There's a new game in town, or should I say, there's a new business in the town of Piedmont!

By Trish Morgan
For the News Tribune
There's a new game in town, or should I say, there's a new business in the town of Piedmont!
Tri Towns Deli opened earlier this week to throngs of people stopping in or calling in for their favorite handmade subs and soups. According to owner Tonya Snyder, she expected folks to come to her open house, enjoy the foods that she prepared and hoped to meet new people and develop returning customers.
"When I woke up in the morning to get things prepared for opening day, I saw the snow and ice outside and found out that schools were canceled for the day," said Snyder. "I was so worried that no one would come in and order from our menu because of the weather."
As it turned out, Tonya and her husband Jeff met all of their expectations for their grand opening. At the end of the day, when they were settling up their receipts, they were quite pleased with how the local folks supported their business on day one.
Tri Towns Deli is located across from Tri-Towns Electric at 85 Ashfield St. in Piedmont. Hours of operation for the deli are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-to 7 p.m. The Snyders feature free local delivery, eat in or take out. They also accept credit cards, debit cards and personal checks.
Personally, if I may digress - the location of the business has a special meaning to me. Back in the early 1970s, Piedmont was a booming town. I can remember, as a very young teenager, my friends and I walked from Westernport to Piedmont on a Saturday morning to stroll down the street and stop in our favorite stores.
There was G C Murphy's, where we would buy our favorite 45s to add to our record collections. If I recall correctly, the cost of a 45 was around 50 cents. I always saved up enough money so that I could buy at least one record every Saturday. have that record collection today!
Saturdays were very special because my friends and I collected records, and we had to have the very latest releases every week - from Donny Osmond, The Jackson 5, David Cassidy and The Partridge Family, Tommy James, Carole King, The Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Eagles and so many more.
Another favorite stop was the Cut-Rate, where we ordered french fries and gravy and fountain Fresca with crushed ice. Yum. That place was always busy, and you sat in booths with individual jukeboxes, where you could put in quarters and dimes to play the tunes you really liked.
On the way home, my friend Candy liked to stop in to The Style Shop to browse for clothes that she would like to buy. Now, The Style Shop was a very exclusive clothing shop, and June there did not carry my size of clothing, so I could not buy clothes there. But it was still nice to go inside and look at all the pretty dresses and slacks and blouses that the shop had on display.
I always dreamed that one day I would be able to go into that shop and buy something very pretty. When I was 13 years old, I blossomed a little and grew taller and a little less chunky. I wanted to buy something in that store so badly. When my Granddaddy (Arthur "Cowboy" Umstot) and his wife I called Dorothy asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told Dorothy that I would love to go to The Style Shop and buy a pair of slacks. She took me over one afternoon, and I found a pair of brown slacks that fit. That is a wonderful memory for me!
Now I'm pleased to say that Tri Towns Deli is located in that very shop that once was The Style Shop. The Snyders have turned this long ago shop of beautiful clothes into a deli...which the Snyders hope will be very successful for them.
Currently, Tri Towns Deli offers on-site sliced meats and cheeses, including cheddar, hot pepper, horseradish, longhorn, provolone, baby Swiss, American and other assorted cheeses. The fresh-sliced items currently include pepperoni, roast beef, Butterball turkey, bologna, salami, corned beef, Virginia ham, honey ham and Kunzler bacon. Amish butter, fresh bread and other items are also available.
These freshly sliced meats and cheeses are available on the homemade subs, or sold by weights desired.
The deli has daily specials which can be viewed on the businesses Facebook page called Tri Towns DELI: Specials may consist of homemade soups such as turkey rice, bean and ham, chicken and rice, chili or vegetable. Other specials may include a combination of subs, chips, or homemade cole slaw.
Other menu items include: meatball subs, Italian subs, roast beef subs, reubens, turkey subs, ham subs, combination subs, BLT subs, garden salads, chef salads and more. Patrons can choose a 12-inch or 6-inch sub or a wrap. The shop also has an assortment of can soft drinks, bottled waters, candy bars, and chips.
According to Snyder, future plans for the business include to expand into packaged meats and burgers, as well as hoagie sales fundraising and meat and cheese platters. "I wanted to start out slowly so that we could try to build a business with returning customers," adds Snyder. "We're working right now on developing our hoagie sales fundraising program so that we can offer comparable prices and an excellent product for the organizations that sign up with us for a hoagie sale."
For more information, or to place an order, call 304-790-1156. This is currently the cell phone of Tonya Snyder, which the business will be using until the landline is installed at the deli.
The small towns of America are dying off, and when a person is brave enough to bring a business to one of those small towns and offer something fresh and tasty...we should support them, don't you agree? Small businesses in America, small businesses in Piedmont, WV - with a dwindling population and many stories of the heyday of yesterday - still can be successful if we care about our towns.