Kick It into Gear

It’s no secret that Asheville is home to some awesome roads and trails, and the cycling guides from The Cliffs know their way around these mountains better than most. Legends Christian Van Velde, Bobby Julrich and George Hincapie have been cycling for 30-plus years, and they’re currently the cycling guides for members of The Cliffs. The three experts know all the…

Introducing Black Bear BBQ

In the late summer days of 2018, the key to Webo's BBQ was handed over to A.J. Gregson and Autumn Pittman, whose names you may recognize from their other popular restaurant, Mojo Kitchen and Lounge. The pair wasted no time once they had the space. They immediately began serving barbecue while slowly transitioning into their envisioned brand: a more eco-friendly, chef-driven restaurant with…

Heroes Among Us

The hero’s journey is by far the most common arc in film and literature but is viewed less often as a real process adolescents experience as they transition into the adult world. Joseph Campbell, a 20th-century American professor and great mind of the time, explored this journey in many different cultures, concluding that the hero’s journey is an important process for adolescent…

History, Diversity and Community: The YMI’s Longstanding Place in Asheville

When Anthony Thomas moved to Asheville in 1992, he couldn't have known just how much of his time he would be giving to the community. Thomas, the president and board chairman of the YMICC (Young Men’s Institute; now considered a Cultural Center), a realtor at Mosaic Realty and the general manager of Upstaff Personnel, has dedicated his life to serving…

Family Ties

In 1981, Doug McKinney and his wife, Sandy, moved to Asheville to start a business in an industry they knew well: insurance. They’d been living in Atlanta by way of Greenville, South Carolina, and worked for Nationwide until they realized they wanted to start their own branch. The McKinneys took over an existing property and casualty agency and expanded it…

Doula Rising

Birth is complicated. Motherhood is difficult. Welcoming a new life into the family is challenging yet richly rewarding. As a culture, we’ve known these simple facts for a long time. So why are we just now viewing emotional birth support as a necessity to the process and not just a luxury? Chama Woydak of Homegrown Babies and Cindy McMillan of…

Miss Asheville Pie

As with many local businesses, Baked Pie Co. started with a dream—and a craving for pie. While out looking for a slice of pie and a cup of coffee, Kirsten Fuchs and her daughter realized Asheville was lacking in a good place to sit and enjoy a baked treat. Kirsten used her background in business management and found a baker,…

Asheville’s Hot Spots of Summer

 A New Way to Float  Stephan Pruitt and Hamlin Beattie are the brains behind The Brew Tub, Asheville’s newest addition to the river community. With summer in full session, people are headed to seek relief from the heat in local swimming holes and waterfalls, and these two entrepreneurs have a new twist on tubing down the French Broad River. Both…

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Red Carpet

“The world is filled with people that are gonna try to tell you who you are, but that's for you to decide, you hear me?” –Aunt Lucy, Dumplin’

An Authentic Taste of Japan

If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting WakuWaku Eatery on Merrimon Avenue, you already know the amount of love and care that goes into each dish. The owner, Naomi Mikami, has poured her heart into this popular spot, and she’s excited to share a bit of her culture with Asheville. If you haven’t tried the okonomiyaki yet, finish reading this…

Holistic Health and Preventative Wellness with Dr. Erin Stafenacci

If you wander into one of the many nooks of historic Biltmore Village, you might find Dr. Erin Stefanacci of Carolina Holistic Health. Walking into Dr. Stefanacci’s office, you feel an instant sense of calm. It’s unlike the traditional doctor’s office and feels much more like a spa; there's no stuffy waiting room, and warm lighting and healing energy fill…

Monkeys and Giraffes and Lemurs – Oh My!

Right outside Charlotte, N.C., lies a small town of approximately 2,700 people, some monkeys, a few lemurs and a couple giraffes. This town is called Troutman, and these delightful creatures can be found at Zootastic Park, a family-owned zoo boasting safaris and one-on-one encounters with exotic animals. Those aren’t the only animals one can find at the park, either. Ever…

RiverLink: For Nature, For You

It may be hard to imagine, but Asheville wasn’t always ideal for tubing down the river with friends on a warm day. In fact, it wasn’t until the mid-1980’s when the Asheville Chamber of Commerce decided our city’s visitors needed a reason to stay longer, and the solution was river cleanup and conservation. Thus, RiverLink was born. The Founding Director,…

The New Wine in Town

In a city full of breweries, a new wine shop is a welcome sight for those hunting down a healthier sip. Crocodile Wine is sure to pique the interests of wine enthusiasts as well as the casual drinker. John Hale recently opened his shop on Biltmore Avenue and is ready to introduce you to the budding world of natural wine.

