[caption id="attachment_22323" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2018\/10\/DSC_0424.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="397" class="size-full wp-image-22323" \/> The Slaty Fork Route 66 location is as friendly as its restaurant in Cass, but, rather than red and white, this dining room features blue and white checked tablecloths. It also sells flavors of fudge like its sister kitchen in Cass. In addition to 12 tables in the dining room, there are five for outdoor seasonal dining. L.D. Bennett photos[\/caption]\r\n\r\nLaura Dean Bennett\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nAbout 20 years ago, Beryl Minghini came to Pocahontas Coun-ty and established two Route 66 locations and the Why Not Shop.\r\n\r\nThe Route 66 Outpost in Cass, as well as the Slaty Fork location, were surely named for the road they sit beside, which is Route 66.\r\n\r\nThe shop has a convenient location, maybe a hundred yards from the Greenbrier River bridge.\r\n\r\nStepping inside, the first thing you notice is the charming red and white checked tablecloths in the dining area.\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s a whole line of poly-resin decorative accent pieces featuring many mountain species \u2013 from bucks to bears \u2013 there are picture frames, welcome signs and animal figurines.\r\n\r\nWooden carved walking sticks, Frostmore Farm maple syrup, wind chimes, Swan Creek Candle Company scented candles, Old Crow soaps and cookbooks.\r\n\r\nDiane Foe came out from behind the kitchen counter to answer questions and show the menagerie and the shop.\r\n\r\nShe offered a sample of fudge, of which there were several varieties, and while my order of jalapeno poppers and a sausage biscuit was being prepared, Diane let me watch her make a pizza, which looked delicious.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_22322" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2018\/10\/DSC_0409.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="576" class="size-full wp-image-22322" \/> The Cass Route 66 shop has T-shirts, sweatshirts, home d\u00e9cor, humorous signs and even things for kids \u2013 jigsaw puzzles, stuffed animals, reproduction arrowheads and \u201cFill A Bag\u201d marbles and pretty polished stones. They also rent bikes, inner tubes, canoes and kayaks for getting out on the Greenbrier River, and there are eight rooms available for rent upstairs. [\/caption]\r\n\r\nThere is much to see and much to buy. T-shirts, sweatshirts, home d\u00e9cor, humorous signs and souvenirs to attract the shopper in all of us and even things for kids - jigsaw puzzles, stuffed animals, reproduction arrowheads and \u201cFill A Bag\u201d marbles and pretty polished stones.\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s a cute train table just the right height for little ones to play with.\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s a modest selection of grocery items - and a fridge case of basics - drinks, hotdogs, eggs, cheese and the like - for those who might be camping or want to avoid a trip to the grocery store in town.\r\n\r\nRoute 66\u2019s breakfast menu is fairly extensive and breakfast is served all day.\r\n\r\nThere are lots of appetizers \u2013 I really enjoyed the jalapeno poppers.\r\n\r\nFor lunch, it would be quite welcoming to enjoy soup or chili on a cold day. There are also salads and 24 sandwiches \u2013 everything from \u201cThe Dog House\u201d to the Billy Bob - hot ham and swiss cheese on an Italian sub.\r\n\r\nThey also rent bikes for touring around the area, and inner tubes, canoes and kayaks for getting out on the Greenbrier River, which is located a short, walking distance from the store.\r\n\r\nThere are eight rooms to rent up on the second floor. You should call ahead to reserve one, they must fill up fast in the season.\r\n\r\nWhether you need to rent recreation equipment or a room, call ahead to 304-456-4388 or visit the Route 66 website at route66snow shoe.com\r\n\r\nFrom Cass, I travelled across Back Mountain to the other Route 66 location, which also includes the Why Not Shop \u2013 a fascinating shopping experience not to be missed when one is visiting Slaty Fork or Snowshoe.\r\n\r\nThe Route 66 Restaurant and Why Not Shop are situated in a charming, rustic building perched beside \u2013 Route 66, of course.\r\nAs you step from the wooden porch into the shop, the rustic theme continues, and you are made to feel welcome to the shop and to the restaurant.\r\n\r\nThe restaurant area of this Route 66 location is as clean and friendly as the one in Cass, but this dining room features blue and white checked tablecloths and several of the same metalwork animal chairs that I admired in the other location.\r\n\r\nThe restaurant counter also displays several flavors of fudge like its sister kitchen in Cass. But in addition to the 12 tables in the dining room, there are an additional five tables set up on the nearby back porch for outdoor dining overlooking Slaty Creek.\r\n\r\nAfter perusing the menu, which is identical to the Cass location, I ordered the \u201cBig Bull,\u201d an eight ounce hamburger with all the trimmings from our waiter, a friendly young man named Jonah Clatterbuck.\r\n\r\nJonah is from Harrisonburg, Virginia. and will be working up on the slopes this winter. He brought his \u201cspecial sauce\u201d along with our French fries for us to try.\r\n\r\nThe burger was amazing.\r\n\r\nIt came with one\u2019s choice of cheese and all the usual toppings. There was a healthy, or should I say unhealthy, portion of French fries and a tasty half-sour dill pickle, the perfect complement to the burger, was on the side.\r\n\r\nThey also offer a \u201cLittle Bull,\u201d which is a much more manageable five ounce burger for sensible people or maybe people who haven\u2019t been skiing or snowboarding all day.\r\n\r\nWhile we waited for our Big Bulls to arrive, we enjoyed sitting out on the porch playing backgammon.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s the perfect place to relax and feel like you have your very own secret outdoor spot.\r\n\r\nAfter our supper, we browsed the Why Not Shop, which took some time, as it is filled to the rafters with fun shopping.\r\nThere\u2019s something for everyone in the Why Not Shop.\r\n\r\nIn the last days of summer, I noticed a wide selection of shoes and sandals, billed caps, children\u2019s clothes and jewelry.\r\nIf you\u2019re visiting in the winter, and you\u2019re into snowboarding, they can outfit you.\r\n\r\nAnd if you forgot ski pants, ski gloves, caps, winter boots, winter jackets, or even warm, furry bedroom slippers, Route 66 has you covered.\r\n\r\nThere are books, stationery and greeting cards, elegant framed artwork, geodes, souvenir mugs, and a lot of the same kind of merchandise as is found in the Cass store.\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s an interesting display of mounted butterflies for sale upstairs on the second floor along with lots of beautiful, rustic furniture and d\u00e9cor.\r\n\r\nAntler light fixtures set the stage for log beds, tables, chairs and couches.\r\n\r\nIf you need to furnish your condo and are looking for something with a rustic flair, this is the place - and they deliver.\r\n\r\nIf you have any questions or need to rent ski or snowboard equipment you may call ahead to 304-572-2200 or visit the website at route66snowshoe.com\r\n\r\nThe folks at both Route 66 locations will be happy to help you.