"When it snows here, I'll get up and see that someone's already plowed the parking area for me -- it's that kind of place."
Once a year, Goldberg hosts a barbecue as a fundraising event for community organizations or Marie-area individuals in need of costly medical procedures.
While Emma Jean's General Store does have a modest supply of convenience store-type grocery items, the overwhelming majority of its space -- including several upstairs rooms and the former post office -- is devoted to antiques.
Iceboxes by Frigidaire and Alaska can be found, along with brass cash registers, soda fountain counters, shoe-shine stands, an oak phone booth from a Richmond hotel, store-sized coffee grinders from the early 1900s, nail bins, and a display rack for long-johns. There are wooden wagons, a carousal pony once used to advertise cola and a wooden baby carriage equipped with both wheels and sled runners for all-season use.
Bottles and cans that once contained products stocked in stores up to a century ago are also on sale, along with the logo-bearing display racks of the companies that produced them. A wheeled wooden ladder attached to a ceiling rail provides access to items on some of the higher display shelves.
The store has been mentioned in articles in AntiqueWeek magazine and is listed as a potential filming location by the West Virginia Film Office.
Goldberg said she has recently been asked to provide interior and exterior photos of the store by representatives from The History Channel.
The general store proprietor said she plans to eventually buy a log structure in which she will sell ice cream and food items to visitors.
Emma Jean's General Store is open seven days a week. To reach the store, drive south from Hinton on W.Va. 12 about 10 miles and turn left on Marie Road. Follow Marie Road about two miles to the store.
For information, call 304-466-3900 or send email to emmajeansgeneralst...@gmail.com.
Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelham...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5169.