Wheeling Heritage is pleased to announce that Jenna Richardson will take over as the Artisan Shop Retail Manager. Richardson returns to Wheeling Heritage where she previously served as the retail coordinator from 2018-2019.
Scott Schenerlein, Wheeling Heritage’s Executive Director, hired Richardson after a search that included candidates throughout the Ohio Valley. Ultimately, Richardson’s nonprofit experience and previous role at Wheeling Heritage made her the optimal candidate.
“We are excited to bring Jenna on to the Wheeling Heritage team. Jenna’s local connections and her passion for arts in our community make her a good fit to take our shops to the next level,” said Scott Schenerlein, Wheeling Heritage Executive Director. “It will be great to see some of her ideas brought to life to enhance the shopping experience. Please stop by one of our shops and join me in welcoming Jenna!”
Within this role, Richardson will be responsible for both the Downtown and Oglebay Artisan Center Shop locations. She will work to grow the product selection while supporting artists from West Virginia and the Appalachian region.
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The Wheeling Artisan Center Shop in Downtown Wheeling is located on the second floor of the Wheeling Artisan Center at 1400 Main Street. (Photo by Wheeling Heritage Media)
A second location of the Artisan Shop opened inside the Carriage House at Oglebay in 2021. (Photo by Wheeling Heritage Media).
The Wheeling Artisan Center Shop carries hundreds of products made by West Virginia and Appalachian artists. (Photo by Wheeling Heritage Media).
The Wheeling Artisan Center Shop has unique, handmade gifts for all occasions. (Photo by Wheeling Heritage Media).
The Artisan Center Shop offers may of its products online at artisancenter.com.(Photo by Wheeling Heritage Media).
“I have come full circle since my time at Wheeling Heritage, and I am thrilled to be back and leading efforts in the Artisan Center Shops,” said Richardson. “From the beautiful handmade glassware to locally-made candles and jewelry, I love the welcoming environment and creativity the shops inspire. I am so excited to help the shops, and the artists they support, flourish as I embark on this journey with Wheeling Heritage.”
Richardson earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Composition from Cleveland State. She previously served as the YWCA Wheeling’s Development Director where she researched and wrote local and national grant proposals and led fundraising and outreach efforts for the organization. Richardson has also served as a board member for Generation West Virginia, Junior League of Wheeling, and Ketchum for Council Campaign.
About Wheeling Heritage: Wheeling Heritage is a catalyst for the revitalization of Wheeling. Through historic preservation, community development, and the arts, we help to tell Wheeling’s story and shape its future. We seek to improve the quality of life in Wheeling by preserving and investing in our city, collaborating with others, and engaging the citizens of Wheeling in our work.