Red Maple Dental’s Mission

It’s no doubt that Red Maple Dental has affected the lives—and mouths—of many people in Asheville. However, their efforts go beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains and into the humbled hilltops of Guatemala, where Dr. Shawna Hoffert and her husband, Steve, embarked on a mission to offer their services to those in a less fortunate area of our world.

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…

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…

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…

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. 

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…

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.

Letting your Soulshine!

Warren Haynes is one of those rare individuals who is a shining light in both his musical career as well as his personal life. Already revered by his peers and fans as one of the best guitarists to ever take the stage, the Grammy Award-winning artist continues to reinvent himself and his music. His command of his instrument, like an…

Contributions to Community

In life, most of us are lead by our eyes. It’s sight that leads us forward, onto new adventures and innovations. In a fitting correlation, Asheville Eye Associates is leading the way in Asheville’s healthcare community. We don’t just mean that Asheville Eye provides high-quality healthcare and innovative eye care to residents of Western North Carolina—that’s a given for this…