Citizen Vinyl has Perfected the Art of Sitting and Listening

In a seismic move further propelling the Asheville and greater Western North Carolina music scene into the national spotlight, Citizen Vinyl has become a beacon of art, culture, and history for the region. Situated in the historic Asheville Citizen-Times building on O. Henry Avenue downtown, the property is home to an extensive artistic collaboration. At […]

Oklawaha Brewing Taps into Community

With the large garage door pulled all the way up, the bright afternoon sunshine streams into the taproom of Oklawaha Brewing in downtown Hendersonville. There are locals and visitors enjoying a craft beverage at the counter or on the patio along First Avenue. “It’s been one wild ride to where we are right now,” said […]

Iron Horse Station Serves up Small-Town Charm

Crossing the railroad tracks and entering the tiny mountain town of Hot Springs (population 600), one immediately notices the brightly-lit brick building to the left. There are several vehicles parked out front, and a swirling sense of joyful curiosity envelops any and all who pass by. “You are here to be loved on and feel […]

Growing a Community: Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

For more than a decade, the bridge that once connected the main highway through Lake Lure has remained dormant from vehicles of longtime residents and passerby visitors. But, in its place now resides a space of connectivity, cultivation, and community. “The bridge has become an attraction that our community is proud of,” said Debbie Clark. […]

Odyssey ClayWorks Helps You Leave Your Mark

The sun has set behind the Blue Ridge Mountains cradling Asheville. On Clingman Avenue in the River Arts District stands a large warehouse that’s home to Odyssey ClayWorks. It’s all lit up and buzzing with the spirit of creativity and inspiration. “Our mission here is to build community through the artistic medium of clay,” said […]

Major in the Great Outdoors at Haywood Community College

When it comes to the ancient Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountain ranges of Western North Carolina, there’s a wide network of stewards protecting and conserving these vast wilderness areas. “Around our region and across the country, there are a lot of changes going on, especially when it comes to land use and making sure […]

Fresh from the Farm: WNC Chefs Emphasize Local Ingredients

With the recent boom in demand for organic produce, meat, and farm-to-table restaurants, Western North Carolina has become a hotbed for independent, natural food products. Between handcrafted beer using local ingredients, fresh meat from grass-fed cattle, fine wines, fruits, and vegetables, the possibilities are as endless as they are available. Here’s a quick introduction to […]

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 […]