[caption id="attachment_11525" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/02\/Greg-and-Kristie.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-11525" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/02\/Greg-and-Kristie-300x202.jpg" alt="Greg and Kristie Church stand in front of one of the many pieces of cabinetry handcrafted by Greg for their 4th Avenue Mason Jar Trading Post. The couple works together to create each piece \u2013 Greg builds and distresses, while Kristie paints and stains. C. D. Moore photo" width="300" height="202" \/><\/a> Greg and Kristie Church stand in front of one of the many pieces of cabinetry handcrafted by Greg for their 4th Avenue Mason Jar Trading Post. The couple works together to create each piece \u2013 Greg builds and distresses, while Kristie paints and stains. <em>C. D. Moore photos<\/em>[\/caption]\r\n\r\nCailey Moore\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nLanterns of every shape and size, mason jar lamps and strings of lights cast a soft glow throughout the 4th Avenue Mason Jar Trading Post on Fourth Avenue in Marlinton. The wood-lined walls, accented by riveted tin ceilings, offer local and visiting customers alike a glimpse into the past. Reminiscent of a Western trading post, the shop is the perfect stop for antique and primitive finds.\r\n\r\nStemming from a love of antique mason jars, the area, and primitive and rustic d\u00e9cor, Greg and Kristie Church, of Asheboro, North Carolina, first brought the Mason Jar to Marlinton almost three years ago in July 2013.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ve spent the last twenty-five years in North Carolina,\u201d Kristie said, \u201cbut we\u2019re originally from McDowell County and have always been fond of this area. It just seemed natural for us to bring something here.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor those who aren't familiar with primitive art, the rough, simplistic style \u2013 paired with a muted color scheme \u2013 is considered to be a characteristic of an early Americana time period. Modern-day primitive artists strive to replicate this historic style by using new materials that are then treated \u2013 by painting, staining and distressing \u2013 to embody antiquity and create an aged look.\r\n\r\nSince its 2013 opening, locals and tourists alike have flocked to the Mason Jar for \u201cunique finds of all kinds.\u201d The store offers its customers an assortment of goods ranging from antiques and traditional primitive d\u00e9cor to products handcrafted by locally- and North Carolina-based artisans.\r\n\r\nTraditional primitive d\u00e9cor is often marked by barn stars, hand-painted wooden signs and saltbox houses, as well as pip berry garlands, wreaths and willow trees \u2013 all of which are available for purchase.\r\n\r\nCrocks, jars and jugs \u2013 including a number of mason jar-themed household items, such as lamps and salt shakers \u2013 are another staple in primitive and rustic decorating, and the store\u2019s cabinets, shelves and walls are lined with crocks, jars and jugs of all shapes and sizes.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_11526" align="alignright" width="219"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/02\/Shop1.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-11526" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/02\/Shop1-219x300.jpg" alt=" traditional primitive art is characterized by rough, simplistic styles, muted color schemes and reoccurring \u201ccharacters\u201d \u2013 such as barn stars, saltbox houses and pip berry willow trees." width="219" height="300" \/><\/a> Traditional primitive art is characterized by rough, simplistic styles, muted color schemes and reoccurring \u201ccharacters\u201d \u2013 such as barn stars, saltbox houses and pip berry willow trees.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nIn addition to the traditional d\u00e9cor, artwork from local mother-daughter duo Erin and Audrey Lore is featured in the Mason Jar, as well as cookbooks from local Gary Hollandsworth and the Pocahontas Scottish Rite Club.\r\n\r\nA shelf of West Virginia honey, jams and jellies \u2013 including jars of West Virginia RoadKill jam\/jelly \u2013 stands across from the front desk, in addition to baskets of homemade fudge and bottles of fruit-flavored ciders.\r\n\r\nDuring the holiday seasons, North Carolina-based artist and family friend Jessie Mitchell provides the Mason Jar with seasonal, hand-sewn bowl fillers \u2013 such as snowmen, valentine hearts and easter eggs \u2013and handmade ornaments.\r\n\r\nIn addition to Mitchell\u2019s hand-sewn goods, Greg and Kristie\u2019s daughter, Arista, transforms antique sleds, unwanted slabs of wood and canvas squares into cheerful holiday d\u00e9cor \u2013 featuring seasonal greetings, Santa Claus and snowmen wrapped in burlap scarfs.\r\n\r\nHandcrafted pieces of furniture \u2013 cabinets, noodle boards, shelves, and table risers \u2013 are just a few of the larger sale items that Greg and Kristie design and build for the Mason Jar.\r\n\r\n\u201cEverything I make is built with Pocahontas County lumber,\u201d Greg said of his work. \u201cI get my lumber from Jason Alderman, take it to my wood shop in North Carolina, and then we bring it back here once the pieces are completed.\u201d\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_11527" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/02\/Shop2.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-11527" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/02\/Shop2-300x199.jpg" alt="The 4th AVENUE Mason Jar Trading Post offers its customers an assortment of antique and traditional primitive home d\u00e9cor. The owners bring new items to the store every two weeks." width="300" height="199" \/><\/a> The 4th Avenue Mason Jar Trading Post offers its customers an assortment of antique and traditional primitive home d\u00e9cor. The owners bring new items to the store every two weeks.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nGreg\u2019s most recent venture \u2013 handmade potato bins \u2013 took an average of three days to complete each piece.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere\u2019s a lot of building and drying that goes into the furniture,\u201d he explained. \u201cso I try to work on multiple pieces at a time \u2013 a few hours here, a few hours there. While one is drying, I can be working on another.\u201d\r\n\r\nOnce finished with each piece of furniture, Greg hands the reins over to Kristie to begin painting. Each piece must receive multiple coats of paint, a sanding and a staining before the signature primitive distress is achieved.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe paint it, then we take it off,\u201d Kristie joked of the process.\r\n\r\nWhen they\u2019re not designing and building furniture in Asheboro or manning the front counter at the Mason Jar, Greg and Kristie can be found traveling to five different states \u2013 North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia \u2013 on a never-ending hunt for antiques and other items to feature in their store.\r\n\r\nThe Mason Jar is located at 719 Fourth Avenue in Marlinton. The store is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at 304-799-2520. For updates and photos of their latest products, follow the \u201c4th Ave. Mason Jar Trading Post\u201d on Facebook.