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Melissa Dean

Owner of Two Birds Marketing, a local marketing firm in Asheville NC. Being a journalist for nearly a decade, I’ve shared thousands of stories. Stories of extraordinary lives, communities, innovative businesses, and my fair share of political pieces along the way.

Zen Hen Café Opens in Hendersonville

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 A new WNC eatery is out to balance the never-ending journey for health-conscious meals on-the-go.

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Restaurant, Hotel Offers Ultimate Social Distance Dining, Entertainment Area

The Garden Grille is South Asheville’s best new outdoor entertainment arena. The Hilton Garden Inn opened this Fall featuring The Garden Grille, a full service restaurant and cocktail bar with an expansive 2500 sq. foot outdoor entertainment space.

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Tea’s The Season With Asheville Tea Company

 Sip into the holidays with the release of new festive blends and holiday gift boxes from Asheville Tea Company.

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New Hotel, Restaurant Opens in South Asheville

A new hotel and restaurant combo brings new reasons to check in, and check out.  The Hilton Garden Inn opens across from the Asheville Outlets with a new restaurant, The Garden Grille, a full service cocktail bar and expansive outdoor entertainment space for locals and visitors alike. “I can hardly put into words the excitement I feel to open our beautiful, new Hilton Garden Inn,” said Brenda Durden, Chief Operating Officer of Asheville Hotel Group. “So much time and attention has gone into making it very special. Our team has worked tirelessly to perfect every detail. I cannot wait to have guests from near and far enjoy this amazing new place.”

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Asheville Tea Company Brews Adventure with Release of New Tea Line

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Asheville Tea Company announces the release of their new eco-friendly tea boxes, packed with Blue Ridge botanicals and full of Asheville flavor. “We are incredibly grateful for our TEAm and the amazing community around us who have rallied to bring this project to life,” said Jessie Dean, who launched Asheville Tea Company in 2016. “We hope that our new product line truly speaks to the values we hold as a company as well as the personality of our community and richness of the ingredients grown right here in North Carolina.”

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AIR Job Fair – Cancelled Due to Covid-19

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Asheville’s vibrant culinary community is ready to spice up your career. 

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 Sweet Dreams, Full Plates Serves Up Record Donation

Turning down services has never tasted so sweet. The third annual Sweet Dreams, Full Plates campaign set a new record this year – donating an incredible $59,100 dollars in September to support MANNA FoodBank’s mission. “MANNA FoodBank is overwhelmed with gratitude,” said Mary Nesbitt, Chief Development Officer. “Their incredible efforts that involved all levels of staff in area hotels will provide thousands of meals for those who did not know where their next meal was coming from.”

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The Riveter Brings New Adventures to WNC

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A new fitness facility aims to take your adventures to new heights. Located just a stone’s throw from Sierra Nevada and the Asheville Regional Airport, the Riveter will join outdoor adventure and environmental sustainability with a 40,000 square foot facility perched above a 10-acre working farm leading down to the French Broad River.  “The business is based on adventure fitness, but to me is much bigger than that – it is a place that will really give people an opportunity to find their community, build on their passion, and train to crush their outdoor adventures,” said Elizabeth Jackson, founder of the Riveter.  Slated to open next winter, the Riveter will be home to 16,000+ square feet of climbing terrain; 18,000+ square feet of progressive jump lines, drop training, and the first Velosolutions Pump Park in the country; yoga studio; spin studio; community space; libation station; retail shop; and outdoor courses including a cross-country perimeter trail around the farm.  Jackson co-owns the Riveter with business partner Eric MacLeod, MD. Both MacLeod and Jackson are avid outdoor enthusiasts with a joint passion for conservation and adventure sports. “I’m most excited in creating a core location that brings the people of the community …

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Brewing a New York Times Bestseller

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Asheville Tea Company is excited to announce the release of Kya’s Blend – a captivating tea blend inspired by the New York Times-bestselling novel, Where the Crawdads Sing.

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The Wine & Oyster Opens in Downtown Asheville

A popular neighborhood eatery has set its sights on a new shell in the pearl of the city. The Wine and Oyster reopens Friday, April 19, bringing bold global wines and fresh flavor-packed oysters to Downtown Asheville.   “We are excited and love our new location,” said Steve Klein, owner of The Wine & Oyster.  The restaurant first opened in Biltmore Village as a franchise location of Virgola, a New York-based wine bar in 2017. They shucked the franchise the following year, becoming independently owned and operated as The Wine & Oyster.  Klein said he hopes the move from Biltmore Village to 3 Biltmore Avenue will give the restaurant a fresh footprint in Asheville’s restaurant scene.  “It’s such a fun area and we are looking forward to serving the community and to a bright future as part of the Asheville restaurant community,” Klein said. The new 1,700 square foot space is equipped for hot food production, an aspect that will allow the restaurant to expand their former raw bar and cold menu.  The Wine and Oyster will now serve a full lunch and dinner menu peppered with fresh seafood dishes, homemade pastas, paninis and po’ boys.  “Everything from our oysters to …

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