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Sheryl Edwards buys Corner Cafe

Sheryl Edwards is the new owner of the Corner Cafe at Ann and Thirds streets in Parkersburg.

Edwards of Parkersburg said she always wanted to own a restaurant. She worked as a waitress at the Corner Cafe for five years when Marilyn Plum owned the restaurant.

Plum was the longtime owner of the Corner Cafe, which opened in 1975. Edwards purchased the restaurant from Plum this month.

The Corner Cafe was situated at two previous locations — Liberty Street and Staunton Avenue — before moving to Matheny Motors at Ann and Third streets in 2013.

The food will be the same — homestyle cooking — with some added menu items, Edwards said. She is looking forward to cooking at her restaurant.

Customers will still be able to order baked steak, meatloaf, creamed tomatoes over biscuits, baked chicken breast, spaghetti and beef marinara sauce, and many breakfast items.

Breakfast will now be served all day. Some of the new items offered on the printed menu (which has a new logo) are breakfast burrito, fresh sliced avocado, a kids menu, salmon, and a variety of burgers.

The food additions are items that people asked for, Edwards said.

New equipment has been installed at the Corner Cafe, including a fresh bean coffee maker, a juice machine and new grills.

There is a new look inside with a red and gray color scheme. Four tables have been added to the restaurant.

The Corner Cafe will soon have a website with a link to the menu. Waitresses have iPads to take the customers’ food orders. The restaurant is trying to provide faster service to help downtown workers who may have a limited time to eat, Edwards said.

Edwards said she is grateful to Plum for giving her an opportunity to own a restaurant.

“She (Plum) is wonderful,” Edwards said. “She has worked hard” to make the Corner Cafe a successful restaurant, Edwards said.

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Pink and silver fireworks will be added to WVU Medicine Camden Clark Foundation’s eighth annual “Pink By Poolside” fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Parkersburg Country Club.

The $100 ticket price (per person) funds a free mammogram for an uninsured or underinsured area woman. More than 1,000 mammograms have been provided through the foundation’s Pink Mammogram Fund during the event’s seven-year history.

The mammogram fund also provides related diagnostic testing and genetic testing.

Attendees will select food from Valley Catering, Blennerhassett Hotel, Special Occasions Catering, Grand Pointe, Parkersburg Country Club and Sodexo-Camden Clark.

“The food is the sparkle of the evening,” said Kim Couch, executive director of the WVU Medicine Camden Clark Foundation. It’s an opportunity “to try unique menu items” and for caterers to showcase their abilities, she said.

People can dance at Club Pink at the country club. There will be a complimentary bar.

This year’s theme is “Let’s Flamingle!”

A wine pull will return this year for a chance to win a bottle of wine costing more than $20. Reserved tables with 10 seats are available.

The community has been generous in helping the foundation to reach people who would otherwise skip getting diagnostic testing, Couch said. Proceeds from Wincore’s recent golf tournament — more than $10,000 — were donated to the Pink Mammogram Fund, Couch said.

The foundation’s mission is to work to identify and eliminate barriers to care for patients, Couch said.

For tickets contact Kim Couch at 304-424-2200, kim.couch@wvumedicine.org or camdenclarkfoundation.org.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com

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