Did you know that commercial typewriters have been around since the mid 1800's? While modern technology has replaced most of these machines in offices, many businesses concerned with security continue to use them. Its hard to hack a typewriter! However, they do break occasionally and ABC Office Systems is one of the few expert typewriter repair shops in the Asheville and Hendersonville region of Western North Carolina and Greenville, SC and Upstate South Carolina.

But let's address technology. Asheville and Hendersonville Businesses need the best prices on Ink and Toner for copiers, printers and other office machines. ABC Office Systems offers OEM and Compatible Cartridges for all makes and models including, HP, Brother, Lexmark, Okidata, Canon, and more. 

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Saloon Studios Live celebrates iconic festival anniversary with two weekends of fun and music in West Jefferson, NC



WEST JEFFERSON, NC, AUGUST 2019 – 50 years ago in Bethel, New York, the most iconic music festival in history brought three days of fun and music to a now famous farm. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of that legendary festival as Saloon Studios Live presents the WE 2019 Festival in two upcoming weekends: August 9-12, and again August 16-18.



Located in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains in West Jefferson, North Carolina, the festival features performances by artists who performed at the original Woodstock Festival, including:

⦁ Melanie
⦁ Jefferson Starship
⦁ Ten Years After
⦁ Vanilla Fudge
⦁ John Sebastian
⦁ Canned Heat
⦁ Sly & the Family Stone
⦁ Iron Butterfly
⦁ Chogyi Lama (Richie Havens’ grandson)
⦁ Corky Laing’s Mountain
⦁ Hendrix by Hendrix
⦁ Dozens more!

“We’re elated to celebrate the living legends of that iconic 1969 festival,” says owner Laura Jones. “We’re hosting two full weekends of legendary live music to bring some the magic of the original festival right here to our little town in the mountains.”

The WE 2019 Festival is an outdoor rain-or-shine festival. Camping is available on the premises, as well as food and drink for the duration of the event. A limited number of cabins and nearby hotel rooms are available. Find out more at https://saloonstudioslive.com/we2019-experience-festival/

Undertaker-Saloon-Studios-LiveSaloon Studios Live is a 19-century western town replica, complete with a sheriff’s office, post office, blacksmith shop, undertaker, general store, and cantina. At the heart of this 20-acre town is the Saloon, complete with western artifacts and bar stools made from saddles. The saloon is a live performance venue and state-of-the-art recording studio, which hosts a series of yearly “rock legend” concerts.

Saloon Studios Live is located at 313 Old West Road, West Jefferson, North Carolina. Phone: 336-877-2374 for more information, or visit on the web at https://SaloonStudiosLive.com.


With Shakespeare as their touchstone, inspiration, and most-produced playwright, the Montford Park Players adhere to the highest standards of professional theatre while inculcating the best values of community theatre. Their repertoire includes Shakespeare and his contemporaries, other classical authors, modern masterworks, and original scripts. Their productions are free to the public whenever possible, and the majority of their season is presented in an informal outdoor setting. The Montford Park Players encourage participation onstage, backstage, and in the audience by people of all ages and backgrounds, and celebrate diversity. They provide educational opportunities for developing artists, technicians, administrators, board members, and the community. They commit to clear communication and responsiveness, from artistic planning to financial management and governance, and tety cooperate as fully as possible with other theatre groups and civic organizations.

Visit the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater and see Shakespeare in the Park! Live Shakespeare and other great classics, free to attend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings at 7:30 all Summer.

Monday, 22 July 2019 06:57

DIY woodworking classes in WNC

AR Workshop® is a boutique DIY studio that offers hands-on classes for creating custom, charming home decor from raw materials.  Join an instructor-led workshop where you can make custom wood plank signs, framed signs, canvas pillows, round signs, lazy susans, centerpiece boxes, canvas tote bags, and more!  AR Workshop® will help you take your home decor to the next level and have fun while creating it!
AR Workshop Asheville is owned by Amber Jenkins. She has experience making hand crafted signs, and is excited to teach and empower others with the tools to make their own decor and provide a fun environment to do it in.
Amber has been married for over 11 years to her high school sweetheart, Chance. They have two red headed girls that will no doubt be at the workshop often! Their family is thrilled to bring this awesome experience to Asheville, Hendersonville, Mills River, Fletcher, Arden, Weaverville, Canton, Brevard and all surrounding neighborhoods!


