Mike Ritchie talks about new shop, which has several rooms, with much of the interior and plumbing completed by Hobart Richards and his sons, with Glen and Brenda McBride, Roger Jarvis, Cindy Cottrell and even Ritchie himself donating time to the complete the project

A new addition to the community is "Silver Threads and Golden Needles," a gift and artisan shop project of the Calhoun County Committee on Aging in Grantsville.

The shop, located in the Grantsville center's garage behind the main building, will carry wood products, basketry, candies, crafts, art work and dozens of gift items, including some specialty products like homemade jellies and fresh ground popcorn meal.

"It will be a place to visit for special gifts and items," said CCCOA Director Mike Ritchie. "We want to load the shop with crafts from local artisans."

"We are really excited about the new shop, which will not only be a useful activity for our seniors, but will be an outlet for county crafters and artisans," he said.

Some of the items will be produced by Calhoun seniors in a workshop adjacent the shop.

Silver Threads will allow community members and visitors to purchase items made in Calhoun County. Regular hours for the shop will be Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., but special sales and holiday events are planned.

Ritchie said a dedication and open house will be held on June 2nd with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. with lunch following in the CCCOA dining room. State Senator Donna Boley will attend the special ceremony.

Visitors during the grand opening week can sign for a $25 drawing during the open house - June 2 - 5, which is also Wood Festival week.

Ritchie said "We are looking for crafters and artisans to consign items to the shop for a small consignment fee of 10%."

For information call CCCOA at 304-354-7017 or 354-7822.