Ranger Jane’s is a collaboration of partners Jane Browning and Terry Stone. The store opened in June 2018 when Jane and Terry decided to have a store that would be beneficial to residents of Tucker County as well as its many visitors.
At first glance, it appears to be a kids’ toy store, but actually has games and gifts suitable for any age group. Ranger Jane’s offers screen free products to promote social contact, nature exploration and outdoor play. In fact, we toyed with the tagline “Interactive, Innovative & FUN!”
Stop in to see us! We love kids (and adults) and you’ll find us in the shop playing board games or out on the street blowing bubbles. We are familiar with all our products and can explain game-play, age appropriateness and are ALWAYS willing to play our games with our customers.
Once upon a time, Terry met Jane while working in the ski industry during the winters here in Tucker County, West Virginia. In the summers, Jane took a job at Blackwater Falls Campground nearby. She was given a uniform to which she added her signature hat to keep the sun and rain off her face and neck. Camper’s loved it! They started calling her "Ranger Jane" and asked her all kinds of questions, “What’s that critter over there?" "Which way is east?" "Are there really bears here?"
After a few years, Jane left the campground but the name “Ranger Jane” went with her. She decided to open a store and, of course, Ranger Jane's was the perfect name for it.
Originally, Jane was thinking of selling tourist items like post cards and magnets. But then she asked Terry to be her partner. What a good idea that was—it was Terry’s idea to sell toys and games and they've had fun ever since!
It was perfect—Jane’s background was in theater, the arts, and working with kids while Terry’s background was in youth organizations and retail. Together they created Ranger Jane’s.
Located at 132 East Avenue (aka Front Street)*, we are part of the historic district of Thomas. Our building was once an A & P Store.
Thomas has a rich history of being both a coal mining town and a railroad town and you’ll find many historical markers throughout the street explaining our past.
Currently Thomas (and nearby Davis) are full of art galleries, gift shops, a major music venue and restaurants; giving all the outdoor enthusiasts plenty to do when they finish hiking, biking, skiing or boating!
*Please note we have moved from 172 Spruce Street to our current location on the front street.