What Happens When You Combine Cookies and Community? You Strike Gold!

Zuma Coffee is more than Marshall, North Carolina’s unofficial meeting place and one of the most charming and delicious small businesses in the area. Zuma Coffee draws people from all over Western North Carolina in search of gold—Zuma Gold. “When we opened, we had our Zuma Gold cookie, we had chocolate chip, oatmeal raisins. Well, […]

January “Thank Local” LoLo Gifts: Kick off Your New Year with These Great Gifts!

ENJOY LOCAL GIFTS FROM HERBIARY AVL, BLACK STAR LINE BREWING, & BEARWATERS BREWING CO. Asheville: Adoratherapy Chakra Boost from Herbiary AVL Herbiary is one of the dreamiest stores in downtown Asheville. Stop in and grab an Adoratherapy Chakra Boost. Be sure to let us know what your favorite scent was. Happy New Year! View the […]

Agents Answer: Where are the Best Places to Buy Locally Made Holiday Gifts?

Holiday shopping in Western North Carolina is at once the best experience and the worst. On the one hand, we have everything you could possibly want right here! From local produce and world-class cuisine to handmade art and amenities, the perfect holiday gift is literally right around the corner. But how can you possibly choose […]

Get on the Bus: LaZoom City, Haunted, and Beer Tours

You have to wave. You just have to. Strolling the streets of downtown Asheville, one will soon hear a commotion in the distance. Yelling. Laughter. Soon, a large purple bus rounds the corner. Arms sticking out of every window, endless hands waving in your direction. Before you know it, everyone around you on the sidewalk […]

Dynamite Roasting Company Explodes with Community!

It’s been nearly 10 years since Dynamite Roasting Company burst into Western North Carolina’s specialty beverage market. At a time when craft breweries began multiplying across the area in earnest, the company’s founders were called to pursue a different brew: specialty coffee. In the fall of 2008, Andy Gibbon and Josh Gibbs found a small […]

Black Mountain, NC: A Culture Built on Entrepreneurship, the Outdoors, Arts, and Community

Situated in the eastern end of the Swannanoa Valley at the edge of Buncombe County, Black Mountain was once known as the “Front Porch of Western North Carolina.” The historic small town prides itself on its sense of community and friendly atmosphere. In fact, it won the 2016 TripAdvisor readers’ choice award for “Prettiest Small […]

December “Thank Local” LoLo Gift: $10 Certificate to Dancing Bear Toys

ENJOY THIS LOCAL GIFT FROM YOUR BEVERLY-HANKS REALTOR® Explore, Create, and Play with this $10 Certificate to Dancing Bear Toys It is hard to believe it is already December. It’s a great time of year to visit one of Western North Carolina’s local toy stores, Dancing Bear Toys. Head into either of their locations (Asheville […]

7 Stellar Shopping Spots to Visit on Small Business Saturday

Everyone has their reasons for getting up at the crack of dawn to stand in line for this year’s “it” toys or electronics. But for every dollar you spend at big box stores, we encourage you to spend the same amount at locally owned and operated small businesses. Sandwiched by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small […]

November “Thank Local” LoLo Gifts: Escape the Chill to Satisfy Your Hunger

ENJOY LOCAL GIFTS FROM BOGART’S RESTAURANT & TAVERN, DUNCAN & YORK, & CA’S CHEESECAKES Waynesville: Your Choice of Any Sandwich from Bogart’s Restaurant & Tavern If you live in Waynesville, I’m sure you know about Bogart’s! Pop in here and enjoy your choice of a sandwich, side, and pickle. That’s hard to resist! View the […]

Tap into Appalachia: WNC’s Craft Beer Boom

Doug Riley, the owner and head brewer at Asheville Brewing Company, is sitting in a booth at his South Slope location. The late fall sunshine spills into the popular downtown establishment. Looking out the bay windows onto Coxe Avenue, Riley remembers how quiet the Asheville craft beer scene was when he opened the brewery in […]