The Times West Virginian


October 21, 2012

TanFastics focuses on customers’ comfort

WHITE HALL — TanFastics in White Hall, which recently moved, wants customers to feel comfortable every time they visit.

The store, owned by Gary Wilfong, is now located in the newly constructed Tygart Commons shopping plaza between Walmart and Tygart Valley Cinemas. TanFastics joins several other businesses that have moved into the complex since the beginning of the year, including Wilfong’s G&S Wireless shop, which opened there at the end of April.

TanFastics was previously stationed at the Middletown Mall, which had been its home for several years but had gotten pretty cramped. It officially began operating at Tygart Commons on Sept. 24, said Linda Barker, general manager of all the TanFastics stores in the area.

She said the shopping plaza sees a lot of traffic with Walmart nearby and is a great location with easy access. TanFastics also has a lot more room at its new location.

“This is more of a spa atmosphere,” Barker said. “It’s really relaxing, and it’s really spacious.”

TanFastics has six lay-down tanning beds and one stand-up tanning bed, and music plays in the rooms, she said. The business accepts appointments, but walk-ins are also welcome.

While clients are tanning, their family members can relax in the waiting area, which has a big-screen TV, four large wicker chairs with cushions and a coffee table with seats that pull out from underneath, Barker said. Also, customers will immediately notice the waterfall that covers one wall.

She said the new location is very classy and completely different from their old space at the mall. The entire store has been decorated using earth tones, and the tile floor turned out very nice, Barker commented.

“Everyone is just amazed at how beautiful it is,” she said. “It’s a huge improvement.”

TanFastics carries a line of products called Susan’s Soaps, out of Dallas, Texas, which includes soaps, salt scrubs, sugar scrubs, moisturizers, gift sets and more. The shop is getting ready to bring in a line of West Virginia-made candles and hopes to offer even more products in the future.

Shasta Shaver is the manager of the store. The team of seven staff members tries to ask clients what they can do to make them more comfortable and wants feedback from them about their experiences, Barker said.

“We cater to the customer, try to give them what they want,” she said.

If the shop doesn’t have a certain lotion that a customer wants, for example, the staff is willing to order that product for them. Barker said TanFastics is doing well at its new store, especially for this time of year when the typical tanning season is coming to an end.

“I’m surprised that we’re as busy as we are,” she said.

TanFastics in White Hall is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 304-333-8826.

Email Jessica Borders at or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.

Text Only
  • Your chocolate addiction is only going to get more expensive

    For nearly two years, cocoa prices have been on the rise. Finally, that's affecting the price you pay for a bar of chocolate - and there's reason to believe it's only the beginning.

    July 22, 2014

  • Wal-Mart to cut prices more aggressively in back-to-school push

    Wal-Mart Stores plans to cut prices more aggressively during this year's back-to-school season and will add inventory to its online store as the chain battles retailers for student spending.

    July 22, 2014

  • Morgantown’s housing expenses exceed national average

    The housing prices in Morgantown are driving the city’s cost of living above the national average, a new survey reports.
    John Deskins, director of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics’ Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), explained that the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) orchestrates data collection in 288 cities across the country.

    July 20, 2014

  • JA Used Furniture-JB.jpg J.A. Used Furniture has valuable variety

    J.A. Used Furniture in Fairmont carries items that people need — all at low prices.
    Owner Ron Dray officially opened the doors of his new business, located at 10 Locust Ave., toward the end of December. He explained that the “J.A.” initials in the store’s name stand for the names of his two granddaughters, Jordan and Adriauna.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Backbone Security, T&T Pump Co. among 37 state companies recognized

    Two Marion County companies were recently celebrated for their continued successes in exporting.
    Backbone Security and T&T Pump Co., both in Fairmont, were among the 37 West Virginia companies that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Cabinet Secretary Keith Burdette, the West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia Export Council recently acknowledged for expanding their business to new parts of the world. An awards presentation was held in Charleston on June 24.

    July 13, 2014

  • All Things Herbal-JB.jpg All Things Herbal health and wellness shop

    All Things Herbal Local Market is a one-stop, health and wellness shop.
    Owner Christa Blais officially opened her new business in downtown Fairmont at 327 Adams St., across from Veterans’ Square, on June 6 during Main Street Fairmont’s First Friday event.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 3-D printing continuing to revolutionize manufacturing

    As 3-D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing continues to stay at the forefront of this technology.
    RCBI has three Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers, located in Bridgeport, Charleston and Huntington.

    July 6, 2014

  • Blackheart International -JB.jpg Blackheart International bringing high-quality services

    Blackheart International, a firearms manufacturer and provider of logistics and training solutions, is bringing high-quality services to the local community.
    At the beginning of April, the company moved from Philippi, where it had been located since 2005, to its new home in Fairmont.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Americans falling out of love with shopping malls

    Abandoned malls are hot: The Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group boasts almost 14,000 members; a Google search of "dead malls" produces 5.7 million results; and the desolate interiors of these unused retailing meccas keep making cameos in thrillers and horror films.

    July 3, 2014

  • State unemployment rises, but more actively seeking work

    Although the latest monthly statistics show a higher unemployment rate for the state, the good news is that more people are actively looking for work.
    The Labor Market Information unit of WorkForce West Virginia’s Research, Information and Analysis Division recently published the May 2014 labor force estimates for the state.

    June 29, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Business
House Ads