When the first Cheap Thrills Records opened in 1995, compact discs were beginning to oust cassettes as the era's preferred musical format. These days, however, nearly all formats of yore?from vinyl LPs to CDs?line the shelves in harmony. From Beck to ZZ Top, both locations not only sell classic and contemporary artists, but also trade music for cash, store credit, or a lovingly hand-drawn IOU. The same goes for DVDs, video games, recent gaming systems, and even gold. The rest of Cheap Thrills' inventory, meanwhile, ranges from magazines and T-shirts to incense and jewelry.
The Charleston Department Store is a complete, full-service, name-brand, soft-goods clothing, sportswear company. Founded in 1921, our privately-held company represents a third generation family business! With two retail locations in the market, and now 86 years old, the company has a dominant presence in the casual cloth
Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 permanent and temporary locations.
Much like its products, Phantom?s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it?s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom?s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.
On the rolling hillsides of Wheeling, West Virginia, the white pillars of the Mansion Museum stand majestically over the manicured lawns and landscaped gardens of the Oglebay Institute. Originally built in 1846 as an eight-bedroom farmhouse, the mansion entered the Oglebay family in 1900, and was willed to the city 30 years later to serve as a facility for education and recreation. Today it features a rotation of exhibits and programs, which share fine art, glassware, and environmental education with more than 100,000 people annually.
Tucked next to the Mansion, the glass museum has collected some 3,000 pieces of Wheeling glass, cut lead crystal, and Victorian art glass. The Sweeney Punch Bowl, a 5-foot, 225-pound piece of cut lead crystal, is the jewel of the collection, epitomizing the aesthetic splendor and unwieldy nature of most Victorian-era flasks. The Schrader Environmental Education Center imparts visitors with an appreciation for the natural world with interactive trail tours, campfires, and astronomy events; and the Stifle Fine Arts Center's ever-changing visual-arts exhibits display work from local and national artists.