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Brittany Williams WVVA News--A business that is able to boast selling All-American goods has certainly become the exception, rather than the rule.  Owners at the Harmony Ridge Gallery is Lewisberg say it's the talent of artists in the U.S. that gives their gallery its appeal.

"The word that you will hear most is how unique everything is. Because that's what Americans do. Americans do unique things," said business owner Aaron Maxwell.

A slow stroll through the wide variety of All-American art at the Harmony Ridge Gallery is sure to stimulate your senses.  "It has to be something that's approachable for people, that makes you smile," adds Aaron's wife and business owner Monica Maxwell.

In a world full of big box stores, Aaron and Monica Maxwell's gallery offers a change of pace.  "The world is so based now on mass produced things, you can go anywhere and get anything at a really cheap price. But generally, its made overseas," said Monica.

However, just because a piece is described as unique, handmade, or even one of a kind, that doesn't mean you need to be prepared to empty your wallet.  "You can walk in here and get a $3.00 card, a $10.00 pair of earrings, or you can come in here and spend a couple of thousand dollars on a showcase piece that you want to put in your home," said Monica.

The Store Manager, Emily Coleman, is also a local artist.  Coleman says she is thankful to have the opportunity to work in the arts.  "Doing what I like to do and people appreciating it. 'That has to make you proud.' Yeah, and getting to work someplace in West Virginia selling art, it's awesome." 

The appeal of American art is helping this small town make a big impact.  "We have become kind of a big regional draw. A lot of people come from come from Virginia, D.C., Beckley, Kentucky, all over," said Aaron.

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