Let the Good Times Roll at Asheville Music Hall

Along the hurried pace of Patton Avenue in downtown, the Asheville Music Hall has become a nationally-acclaimed bastion for live entertainment and spectacle over the course of its first ten years in operation. “There are so many talented musicians and acts that not only play here, but also live here in Asheville, too,” said Brian […]

Connecting Community through Coffee: Tryon Coffeehouse Co-Op and GreenLife Inn

What started out as frustration towards Old Man Winter has turned into one couple’s unrelenting passion for a small mountain town in Polk County. “My wife and I both grew up in northeastern Ohio,” said Kevin Parker. “We were done with the long winters and never-ending lake effect snow. So, we packed up everything and […]

Frogs Leap Public House Celebrates 10 Years

Between its cosmopolitan approach to the menu and its commitment to using local ingredients, Frogs Leap Public House in downtown Waynesville is regarded as a cornerstone of fine dining in the mountains of Western North Carolina. “Nearly every item on our menu will come out of the local market,” said executive chef and co-owner Kaighn […]

Green Built Alliance Builds a Better World for Tomorrow

For 20 years, the Green Built Alliance has been at the forefront of sustainability in Asheville and greater Western North Carolina. Through its three principles of community education, measurable standards, and regional action, the nonprofit remains a pillar of green practices and implementation. “We’re out there in the community, helping people connect with the knowledge […]

SylvanSport Specializes in the Ease of the Outdoors

In its almost two decades of existence, SylvanSport in Brevard has proven itself one of the most innovative and intriguing corners of the outdoor gear and recreational camping industries. And sitting in her office one afternoon, SylvanSport digital content specialist Katlyn Mobley can’t help but look out the window at the nearby mountains—ready to be […]

WNC Colleges and Universities Help Students Expand Their Possibilities

Western North Carolina is home to a large number of public and private colleges and universities. These higher ed institutions attract students from across the region and around the world. Each has its own strengths, and together, they offer myriad ways to empower students to expand their possibilities. Here’s just a quick glimpse at colleges […]

Open Your Imagination at City Lights Bookstore

On a quiet hill overlooking Main Street in Sylva is City Lights Bookstore. In the distance are numerous mountain ridges cradling the small, picturesque town. Inside the beloved shop, there are numerous bookshelves, each nurturing the hearts and minds of this community. “Even before I owned City Lights, I’d been a bookseller most of my […]