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Staging Your Home? Focus on Key Rooms for Maximum Appeal

Living Room Staged for Sale

If you’re in the market to sell your house, you’ve probably heard that home staging can help your property stand out when prospective buyers come calling. But what you may not know is that there are key rooms in your house that will benefit most from staging. Of course, prepping the entire house is important, but learning where to focus your staging efforts will streamline the process, saving you time and money and adding buyer appeal where it matters most.

Staged KitchenKitchen

Prospective buyers will be closely examining the kitchen, so this room requires detailed staging. To start, clean and de-clutter: Obviously, the countertops should be cleared, so remove that toaster oven, the dish drying rack, and the stove-side cooking supplies. Replace with a bowl of fresh fruit, a vase of flowers, perhaps a cookbook on a display holder. But de-cluttering goes beyond the surface: Clean out cutlery drawers, organize the pantry, clean the refrigerator and oven. These are all things that may be opened during a showing, and disorganization will make the spaces look smaller. If appliances are broken or old, they will need replacing. Outdated cabinets will also require attention; if you don’t want to put money into a completely new set, look into replacing just the cabinet doors. Swapping out old faucets, cabinet handles and fixtures is another way to modernize a kitchen without breaking the bank.

Living Room

The living room is the hub of the home, the place where families relax, guests gather, and entertaining takes place. It is often the focal point for buyers, and creating a space where they can see themselves enjoying their surroundings is important. As with most rooms, de-cluttering is the easiest, most inexpensive place to start. Remove personal photographs, knick-knacks, stacks of toys – anything that can detract from the room’s overall ambiance. Replace vibrant wall colors with more universally appealing, muted tones; if furniture and textiles are worn or threadbare, replace those as well. New, inexpensive throws and accent pillows, area rugs, and neutral wall art help to define the space. Sub out harsh lighting with warmer fixtures; add greenery or flowers for a cozier, more relaxed feel.

Bathroom Staging Real Estate SaleMaster Bath

The master bath is a room that should feel inviting, relaxing and spa-like. Start with a deep clean, including scrubbing tile grout and polishing fixtures. Wipe down and organize medicine cabinets and drawers. De-clutter the counters and put toothbrushes, hair products and razors out of sight. If fixtures are old or dated, replace them. Adding towel racks, new lighting and extra storage can be an inexpensive way to freshen up the space. Crisp white towels and bath mats will give the space a clean feel. If the bathtub is old and dingy, a replacement may be in order; if you must gut the bathroom, try to retain as much of the existing shell as you can. Even if you can’t replace the entire toilet, you can easily and inexpensively replace an old toilet seat with a new one.

If you’re ready to stage and sell your home, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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As It Grows, Mosaic Realty Builds Support for Asheville's Community Organizations

Mosaic Realty Gives Asheville NC

Giving back to the community that has supported its growth has always been Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s mission. Since the realty’s founding nine years ago, the number of non-profit and community organizations Mosaic supports has expanded to encompass a range of segments across Asheville’s population. In 2019 alone, Mosaic gave over $115,000 to 70 non-profit and community organizations in the Asheville area. In addition, representatives of Mosaic regularly volunteer their time organizing and assisting these community initiatives.

Mosaic understands the importance of supporting area organizations that advocate for the vitality of our local and global community. To that end, the realty aims to assist groups that touch on many segments: from youth education to health and wellness to social justice and beyond.

Mosaic Realty Asheville DonationsYouth and schools

Aiding organizations that educate and nurture Asheville youth is important to Mosaic. Among recipients of Mosaic support are Asheville City Schools and Asheville City Schools Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, and Buncombe Partnership for Children. Mosaic also donates to the Western Youth Network, WNC Children’s Fund and Youth OUTright.

Environment and green initiatives

Mosaic understands that as stewards of the Earth, it’s important to care for our environment through protective measures and green initiatives. Mosaic dollars go to support Western N.C. organizations like MountainTrue, RiverLink and Asheville GreenWorks, as well as Green Built Alliance.

Housing 

Ashevillians in need have a number of resources at their disposal, but these organizations rely on countless volunteer hours and dollars to dole out that assistance. Mosaic helps by donating to groups like Homeward Bound and Mountain Housing Opportunities.

Mosaic Realty Gives Asheville NCCulture

Asheville is brimming with art and cultural events that enrich the community. By supporting such organizations as LEAF Community Arts, Asheville Music School, Diana Wortham Theatre, and Blue Ridge Orchestra, Mosaic helps to make dance, music, art and other cultural experiences available to a wider population.

Health and wellness

A healthy population is a happy population: With a focus on helping to keep the community well, Mosaic supports Asheville on Bikes, Girls on the Run, Pisgah Rage Youth Mountain Bike Team, and the YMCA of Western N.C. And because mental and emotional health is just as important as physical well-being, Mosaic gives to All Souls Counseling Center.