It’s not every day that someone looking for a fine dining restaurant in Asheville would think about visiting a Holiday Inn.


Time for that to change with a visit to the Woodfire Bar & Grille, a true hidden gem of a restaurant located at the award-winning Holiday Inn Asheville East, just minutes from Downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate. 


From the moment you arrive, you are embraced in a décor of warm, tasteful elegance. From the exquisite wood ceilings and floors, stone walls, and the abundance of natural light through the room’s many windows, you know you are in for a genuine adventure in fine dining.


Chef Jon at Woodfire Bar and GrilleThe lion’s share of what makes Woodfire Bar & Grille so special comes down to the staff. The Executive Chef, Jonathan Green (Chef Jon), brings 23 years of restaurant experience – everything from fast food to fine dining. Sous Chef Jackson Van Cott, the lead production chef, is well versed in all forms of cooking, from fine dining to diner fare. Daegal Ellis, who was a long-term chef at Burrito Gallery in Jacksonville, adds a southwest, TexMex influence to dinner specials and menu items. Restaurant Manager Shelly Bannik rounds out the team, ensuring that diners have a truly memorable dining experience.


Chef Jon has been in and around the food business most of his life. “I grew up with a brilliant southern cook of a mother, and a father on the food distribution side of the industry,” he said. “As soon as I was of working age I started at a small sandwich shop and have moved through the industry ever since.”


Asheville-Steakhouse-RestaurantThe secret to great food at the Woodfire Bar & Grille is the wood-fired grill. “Often not as quick as a standard chargrill, the hickory smoke and longer cooking process ensure a tender, more evenly cooked meal for every plate,” Chef Jon said. “Our focus is on simple foods, done well. Our hickory burning grill imparts a subtle smoky flavor to all of our grilled foods. We select the highest quality meats available with a focus on natural and local when possible. We know that great ingredients speak for themselves, so we make sure nothing is over complicated. Our steaks and seafood are lightly seasoned and finished with a glaze of garlic butter. Our produce is natural and from local providers. We pride ourselves on a fine dining culinary experience, at a casual dining price.”

Asheville SteakhouseWoodfire Bar & Grille consistently exceeds customer expectations. “We offer a steak comparable to places such as Ruth’s Chris, but for around half the price,” Chef Jon said. “Although we are often judged as simply being a standard hotel restaurant, our guests have always been beyond complimentary about their experience. We often hear them say they didn’t expect something this good in a Holiday Inn. Our staff is always receiving positive feedback about their balance of familiarity and professionalism. We have a large number of hotel regulars that stay at the hotel simply because of the restaurant. Our biggest fans are our regular hotel guests.”




Asheville Craft Beer FlightThere are more amenities to enjoy at Woodfire Bar & Grille. “We offer a full bar, drink specials, local drafts, and craft cocktails,” Chef Jon said. “We have the ability to accommodate a party of up to 25 without having to split up the group. We have a long meeting table, complete with charging ports. For hotel guests we offer room service and poolside dining. We have two large HD TVs for all sporting events, and a lounge area for relaxing with cocktails before or after dinner.”

Woodfire Bar & Grille takes pride in its creative culinary independence. “Although we are located in a hotel, we are one of the many great independent restaurants in Asheville,” Chef Jon said. “The concept, menu, atmosphere, and all other things that go into a restaurant are all decided by our staff, rather than the hotel corporate offices. We have free reign to do the type of food we want, and serve the types of drinks we would like to. When people begin to understand that we are an independent restaurant, it makes them more open to trying us out and seeing what we have to offer.”

FIlet Mignon at Woodfire Bar and Grille Asheville RestaurantGrilled Wild Alaskan Salmon at Woodfire Bar and Grille Asheville RestaurantLollipop Lamb Chops at Woodfire Bar and Grille Asheville Restaurant







What they have to offer is remarkable, starting with appetizers like seared ahi tuna, Cajun beef tenderloin kabobs, Panko havarti sticks, and quesadillas. Entrees include filet mignon, NY strips, bone-in pork chops, baby back ribs, lamb chops, grilled salmon, trout, and more. Don’t skip dessert, with key lime pie flown in from Key Largo, classic pecan pie served warm, “chocolate overload cake,” and more.

