By Heather Clower
The Parsons Advocate
Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic, people are coming to the county and embarking on entrepreneurship endeavors. From January 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020, Tucker County has seen a 9.98% growth in registered businesses, the second-largest percentage of growth within the state. This trend has been seen through much of the state with over 1,200 new businesses within those 12 months. The total number of businesses now registered within the county is 463, with a dozen of those coming in August.
While some of the businesses listed on the Secretary of State website are declared as new, they have established businesses that have exchanged ownership, revamped their stakeholders, or have had other changes within the business. At the time of publication, there were 481 businesses registered within Tucker County.
In January, 11 businesses registered with the SOS including Bonner’s Collision Services in Parsons, Canville LLC in Davis, Carr’s Ag Repair in Parsons, Cloudy Daye Soaps in Parsons, Cork’s Turkey Knob Wines in Parsons, Crows Nest Properties Davis, Fig Holdings in Davis, GS Millwork of Parsons, Roberts Self Storage in Hendricks, The Odd Couple in Thomas, and The Wandering Caravan of Davis.
February brought four including La Mariposa in Davis, Mixed Media Mountain in Davis, Mountains to Water Woodship in Davis, and Villa Properties in Davis. March consisted of Davis Yard LLC in Davis, Farm Up Table on Backbone Ridge, Ire Market in Davis, Luscombe Industries in Davis, Quattro Properties in Thomas, RAF listed with a charter state of Ohio, and Real Close in Thomas.
April and May each consisted of three entities becoming established with Apotheca Ltd. Co. in Parsons, Integrity Archery Company in Thomas, Maple Grove in Davis, Ghost Palace in Thomas, GSM Realty in Parsons, and Picnic Forest in Thomas.
The month of June came D and D Detailing in Hambleton, Elliots Detailing Service in Davis, Mountain River Media in Davis, Sunrise Shred operating out of Oakland, Md., WV Gray in Parsons, with July adding Beyond Rad Honey in Parsons, Big John’s Restaurant in Davis, Compufit LLC with N.Y. as a charter state, Fat Olives in Parsons, Olde Towne Shoppe in Parsons, Skoog Shop in Davis, and The Other One in Davis.
August was the largest month for growth with an addition of 12 registered businesses with the SOS. Among those were Capable One LLC in Davis, Cortland Road LLC in Davis, Ferrari Enterprises in Davis, Front Street Properties and Hillbilly Realty with a charter state listed as Md., Mountain Valley Riding Stables in Davis, Riggle Realty in Parsons, Shavers Fork in Kerens, Sir Real Pictures Ltd. in Davis, Sunshine Cleaning of W.Va. in Thomas, The Davis Depot of Davis, and Timberline Crossing listed as Charleston, W.Va.
September wasn’t far behind with 10 consisting of ABC Botanicals in Parsons, Carriage House Co in Hendricks, Community Works Institute in Parsons, Daytripper LLC in Hendricks, Herzwood Unit Owners Associates in Davis, Hocking Hills Homesteads with a charter state of OH., Mountain Optics in Dry Fork, Nanette Seligman in Davis, Upper Tucker Services in Davis, and Windwood Fly-Inn Resort with a charter state of Md.
October brought in 16 Tons LLC in Thomas, B&B Rentals in Hambleton, In His Image by Zoe in Thomas, Parsons Church of God in Parsons, Round House Ventures in Davis, Salty Peaks in VIRGINIA, Three M&M’s listed as Morgantown, W.Va., UP in Davis, and W.Va. Center for Equity in Education in Parsons.
Businesses joining the county in November were 4J Sport LLC, Crakes, and Co. LLC both in Thomas, and LR5 LLC in Davis. December offered Blackbear 32 LLC in Parsons, Canaan Equities Limited Liability Company in Parsons, Mama Mia Pie and Pasta LLC with a home office listed in Elkins, Mountain View Homes, LLC in Thomas, Spindrift Designs LLC located in Davis, The Alpine Village at Blackwater LLC in Davis, Thomas Avenue LLC with a principal office location in South Charleston, W.Va., Canaan Consulting, LLC in Davis, and lastly Douglas Falls Bed and Breakfast, LLC located in Thomas.
The SOS offered a breakdown of businesses per municipality within the county with Davis being home to 26 or 46.43% of the new businesses, Parsons having 14 or 25%, Thomas at 10 or 17.86%, and Hendricks and Hambleton both at 3 or 5.36%.
Steven Leyh, Executive Director of the Tucker County Development Authority for the past three years, made the following statement. “Tucker County has always attracted risk-takers and pioneers. This same spirit endures today with the rise in entrepreneurship. I believe this speaks volumes about the talent, vision, and passion of our community.”