MOVERS & SHAKERS

 Article Emily Glaser | Photography Evan Anderson  THE GIVER  Tina M. Owen, Director of Fund Development, Wine to Water

Asheville Through the Eyes of Painter Molly Courcelle

 Article and Photography  Local painter Molly Courcelle found art through the guidance of her mother, artist Bee Sieburg. Courcelle honed both her appreciation of art and her own talents as a child with weekend trips to D.C. galleries and birthday parties splattered with art supplies. It’s no surprise that Courcelle pursued a degree in painting.   Courcelle, who spent her college…

Mother’s Day Brunch

 Photography Evan Anderson  Rosé Sangria  Cinnamon Pancakes & Peach Syrup

May 2018 Around Town

Chihuly at Biltmore Opening May 17, Chihuly at Biltmore will feature the immense glass sculptures of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly. Scattered across the gardens and grounds and inside the Biltmore House itself, the colorful, fantastical pieces will surprise and delight visitors. For the first time Biltmore will host an evening experience in the gardens that … Continued

Lifestyle Letter

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense, and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.”   This quote from Maya Angelou reminds me of the women you’ll find in these pages. They are strong, determined leaders, both in business and … Continued

Art Affair

OpenDoors Asheville held its Ninth Annual Art Affair at the Events Center at Highland Brewing. With 400+ people in attendance, OpenDoors surpassed its fundraising goal with more than $200K donated in support of its mission to break the cycle of poverty with local kids through advocacy and opportunities for education and enrichment. Photography by Reggie … Continued

Condom Couture Fashion Show

The sixth annual Condom Couture Fashion Show took place on Saturday, March 10th at The Orange Peel. 16 local designers used condoms to create fashionable, wearable art, promote safe sex, and benefit Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. More than 450 people attended this year’s event, raising more than $68,000 for Planned Parenthood.

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

Asheville Mardi Gras Parade

The Asheville Mardi Gras parade returned in 2018, this time taking over South Slop with a vibrant celebration of music, costumes, and all things quirky. 

2018 Fed Cup

The Fed Cup first-round tie between the U.S. and The Netherlands culminated with a U.S. win at the U.S. Cellular Center this spring. A Net Generation Kids' Clinic held ahead of the event brought local kids in touch with tennis stars.  

April 2018 Lifestyle Letter

We've themed this issue around sustainability. Call it "eco" or "green" if you like, but Asheville has a history of sustainability, both environmentally and socially, stretching back in history to a time far before those buzzwords were in the lexicon. Visionaries like Carl Schenck have long cultivated (see what we did there) an ethos of preservation and proper management of the beauty…

Fashion Forward

Most folks associate fashion shows with designer duds and unfathomable price tags, but in Asheville—as with most things—we do things a little differently. 

April 2018 Around Town

On April 7 through 23, Grovewood Gallery in Asheville will host Spring Awakening, a pediatric patients’ exhibition to benefit Arts For Life, an Asheville-based nonprofit that provides pediatric patients and their families with arts education and engagement opportunities. An opening reception, sponsored by The Hop Ice Cream Café, will take place on Saturday, April 7 from 2-5pm and feature live…

Coming Home to Roost

Drive the backroads around Asheville, and you’ll find dozens of idyllic homesteads and hobby farms—but none quite like Echoview Farm and Fiber Mill. 

The Iconic Ioniq

Many may try, but only one car can take the title of the most fuel-efficient car in America. That designation belongs to the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. 

Get Dirty

Spring has officially sprung, and that means the garden gurus at Gardens for Living are busy helping folks plant, preen and prune all season long. We tapped Shane and John Phillips to share their VIP tools for home gardeners to use in the growing season ahead. 

It’s Easy Being Green

In Asheville, we like our cars with low emissions, our restaurants with local produce, and our power solar. In other words, we like things green. Why should our houses be any different? 

Strawberry Sweets Forever

Spring is heralded by a rainbow of edible colors: burgundy turnips, tender green lettuces, and sweetest of all, crimson, gem-like strawberries. 

