Business & Tourism
Did you know that the oldest continuously operating theatre in the United States is right here in Spencer, WV and still shows today's Hollywood hits? Where else can you hike and bike right out of a downtown business district past ancient ruins and end up at what was recently named the Best Winery in West Virginia? What other city in the state has a Civil War Park where you can set your picnic blanket just above ancient battle trenches and soak in a sweeping pastoral view of the early 20th Century architecture of downtown? This is the Outdoor Recreation Hub of central WV and one of the most beautiful towns in the state. Come stay at one of our quaint B&B's and shop at our impressive antique mall or one of the many unique merchants downtown. Join the tens of thousands who flock to Spencer each fall for the West Virginia Black Walnut Festival or in the spring for Heritage Days. Take the short drive from Charleston, Parkersburg or Clarksburg to see the amazing Christmas decorations that engulf the town. Visit world famous artist Jeff Fetty's iron forge, cast a line in one of the best walleye fisheries in the state at Charles Fork Lake, or explore the nearly thirty miles of trails. that are home to the USAC Mountain Biking West Virginia State Championship - Tour de Lake.
Why develop your small business here in Spencer?
To start with, we have been named one of the top ten most beautiful cities in West Virginia, but with the pride we have in our community we think it is at the top of that list.
According to a recent article in West Virginia Executive, "Millennials, those born after 1980, are choosing to live, work, play and stay in places known for innovation, diversity and interconnectivity. To attract and retain these young professionals, West Virginia communities must adapt to the wants and needs of this generation." We in Spencer believe that we are that community that can adapt to those needs. There is no small city in West Virginia with as much community pride. With sunny days, clean water, no industrial scarring from extractive industry, diverse and growing outdoor recreation, historic architectural downtown, low property taxes, and low cost real estate - Spencer is a formula for that place millenials are seeking to live and work. It's a place where you can start your own small business and create not just the life you want, but the town you want.
Tom Gorrell, Managing Director of Northwestern Mutual recently said "West Virginia's most promising resource is its potential. The outdoor recreational opportunities are almost unlimited. The positive mental attitude of our people needs a cause to get behind, and like-minded people sharing ideas is where momentum starts." The cause to maintain Spencer as West Virginia's Best Hometown is easily the best cause going. With so much potential and so much charm, this is exactly the place you want to visit and do business.
For more information on starting a business in Spencer or for developer inquiries, contact us at 304-927-1640. The Spencer Development Authority is interested in targeted site development. If you are a commercial or lodging development investor, please contact us to learn more about opportunities for growth.