Four Well-Crafted Spaces with Matt Osada

In 1988, Matt Osada, just a boy at the time, helped his dad complete a room in the basement of their family home. During this project, a passion for design was lit, and that spark led him to pursue his career as a civil and environmental engineer, first for commercial spaces, now for dream homes. With 20-plus years of experience…

Aux Bar Brings Flavor Home

Since its opening last year, Aux Bar has become a dining destination in downtown Asheville. Offering a creative interpretation of modern American cuisine, the menu features well-constructed dishes that push culinary boundaries. The fun, eclectic space creates a welcoming atmosphere where guests can share small and large plates like duck wings with sweet potato Buffalo sauce and braised pork cheeks…

Kitchen 2.0

Above the hustle and bustle of downtown Asheville, there’s a quiet refuge from urban life. With its 22-foot ceilings, artist-commissioned steel doors and sliding glass walls, this home is a unique, modern build by Lauren and Mike Tamayo of LMT Homes.

Crafting Inspiration

Blue Spiral 1, a 15,000-square-foot gallery in the heart of downtown Asheville, presents exceptional artists and object makers. Three expansive floors allow for ample displays and extensive exhibitions. Two talented artists, Alex Bernstein and Tamie Beldue, share their work with us.

Devil’s in the Details

 You ease your troubles when life's the bubbles...   Have you ever had an occasion where you wanted to go out and have a nice drink without consuming loads of sugars? The power team of Benjamin and Vashti Colvin, Jacob Baumann, Aaron Wilson and Carly Reese set out to solve this equation: how to create a healthy alternative to alcohol and…

The Potter’s Clay

“Ring the bells that can still ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” –Leonard Cohen, "Anthem"

The Art of Baking

Pris Maynez, Asheville’s up-and-coming baker, is quickly gaining recognition on the wedding and event scene. The Texas transplant moved to town with her husband in 2015, and after having a baby six months later, she started baking. She started with birthday cakes for kids' birthdays, and another friend asked her to make a cake and some small desserts for her…

A New Beginning

In the heart of downtown Weaverville lies a beautifully constructed Japanese-style venue. The building was constructed after the previous building suffered extensive fire damage. Keelan McCoy, Cameron Patton and Ward Patton purchased this destroyed space and created a new venue set in the old building’s footprint. The space has been carefully crafted for wedding ceremonies, musical events, private dinners and unique alternatives to…

Mindfulness in Meditation

“Mindfulness is the art of paying attention…when we pay attention with faith that we will be supported, then growth really is possible, our vision becomes clear, our path becomes unobstructed and we are able to see the Divine Good in every person and situation,” says Beth Farlow, a volunteer instructor at Asheville Community Yoga.  

Dobra Tea

“I want people to come here for healing and wellness. This town is filled with healers, and the community needs a public space that is family-friendly, alcohol-free and a place where people are able to have a true, open-hearted experience connecting through tea,” Andrew Snavely says. 

Southern California Girls’ Getaway

Dreaming about your next girls’ getaway? I’ve found the ideal place for you and your friends: Laguna Beach, California, a charming community nestled between San Diego and Los Angeles along the southern coast of Orange County. The weather is close to perfect year-round, and there are 7 miles of beautiful coastline. There are many luxurious oceanfront hotels with pampering spas, incredible…

Your Complete Holiday Gift Guide

One of my best friends has a sixth sense for interior decorating. She's so talented, but she's not even an interior decorator. (She's actually a nurse.)  I, on the other hand, like to wing it. My apartment follows no color scheme and is basically a conglomerate of items I've bought over the years simply because they look cool. And whether the person that you're shopping for…

Not All Views Are Created Equal

Sean Sullivan began working on homes in 1995. He was employed with a construction company that was slowly winding down and in the stages of going out of business.  During that time, Sullivan began to work on his own, and what started with side jobs and renovations, soon became large-scale home projects. Since the company’s formation, Living Stone Design+Build has crafted…

From Sunrise To Sundown

 Ingredients  French Toast  Peanut butter drizzle

A Clean Fight

 America’s Battle Against Chronic Pain  The dangers of opioid addiction are well known, and the reach of chronic pain that has led to this country’s growing opioid dependence cannot be understated. In 2017, nearly 50,000 people died of opioid overdoses, which translates to about six people per hour, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Meanwhile, the National Institutes…

Feeding the Family

 Ingredients  Crumble  Filling

To Nourish and Inspire

As we transition from summer into autumn, leaves falling and weather growing chilly, we are reminded that this beautiful season is one of being thankful and giving. Bounty & Soul knows these principles well.

