Your Chamber and You

After several years of collecting and being in different area shops, Sandra Parkins decided to fulfill a dream of owning her own antiques and collectibles shop. On March 8, 2012, Sandra opened the doors of Schoolhouse Collectibles in the Chester Municipal Building located at 600 Indiana Ave. in Chester, where she currently serves as city clerk.

Schoolhouse Collectibles features a wide array of glassware, including Fenton, Kanawha, Viking and Morgantown; pottery from Homer Laughlin China Co., including Fiesta and Hall China; and the former TS&T and Harker Potteries. Visitors to Schoolhouse Collectibles also will find kitchen items, sports memorabilia, figurines, music boxes, banks, salt and pepper shakers among many other items.

Schoolhouse Collectibles is now offering monthly specials, a monthly drawing for a gift certificate, shipping at the buyer’s expense, layaways and holiday gift wrapping.

Currently Schoolhouse Collectibles is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and by appointment Monday through Thursday.

For information, call (304) 670-8986 or stop at the city clerk’s office. Cash, personal checks with identification and credit cards are accepted. Schoolhouse Collectibles can also be found on Facebook.

“I recently joined the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce but I have already been made to feel very welcome,” said Parkins. “I hope to become an active member. I am looking forward to being a chamber member not only to be able to network with other business owners but to meet new friends.”

Your Chamber and You

From accounting to appliance repair, from computers to culinary, from medical to mechatronics, West Virginia Northern Community College offers programs that work for Ohio Valley employers! Northern prepares skilled and talented employees for Weirton businesses, and offers a variety of free services to connect you with your next star employee.

Career Fair: West Virginia Northern Community College will be hosting a Career Fair on the WVNCC Weirton campus on April 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Area employers are invited to come and meet our talented graduates. Tables, chairs, and lunch for representatives will be provided. The event is free, but employers are required to register at (Registration begins Feb. 18). For more information, contact Julie Horton, WVNCC Career Services Counselor, at 304-214-8817 or

Free online jobs board: When you register as an employer on WVNCC’s online jobs board, you may post as many jobs as you like, as often as you like, at no cost! Your opportunity will be promoted to our students, recent grads, and alumni. Register at

On-campus recruiting: Visit our campus to meet and recruit students. We will provide space in a high-traffic area, and promote your visit to our students. Email to arrange a visit.

Interns: Interns bring a fresh perspective into the workplace! Consider offering a valuable opportunity to a student by becoming an internship site.

For more information on any of the above services, contact Julie Horton, Career Services Counselor 304-214-8817.