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Tamarack The Best Of West Virginia

3.5 of 5 stars 4 Reviews

1 Tamarack Park, Beckley, WV 25801
(304) 256-6843
 
The Tamarack Vision for West Virginia:- We envision a vibrant cottage industry in West Virginia where jobs, market opportunities, training, and educational resources abound for West Virginia's artists, artisans, craftspersons, and food producers, and...read more
The Tamarack Vision for West Virginia:- We envision a vibrant cottage industry in West Virginia where jobs, market opportunities, training, and educational resources abound for West Virginia's artists, artisans, craftspersons, and food producers, and our rich cultural heritage and artisan skills and traditions are preserved and strengthened for future generations of West Virginians. The Tamarack System's Vision:- The Tamarack System will be recognized globally as a dynamic catalyst and premiere showcase for all aspects of advancing West Virginia arts, crafts and food products and those who produce or perform them. History of Tamarack:- TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia is the nations first showcase of handcrafts, fine art and regional cuisine. It comprises a warmly decorated retail store, working studios for resident artisans, a fine art gallery, a theater, and A Taste of West Virginia food court, managed by The Greenbrier Resort. Additional meeting space is available in the Tamarack Conference Center. A visionary governor, Gaston Caperton, set the stage for Tamaracks conception, and in October 1989, the Parkways Authority issued a $143 million bond, a small percentage was set aside to upgrade rest areas along the turnpike, and concession revenues from these not toll revenues or tax dollars were to fund tourism and economic development projects. The Road:- As the new director of Economic Development and Tourism, Cela Burge had an idea to connect West Virginia craftspeople with turnpike travelers. When Cela suggested to the Authoritys Board of Directors that West Virginia products be sold in the new service plazas, the board agreed to the idea. Nobody expected much to come of it. But, the crafts were a big hit. During the grand opening of the Princeton Center, complete with musicians and a big pot of apple butter cooking, Governor Caperton told David Dickirson, a member of the Parkways Authoritys Board of Directors, that it would be wonderful to have a place with that type of atmosphere every day of the year. Thus, the idea for Tamarack was born. During the next six months, Burge and her helpers met with craftspeople far and wide, outlined a strategic marketing plan for developing the new center, began searching for architects, expanded warehouse facilities, and planned fact-finding visits to art and craft centers in several states. Dickirson approached Rod Stoner, director of food and beverage services at The Greenbrier, about providing their expertise. A Design and A Name:- In May 1993 Clint Bryan and his associates, Doug Bastian and John Harris, won the project. Their proposed design was arresting, innovative and eminently functional. A Beckley firm, Radford and Radford, won the construction contract. Tamarack was named in the late spring of 1993 by The Arnold Agency in Charleston. Linda Arnold, a Beckley native, and her creative team of Dick Allowatt and Carrie Stollings proposed the name of a tree, also called the American larch, known for its qualities of strength, beauty and versatility. Organizing Artisans:- Meanwhile, Cela Burge and her associates were meeting and learning from another group of people who were integral to the project the artisans. The jury process to select products sold at Tamarack, has been in place since th beginning to insure quality and authenticity of WV-made items. Artisans were also involved in the construction of Tamarack. West Virginia artisans created structural elements and were paid by contract a year before visitors ever touched Tamaracks handcrafted door pulls. The Challenge:- From the first, Tamarack both the building and the concept of a centralized marketing system aroused strong reactions. Governor Caperton consistently voiced high hopes for Tamarack. And in October 1994, The Crafts Report devoted its cover feature to West Virginias Bold Experiment. A few months later, the national publication honored the Parkways Authority with its Crafts Consciousness Award. Building a Dream:- At the
 
 

