Morgantown Summer 2021 Edition

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We set routes that are inclusive so different-sized people, different athletic abilities all can have unique, challenging experiences.” MATT HULET , Gritstone general manager and route-setter

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➼ THERE’S A NEW CAFE IN TOWN that looks like it leapt right off the pages of Instagram. We’re talking about Cheat Lake’s latest addition: Almost Heaven Desserts, the place to go if you have a hankering for great- tasting coffee, salads, sandwiches, and sweets that look amazing, too. Victoria Simon runs the cafe. She’s familiar with the operation and worked it first hand as the daughter of Patti and Jim Simon, who together own Almost Heaven Desserts and Coffee in Bridgeport. The original location has a tremendous following, and the family hopes that popularity extends to the Morgantown community as well. The Simons had been scouting Morgantown locations for a while, hoping to expand north, Victoria explains, but nothing felt quite right until they stumbled upon a space on Cheat Road in the newly constructed Cheat Landing. Now it’s the place to go for a mid-day, coffee-fueled study session, the perfect space for catching up with a great friend, the place to stop for a healthy Acai smoothie bowl handmade for you, and home to some of the most delectable cheesecake varieties around. If you're in the area for lunchtime, consider stopping in for a healthy pre-made salad or fresh-off-the- press panini. The shop offers frozen coffees and milkshakes, too. And be sure to browse the retail section while you wait for cute stuff you never knew you needed. written by holly leleux - thubron Must-Stop Shop Find sweet treats and savory fare at Almost Heaven in Cheat Lake.

walk in, you see routes that look like cool pathways up the wall,” Hulet says. The color-coded routes draw your eye and your body up the wall—but they’re also designed to be physically fun and, just as importantly, inclusive. “In climbing, if you’re tall, you can reach things other people can’t. We set routes that are inclusive so different-sized people, different athletic abilities all can have unique, challenging experiences.” That inclusivity is part of the foundation at Gritstone. “Our gym is very diverse in body shape and people. It’s a very welcoming place, a community experience,” Bailey says—and that reflects the Gritstone team’s commitment to empowering the community as a whole. 1901 Eljadid Street, 304.241.4197, climbgritstone.com, @climbgritstone on FB written by pam kasey

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