Buffalo Creek Primitives re-opens

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON PAT AND Bill Rice pose inside their Buffalo Creek Primitives shop now located on Belmont Street in Bellaire.

BELLAIRE — Buffalo Creek Primitives has re-opened in a new location — Belmont Street in Bellaire.

Owned by Bill and Pat Rice, the shop offers a variety of gifts and home decor, along with purses, scarves and more. The couple also sells scented candles and wax tarts. Many of the gift and decor items are made by the couple, who enjoy repurposing items such as old shutters, furniture and even ice skates. The shop’s biggest seller continues to be decorated lamp posts with lanterns.

The Brooke County natives ran a gift shop for 20 years in Virginia. Buffalo Creek Primitives is named after the area of Brooke County in which they were raised — Buffalo Creek.

The Rices have lived in St. Clairsville for the past several years. Before that, they lived in Roanoke, Va., where they owned and ran Smith Mountain Lake Gifts for 19 years. They originally moved to Virginia because of Bill Rice’s work, but the mortgage company he worked for closed that branch. At that time, instead of moving back to the Valley, they decided to stay put.

A few years ago, the couple decided to move back because Pat missed the region. They grew up together in the Wellsburg area. They closed their St. Clairsville shop location after Pat had health complications following heart surgery. After Pat got better, the couple decided to re-open after they noticed the shop space was available for rent in Bellaire.

“We were told the people of Bellaire would welcome us with open arms and I’m sure they will,” Pat Rice said, noting they have been open for a little more than a week.

The shop’s hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. They are closed Sundays and Mondays. They can also open by appointment; call 740-827-1440.

Buffalo Creek also sells garden flags and plans to sell West Virginia University, Ohio State University and military-themed flags. The shop also features a room dedicated to Christmas items.