Social justice

Aiding organizations that advocate for social justice is extremely important to Mosaic. Support from Mosaic Realty goes to such groups as Our Voice and Pisgah Legal. 

These are just a few of the many Asheville area organizations and non-profits that receive Mosaic’s backing. For a complete list of groups that benefited from Mosaic’s support in 2019, visit https://mymosaicrealty.com/donations-volunteer-program/.

For information about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty Owner/Broker Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190

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Asheville Quenches Growing Thirst for Kombucha

Kombucha Asheville

Kombucha – the fermented, slightly alcoholic, lightly effervescent tea drink – has been consumed for thousands of years, with many believing the beverage to cure an array of ailments. But while there’s debate over the health benefits of consuming kombucha, there’s no question that its popularity during the past decade has grown across the U.S., as well as here in Asheville. Whether you’re looking for a locally brewed kombucha, or want to enjoy kombucha on tap, Asheville has a variety of options to quench your thirst.

Kombucha AshevilleLocal Asheville kombucha brewers

Buchi – The first commercial kombucha brewery in the Southeast, Asheville’s Buchi began 10 years ago as a small operation in Montford and has quickly grown to become a significant player in the fermented beverages arena. Production at its 30,000-foot facility in Marshall follows a 2,000-year-old craft brewing tradition, using fair trade organic teas, fruits, spices, medicinal herbs and extracts. Nationally, Buchi is available at neighborhood co-ops and major natural foods retailers in over 20 states. In Asheville, Buchi flavors like Roasted Roots, Mint Pineapple Echinacea and Ginger Cayenne are available in bottles at major grocery stores including Ingles, Earthfare Whole Foods, Publix and Fresh Market. https://www.drinkbuchi.com

Shanti Elixirs’ Jun – Jun, a unique cousin to kombucha, is a fermented effervescent tea featuring a base of green tea and raw honey rather than kombucha’s traditional base of black tea and concentrated cane sugar.It’s sometimes called the “Champagne of Kombucha” thanks to its light, smooth, unique flavor profile. Weaverville-based Shanti Elixirs brews an array of Jun flavors like Elderberry Lemon, Chocolate Chaga and Mango Habanero; the company even offers a CSA program, where members can enjoy exclusive specialty and collaborative flavors. Jun is available in bottles at specialty shops, grocers, restaurants and bars across Western N.C. https://shantielixirs.com

Booda – This Arden-based brewer makes its kombucha with organic fair trade teas and organic raw cane sugar. Its unique flavors include Dragonberry, Ginger Limeade, Blood Orange and Spirulina Passion. Bottles of Booda kombucha can be found at restaurants, grocers and specialty shops around the Asheville area. https://www.boodakombucha.com

Kombucha on Tap AshevilleKombucha on tap in Asheville

A growing number of Asheville-area eateries, breweries and bars offer kombucha on tap. Here are a few to check out:

Rosetta’s Buchi Bar – The downstairs of Rosetta’s in downtown Asheville offers six flavors of Buchi kombucha on draft. You can also order from Rosetta’s full menu. https://www.rosettaskitchen.com/buchi-bar

Tunnel Road Tap Haus – This restaurant and bar inside the Whole Foods Market on Tunnel Road in Asheville serves up Buchi kombucha on tap to go with its casual-food menu. https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/service/tap-haus-0

Homeplace Beer Co. – Homeplace, a brewer located in Burnsville that incorporates many local ingredients from Yancey County into its offerings, has a housemade kombucha on tap. https://homeplacebeer.com

Bhramari Brewing Co. – This downtown Asheville taproom and restaurant, a favorite late-night destination, offers Shanti Elixirs’ Jun on tap. https://www.bhramaribrewing.com

For information on Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner/broker Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Looking for a Job in Asheville? Here are 5 Top Tips

Networking Asheville JobsGuest post by Mosaic Realty Agent Nancy Horowitz

Whether you’re looking for a job ahead of your relocation to Asheville, or you already live in the area and want to further your career, there are strategic steps that can make for a smoother job search. As a real estate broker for Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, and a former recruiter, I am often asked for career advice. That said, below are my Top 5 Job Search Tips 

1- Do Your Homework.

With something as simple as buying a new yoga mat, you do research. You might look for best sellers, read reviews, compare prices -- it’s a similar process when looking for a job, yet obviously more intense as you’re building your career! When I decided to leave recruiting, before becoming a real estate agent, I needed stability as a 9-5er. I hit the job boards, but I also thought about my interests. I made a list and began the hunt for companies that involved my passions. That’s how I ended up at a local software company that connects volunteers with volunteer opportunities. You never know what’s out there until you start looking for it.

2- Get Social.

