|Gotta Love It!
The town has been called the "Switzerland of America" due to the picturesque scenery, mountainous location, and architecture. It has survived and prospered over the centuries by repurposing itself. Its scenery and its railroad and coal shipping center made it an attractive vacation and business location in the 1900's.
The town has found used for some of the historic buildings and been able to preserve them. The Opera House serves as a spot for music venues.
This beautiful building is the public library.
Other buildings are home to restaurants, pubs, coffee houses.
There are lots of shops here. What town wouldn't have a jewelry shop? I spent some time in Karen Blankenbiller's jewelry shop. She makes contemporary jewelry and sells it in her New Day Finds Shop.
|Beads I bought in an antique shop
There are also lots of antique shops. This gave me the opportunity to look for jewelry that I can repurpose. I found these white beads and earrings and I knew right away what I can use them for and snagged a bargain.