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Reinventing Seneca Mall in Elkins

See how things are changing at Seneca Mall at the Main Street First Friday Event from 5-7 p.m. on April 7 in the mall atrium.

Dr. Kyle West and his wife Sydney Metheny are not only bringing better physical fitness to their clientele, they are helping Seneca Mall to shape up, too. Their Seven Performance facility will expand and energize the reorganization of several businesses at Seneca Mall on both sides of the atrium.

Seven Performance will remain on the parking lot side of the building and expand where the beauty salon and nail bar have been located. Mary Jo’s Hair Affair and Able Nails will both move to the other side. These changes will offer more space of physical fitness and therapy, and two old and vacant venues on Davis Avenue will come back to life.

Fancy Paws is another business that is currently becoming well-established at the corner of Third Street and Davis Avenue. Their brochure declares that this shop is “a unique boutique for pets and their parents.” The shop is attractively decorated, and it offers the latest collars, leashes, beds, bowls and pet carriers. The corner windows at Fancy Paws are my grandchildren’s favorites stopping place in town because adorable cats always sit on cushioned shelves and gaze out the windows.

S&T Bees, two doors down from Fancy Paws, offers the unique and nostalgic experience of tasting pure West Virginia honey and the ancient honey wine called “mead.” Stephany Bender, the proprietor at S&T Bees, tries to have at least one class in the Seneca Mall Atrium each month. A six-week Beekeeping Class has just ended and the Highland Apiculture Association will meet at the store this month. Beehives and protective gear are available at the shop along with training and support for beekeepers. The customers at S&T Bees will also find the work of local artists like Maggie Rhudy in the shop and some of the evening classes are art classes.

One of the best things about Seneca Mall is the fact that it has always been a multiuse commercial facility. Professional offices that open onto the atrium include Family Dental Practice, Edward Jones Investments and Allegheny Insurance. These offices lend dignity to the retail venues, and they allow clients, customers and patients opportunities to meet various needs in a walkable space. Henry G’s Cafe is another fortuitous feature of the Seneca Mall. There you can always find a seat and get a bite to eat.