CLINTWOOD, VA – March 21, 2024 – From gourmet coffees and iced coffees; to smoothies and juices, The Well on Main LLC in Clintwood, VA, offers a little something for everyone, including bakery items featuring old favorites and a changing menu of daily specials. Owner, Melinda Edwards, noted the new business, located near the Ralph Stanley Museum and Jettie Baker Center, sells to the local community as well as to visitors.

The Well on Main LLC was a recent recipient of a $10,000 Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) Seed Capital Matching Grant. Seed capital grants are funded from regional funds received by VCEDA which are paid by the natural gas industry.

“The Well on Main LLC seeks to provide both a service to the community through the sale of its coffees, juices and bakery items, as well as a place to build community at the same time while employing local residents, being involved in community functions and locally sourcing ingredients when possible,” said Jonathan Belcher, VCEDA executive director/general counsel. “The business projects two full-time and three part-time employees.”

Dine-in options, call-ahead orders and curbside pick-up are available. Catering services are also offered. Custom cakes for birthdays and special occasions may also be ordered and those interested may call the business for pricing and designs.

Iced coffees and smoothies are the big sellers and Edwards said that is in part because The Well on Main uses real fruit and honey in its recipes. Fresh squeezed juices are also available. Another favorite has been mushroom coffee, which is coffee made not with coffee beans, but mushrooms.

“We sell a lot of that,” Edwards said, noting the taste is similar to a Chai tea.

“The Well has envisioned an environment that encourages community interaction in hopes of deepening the already existing bonds and building new relationships with people in our community as well as surrounding counties and visitors alike,” Edwards said.

Edwards noted as spring arrives and the weather is more amenable, bistro tables will be available outside the business in addition to seating available inside. A small side room is also available for small gatherings of six to eight people.

“It means a lot to me to be able to provide this space as a place people can come to, socialize a little and have coffee with friends,” Edwards said.

“The VCEDA seed capital grant really gave me a leg up,” she added. “I knew two years ago I was ready to start this and I started preparing and saving my money, but this is just a tremendous help. It’s allowed us to  buy equipment and inventory.”

Edwards worked with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) in developing her application to VCEDA and received a letter of support from the Russell  County Industrial Development Authority.

“We are truly inspired to witness our client, Melinda, transform her dream into a tangible reality with The Well on Main,” said Becki O’Quinn-Purdie, SBDC program director at MECC. “By introducing a much-needed coffee shop and home-baked goods to the Clintwood community, Melinda has poured her heart into crafting an inviting atmosphere that welcomes both locals and visitors, while also showcasing the very essence of Southwest Virginia.

“Mountain Empire Community College’s Small Business Development Center takes great pride in witnessing the transformative impact a small business can have on the local community,” she continued. “It has been a pleasure working with Melinda and providing support throughout this exciting entrepreneurial journey.”

“The Dickenson County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) welcomes the opportunity to support small businesses in Dickenson County, such as the Well on Main,” said Dickenson County Economic Development Director Dana Cronkhite. “Small business development is key to the economic revitalization of Dickenson County and we are fortunate to have partners such as the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA), that offer much needed support through education and grant opportunities.  The Well on Main has quickly made a positive impact on the town of Clintwood and we look forward to their continued growth and success.”

The Well on Main LLC is located at 134 Main Street in Clintwood. The business is open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and may be reached at 276-926-2087. It may also be found on Facebook.

About Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority and Southwest Virginia’s e-Region: The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority, created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1988 to enhance and diversify the region’s economy and help create jobs, markets Southwest Virginia’s e-Region and its focus on electronic information technology, energy, education, emerging technologies, and entrepreneurship. VCEDA is a unique economic development organization that manages funds for economic development projects from a percentage of the coal and natural gas severance taxes paid by coal and natural gas companies that operate in the region. Located in southwestern Virginia, the region includes Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise counties and the City of Norton. or

About the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority Seed Capital Matching Grant Fund: VCEDA region for-profit businesses, within qualifying business categories, one year and under with less than 10 full-time employees are eligible to apply for dollar-for-dollar matching grants up to $10,000 from the VCEDA Seed Capital Matching Fund. Applicants work with the Small Business Development Centers at Mountain Empire and Southwest Virginia community colleges to prepare the applications to VCEDA that include detailed business and financial plans. Businesses must be located in or plan to operate in the VCEDA region in southwestern Virginia that includes Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise counties and the City of Norton.