Heritage Station Experiencing a Rebirth

By: Carrie Cline Email
By: Carrie Cline Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Heritage Station has been a charming little pocket of Huntington for many years. But lagging business and little foot traffic have plagued the development, leaving it empty and struggling -- until now.

Heritage Station is undergoing a renaissance designed to draw eclectic businesses and big buzz.

“I knew when I saw this space that I had just the thing for it,” Kim Baker said.

Baker grew up baking. So, it’s no surprise she’s decided to open a bakery.

“I want to focus on using simple ingredients and bring the fullest flavor to them,” Baker said.

The River and Rail Bakery will feature plenty of flavor.

“There will be scones, muffins, cookies, croissants, whole wheat bread with all whole wheat ingredients, baguettes,” Baker said.

“We will feature art from folks who design for this area,” Ilona Bulen said.

Next door to the bakery is the newly revamped gift shop. The ‘Red Caboose’ will feature local artisans, their local art and goods.

“This is an exciting time for Heritage Station, the Cabell-Huntington Visitors and Convention Bureau, and the Huntington Parks and Recreation District have partnered," said Tyson Compton, president of the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Parks and Rec is our landlord. The point is to attract eclectic shops.”

Dave Coster owns Adell's Antiques. He’s been up and running for less than a year, but is thrilled to see more companies moving into the area.

The marketing team of ‘Heritage Station’ is also looking for someone skilled in Mediterranean cooking to open a small restaurant or café. The Red Caboose will be hosting a gala open house featuring its artisans the first weekend of March.

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