A Guest Room for The Holiday Season

During the holidays, you can always expect company. Whether it’s reserved for friends or extended family, the importance of an inviting and cozy guest room can’t be understated. There are many ways to make room welcoming. I.Dology is an Asheville based company that specializes in just that. They understand that different homes can call for a different aesthetic. It’s not just a…

Asheville Yoga Festival

From July 26-29, people from all over the country flocked to Western North Carolina for the Asheville Yoga Festival. The weekend of wellness was filled with over 80 different classes as well as workshops, panels and live music from internationally-recognized yogis, health gurus and music performers. Photography by Brittany Buckholz. 

A Distinct Taste of Asheville

Downtown Asheville is host to a variety of worldly cuisines, and more often than not, you’re going to find something that will appease any and all varieties of appetites. The sheer number of restaurants can be daunting, if not intimidating, but among the the multitude of dining choices in town, those looking to grab a bite in the downtown area will…

The New Kid On The Block

It's no secret that Asheville's South Slope is every beer lover's dream come true.  From Green Man Brewery to Burial Beer Co., South Slope has a variety of breweries that differ in size, shape and speciality.  Some have an in-house kitchen while others invite local food trucks to satisfy their guests' taste buds.  But beginning this October, the South Slope breweries have a…

A Charitable Smorgasbord

A few years ago, a group of restaurateurs and artists decided to get together and create something positive and daring. Based around the 19th century idea of the Blind Pig– a prohibition era form of culinary escapism–The Blind Pig Supper Club is a collection of Asheville locals who care about what they do and where they live. This group consists not only of…

Timeless Fashion

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Evan Anderson  Outfit One  Outfit Two

Sweet Potato Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Bounty & Soul  Ingredients  Tacos

Joy and Bliss

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Evan Anderson  To learn more about ananda, their stylists and their extraordinary services, visit their website www.anandahair.com.  Welcoming. Hip. Edgy. Modern. Energetic. Thoughtful. Artistic. Those are just a handful of the words that have been used to describe ananda hair studio since their opening in 1995. The word ananda is Sanskrit for joy and bliss,…

Letting The Good Times Roll With The Mug

 Article Adam Hartrum | Photography Evan Anderson  Milstead prefers playing smaller bars as opposed to the larger clubs. The band finds that playing music for some extra cash is a great time, but that making the audience smile and giving them a good time is the most important aspect of performing.  Why the blues, and why in Asheville?

Keeping Curiosity Alive

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Evan Anderson  Tell me a little bit about yourself.  I was born in Fries, Virginia, which is a small little town on the New River in Grayson County. There's a lot of mountains but not a whole lot more. In the early 1900's, it was a boom town that was basically around, and for, the textile…

Smashing Stereotypes

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Evan Anderson  "Design is at the core of everything we do."   Smash Events, Inc. co-owner and self-delegated Director of Aesthetics, Ashley Terán, is what you might consider a dreamer. Her and her husband, Nestor Terán, started Smash after moving to Asheville from Miami a few years ago. In the Sunshine State they both held regular jobs; him a real estate agent and her a teacher. But once…

Escape By The Lake

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Evan Anderson  Less than two hours away from downtown Asheville lies the 2,100-acre gated community and vacation destination Bear Lake Reserve. The beautiful property encompasses the 500-acre lake that provides a picturesque landscape as well as a place to experience various water activities. Interlaced throughout the Reserve's breathtaking property are also 20 miles of hiking trails that…

Nothing Less Than Perfect in Jekyll Island

 Article Emily Shea  One of Georgia’s Golden Isles, Jekyll Island is highly acclaimed for its uncrowded beaches and ample space for relaxation and quality family time. The luxurious Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island resides on over a quarter mile of oceanfront property, boasting unmatched views of the Atlantic Ocean and a private beachfront. From a high-energy swimming pool, whirlpool and kiddy pool to an outdoor fire…

Explore Nature’s Backyard

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Evan Anderson  Explore  From hiking and fishing to horseback riding and picnicking, there is never a lack of things to do or see in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Known for its thick foliage and a magnificent diversity of life, the Park offers something for everyone. Their hiking trails meander through forests rich with both plant…

Great Drives to Long Drives

 Article Wesley Brown & Austin Bennett | Photography Evan Anderson  You could drive up the Parkway or down the interstate, park at a pull-off, and drink in views that would make the rest of the state jealous. But if you want to make the most of our mountains, if you want to watch them spread before you in a gradient…

The Men of Asheville

 Article Wesley Brown | Photography Evan Anderson  Sean Sullivan, President, Living Stone Design + Build  Not many of us are lucky enough to love our jobs; Sean Sullivan, President of Living Stone Design+Build, is the exception. Sullivan works closely with his clients and family-based team to build high-performing, award-winning homes: “I love every aspect of what I do, from exercising…

MOVERS & SHAKERS

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

Mother’s Day Brunch

 Photography Evan Anderson  Rosé Sangria  Cinnamon Pancakes & Peach Syrup

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