Local business owners prepare for “Show of Hands”


Four Wheeling Start up businesses are hoping for a chance to receive money to expand their business right here in the Ohio Valley. They hope to do this through the Show of Hands event happening Wednesday night. 

These four individuals are only a couple months away from living their dream of opening up their own business here in Wheeling, and they all could use some extra cash to get started. So each person is itching to grab that $3000 prize.

Grant Coleman said, “It’s incredibly exciting. It would be a huge thing for us just to get some start-up money and some help paying for some of things that we need to do.” He plans on opening up his coffee shop, “Mugshots”, this July. The location will be at the old Keg and Kraut in East Wheeling, a place he’s always called home. He said, “I’ve either lived or worked in East Wheeling most of my adult life, and it’s kind of my neighborhood here in the city of Wheeling. We’re really excited to be a part of East Wheeling and be able to bring something we think will be successful.”

Chad Stradwick is also one of the four candidates for this year’s Show of Hands. He wants to be a businessman to inspire those who may not exactly have a strong voice in the area. “I want to be that ambassador that says hey you guys can do this. We don’t have to just work 9-5. You can start a business anytime you want. You just have to have the hard work and determination and get your feet on the ground.”

He plans on opening up a barber shop called Stradwick’s Fade Cave along Market Street that focuses on the men here in the Ohio Valley. “I want to be somebody who offers exceptional service and caters to men’s hair and skin needs.”

Sarah Lydick plans on opening up her name-sake restaurant “Sarah’s On Main” in the old Lebanon Baker building. She is also a candidate for the Show of Hands and give thanks to Wheeling Heritage’s Co-Starters program for helping start her business. “It’s really exciting that we have that opportunity to get some business knowledge before we actually take the leap.”

Wheeling Threads has already been in business, but they’re hoping they win the Show of Hands to build their inventory and have their very own storefront. Owner Daniel Finsley said, “Just an opportunity to be a part of something so amazing in the City is incredible. Didn’t see it coming and just happy to have this chance to push my business.”

One of these four will be the winner of this year’s Show of Hands and that will be announced Wednesday May 23rd at the Wheeling Artisan Center. Doors open at 6 PM.

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