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!

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

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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

 

Phone:

828.298.5611

 

Email (Emily Crosby, Sales Director)

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Visit our Website: Holiday Inn Asheville East

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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.

 

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!

Thursday, 06 June 2019 07:07

Escape the heat

Now that warmer weather is here for the next few months, thoughts often turn tocooling off. There are many options for wet, cool fun in the mountains of WNC. Of course, there are the municipal pools, but we like to go out into nature for our relief. Here are the top 3 swimming holes in WNC. Grab your swim suits, towels, and a picnic lunch, and come join us in the mountains.

1.Sliding Rock - Located in the Pisgah National Forest, this is a popular spot for good reason. Slide down the 60-foot flat, sloping boulder and make a splash in an eight-foot deep pool, swim a few strokes to the shore, get in line, and do it all over again. Open 10:00 - 6:00 through Labor Day.

2. Skinny Dip Falls - A beautiful waterfall setting for any time of the year. A 3/4 mile hike down the trail at Looking Glass Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 417 brings you to this swimming hole and soaking spot with several waterfalls and pools.

3. Hooker Falls - Head to the DuPont Forest for this wonderful pool with a 12-foot waterfall. A delightful setting for a day of cooling off.

Spring has sprung in Asheville and there is no better sign than the Asheville Spring Herb Festival 2019, celebrating their 30th year as the largest herb festival in the US & Canada! How lucky are we to have this event right here in our own backyard at the WNC Farmers Market (570 Brevard Rd at I-40). The event is Fri-Sun, May 3-5, 2019 and you won't want to miss it. Get everything you need to grow the herb garden of your dreams this year. Hours are Fri-Sat 8:30am-5pm, and Sun 10am-3pm. Well behaved leashed dogs are welcome to attend as well. Free admission and parking all weekend. 

Some of the many items available will be Herb plants (of course!), heirlooms, medicinals, soaps, tinctures, extracts, oils and more, plus a heap of education and information on herbs. Master Gardeners from the Buncombe County Extension Service will be on hand during the festival to answer gardening questions.

More Info? Click here: Asheville Spring Herb Festival 2019

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Friday, 03 May 2019 09:57

Highland Brewing is 25!

Highland Brewery is celebrating their 25th birthday with a party today and tomorrow, and you're invited!

 

Asheville's premier craft brewery is tapping new brews, local music, and lots of fun for the party. They'll be unveiling new beers, including Slow Crush, a tart spritz ale, and Rustic IPA, their 25th Anniversary Ale.

 

There will also be lots of music and fun for the entire family. The line-up includes Josh Phillips Feel Good (folk/soul), Travers Brothership (rock/soul), and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (funk) tonight beginning at 6:00. Tomorrow is Community and Family Day beginning at noon with a Bounce castle and face painting, Caricatures, Balloon art, music from -5 p.m. from DJ Oso (family-friendly tracks), and at 7:00, The Whiskeyhickon Boys (funky bluegrass) take the stage.

 

It's free to attend, so come celebrate with them at Highland Brewery's 25th Anniversary Celebration.

 

IMPORTANT  NOTE  ABOUT  PARKING: The 25th Anniversary Party is FREE and open to the public. However, parking will ONLY be available to VIP Ticket holders. If you do not have a VIP Ticket, they encourage you to Uber or Lyft. They will also have a free shuttle running from AC Reynolds High School and the brewery from 4-11pm. Please do not walk. The traffic up and down the narrow driveway will make foot traffic very dangerous.

 

Biz Radio 1350. If you haven’t listened yet, you owe it to yourself to check in, especially if you’re an entrepreneur in WNC. This is radio of interest to ALL business people, or people interested in the business of business.

With programs about Real Estate, personal finance, and entrepreneurship, as well as interviews with local business people, this is a radio station that you’ll want to program into your radio. You’ll learn, you’ll laugh, you’ll be riveted.

Biz Radio 1350. Empowering, networking, and promoting entrepreneurs from all across WNC!

 

 Asheville Custom Woodworking

Custom Woodworking Asheville NC - Phil Pratt of SilverHawk Sawdust.jpgWikipedia describes an artisan as a skilled craftsman who creates functional or decorative items by hand, such as furniture, household items, and decorative arts. We have found a skilled woodworking artisan in Weaverville – Phil Pratt of Silverhawk Woodworking.

 

Silverhawk Sawdust is a home-based studio in Weaverville, specializing in unique, custom-designed creations ranging from decorative bowls and kitchen items to built-in shelving, cabinetry, stair bannisters, pens, and even large point-of-purchase displays for retail stores. If your imagination can conceive it, chances are good Phil can create it for you.

 

Phil has been into woodworking nearly 50 years, since inheriting some power tools from an uncle. “Back in 1974, when my wife and I married and had little money, I built a set of unique shelves using wormy cedar,” he said. “My love of woodworking has grown from there.”

