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BEST PLACE TO BUY SHOES Morgantown Running

BEST PLACE TO BUY KIDS’ APPAREL Once Upon a Child You go to dress your kiddo in that adorable little sweater you bought them for Christmas, but it’s already too small, and they’ve only worn it twice! Not to worry. At Once Upon a Child, you can buy and sell gently used kids’ clothes, shoes, and toys, helping you keep up with the cutest trends—and growth spurts. 7100 Willie G Avenue, Westover, 304.322.2446,, @onceuponachildmorgantown on FB

Morgantown Running tied BOM’s long-time Best Place to Buy Shoes winner this year, and owner Heather Cleary couldn’t be more excited. Cleary is a Grafton native who ran track at Alderson Broaddus University before moving to Morgantown with her husband. She went to college with the shop’s previous owners and purchased the shop from them in 2012. “Running was on the rise at the time, and it worked out well for us. Business is good, and we just opened a second location in Bridgeport.” You’ll find a vast selection of high-quality athletic shoes designed for walkers, runners, and anyone who spends long periods of time on their feet. Morgantown Running also offers the experience that Cleary and her staff have gained through their own running lifestyles. The shop puts on three road races each year: the Morgantown Running 4 on the 4th, the Halloween Half Marathon, and the 5K Turkey Trot each Thanksgiving. 709 Beechurst Avenue, 304.241.5223,, @morgantownrunning on FB


Jungle Pet Superstore Exotic Jungle has kitten and cat supplies and just about any pet you could ever want—birds and fish, lizards and snakes, hedgehogs and hamsters and hermit crabs—plus the supplies to keep all of your pets healthy and happy. Shop owner Emily Sanders has a big heart for all animals and, in her 37 years in business, the shop has rescued and found homes for thousands of cats and kittens. New products are stocked all the time so, if you haven’t been there in a while, stop in. 1716 Mileground Road, 304.296.8552, “Exotic Jungle Pet Superstore” on FB

Shoe Story Shoe Story has a reason to celebrate after earning 11 straight BOM wins from the Morgantown community. Whether customers most appreciate the selection of shoes for everyone in the family or the personal service and professional fittings, what the store does is obviously working. If that wasn’t enough reason to shop here, you’ll also find shoes designed to help anyone with foot problems and a knowledgeable staff that can answer your questions with earned expertise. 751 Chestnut Ridge Road, 304.599.7443,, @theshoestorywv on FB


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