February 2017 Lifestyle Letter

I am at a loss to describe the women I have encountered in my life. Women have driven me to be the woman I am, in fact made me who I am. The women who you will encounter on these pages are the women we all strive to be. The CEO. The leader who has given her life to education…

Our Voice Survivors’ Art Show

The 15th annual Our Voice Survivors’ art show was wonderfully attended this year. As featured artist, Anne Heck displayed her healing dolls and told her arduous journey of healing. Inspirational song, dance and poetry filled the night, which ended with the St. John Baptist choir's sweet and uplifting melodies.

Paws to Give

Brother Wolf's annual fundraiser, Paws to Give, celebrates the accomplishments of the year and presents opportunities for donors to support the animals with a live auction and silent auction. This year's event featured a plated dinner catered by The Venue and live entertainment by Rococo Ballroom dancers Meghan and Jake.

February 2017 Around Town

Biltmore loves to wow us with drama, but never before like in their new exhibition, Designed for Drama! Running February 10 through July 4, 2017, this new exhibition brings together history and Hollywood in Appalachia's most hallowed halls. Designed for Drama displays dozens of beautiful garments and costumes from your favorite literary masterpieces brought to life on the silver screen.…

Sasha Osada

Sasha Osada’s art is many things. Elegant and edgy, powerful and sophisticated. Her delicate, complex pieces evoke a sense of both past and present, and the joyful energy that she infuses into her creations is easily appreciated. Largely influenced by the shapes and patterns of the natural world, she incorporates precious and semi-precious stones, found and re-purposed objects, and a…

Understanding Ultherapy

Preventing aging has been a common goal of fairytale mothers and herbalists alike for centuries. With modern medical advances, it’s almost a reality. For decades, facial plastic surgery and its regenerative procedures have been of two extremes. On one end, there were superficial treatments. Chemical peels, laser treatments and skin creams loaded with beneficial goodies help slow aging, and even…

Girl’s Night Out

Since moving to Asheville five months ago, I have been asked repeatedly: “How do you like your beer?” Foolish me, I thought there were only a few beer options, and they were called Bud Light, or if I was watching carbs, Michelob Ultra. Boy, was I beer-wrong, and Asheville taught me the most about the best beer. I have also…

Makeover for the Soul

A makeover is more than just a new look. It may include makeup, a change in hairstyle and a new outfit or two, but more importantly, it’s a therapeutic experience. One that provokes a feeling beyond exterior changes and delves into the very soul. The first thing I consider when approaching a makeover is my client’s current look and habits,…

Asheville’s Achievers

It may take a village to raise a child, but in Asheville, it takes Kit Cramer to run the village. Her resume is astoundingly lengthy, a dizzying list that culminates in her current position as President & CEO of our Chamber of Commerce.

Red Stag Romance

Though it sounds like the idyllic stuff of dreams, Ostrander’s childhood memories are very real and still influence his work today. “I got a little spoiled on freshness of product; I could always just go out to the barn and pick what I wanted, but that has carried on to be a positive in my career choice—well, I’m not sure…