A Bountiful Harvest

There is proverb that’s been uttered from the mouths of canny pedagogues for centuries: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

March 2018 Lifestyle Letter

As I write this, it is 20 degrees and getting ready to snow again. We here at Asheville Lifestyle cannot wait for spring to, well, spring! In the hopes of bringing some much-needed color to your world, we've put together our Arts & Culture issue. With so many talented artists here, we feel it is vital to showcase such a huge part of what…

Gingerbread House Competition

The annual Gingerbread House Competition returned to the Omni Grove Park Inn last December with incredible, edible creations on view throughout the month. 

March 2018 Around Town

OpenDoors of Asheville proudly announces its 9th Annual Art Affair to be held Saturday, March 10, at the Event Center at Highland Brewing. The festive evening offers art lovers a unique opportunity to extend their collections while expanding the horizons of young people challenged by poverty. All proceeds directly support OpenDoors’ mission to break the cycle of poverty with local…

29th Annual Christmas Jam

Warren Haynes' epic annual music marathon, Christmas Jam, returned with more riffs and rock than ever before in 2017.  The Jam has raised more than $2 million for the 
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and helped 36 families in need of affordable housing.

SPRING FORWARD

I love trends, but I tend to take small bits of those that work for me and my clients and sprinkle them in accordingly. You have to do what works for you! Check out the trends I've highlighted below and sprinkle them into your own wardrobe! 

Fine Art

Asheville’s adjectives have changed a lot in recent years. From run-down to up-and-coming, stagnant to revitalized, we’ve received lexical boosts in most of our markets: our economy is “thriving,” our breweries “burgeoning,” our culinary scene “renowned.” But one adjective that’s remained a laudatory, unwavering constant? “Artistic.”

Escape to French Polynesia

Crystal turquoise waters, perfect temperatures year-round, white and black sand beaches, towering waterfalls, rugged volcanic hillsides, lush tropical foliage, over-the-water bungalows… it’s no wonder that the islands of French Polynesia are an idyllic dream vacation for many. While there are 100 islands in this area of the South Pacific, most visitors are familiar with the popular destinations of Tahiti, Mo’orea…

Farm-to-Table, French Style

Asheville’s culinary scene is rich with cultures: Italian, Indian, Mediterranean, Ethiopian. And, for 13 years, French.

It Takes a Village

From dripping murals to rust-speckled statuaries, you’ll find a lot of unique art in the River Arts District—but nothing quite like The Village Potters. “To partner up with five professional potters and build your dream with that kind of support system, I don't know of anybody doing it,” says Sarah Wells Rolland, her hands clasped and balanced on her knees. 

A Woman for All Seasons

Since Flat Rock Playhouse’s earliest beginnings, women have been integral to the theatre. The husband and wife team who founded the Playhouse, Robroy and Leona Farquhar, were just that: a team. “It is said that he was the dreamer and she was the doer. From day one, a woman was helping to lead FRP, and was celebrated for her contributions,” says Lisa…

February 2018 Lifestyle Letter

We asked and you answered! It's with great excitement that we bring you the Readers’ Choice edition of Asheville Lifestyle Magazine.
 

Western Carolina Rescue Christmas Gala

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries in association with Judd Builders held the first annual nonprofit Christmas Gala. The Gala featured New York Times best-selling author, Ron Hall, author of the book Same Kind of Different As Me, which tells the life-changing experiences in a Rescue Mission. 

February 2018 Around Town

Grovewood Gallery’s annual Holiday Sip & Shop event brought artists and their crafts to the public last December. Local patrons shopped unique holiday gifts handcrafted by local and regional artists, as well as a large collection of American-made art and craft. Holiday shoppers enjoyed complimentary wine, warm cider and cookies. Local artists Patricia Cotterill (painting) and Karen Kennedy (needle felting) also…

The Van Life

Our photographer, Evan Anderson, took to the road in his van last summer, spending months roaming the country with his partner, Abby, and their two dogs. He shares some of his favorite images from his epic adventure. 

6th Annual Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser

Town and Mountain Realty believes everyone deserves a place to call home. The 6th Annual Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser focused on the homeless population and those in crisis in our community, supporting five local nonprofits (Homeward Bound of WNC, Caring for Children, Helpmate, Eliada Home, and ABCCM's Transformation Village).

