ELKINS - As Elkins Main Street increases its visibility in downtown Elkins, so does Davis & Elkins College. The two recently partnered in sharing space in the storefront at 204 Davis Avenue.
About one-third of the nearly 1,700-square-foot space is occupied by D&E, and will include a display of student and faculty artwork, along with some commemorative Davis & Elkins College items.
Davis & Elkins College First Lady Lisa Wood said the College is committed to being a part of the revitalization of downtown Elkins and having a presence in the area will remind the community of the symbiotic relationship D&E has with Elkins.
“As my husband likes to say often, ‘What’s good for D&E is good for Elkins. And vice versa: What’s good for Elkins is good for D&E,’” Wood said. “We have long term goals of partnering with Elkins Main Street and the downtown businesses to offer programs and support utilizing our students, faculty and staff. We are excited about this partnership and what it means going forward.”
Elkins Main Street Executive Director Karen Carper said the organization had been looking for a new location and recently decided that the storefront next to the soon-to-be refurbished historic Tygart Hotel was the perfect spot to showcase their offerings and give the College a presence in downtown.
“It’s a great move for us,” said Carper, who is also a 1981 D&E graduate. “Having D&E downtown is so very welcoming, and it’s nice to have the activity that comes from the College students.”
Carper added that as soon as a window display was set up Friday morning, passersby stopped to have a look. Additional items will be added to the interior in the coming weeks.
The close proximity to the railyard provides yet another advantage for Main Street and the College when tourists visit the area.
“As visitors come to town for the rails or for the festivals, D&E and Elkins Main Street will be there to greet them and share all that we have to offer,” Wood said.
Designated a Main Street Community in 2015, Elkins Main Street is one of 12 certified communities in West Virginia with the purpose of tackling the complex issue of downtown and neighborhood district revitalization.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.