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5 of 5 stars
Oct 5, 2006
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Tamarack The Best Of West Virginia 1 Tamarack Park,
Beckley, WV 25801
USA
Best of.anything in West Virginia. Great place to visit. Very unique and great gifts, crafts, et
I just love Tamarak. The most fun place I have been to in a long time. I come from Charlotte, NC and we do not have anything as great as this in NC. I tell everyone how great and exciting it is.
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3 of 5 stars
Aug 22, 2006
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Tamarack The Best Of West Virginia 1 Tamarack Park,
Beckley, WV 25801
USA
One word...Expensive.
Beautiful artwork and crafts, but really expensive. I am almost afraid to walk in the building due to the prices on items. It makes you scared to touch ANYTHING. It's a gorgeous building, and a great tourist attraction...but highly overpriced for a... (More)
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Tamarack The Best Of West Virginia 1 Tamarack Park,
Beckley, WV 25801
USA
Too expensive for the common traveler.
Nice things to look at, nothing very practical, everything is very expensive. We heard lots of hype, drove 75miles to be very disappointed. We are also upset because the state was involved financially.
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5 of 5 stars
Dec 14, 2005
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Tamarack The Best Of West Virginia 1 Tamarack Park,
Beckley, WV 25801
USA
Great stuff, but much is VERY expensive... Best "cafeteria" food- by the Greenbrier!
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The Tamarack Vision for West Virginia:- We envision a vibrant cottage industry in West Virginia where jobs, market opportunities, training, and educational resources abound for West Virginia's artists, artisans, craftspersons, and food producers, and our rich cultural heritage and artisan skills and traditions are preserved and strengthened for future generations of West Virginians. The Tamarack System's Vision:- The Tamarack System will be recognized globally as a dynamic catalyst and premiere showcase for all aspects of advancing West Virginia arts, crafts and food products and those who produce or perform them. History of Tamarack:- TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia is the nations first showcase of handcrafts, fine art and regional cuisine. It comprises a warmly decorated retail store, working studios for resident artisans, a fine art gallery, a theater, and A Taste of West Virginia food court, managed by The Greenbrier Resort. Additional meeting space is available in the Tamarack Conference Center. A visionary governor, Gaston Caperton, set the stage for Tamaracks conception, and in October 1989, the Parkways Authority issued a $143 million bond, a small percentage was set aside to upgrade rest areas along the turnpike, and concession revenues from these not toll revenues or tax dollars were to fund tourism and economic development projects. The Road:- As the new director of Economic Development and Tourism, Cela Burge had an idea to connect West Virginia craftspeople with turnpike travelers. When Cela suggested to the Authoritys Board of Directors that West Virginia products be sold in the new service plazas, the board agreed to the idea. Nobody expected much to come of it. But, the crafts were a big hit. During the grand opening of the Princeton Center, complete with musicians and a big pot of apple butter cooking, Governor Caperton told David Dickirson, a member of the Parkways Authoritys Board of Directors, that it would be wonderful to have a place with that type of atmosphere every day of the year. Thus, the idea for Tamarack was born. During the next six months, Burge and her helpers met with craftspeople far and wide, outlined a strategic marketing plan for developing the new center, began searching for architects, expanded warehouse facilities, and planned fact-finding visits to art and craft centers in several states. Dickirson approached Rod Stoner, director of food and beverage services at The Greenbrier, about providing their expertise. A Design and A Name:- In May 1993 Clint Bryan and his associates, Doug Bastian and John Harris, won the project. Their proposed design was arresting, innovative and eminently functional. A Beckley firm, Radford and Radford, won the construction contract. Tamarack was named in the late spring of 1993 by The Arnold Agency in Charleston. Linda Arnold, a Beckley native, and her creative team of Dick Allowatt and Carrie Stollings proposed the name of a tree, also called the American larch, known for its qualities of strength, beauty and versatility. Organizing Artisans:- Meanwhile, Cela Burge and her associates were meeting and learning from another group of people who were integral to the project the artisans. The jury process to select products sold at Tamarack, has been in place since th beginning to insure quality and authenticity of WV-made items. Artisans were also involved in the construction of Tamarack. West Virginia artisans created structural elements and were paid by contract a year before visitors ever touched Tamaracks handcrafted door pulls. The Challenge:- From the first, Tamarack both the building and the concept of a centralized marketing system aroused strong reactions. Governor Caperton consistently voiced high hopes for Tamarack. And in October 1994, The Crafts Report devoted its cover feature to West Virginias Bold Experiment. A few months later, the national publication honored the Parkways Authority with its Crafts Consciousness Award. Building a Dream:- At the