A Weston boutique highlights the work of local makers.


Anna Cardelli planned to showcase the work of a few local artists when she opened Curated, her small boutique in downtown Weston, in October 2018. But within a few months, the store was filled with products from dozens of West Virginia artisans and producers. It has since become a favorite stop for locals and visitors alike.

The shop sells a mix of products including watercolor paintings, pottery, and Weston-made tea, jams, and jellies. Sometimes a customer simply wants something that says “Weston,” Cardelli says, so she has laser-engraved wood products and decals prepared for the souvenir-seekers.

“I think it helps with the town’s sense of pride of ownership,” Cardelli says. “A lot of our business here is tourism, and so a lot of people coming here want a little of what people do here.”

 

Cardelli and her husband, Erico, moved from a town north of Denver in spring 2018 to live closer to family in Barbour County. She still owns a technology consulting firm back in Colorado, but has also sold her own crafts online for the last decade.

Since opening Curated, Cardelli has learned about her new home through her connections with local artists. The shop allowed her to create her own home in the community. More recently, she also opened a studio downtown that caters to paint-your-own pottery, canvases, and more.

“I think if people are willing to take a little bit of risk and try stuff, we can get a lot further, so hopefully me doing this brings about more people wanting to do the same,” she says. 135 East Second Street, Weston, 304.997.8502, curatedwv.com

photographed by Nikki Bowman

Jennifer Gardner
Written by Jennifer Gardner
Shortly after flunking out of nursing school, Jennifer Gardner realized her love for storytelling. She is a recent graduate of West Virginia University and current features writer at the Charleston Gazette-Mail. She thinks of herself as an adopted West Virginian and will soon celebrate a decade in the Mountain State.