 

Asheville Custom Woodworker.jpgPhil’s love for woodworking evolved from hobby to business about ten years ago, when he purchased a high-end table saw. “One might say it was a cabinet-maker’s saw compared to a contractor’s table saw. This meant I could measure the tolerances down to 1/100” versus 1/16”, which makes a huge difference when mitering a corner,” Phil said.

 

Using the upgraded saw, Phil began making high quality furniture, but still not selling it. “A few years later, my wife gave me my first lathe and I began turning bowls, pens, candle sticks, salt & pepper mills, etc.,” Phil said. “People started wanting to buy them and I was on my way. I started getting orders from corporations for 25 and 50 pens at a time using the exotic woods I purchased locally at Cormark International and Klingspor Woodworking Shop.”

 

Custom Wood Bracelets Asheville.jpgSoon customers began asking for more. “I started making larger things like benches, cabinets and special fixtures for retail stores. The Asheville Visitor Center has become almost a showroom for some of my point-of-purchase displays and pedestals,” Phil said.

 

Silverhawk Sawdust really stands out for its ability to combine functionality with creativity. “A set of shelves can also function as a banister while being aesthetically pleasing to the eye,” Phil said. “Or a decorative Volcano Dish© can serve as a candy or nuts servicing plate. My small, lidded boxes are not only beautiful pieces of wood but can function as a salt cellar or jewelry box.”

 

Often the character of the wood itself dictates its unique aesthetic. “I often will use exotic woods (all legal in the United States) such as amboyna, sapele, thuya, bubinga, cocobolo, padauk, and olivewood,” Phil said. “The unique grains and colorings make for high eye appeal and most polish up to be extremely smooth. Next, if I’m turning something on a lathe, I will often allow the wood to tell me what form it wants to take. Sometimes I start turning with one design in mind but by exposing a knot or a check (crack), or maybe unique grain colors appear, I take a whole different approach to the finished item.”

 

AshevilleCVBCounterDisplay.jpgTalking about unique, no two of Phil’s in-store displays are alike. “A few years ago the manager from The Asheville Shop at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce said she wanted a point-of-purchase (P.O.P.) display to handle newspapers, maps, fudge, magazines, etc., and on the back, she needed an organizing system to hold paperwork. These are the projects I love because I must be both creative and functional, plus combine a little engineering for structure and safety.  Prior to cutting wood, I provide my client with mechanical drawings showing perspective views so they can better see what my mind is envisioning. Making changes on paper is a lot cheaper than once I start cutting the wood,” Phil said.

Phil’s love of wood totally shapes his “philosophy” of woodworking and wood art creation. “Wood is a fun medium that allows for creativity, strength and beauty,” he said. “Regardless of whether I’m making a P.O.P. display, unique candlesticks, a violin stand, or whatever, wood permits a craftsperson to be imaginative, to generate straight lines or curves, to mix with other mediums, to let the mind reach new artistic levels. This is possible because wood has its own strength, whether it’s a carved table leg or a thinly turned bowl that allows light to shine through the skin. And lastly, it has inherent beauty. I think every woodworker would agree that the most rewarding process is when stain and/or oil is applied to a finished creation and the grain coloring pops!  For me, it’s always a WOW moment.”

 

Volcano Dish Asheville Custom Woodwork by SilverHawk Sawdust.jpg

Among all this creativity and variety, Phil has some favorite products. “My Volcano Dish© comes to mind, as the name is the result of imagination,” Phil said. “I had purchased a chunk of mallee wood, which is from the eucalyptus tree family grown in Australia. I had no idea of what it would become when I started carving it. The outer surface was gnarly, pointed, sharp – almost ugly – and the coloring was non-descript. Suddenly as I dug deeper into the wood, reds and whites and some browns became exposed to where it appeared like a volcano spewing red hot magna from the center and ultimately drying to an outer lava field that was gnarly, pointed, sharp, and almost ugly.

 

“A second favorite is the Stuffed Animal Cave at the Asheville Shop. Once I asked why several stuffed animals were on the floor under a table and I was told that kids love crawling under there to play while Mom and Dad are shopping. And this often leads to them getting to take one home. I said, ‘Why don’t you make that into a cave?’ and the manager allowed me to go with the idea. Now there’s a sign on it saying, No Adults Allowed!”

 

Hand Turned Wood Bowls in Asheville by SilverHawk Sawdust.jpg

There are more favorites. “I could go on and on talking about my Heathered Pens (made from the iconic shrub that grows in the British Isles), or my colorful bangle bracelets made from wood burls and colorful resins, or some unique wood bowls, or … or ... I think you get the idea,” Phil said.  

