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Caitlin Cook

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Collaborative spaces, open minds: Accounting firm rethinks office space


When someone steps off the elevator onto the eighth floor of the United Bank building in downtown Charleston, Richard L. Slater wants to challenge their ideas about accounting firms — both how they look, and how t...

New training program hopes to boost farmers markets


The West Virginia Farmers Market Association is launching a program geared toward new vendors to help foster more access to local foods, more growers and more producers, project coordinator Adam Taylor said.


Huntington Bank looks to build on fourth-quarter results


Huntington Bank officials say they’re pleased with the financial institution’s fourth-quarter results and hope to maintain its momentum, largely driven by increases in loan and lease activity, throughout 20...

Tax season kicks off with concerns about access to federal forms


As tax season begins, and people start the filing process, some forms may be a bit more difficult to find this tax season.

Mack Combs, 71 of Charleston, went to the federal court house in downtown Charleston to pi...

State looks to attract more millennial workers to public sector


Although the number of young state employees has been somewhat stable, the West Virginia Division of Personnel is looking to attract more Millennials to its workforce.

But some say not enough is being done to usher...

State workers preparing for pay change


Training continues to help ease the transition for state employees switching to an automated payroll system, which changes weekly pay to bi-weekly pay for employees.

The switch is one of the final phases of the st...

Chevy successes celebrated at W.Va. auto show


General Motors team members and area car dealers gathered Friday morning to celebrate a successful year before the West Virginia International Auto Show opened for the day.

“Chevy had an awesome year, ...

Wine bistro coming to downtown Charleston


A Putnam County business is expanding and opening its second location in downtown Charleston.

The Wine Valley restaurant is moving into the former Cafe de Paris space on the corner of Capitol and Quarrier Streets....

Governor touts business improvements in speech


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin touted changes in the state’s business climate, new business investments and workforce training initiatives in his State of the State address Wednesday night.

“We’ve crea...

Courtyard Marriott opening, adding to downtown lodging options


Downtown Charleston’s eighth hotel is almost ready for business.

The Courtyard by Marriott on Kanawha Boulevard near the Elk River is set to open at the end of the month.

“It’s a beautif...

AEP builds temporary transmission line downtown


Appalachian Power crews are building a temporary transmission line in downtown Charleston, which they expect to be up for years while the company repairs its underground power line network in the area.

Workers buil...

Alfa Romeo, aluminum Ford F-150 coming to Auto Show this year


The newest feature at the 2015 West Virginia International Auto show hails from Italy. It’s lightweight, it maxes out at 160 miles per hour and there are only 800 models heading to the United States.

The Al...

Another teen retailer to close at Charleston Town Center Mall


Teen retailer Deb joins a number of women’s clothing stores who have recently closed their doors for good.

Philadelphia-based Deb Shops filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early December. After fai...

Restaurant moving into Cafe de Paris space downtown


There is still no physical indication or word from the business or building owner as to what is moving into the former Cafe de Paris space located at 201 Capitol Street, but the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department confi...

Many retailers enjoyed growth this holiday shopping season


During her second holiday shopping season, Lisa Bostic was pleasantly surprised with her sales numbers.

“We were just a little bit more prepared and the timing was better [this ye...

State Fair adding an extra day


The West Virginia State Fair is returning to a 10-day festival this year, allowing officials to focus on building its agriculture education component for kids. Fair organizers decided to bring back the additional day bec...

Winter farmers markets create opportunity


The growing farm-to-food trend that’s sweeping through the nation is showing itself in various ways throughout the Mountain State. The number of farmers markets in the state continue to grow, schools and hospitals...

Last-minute shoppers take advantage of late-night store hours


Extended shopping hours are helping procrastinators and other last-minute shoppers find the time to finish off their holiday shopping lists this year.

Sisters Donna Price and Stacie Tighe of Charleston found thems...

Gas prices continue to drop


Motorists will enjoy lower gas prices for holiday travel, and they can expect those savings to roll into the New Year, according to some forecasts.

Across the country, most gas stations are lower than $2.50 per gal...

Herd fans will have plenty to do in Florida


Marshall fans traveling to watch the Thundering Herd take on the Northern Illinois Huskies in the Boca Raton Bowl in Florida have more to look forward to than just football, beaches and warm weather, Discover The Palm Be...

International company gets boost from WVEDA


An Ireland-based company that manufactures and distributes products for medical diagnostics, drug testing and other targeted screening procedures is receiving help from the West Virginia Economic Development Authority to...

Business wants to move into Cafe de Paris space


After standing dormant for five years, the Cafe de Paris building in downtown Charleston bustled with activity this week. Pieces of plywood were placed over for lease/for sale signs on the outside of the building, paper ...

With ailing heart, dad struggles to provide


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This single father always worked hard to provide for his daughter. He’d never missed a day of work.

Now he is sidelined with a disability. In August, doctors discovered his heart w...

Grandmother trying to provide hope and new life for grandson


Living on a fixed income and with disabilities, this grandmother is trying to open her grandson’s world to better opportunities late in her life.

The boy’s mother abused meth and allegedly physically...

SBA names new West Virginia district director


Karen Friel loves the mission of the Small Business Administration.

“There are not many jobs where you can help so many people on so many different levels,” Friel said. “We give hope to people...

Women’s retailer to open in Charleston Town Center


A new women’s retailer is moving into the Charleston Town Center mall.

West Virginia’s first Altar’d State will move into the space that Coldwater Creek had occupied in the mall, according to m...

West Virginian consumers more optimistic


More consumers are expected to have confidence in the economy in the New Year than in previous years, according to Huntington National Bank’s economic index survey released Thursday.

Throughout West Virgini...

AT&T, Girl Scouts STEM program targets at-risk students


West Virginia native Todd Mullenax stood before a group of high school girls Thursday at the Girl Scouts Resource Center on Charleston’s West Side and asked them to envision how STEM — science, technology, ...

Yeager Airport renewable energy project moves forward


Yeager Airport officials are moving forward with a project they said could make the airport the first in the nation to run entirely on electricity it generates from solar panels.

The project stems from the Federal...

Putnam woman tries to bring loaded gun onto Yeager flight


A Putnam County woman was stopped, but not arrested, early Wednesday morning at Yeager Airport after she tried to bring a loaded handgun onto an airplane, according to the federal Transportation Security Administration.<...

Teen clothing retailer in Charleston Town Center closing


Teen clothing retailer Delia’s filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and plans to close all its retail locations and sell all remaining merchandise, the company announced Monday.

A liquidation sale st...

Area businesses benefit from Marcellus boom


The U. S. Energy Information Administration released its U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves 2013 report on Thursday, showing increases in crude oil and natural gas reserves year-over-year.

Local energy...

National Guard members return from Afghanistan


After five months in Afghanistan, 18 West Virginia Army National Guard members from five different units returned home earlier than expected Saturday evening.

Smiles and tears filled an upstairs conference room at...

Local shops shine on Small Business Saturday


Lauren Barker was one of millions across the nation who made sure to shop local on Satuday.

This year marks the fourth year since American Express began promoting Small Business Saturday, and local retailers say t...