Marilyn Plum is keeping busy

It has been a year since Marilyn Plum suffered a brain aneurysm and opened the Corner Cafe at a new location in Parkersburg.

Plum said she feels “real good” and the Corner Cafe is doing well.

I ran into Plum, who has owned the Corner Cafe since 1994, at last Saturday’s CSX Family Day picnic on the west side of Marietta at Harmar. She was catering the event for the railroad company.

Plum is pleased with the restaurant’s new location at Matheny Motors at Third and Ann streets. Tim and Monica Matheny, along with the entire staff at the car and truck dealership, have helped to make the transition a success, she said.

When something needs to be repaired at the Corner Cafe, Matheny employees are there to fix it. “They are the greatest landlords I have ever seen. We are like a big family,” Plum said.

On Friday, the Corner Cafe prepared a surprise breakfast for Matheny Motors employees at the request of a Matheny manager, Plum noted.

Plum said she looked at several locations and buildings when she was forced to move from Staunton Avenue when another business bought the property. But none seemed as well-suited for the Corner Cafe as Matheny Motors.

“I knew this was home. I felt at home. I could see it,” Plum said Thursday.

Tim Matheny approached Plum about moving to the car dealership when he learned she was looking for a place to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Many of her longtime restaurant customers have found her at Third and Ann. Some customers have “assigned seats” and older people especially enjoy the old-fashioned recipes of roast beef and mashed potatoes, soup beans and cornbread and creamed tomatoes over biscuits.

Plum bakes 60 cream pies and 30 fruit pies a week.

Plum’s mother and stepfather, Zelma and Clyve Litton, opened the original Corner Cafe in 1975 at Liberty and Andrew streets.

Plum opened at Matheny Motors on July 15, 2013, and underwent surgery for the aneurysm about two weeks later. She returned to the restaurant shortly after the surgery.


With Mother Earth Foods of Parkersburg celebrating its 39th anniversary, owner Dave Hawkins is renovating his store on 19th Street and planning another summer party for customers and the community this month. Hawkins is creating 800 square feet of retail space on the first floor and rearranging merchandise in his popular store. Fresh and frozen health food products will be moved into former office and kitchen space after a new floor, walls and ceiling, complete with green technology, are installed this summer, Hawkins said. The idea is to create a better flow and more room for customers to maneuver through the store. Most of the renovations should be completed by Oct. 1, Hawkins said. The picnic begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at Dils Riverfront Park in Vienna, featuring music by The Greens and Plan B and food prepared by Tim Wilson.


Former Parkersburg resident and professional boxer Jeremy “The Beast” Bates called me Thursday to say he will be appearing in a new reality television series “Monsters Underground” on the Destination America channel. Bates, who lived here from 2004-2007, will be one of four people looking for creatures living in caves, caverns and mines, he said. The six-episode series is set to premiere at 10 p.m. Aug. 22 and was filmed in California and Arizona, said Bates, who works at the former “atomic plant” in Piketon, Ohio. “We went to places where not many people have gone; we found cool stuff” in an unknown, sometimes treacherous environment, he said of “Monsters Underground.” Bates, who lives in Greenup, Ky., is a former West Virginia heavyweight boxing champion who finished his career with 23 wins, 17 losses and one draw, knocking out 19 opponents.


The Mountaineer Parrot Head Club of Wood County will once again be “partying with a purpose” from 7-11 p.m. Aug. 29 poolside at the Parkersburg Country Club. Proceeds will go to Wood County Society’s Camp ECHO at Cedar Lakes to provide activities for adults with disabilities. Tickets are $35 a person or $60 a couple and can be purchased at the Parkersburg Country Club, at Rhododendron Furniture and Design on Grand Central Avenue in Vienna or by calling Sandy Winans, 304-481-6383, or Kim Kaplan, 304-482-3218. Ticket includes a food buffet, music, drawings, giveaways and a cash bar. Dress in island attire, said Kaplan. HappyMon Band, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, will provide the music.

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