Christina Entenmann-Edwards started Hashtag WV out of love for West Virginia. Like herself, a first-generation American, the campaign was launched as the first of its kind — a free, full-color tabloid of arts and culture throughout the Greenbrier Valley.
Entenmann was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, after her family fled Communist Hungary to find better opportunities in the U.S. She is a graduate of Quinnipiac University (c. 2006) and has been a Lewisburg, West Virginia resident since 2008.
Graduating from Liberty University in 2010 with her MBA, Christina was determined to provide a West Virginia publication that encapsulated the cultural makeup of the state affectionately referred to as ‘Almost Heaven.’ In February 2012, Hashtag WV was born. Since its inception, the publication has served 14 counties in Southern West Virginia and some parts of Virginia.
A spectator to her parents’ resolve, the union between her work ethic and the resiliency of West Virginians has been a seamless pair.
“I love West Virginia,” said Entenmann. Her family does, too. They purchased a farm a few years ago, and her children are often involved with the development and production of the free publication.
“100 percent of our readers eat, drink and shop,” stated Entenmann.
From regular articles on local art and event centers, like the Greenbrier Valley Theatre or Carnegie Hall, to a monthly column entitled “Guns and Cornbread,” the paper has everything you’d expect from a tabloid highlighting the wild and wonderful nature of West Virginia.
With long-term goals to expand the paper into more communities and develop a state-wide online presence, the monthly paper promises to provide fun and engaging feature stories of West Virginia arts and attractions.
Christina is currently enrolled in the Leadership West Virginia Class of 2021, an innovative program that grows, engages and mobilizes leaders to ignite a life passion in developing West Virginia.
The publication site also offers a merchandise store where customers can support the Hashtag WV brand and support local West Virginia businesses. Find the store site at www.shopwvlocal.com.
If you’d like to keep up with Christina and Hashtag WV, you can visit www.hashtagwv.com.
Listen to the full podcast here: https://positivelywv.com/podcast/episode-195-christina-entenmann-edwards-hashtag-wv/
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- PIECE OF ADVICE: “Always be willing to teach [yourself] new things,” advised Entenmann.