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Find out why we love the place so much. Pay a visit to Woodfire Bar & Grille, and we know you’ll be back again and again!


Woodfire Bar & Grille

Address: 1450 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805

Located in the Holiday Inn Asheville East

Just down the road from the Blue Ridge Parkway and NC Folk Arts Center

Close to downtown Asheville, and within easy distance to Black Mountain, Chimney Rock and the Biltmore Estate

Hours: Breakfast/Lunch 6:30am-2:30pm

Dinner 5pm-10pm

Bar 4:30pm-11pm

Phone: 828-298-5611

Reservations: Opentable

Parking: Free

Visit us online:




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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 20:48

Award Winning Hotel in Asheville!

Everyone knows Asheville has a plethora of hotels, right? What everyone doesn’t know is that a Holiday Inn in East Asheville has carved out a reputation for excellence in service and accommodations.


Lobby at Holiday Inn Asheville East

The Holiday Inn Asheville East boasts an elegant “lodge-like” fieldstone lobby, and is conveniently located just off I-40, a mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway, six miles from the Biltmore Estate, and seven miles from downtown Asheville. Other nearby attractions include Black Mountain, the Folk Art Center, and numerous outdoor adventures in nearby parks, trails, and rivers.

Newly Renovated Hotel in Asheville



When it comes to service excellence, the Holiday Inn Asheville East won the coveted International Hotel Group (IHG) Torchbearer Award two years in a row in 2017 and 2018. Only 21 Holiday Inn hotels in the US were recognized with the award in 2018. The hotel’s quiet elegance is due to a complete $8M renovation in 2017. Everything was upgraded, from the beautifully manicured gardens to the uniquely local public spaces and modern, comfortable rooms.

Friendly Service Holiday Inn Asheville East

In addition to the two Torchbearer awards, the hotel won the Kemmons Wilson Spirit of Family Award, the Kemmie, in May. IHG gives only two of these annually. “It’s given for excellence in service and accommodations,” Emily says. VP of Holiday Inn Hotels, Errol Williams recently visited the property to celebrate this monumental achievement with the staff.  


Director of Sales Emily Crosby speaks of three steps of service that make this hotel so outstanding. “We pledge to provide the finest personal service and facilities for our guests, who will always enjoy a warm, relaxed yet refined ambience,” she says. “Holiday Inn is all about the Joy of Travel, and we aim to create those relationships and experiences that make you smile!”


Asheville Hotel with PoolThis pet-friendly hotel features a scenic heated outdoor pool, fitness center, business center, two-acre walking trail, free parking, free Wi-Fi, on site market, and a great restaurant, the Woodfire Bar & Grille

Asheville Restaurants







Speaking of the Woodfire Bar & Grille, we’re not talking standard hotel food. We’re talking fine dining – a traditional steak house with a “modern twist,” serving up locally sourced grass fed beef, pasture raised pork, and fabulous fish. It’s a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week.


Banquet Meeting Event Space AshevilleDo you need a great place to host a business workshop, or even a multi-day conference or social event? The Holiday Inn Asheville East is your go-to place. “We have two rooms to accommodate large or small groups,” Emily says.
“The Blue Ridge Room featuring a stone fireplace offers 1,430 square feet of uninterrupted space, while the more intimate Woodfire Grill Sunroom has 200 square feet, perfect for small events. We offer catering services and full audio visual packages as well, including LCD protectors and screen, two 50” smart TVs, wireless and handheld microphones, whiteboard, podium and much more.”


So if you’re looking for a place to be pampered on a carefree vacation, look no further than Holiday Inn Asheville East. Whether you want nearby adventure, or you’re just looking for a place to hide out and be pampered, they’ve got you covered!


Holiday Inn Asheville East

1450 Tunnel Road 

Asheville, NC 28805





Email (Emily Crosby, Sales Director)

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Visit our Website: Holiday Inn Asheville East

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 Parents, have you ever had a big night planned without the kids, only to have your sitter canel? Or you can't find one you feel good about?

College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors is the savior of your sanity! 


Parents need to stay connected as a couple. Part of maintaining that connection might mean regular date nights. Maybe a family has a need for a nanny for the summer or their kids may need some help with school. The mission of College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors is to build stronger families. They achieve this by addressing the needs of individual families, throughout the life‐stages of their children.


