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Love Your Pet Day To Benefit Asheville Humane Society

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"Love Your Pet Day" Event at Ten Thousand Villages to Benefit Asheville Humane Society

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Black Mountain Builder Wins National Green Building Honors

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Local homebuilding firm Living Stone Design + Build of Black Mountain won several national awards and was recognized as a leader in the home building industry at the 2017 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show.

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Merry Miracles for Local Families

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As the Christmas holiday draws near, families are feeling the pressure of providing gifts for their spouses and children. With 20% of Asheville's population living at or below the poverty level, many are struggling to put food on their table or gas in their vehicles, much less using additional finances to fund Christmas gifts. 

Like with our recent Thanksgiving initiative, AshevilleBlog is reaching out to our community and support those who find themselves struggling or needing additional help this time of year. We want to reach families who may not qualify for other traditional means of support through other local gift giving programs. 

Our mission is to equip a minimum of 100 families with gifts for their children and spouses to ease the burden of holiday costs. In a unique twist, instead of handing out generic age appropriate gifts for children, we want to empower the families and make them a part of the gift selection process. Our staff and volunteers will be setting up a shop and inviting families in during set hours to select and gift wrap gifts for their children - completely free. 

We have set up several donation stations across Asheville where you can drop off items to be set up in our store. Items for children of all ages, including teenagers, are appreciated. We also encourage items such as blankets, candles, movies, and other items that will allow older children or spouses to gift to each other. 

If you are interested in making a financial contribution to allow us to buy items in bulk at a discounted price, you can PayPal money to Ashevilleblog@gmail.com, or contact us to arrange for pickup. 

If you can't contribute otherwise but are interested in volunteering, there will be a signup form available. We need individuals to help run the store, sort items, pick up donations, and do other odd jobs. 

The store will be only open for one weekend during limited hours, and more information will be coming shortly. If you or someone interested in applying to be able to shop for free, please fill out this short application (available soon). The more donations we get the more families we can serve. 

You can find our donation stations at these convenient locations:

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EAST WEST HOLIDAY POP UP SHOP RETURNS DECEMBER 8th – 17th

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East West Pop Up Shop will be popping up with our 10-day Third Annual Holiday Pop Up Shop showcasing the best in handmade and vintage. The Holiday Pop Up will transform East West Venue into a boutique shopping experience full of carefully curated goods including 80+ local and regional independent vendors of handmade and vintage goods including housewares, furniture, decor, jewelry, clothing, gifts for baby and more. (full list available on website)

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The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food

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In North Carolina, setting a table often coincides with setting a scene for memorable meals, noteworthy moments with loved ones and indelible experiences that are ingrained in the diners' minds far longer than tastes linger. 

More than 30 authors share stories about their experiences in The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food. A Yankee outlines the challenge she faced when finally learning to cook butter beans. A vegetarian sits down to a pork dinner. A journalist recalls mid-summer mater days in the newsroom. Contributors to The Carolina Table show what North Carolinians know to be true—our foodways contain our culture, our history, our priorities, our health, our wealth, our poverty and our souls. 

carolina table“The collection of voices in The Carolina Table speaks to our diversity and character,” explains award-winning author Randall Kenan, who edited the collection and wrote the introduction. “Should someone look for a definition of what it means to be a North Carolinian now, this anthology will give a very solid, and flavorful, idea.” 

About Randall Kenan: 
Professor of English at UNC-Chapel Hill, Kenan is a novelist, journalist and food writer. A former editor at Knopf, he has received numerous awards for his work, including the North Carolina Award for Literature and the Rome Prize for the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About Eno Publishers:
Eno is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to producing high-quality books in all formats about the culture and history of the Carolinas and the South.

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SeatWeavers’ Guild 9th Annual Gathering Comes to The Folk Art Center

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The 9th Annual Gathering of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc. brings the craft of chair caning to the Folk Art Center July 29-31. Asheville’s Silver River Center for Chair Caning is hosting the conference and will be having an Open House at the chair museum in CURVE Studios & Garden on Friday July 29 from 10am-6pm.

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Southern Season to open Asheville ‘Taste of Southern Season’

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Southern Season today announced that it will open its smaller format Taste of Southern Season store next Friday, July 1. The 2,000-square-foot shop with onsite parking is located at 4 Swan Street in Biltmore Village. Melissa Robbins, former Bakery and Deli Manager of the flagship store in Chapel Hill, is General Manager of the Asheville location.

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Workshop Tools Grand Opening at Asheville Outlets

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On May 11th, Workshop Tools will join the already diverse retailer mix at Asheville Outlets. Following an official ribbon cutting ceremony, the store will open its doors at 10 a.m. and shoppers will get their first look at the over 6,000 tools and household products Workshop Tools stocks. 

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Asheville Outlets Announces Kirkland’s Grand Opening

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National specialty retailer Kirkland’s, Inc., will host a grand opening on Saturday, April 2nd, at its new Asheville Outlets store. The new Asheville store, which will employ approximately 25 people, is one of 377 Kirkland’s stores throughout the country and the second in the Asheville area. Kirkland’s offers its customers an extensive selection of decorative items, gifts and seasonal merchandise. 

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Local Artist Dreams Turn Reality With Help of Micro Loan

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Asheville has long been a mecca for free thinkers, entrepreneurs, and artists. Many move to our fair city in hopes of establishing a name for themselves and exposing their art to the eager public. With so many individuals living within Buncombe County alone, the opportunities to expand one's art and live the dream seems feasible, if not achievable.

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