Whether it’s online, via LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, or in person, start noticing or asking what your various networks are doing and where they are doing it. Look into your different circles, alumni groups, interest/hobby groups, or parent groups; for those already living in Asheville, start attending functions or activities.These interactions provide solid insight into an organization, can get your foot in the door, or just plain give you ideas on different directions to take your career.

3- Work Your Resume.

As my dad told me years ago, “a resume is a work in progress.” Accept and instill that attitude as you will always be adding to, editing, and tweaking it for that one company, that one job, that one career move. Have a basic outline, starting with what your employer might write in your job description, but upgrade and personalize it to include your specific accomplishments. Provide details of your contributions, over and above what the basic role entailed.

4- Find Your Angle and Stand Out.

What is unique about you and how can you incorporate that in applying for the job? This is where you get to be creative, not just a typical cover letter but something that demonstrates who you are and how that might benefit the role and/or company. After I applied online for the software company job, I did not hear back. After a few days, I walked my resume in. I met the CEO, who passed my resume along to the director of sales, who emailed me the next day to schedule an interview.

Nancy Horowitz Asheville Realtor5- Follow Up After the Interview.

Gently poke with a friendly reminder. Of course send a thank you note, but do not be afraid to periodically reach out again. This is a great way for a potential employer to see how you would interact if you were an employee. Find a common ground and once again be creative: Share an article you read about the industry, discuss a favorite Asheville activity, or just ask about their weekend. This continued communication can make a big difference. 

Prior to joining Mosaic, Nancy Horowitz spent more than 15 years as an executive search consultant. Connecting an employer with an employee involves a thorough understanding of both parties’ demands, strengths and goals; Nancy draws upon this foundation to determine her real estate clients’ needs and successfully walk them through the home-buying or -selling process. 

Click here to read Nancy’s full bio, email her at Nancy@MyMosaicRealty.com, and follow @whyasheville on Instagram to see what Nancy is up to. 

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Mosaic Agents Are Committed to Community Causes Around Asheville

Kathleen Cook Asheville Realtor

As long-time residents of Asheville, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s team of agents is committed to building community through more than just real estate: They make it their mission to work with and support the outstanding area organizations that advocate for the vitality and health of the local and global community.

Mosaic is proud to have given over $115,000 to more than 70 nonprofit and community organizations in 2019 . The agency’s contributions go beyond fiscal aid: Mosaic also helps with hundreds of annual volunteer hours. As a group, Mosaic supports WNCAP’s Dining Out for Life fundraiser every year by sending nine volunteers to work three shifts at Sunny Point Café. The agency also gathers annually for volunteer efforts such as environmental clean-ups and Habitat for Humanity builds.

In addition, Mosaic agents regularly volunteer their time individually, organizing and assisting community initiatives. From serving on nonprofit boards to assisting in schools and churches to aiding conservation causes, Mosaic’s agents have an important hand in the Asheville community. Here are a few ways they help:

Megan Shook – Megan volunteers at her children’s school, part of the Asheville City School system. She also works with Room in the Inn, a Homeward Bound shelter-to-home initiative that helps women experiencing homelessness. In addition, Megan regularly assists with outreach for Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association. Learn more about Megan here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/megan-shook/

Anthony Thomas -- Anthony has a strong history of community service and his efforts can be seen in many area organizations. He currently serves on the boards of both the YMI Cultural Center and Mountain Housing Opportunities. Additionally, he volunteers as a coach for Asheville’s YMCA. Learn more about Anthony here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/anthony-thomas/

Nancy Horowitz – Every Tuesday, Nancy collects leftover food from the UNCA dining hall and delivers it to Hall Fletcher Elementary School to feed children in the after-school program MusicWorks; occasionally, she will also deliver the food to Trinity Place. Nancy’s work helps to divert hundreds of pounds of food from landfills and redirects it to programs that could really use it. Learn more about Nancy here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/nancy-horowitz/

Kathleen Cook – Kathleen serves as vice president of the WNC Children’s Fund, which helps improve children’s lives through wellness, education and poverty alleviation. As VP, Kathleen helps spearhead wristband fundraisers at Asheville Tourists games; she also helps with the group’s annual golf tournament fundraiser. In addition, this year she led an extensive rebranding of the organization.