 

Phil’s enthusiasm spills over into large product creations. “I enjoy listening to clients explain a need, and I’ll take a few notes,” he said. “Within a day or so while my memory is fresh, I’ll submit a perspective drawing of what I envisioned them wanting. More times than not, I’m very close to their wishes and with some minor tweaks here or there, I’m given the go-ahead. Nowadays it may be a few months before I can start their project, but the drawings are there from which to work.

 

“As examples, one lady asked whether a glass tabletop could be replaced with a wood surface accepting expansion leaves. She was delighted with the result. She then asked for Tao-style shelves that would also function as a bannister protecting a stairwell.  To enhance the Asian influence, I turned a Pagoda to be a handhold before descending the stairs. Another person wanted a built-in cabinet using barn wood. Or the Grove Arcade needed a special rack card display that would be versatile to allow different size material to be inserted, which could change periodically.”

 

We would like to emphasize that although we see Phil as a true artisan in his field, he is far more humble. “One will note my title on my business card is Master Sawdust Creator,” he said. “Having lived in the Asheville area for 15 years, I recognize the phenomenal craftsmanship in the area, some by true master craftsmen. These are individuals who have worked all their lives in the trade, not just as a hobby. Having said that, while I don’t consider myself a master, my clients keep coming back for more of my work which suggests it’s of high quality and creativity. And I’m very good at making sawdust!”

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So if you’re looking for some high quality sawdust, along with beautiful and functional wood creations, check out Silverhawk Woodworking.

 

 

 

Watch the Sawdust Master at work:

 

On the web: https://silverhawksawdust.com

 

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Phone: (828) 450-0189

 

Monday, 17 December 2018 09:09

The Dream Roper

Empowering Mature Americans to take back the control of their Lifestyles

Are you a senior whose retirement years aren’t what you had envisioned? Are you approaching your retirement years with worry and uncertainty? Are you a younger, working American who wants more control over your own financial destiny? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to call Ron McLean, the Dream Roper.

Ron Mclean The Dream Roper

In an age of too much gloom and doom, the Dream Roper helps to shine a light on a brighter path ahead. “I am all about restoring hope and vision, providing a roadmap to shed the limits of your circumstances and move boldly towards your God-given dreams,” Ron said. “You may agree with me that yes, without a doubt, you were created not just to exist, but to experience a fruitful life, a higher mission.”

 

Ron said he draws inspiration and direction from Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

This mission for the Dream Roper is to help mature Americans get back on track to their dreams of a healthy and prosperous lifestyle, and to help younger families take control of their finances and their lives. “There are seniors who have discovered that their dream retirement has become a nightmare,” Ron said. “It doesn’t have to be that way. Having been fired from my corporate job at the age of 65, I am now living a better lifestyle than ever before. I’m positioned to help others take advantage of their independence and freedom. What my clients need most is a willingness to open their minds to innovative solutions and a real desire to improve their lifestyles.”

Among these solutions are some simple yet powerful steps to put money back into the pockets of working families. “We’re helping families add $200 to $800 back into their monthly paychecks with just a few tweaks to their W-4s and by dramatically improving their credit scores without the need to hire expensive credit repair agencies,” Ron said.

Senior Retirement Strategy

 

Danielle K., one of the Dream Roper’s clients, called working with Ron an amazing opportunity. “My credit score went up 100+ points within the first month, and I was able to income shift and generate more take-home cash flow by correcting my husband’s W-4. Now we’re bringing home an additional $180 each pay period,” she said.

 

Ron breaks down his services in these ways:

 

  • Raising credit scores above 750, resulting in savings in car insurance and loans.
  • Making income shifts to pay down debt and live better.
  • Gain tax breaks to make and keep more of your money.
  • Adding additional income streams

Ron’s own story set him up to become the Dream Roper. “I was fired at 65 without the finances or desire for early retirement,” he said. “Since then, I have earned greater income and lived a superior lifestyle, while positioning myself for greater health. I feel energized in sharing what I’ve learned with others who find themselves in the same boat. I have learned how American families can quickly improve their financial situation, rather than being dragged down into debt. Not sharing these methods would be selfish on my part.”

 

Senior Living

Ron believes circumstances do not define you. “I feel that so many people have been beaten up by their circumstances that they have given up on their dreams. Don’t let circumstances govern your life. I am here to bring hope and a way out of the darkness, empowering you to be the victor, and not the victim. You were created for greatness and you can rise above your circumstances. Take action today for a better tomorrow.”

 

So if you want to take charge of your life today for a better tomorrow, call the Dream Roper today to explore your many possibilities. It’s an open road – the choice is yours!

 

Contact:

Ron McLean

 

Dream Roper

Email:

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Phone:

864-404-6696

 

Website:

DreamRoper.com

 

Ron’s Calendar:

ronmclean.biz/finance

 

Also, find Ron on:

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