Wellsburg business offers variety of craft items

The Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce welcomed Ye Olde Farmhouse Crafts, a new store offering an assortment of handmade decorative items from Amish country and elsewhere, with a ribbon cutting. Taking part were, front, from left, Jacie Ridgely, chamber coordinator; Jane Minda; Shirley Seymour; owner; Wendy Vincent; and David Klick, chamber president: and back, chamber members Joe Mullenbach and Nanci Walker. — Warren Scott

WELLSBURG — The owner of a new business at 130 Sixth St. said area residents don’t have to drive to Amish country to find the variety of crafts and other unique items found there.

Shirley Seymour, owner of Ye Olde Farmhouse Crafts, said the new shop at the former site of the Brooke Glass gift shop offers an assortment of items, from Amish-made wooden cabinets to handwoven rugs, at competitive prices.

The store is filled with birdhouses, candle holders, clocks, signs of various sizes, framed photos and paintings and other decorative items as well as jams, jellies, jerky and candy produced in Amish country and elsewhere.

A native of Washington, Pa., Seymour has owned and cooked in diners in Ohio, Marshall and Belmont counties but health issues led her to pursue a business that involved less standing.

She always enjoyed the style and quality of goods produced by Amish craftsmen and women and saw an opportunity to bring such products under one roof.

Seymour said years of working in restaurants taught her the value of good customer service and she is happy to help visitors at her new business.

“If I don’t have what they’re looking for, I can get it,” she said.

Ye Olde Farmhouse Crafts is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

“We try to be open when everybody can stop in,” Seymour said.

Seymour recently was joined by members of the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce in marking the shop’s opening with a ribbon-cutting and business after hours event.

She said she has lived in many places and as far as New York and New Jersey but has been pleased to call Wellsburg home for the last several years.

“Wellsburg people are nice. If they think you need help, they will reach out to help you,” she said.

“I feel at home here. This is where I belong.”