[caption id="attachment_82563" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2021\/08\/Greenbrier-Bikes.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="600" class="size-full wp-image-82563" \/> Greenbrier Bikes is one of two new businesses in downtown Marlinton, located at the former Pat\u2019s Beauty Shop site. Co-owner Scott Guyette, left, and sales specialist Marcos Morias are ready to share their cycling expertise with customers. S. Stewart photos[\/caption]\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_82561" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2021\/08\/Alison-Pottery.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="600" class="size-full wp-image-82561" \/> Alison Pottery is owned and operated by Alison Flegel, a local master potter, shown above creating a new piece. Along with Flegel\u2019s pottery, the gallery has works by a variety of artists.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nThe town of Marlinton was abuzz when Pat\u2019s Beauty Shop closed and renovation began by new property owner Bob Safrit. What business would take the salon\u2019s place? What would join the businesses of downtown Marlinton?\r\n\r\nThe big surprise was that not one, but two new businesses were coming to Marlinton and, on May 22, Alison Pottery and Greenbrier Bikes open their shared door to the public.\r\n\r\nSafrit\u2019s wife, Alison Flegel, is the namesake of the pottery studio and art gallery in the front of the building.\r\n\r\nFlegel is a master potter and has sold her pottery in several locations, the latest of which is the Burner Homeplace in Cass. Flegel and her mother, Louise Burner, opened the Homeplace in 2018 as a gallery and museum. The oldest home in Cass was built by Burner\u2019s family and serves as a historical landmark for visitors and locals alike.\r\n\r\nWhen Safrit and Flegel discussed what to do with the former salon, he suggested a gallery and Flegel said, \u201cThat would be cool.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cHaving a gallery at the Burner Homeplace \u2013 that\u2019s great \u2013 but this is a whole new set of people and different tourists coming through,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nIn addition to selling her pottery, Flegel has other artwork for sale, much of it created by West Virginia artists.\r\n\r\n\u201cI have several other artists,\u201d Flegel said. \u201cIllustrator and watercolorist Seth [Pitt] from Thomas, and Joanna Yates, who is originally from West Virginia, but she lives in Sedona, Arizona, now. She makes jewelry out of bike parts. Louise Burner is making clay jewelry with semi-precious stones. Quincy McMichael, a Greenbrier artist, uses recycled paint to make something new using found wood and other objects.\r\n\r\n\u201cLori Salmon is a resident of Arbovale,\u201d she continued. \u201cShe\u2019s doing photos of the Greenbrier River Trail on canvas. Kristen LeCroy, who lived in West Virginia for a time, but is now in North Carolina, is doing watercolor.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe gallery is the second collaboration the married couple had this year \u2013 the first is their now nine-month-old daughter, Willow, who joins her mom in the pottery studio, but hasn\u2019t started her own line of pottery just yet.\r\n\r\n\u201cShe likes to watch me throw,\u201d Flegel said, laughing. \u201cHopefully, one day, she\u2019ll be my little helper. She\u2019ll be making mugs.\u201d\r\n\r\nWillow isn\u2019t the only one who can watch Flegel throw pots. Every Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m., she is at Alison Pottery, throwing pots and greeting customers.\r\n\r\nFlegel is also a yoga instructor with her own business, Little Mountain Yoga, which offers classes at the Burner Homeplace.\r\nDespite having all these duties to juggle, Flegel does so with grace and is excited to have a new location in the heart of Marlinton to share art with the community.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe location is pretty awesome,\u201d she said, standing on the porch watching the First Friday event take place at the Discovery Junction.\u00a0\r\n\r\nGreenbrier Bikes, operated by Safrit and Scott Guyette, is located in the other half of the building.\r\n\r\nBoth avid mountain bikers, Safrit and Guyette realized there was a need for a shop in the area, especially after the Snowshoe Highland Ride Center IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) designation was awarded to the county. As an IMBA Ride Center, Pocahontas County is attracting more and more mountain bikers who want to experience the novice-to-pro-level trails throughout the county.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis time last year, Bob and I started seriously talking about it, and we started placing orders in November or so and officially opened a month ago,\u201d Guyette said.\r\n\r\nThey have a full service shop for all kinds of bikes and rentals and supplies for cyclists of all levels.\r\n\r\nWhile sales are always a number one goal for any business, Guyette and sales specialist Marcos Morias said Greenbrier Bikes is also here to bring cyclists together and to create a community for bike enthusiasts like themselves.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re here to make sure people have fun on bikes,\u201d Guyette said. \u201cWe all ride anything and everything \u2013\u00a0mountain, gravel, road \u2013 all of the above. That\u2019s kind of the whole point of this shop is to help people of Marlinton and honestly, everybody, to get on a bike.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re going to try to become a good meeting point and try to organize some group rides,\u201d Morias added. \u201cI think that\u2019s a goal, too \u2013 for people to come here and find others to ride with and bring people together in that way. I think that will be sweet, too.\u201d\r\n\r\nMorias, a native of North Carolina, has been coming to West Virginia for years to enjoy whitewater rafting and cycling. On one particular trip to Snowshoe Resort, Morias found himself riding a ski lift with Guyette.\r\n\r\nThe two started talking and before long, Morias was packing his bags and moving to the county to work at the shop in Marlinton.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m really happy to be here,\u201d Morias said. \r\n\r\nGuyette is also a transplant, originally from New York \u2013\u00a0he was a BMX and freestyle cyclists and discovered mountain biking in college. He was a mountain bike guide in Nevada, a shop manager in Montana and then moved to Snowshoe with his wife, Sarah Eilers, who grew up in the county.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe shop strives to be a one stop shop for all cyclists \u2013 newbies and old pros alike. It can outfit visitors with rental bikes, safety gear and a map of the county\u2019s trail system, or simply point them toward the Greenbrier River Trail, which is just a stone\u2019s throw away.\r\n\r\n\u201cLocal knowledge of the trail system is what we provide, too,\u201d Guyette said. \u201cIt\u2019s tough, because Marcos, Bob and I are all passionate mountain bikers, but we\u2019re sitting on the Greenbrier River Trail. There\u2019s seventy miles of just awesome swimming holes, fishing holes, relaxation, so we\u2019re trying to tune the shop to be full- spectrum \u2013 the whole gambit. We don\u2019t want to be so focused on our own passions that we neglect the interest of others.\u201d\r\n\r\nBoth businesses are open Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.\r\n\r\nGuyette said if cyclists need a rental or need assistance on days the shop is closed, they may email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.