When thinking of great outlet shopping destinations, it is unlikely that the Parkersburg, West Virginia, area jumps immediately to mind. However, Coldwater Creek has recently added an outlet store to their distribution center in Mineral Wells . For those who are unfamiliar with the retailer, the company’s website states that Coldwater Creek is a large mail order and retail store specializing in Women’s apparel and accessories. The company’s website also notes that the target demographic for the company is 35-60 year old professional women.
Coldwater Creek has operated a distribution site in the Mineral Wells area for about a decade (starting in a nearby location, and then moving to its current, larger home). Earlier this year the company opened an outlet store that is open to the public at the site of the distribution center. The outlet sells a variety og items including overstocks, catalog returns, and seconds. The Coldwater Creek outlet offers women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, belts, earrings, and home décor items. While this isn’t a particularly great place for a guy to spend time, the outlet has taken steps to provide places to sit and relax for husbands.
Mineral Wells is located just south of Parkersburg, West Virginia, on Interstate 77. Take exit 170 off of the interstate and follow WV Route 14 North. You will go over a hill and then turn right on Coldwater Creek Drive. Mineral Wells offers a variety of accommodations and restaurants. The nearby Parkersburg area offers a larger selection of restaurants and a shopping mall.
Located just a few miles north of the Coldwater Creek outlet is the Fenton Art Glass factory just off of Interstate 77 in Williamstown, West Virginia. In August 2007, Fenton announced that it would be closing. However there are tentative plans to keep the factory tours and gift shop open. In nearby Belpre, Ohio (just across the Ohio River from Parkersburg), the Middleton Doll company produces beautiful and lifelike dolls and also offers factory tours and shopping. Another great tourist attraction in the area is the Blennerhassett Island State Park. The island served as the home of the wealthy Blennerhassett family who became involved with Aaron Burr in a scheme that some have suggested was to overthrow the American government. For more area information, see my Content Producer Page.
The area provides a multitude of activities with a relaxing rural atmosphere all within an easy drive of Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia, Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. So the next time you are looking for a unique shopping experience or a weekend vacation, visit the Coldwater Creek Outlet in Mineral Wells.