‘Sarah’s on Main’ Tastes Sweet Victory at Show of Hands

Show of Hands Awards $5,865 to Bakery

Photo by Joselyn King Alex Weld, left, project and outreach director for Wheeling Heritage, presents Sarah Lydick, a Parisian-trained chef and owner of Sarah’s on Main, a check for $5,865 prize after Lydick won the prize in Wednesday’s “Show of Hands” competition organized by Wheeling Heritage.

The perfect croissant “is not something that comes out of a tube,” according to Sarah Lydick, a Parisian-trained chef who is opening a French-style bakery in Wheeling this summer.

Sarah’s on Main was the winner Wednesday night of the Show of Hands competition organized by Wheeling Heritage. The event took place at River City Restaurant.

Lydick received a check for $5,865, and she plans to put the money toward developing a courtyard outside her future restaurant for outdoor space. The business will be located at 2122 Main St., the site of the former Lebanon Bakery.

She plans to open in late June.

Organizers for Show of Hands also had reason to celebrate Wednesday night. A capacity crowd filled the third-floor of River City Restaurant, with each person paying $5 to vote on which of four business owners made the best argument for funding their project.

Alex Weld, of Wheeling Heritage, announced the event had its largest attendance ever, with 437 ballots cast Wednesday night.

The Orrick law firm is corporate sponsor for the event, and donates the first $1,000 for the winner’s prize. Other sponsors contributed an additional $2,800. All money collected at the door also goes to the winning presentation.

But the real winner might just be downtown Wheeling, as all four businesses competing Wednesday in Show of Hands plan to open in the downtown this summer.

Grant Coleman plans to open Mugshots, a gourmet coffee shop, in the former Keg and Kraut building on 16th Street in East Wheeling. He will offer coffees, paninis, wraps and sandwiches.

Chad Stradwick has in the works Stradwick’s Fade Cafe, focusing on hair and specialized skin care options for men in a “man cave” setting. He also will provide services for women.

And Daniel Finsley has plans to bring his online t-shirt shop to a storefront. His business is presently creating shirt designs as fundraisers for local nonprofit agencies.

Show of Hands competitions take place each season, and there have been 14 events so far. These have raised over $38,000 in grant funding for local businesses, according to Jake Daugherty, executive director of Wheeling Heritage.