College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors doesn’t have a bunch of independent contractors who are randomly linked to families. They are the largest employer of sitters and nannies, and every employee goes through a rigorous national background screening and interview process. They also go through an orientation and ongoing training where they learn creative play, crafts, games, meal ideas and even jokes! They see thousands of people each year. They interview people every day. If they can’t answer questions like, ‘what does a toddler eat for lunch?’ they won’t be working for College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors.

Families are supported by a full team of experts. Both the sitters and the role model managers make sure everyone is engaged. Their sitters will never just be sitting on the couch with earbuds on, texting friends. Their business model allows them to partner with families as their kids grow. It may start with a need for a nanny who provides full‐time care, but as schedules change ‐ maybe a sitter is a better fit. Then, as they transition further, they might discover the need for a tutor.

They’re unique in this area. No one else offers cradle to college support for families like they do. Their community is growing and changing very quickly right now. It’s tough for a lot of families because they are new to the area. Maybe Grandma used to watch the kids and now she’s too far away. They’re here to provide a trusted connection to a quality sitter.

Contact College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors and don't worry about anything again.




Monday, 01 July 2019 05:09

Wine and Art go together

DIY classes are all the rage. The most popular ones seem to involve wine. There's wine and painting on canvas, wine and crafting, even wine and woodshop. And don't forget you can get wine in almost every public event and business. 

It was inevitible that wine and personalizing wine glasses would come along. In WNC, Le Painted Grape is making quite the splash. Classes are usually held in a wine bar or other establishment that serves a good variety of wine. You'll be coached in bringing out your creativity to decorate you very own wine glass, you'll have a lot of fun with your friends, and make new friends along the way. It's affordable, fun, and there's wine! You can even host a private wine glass painting party.

Visit Le Painted Grape's events page to find out when, where, and how you can join in the fun.


Edible Arrangements has a daily offer for you. Happy Hour!

You already know Edible Arrangements - Asheville has great Fruit Bouquets, gift baskets, and their famous chocolate-dipped strawberries. Now you can get two for the price of one during Happy Hour!

Every day between 3:00 and 5:00 until July 10, it's BOGO time at Edible Arrangements - Asheville. Visit them at 5 Regent Park Blvd.

Friday, 28 June 2019 16:38

Support the arts in WNC!

WNC has a thriving arts community. Everywhere you turn, you'll find galleries, theater spaces, buskers, and sidewalk vendors. The Arts draws thousands of tourists to the area year-round.

Theatre fans have a lot to choose from in the area. Not only in Asheville, but everywhere from Flat Rock to Waynesville to Burnsville to Black Mountain. 

In Asheville this weekend, two plays are finishing their runs, and one is opening here and in Burnsville. There are more, of course, but this post will tell you about four.

Saturday in Burnsville, Parkway Playhouse opens A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. When Monty Navarro discovers he is the not-so-distant heir to the D'Ysquith family fortune, he decides to jump the line of succession using a good bit of charm… and a little bit of murder. Along the journey of knocking off his eight unsuspecting relatives, Monty must juggle both matters of the heart and not landing behind bars. 

 The Montford Park Players might just be the best-kept Theatre secret in the area. They've been performing free "Shakespeare In The Park" in the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater for over 40 years. Opening this weekend is Robin Hood: Quest for Justice, an original play by locals Jeff Messer & Robert Akers. Performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 7:30. Bring a picnic, your favorite beverages and blankets and lawn chairs. Don't worry if you don't bring anything. You can purchase beer, wine, and various food items at the amphitheater.

 The How To Crew is back with Rules & How To Break Them. Shows have been selling out, but there mey be a ticket or two available for this final weekend of the run at the BeBe Theater. Produced by the Steven Samuels' Sublime Theater. Always fun, musical, and laugh-inducing, the How To shows never fail to deliver. If you don't get a chance to see this one, follow the Sublime Theater to keep up to date.


Closing this weekend at the Magnetic Theater, In The Assassins' Garden, writtn by local David Hopes, is a smoldering historical look at an America riven by partisan politics, flirting with socialism, and galvanized by a swiftly rising feminist movement. Seemingly contemporary, this historical play looks at the chaotic and frenzied wake of the assassination of William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States. See it this weekend or miss it entirely.

Next up at the Magnetic, More Crimes and Missed Demeanings. 

Supporting the Arts in WNC is simply the right thing to do. Buy Local!

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