Readers’ Choice 2018

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Strike While The Iron’s Hot

We hear approximate estimates all the time of Asheville's growth, inestimable definitions full of vague modifiers like "double" and "times." We all know Asheville's growing—anyone who's been here more than a few months can attest to the expanding crowds of pedestrians on Broadway and bellying up to our beer bars—but how? What do those numbers actually look like in 2018?

RAISING THE BAR

In 1908—more than a decade before the 18th Amendment installed a nationwide Prohibition—North Carolina became the first state in the South to outlaw alcohol. 

With Great Care

“Opening a restaurant was not on my radar,” 
Peter Pollay—owner of downtown’s upscale, 
modern American eatery, Posana—pauses and smiles. 
“It was, however, on Martha’s.”

January 2018 Lifestyle Letter

2018 is upon us!  Let's make the most of it, starting on day one.
 

Beaverdam Studio Tour

The Inaugural Beaverdam Studio Tour included 24 artists who demonstrated their crafts and chatted with visitors. Visit BeaverDamStudioTour.com for a list of sponsors and info about the artists. Mark your calendar for next year: October 27 + 28, 2018.

15th Annual HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival

Congregation Beth HaTephila held their annual festival with over 30 Jewish organizations and vendors. An amazing assortment of Jewish food was sold (over 500 pounds of pastrami and corned beef alone!) to the 5,000 attendees, who also enjoyed Jewish music and dancing.

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

Named best Oktoberfest in America by Conde Nast Traveler, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest is one of the brewery’s most beloved events. Thousands of revelers gathered beneath the big tent at the brewery for steins of beer, a Bavarian feast, live music, dancing, costumes, contests, and more.

January 2018 Around Town

Blue Spiral 1 has recently facilitated the purchase of April Flanders’ piece Advance, through an anonymous donor, to be given to the Asheville Museum of Science. Advance is comprised of 300 individually designed, printed, and hand-cut pieces. There are 77 invasive species of North America and Hawaii represented. It took approximately 1.5 years for Flanders to complete the work. April was…

Get Dirty

Centuries, maybe even millennia, ago, our ancestors adhered to a strict workout regimen. They’d crawl through mud, scale sheer walls, push and pull and hurl the obstacles that obstructed their paths. With these practiced plans, they became lean, strong, and swift of both mind and body. 

Slow & Low

Like so many chefs, Giorgio Bakatsias developed a passion for food in his mother’s kitchen. But unlike most of the chefs we feature, Bakatsias’ maternal cooktop wasn’t tucked into a Southern canteen, or even an American one, but in the quiet village of Karista, Greece.

Icecapades

Ice climbing in Western North Carolina is like going on a hunt for a rare, wild animal. The season is unpredictable, anywhere from mid-November to early March. Climbers must prepare by researching weather, local ice condition reports, and the amount of rain that has fallen in the last few weeks. With too much flow, it won’t freeze; with too little,…

Forever Young

Looking younger is a near-universal desire, but often folks are dissuaded by the downtown or invasiveness that usually accompany procedures that reverse aging. Not anymore! Biltmore Restorative Medicine and Aesthetics’ Dr. George Ibrahim is one of the only physicians between New York and Miami certified in the innovative new YLIFT procedure!  

The Facts of Pain Management

Whether from age or accident, be it chronic or acute, pain is something most of us will face over the course of our lives. And yet, it’s a subject about which many of us are unknowledgeable. Instead, we’re overwhelmed by the barrage of friendly advice and wives tales, hurled at as so often that many of us can’t see the…

Health from Head to Toe to Soul

January may be the time for frantic fitness and quick cleanses, but sometimes health and wellness necessitates a different kind of pace. Of course Asheville offers plenty of opportunities to slow down and soak up the holistic benefits of local cures. From head to toe to soul, there’s no shortage of spas and retreats to start your new year off…

Functional Fitness with Tim Thew

Tim Thew has a long history of fitness and training, beginning back in 1996 when he was asked to fill in as a coach for a water aerobics class. It was teaching that course and the bond he developed with his students that forever changed Thew.