heritage Station.

Our Visitors Center is located in the main entrance of the main building. Here, we provide information to visitors and residents alike on all that Cabell County has to offer. Connected to our office in the center of the building is River & Rail Bakery. Since early 2011 the bakery has been a favorite place for students, downtown residents and workers to stop by for a fresh croissant or a cup of one of the various coffees.

Homemade breads are a local favorite, with a variety of options available daily. I have often said that we have to have the best smelling office in all of Cabell County! Having fresh-baked breads, croissants, soups, cookies, and tarts in your office everyday -- well, I guess it could be worse. Beside the bakery, you will find The Red Caboose Artisan Center. Coordinated by the Convention & Visitors Bureau, this shop provides a place for local artists and artisans to sell their locally made products. We also carry plenty of Huntington souvenir items such as post cards, T-shirts, coal products and much more.

Outside of the main building are the many vibrant and unique Shops at Heritage Station. Bottle & Wedge provides unique craft beers, wine and cheeses; Jamison Cigar Shop has all of your specialty cigars; Brand Yourself allows you to purchase Huntington and West Virginia themed T-shirts, sweatshirts and other items with your own brand; Finds & Designs carries all the vintage items you could ever want!

While you're here you can take a break from shopping and get a new look at All About You Salon, then it's back to business! SIP Wine Bar has a selection of wine that will indulge and impress, Common Ground is the perfect place to find that special gift, and The Wild Ramp is our newest addition: a local food market with everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to ice cream and frozen meats. The Greater Huntington Park & Recreation office, which owns this magnificent property, is also located at Heritage Station and is working hard to fill the last few remaining spaces with equally as exciting shops and specialty stores. Coming soon: Let's Eat! will feature uniquely flavored food with a Greek flair nestled in a tasty flat bread wrap and lots more!

There's so much to do at Heritage Station, so stop by and see us!

And no, we do not take reservations.

Cara Hedrick is the marketing director of the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau, which serves as a conduit to educate visitors and promote the resources of our region.

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