Wi-Fi ‘hot spots’ popping up in Elkins

Students are heading back to school, and downtown Elkins offers several Wi-Fi “hot spots” for going online, writing term papers and finding that perfect spot for work and caffeine.

A hot spot is any location where Wi-Fi network access to the Internet is publicly available. Hot spots are usually found in airports, coffee shops, hotels and other places where people tend to gather.

“I’m working on a project and it’s a good meeting spot,” Rachel Montgomery of Elkins said while relaxing at the Kissel Stop Cafe this week.

“I’ve been here three times already this week. Wi-Fi has helped tremendously.”

Using a smartphone or tablet you should be able to find wireless hotspots using a service such as WeFi, which automatically connects you to the best available Wi-Fi network. WeFi apps are available for Android and iPhone.

Elkins businesses offering free Wi-Fi include the following:

– Applebee’s, 789 Beverly Pike, 304-637-0680

– Bagel Bites, coming Sept. 20, 121 3rd St.

– Beander’s, 314 Davis Ave., 304-636-6000

– El Gran Sabor (in the front of the restaurant), 413 Kerens Ave., 304-636-8200

– Elkins-Randolph County Public Library, 416 Davis Ave., 304-637-0287

– Henry G’s Cafe, 110 Third St., 304-636-1570

– Holiday Inn Express, Martin St. (for guests), 304-630-2266

– Jabberwock Bar & Grill, 122 Davis Ave., 304-637-2302

– Kissel Stop Cafe, 23 Thir d St., 304-636-8810

– McDonald’s, 446 S Randolph Ave, 304-636-8568

– Mee Mee’z Cafe and Cakes, 213 Henry Ave., 304-636-3390

– Mingo Room Restaurant at Graceland Inn, 100 Campus Drive, 304-637-1600

– Railyard Restaurant, 200 Depot St., 304-635-0108

– Wendy’s, 1507 Harrison Ave., 304-636-9596