Turning the Page: Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café

Tucked away in the vast aisles and shelves of Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café in downtown Asheville is the 35-year history of a business that remains a vital economic and social beacon for a city that’s evolved exponentially over the last few decades. “We do feel like we’re an important part of the community. And we’re […]

Celebrate Pi Day at these 7 Irrationally Tasty Pie Spots

Photo Pillsbury.com   Though there are a number of math and science-related holidays in the calendar each year, Pi Day is objectively the best because you can celebrate with pie. The mathematical constant pi (π) represents the relationship between a circle’s diameter and its circumference, a ratio of 22 to 7. Since pi is generally […]

March “Thank Local” LoLo Gifts: Spring Forward!…and Pick up These Great Gifts!

ENJOY LOCAL GIFTS FROM BLUE RIDGE BOOKS, CREEKSIDE TAPHOUSE, & HENDOUGH Waynesville: Smoky Mountain Living Magazine from Blue Ridge Books Blue Ridge Books is Waynesville’s only independent bookstore specializing in new books! Stop in and browse their selection of novels or catch an author event on the weekends. This month, pick up a copy of […]

Community Crossroads: Town Hardware & General Store in Black Mountain

Sitting in their office atop the Town Hardware & General Store in downtown Black Mountain, owners Peter and Beth Ballhaussen expressed gratitude for being a part of the community they serve. “We like to tell folks that we have everything you need, and you’ll find that to be true if you walk through the store,” […]

Pints in Paper Town: BearWaters Brewing Reopens in Canton

Driving around downtown Canton on a recent weekend, it was weird to have a hard time finding a parking space. In most Western North Carolina communities during the busy summer tourist season, this is the norm. But, for the blue-collar paper mill town of Canton, finding a parking spot has never been an issue. That […]

February “Thank Local” LoLo Gifts: Enjoy these Sweets with Your Sweetie—or by Yourself!

ENJOY LOCAL GIFTS FROM VAN’S CHOCOLATES, KANDI’S CAKE AND BAKE SHOP, AND OWL BAKERY Hendersonville: ½-lb Signature Assortment from Van’s Chocolates Van’s Chocolates is one of Hendersonville’s best kept secrets! This month, uncover the secret for yourself and enjoy an assortment of creams, meltaways, nut clusters, and caramel pecan patties. Choose between milk chocolate, dark […]

7 Creative Housewarming Gifts that Don’t Cost a Fortune

When your bestie buys her first home, there are three kinds of guests who come to her housewarming party: There’s the friend who grabs a bottle of bottom-shelf wine off his own counter at the last minute. There’s the acquaintance who shows up with a $850 leather backgammon set from Barneys—because that’s what every new […]

A Piece to Last a Lifetime: Marthaler Jewelers in Biltmore Park

“In jewelry, customers want someone they can trust, someone that’s fair and provides a good product.” —Tonya Marthaler   Entering its eighth year of operation, Marthaler Jewelers is looking to switch it up a bit. “We’ve experienced growth every year we’ve been open. And we started changing a lot of the things typical jewelry stores […]

Agents Answer: Where are the Best Birthday Party Spots for Kids in WNC?

Western North Carolina is a great place to raise a family. And one of the most fun occasions for both parents and kids is a child’s birthday celebration. While many great memories happen at home, sometimes it’s nice to celebrate in public—with family, friends, cake, gifts…and no dishes to wash afterwards. But with so many […]

3 Top-Shelf Asheville Climbing Centers that Bring the Rock

Western North Carolina is an amazing place to live! From our Blue Ridge Mountains’ majesty to our fruited valley farmlands, we experience a stunning slice of Americana right here at home. Even through the winter months, many local communities stay relatively mild and outdoor sports abound. But don’t mistake—it can get quite chilly in these […]