Brian Boggs Chairmakers: Where Comfort Meets Creativity

When you step into Brian Boggs’ West Asheville woodworking studio space, you’re immediately taken aback by the eye-catching aesthetics of his furniture. But it’s only when you finally take a moment to sit in one of his signature chairs that you truly understand just what Boggs is all about. “Chairs are what really excite me. […]

Highland Brewing is Upholding History and Embracing Change

What started as a small-batch brewing operation in the basement of a Downtown Asheville pizza joint has now become a flagship brewery for the city and Southern Appalachia. “My first memory of Highland [Brewing] is drinking Gaelic Ale at Barley’s [Taproom & Pizzeria]. It was flavorful, rich, and indulgent. This was before we started talking […]

Laurel Ridge Country Club has Mountain Golf with a Lot to Offer

Laurel Ridge was originally settled by the family of Edward Hyatt shortly before the American Revolution. Over a century later, Hyatt’s great-grandson, Jefferson D. Hyatt, built what would eventually become the Piedmont Inn in the exact spot where Laurel Ridge’s pavilion stands today. Over a short period of time, the Piedmont Inn became a beehive […]

Franny’s Farmacy Naturally Comes Full Circle

Walking around her store on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville, Frances “Franny” Tacy personally greets loyal customers and first-timers alike with a hug and a smile. Dubbed Franny’s Farmacy, the company is at the forefront of the rapidly rising industry of CBD natural remedies. “In some way, shape, or form, I’ve been in agriculture my entire […]

Saluda Outfitters Helps You Head for the Hills

Growing up in Western North Carolina, Ryan Griffin has never strayed far from the natural beauty and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in his backyard. “I love to spend time on the rivers, on the trails mountain biking and hiking, along the winding routes on my road bike,” Griffin said. “We’ve got so many incredible […]

UNC Asheville Offers Education and Empowerment

UNC Asheville’s campus stands at the heart of Asheville, offering a preeminent undergraduate education, as well as specialized graduate degrees and certificate programs. The university is home to 3,800 students, more than 30 undergraduate majors, and a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. The university excels at engaging students and the community throughout the […]

Essential Journeys Takes Care of What Lies Beneath

Exactly 20 years after she bought a “how to” book on soap, Kimberly Masters now stands atop one of the great handmade item success stories of Western North Carolina. “I started making soap in 1999 because I have sensitive skin, and I was trying to find something that would work for my sensitive skin,” Masters […]

Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery Brings New Meaning to Going with the Flow

It’s a rainy morning in the depths of the River Arts District (RAD). Inside the cozy artisan studios and large warehouses are hundreds of creative minds milling about: painters, sculptors, glass blowers, metalsmiths, and beyond. With a stream of vehicles splashing through large puddles near the roundabout, acclaimed abstract painter Mark Bettis sits in his […]

Appalachian Pinball Museum Brings the Past to Life

Tucked down a small marble hallway on Main Street in Hendersonville is the Appalachian Pinball Museum. Formerly a ballroom and a theater, the picturesque building is now home to dozens upon dozens of rare and vintage pinball machines. “Not many people can repair both electronic and mechanical pinball machines, but I can,” smiled John French. […]