Outside of the Children’s Fund, Kathleen is creating her own nonprofit, Asheville Art Supplies for Kids. The organization raises funds and collects art supplies for Asheville City and Buncombe County classrooms, city programs, and art groups in need of supplies/ materials. Learn more about Kathleen here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/kathleen-cook/

Stephanie Cochran – Stephanie leads a program every week that works with MANNA Foodbank to provide food for families in need. MANNA supplies prepackaged bags of food that are picked up by a group from Stephanie’s team and delivered to Grace Church; from there, another group from her team takes them to Ira B. Jones Elementary School. The team also supplements Jones’s afterschool program with snacks that are either donated or purchased through Grace. Learn more about Stephanie here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/stephanie-cochran/

Maggie Marshall – Maggie helps to lead the Flatiron Writers Room, a hub for the Asheville literary community, offering writers’ workshops, retreats, author events, co-working space and more. Funds raised from the completely volunteer-run organization go to supporting the organization in the form of teacher honoraria, need-based class scholarships, classroom equipment and supplies, marketing, and charitable contributions to other literary organizations. Learn more about Maggie here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/maggie-marshall/

For information about Real Estate in Asheville, reach out to one of our agents directly, contact us at info@MyMosaicRealty.com or call us anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Educational Spots Reflect Asheville Region's Rich Past

North Carolina Arboretum

Western North Carolina is a region steeped in intriguing history, and the Asheville area offers many destinations in which to absorb that rich past. Spend an afternoon exploring one of these spots and you’re sure to deepen your knowledge and appreciation of the area.

North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum, a 434-acre public garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest, is surrounded by the lush, botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, allowing visitors to connect personally with nature in ways that are as unique and rich as the land itself. The arboretum offers year-round educational programs and learning experiences for adults, families, youth, school groups, and trade professionals that focus on environmental sustainability, art, science and economic development. From classes, to self-guided programs, to lectures and symposia, the arboretum’s educational programs serve more than 18,000 children and 6,000 adults annually. https://www.ncarboretum.org/education-programs/

Educational Trips Near Asheville NCSmith-McDowell House

Ringed by picturesque mountains and overlooking the confluence of two rivers, Buck House was constructed around 1840, more than 20 years before the Civil War. During a time when most people lived in wood frame houses, the imposing structure was composed of brick, a rarity in early 19th century Asheville. Today it is known as the Smith-McDowell House, the oldest surviving house in Asheville and the finest surviving example of brick antebellum architecture in Western North Carolina. It serves as a timeline museum showing how families lived during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The house is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays. A small entry fee covers the self-guided tour. https://www.wnchistory.org/smith-mcdowell-house/

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Thomas Wolfe, considered by many to be one of the giants of 20th century American literature, immortalized his childhood Asheville home in his autobiographical novel, “Look Homeward, Angel.” Wolfe’s colorful portrayal of his family, his hometown of “Altamont” (Asheville), and “Dixieland” (the Old Kentucky Home boardinghouse situated in what is today downtown Asheville) earned the Victorian period house a place as one of American literature’s most famous landmarks. The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is a state historic site and museum offering daily tours; the museum also hosts events and book discussions throughout the year. https://wolfememorial.com

Cradle of Forestry WNCCradle of Forestry in America

Nestled in Pink Beds Valley is the Cradle of Forestry in America, the birthplace of science-based forest management. Jointly managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, the site is open to visitors every day from mid-April to early November to explore the past, present and future of environmental sustainability and stewardship. These are brought to visitors through paved interpretive trails, interactive exhibits, a sustainably designed Forest Discovery Center, nature programs, craft demonstrations, and special events. Visitors can view Historic Biltmore Forest School buildings that represent traditional, forest-based Blue Ridge mountain culture with lessons for today. An onsite antique portable sawmill, 1914 narrow gauge locomotive, log loader and road graders illustrate the simple and practical technology of yesteryear. https://cradleofforestry.com

Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace

This historic site, birthplace to the N.C. governor and U.S. senator, offers an intimate view of daily life on an early 1800s plantation in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Visitors can see the historic structures, including a loom house, tool shed, spring house, smoke house, and corn crib. Guided tours show visitors a 1790 slave house and discuss the 18 enslaved people that lived and worked on the Vance farm. Tours conclude at the reconstructed 1790s Vance home. https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/zebulon-b-vance-birthplace

For information about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Downtown Asheville's 23 Rankin Avenue, Unit 302 is Home to Luxurious Living

23 Rankin Avenue Unit 302

Asheville is synonymous with lots of things – wide-ranging outdoor activities, a world-class craft beer scene, unparalleled mountain vistas – but urban oasis? Many would be surprised to learn that at the heart of Asheville’s natural beauty sits a compact, livable downtown district brimming with big-city amenities, arts, entertainment, eateries, markets, gyms … the list goes on. Living in downtown Asheville puts all of these conveniences within easy walking distance.

But how to achieve luxurious living in such an urban oasis? If your timing is right, you can uncover one of the residential gems that comes available periodically. One such rarity has entered Asheville’s real estate market, perched conveniently above Rankin Avenue in a beautiful 1916 building brimming with history.

Electrolux Gas Oven Hood23 Rankin Avenue, Unit 302: A Modern Industrial Penthouse in the Heart of Asheville

Located at 23 Rankin Ave., unit 302 is the peak of sumptuous living. Totally renovated in 2010, this stunning modern industrial penthouse affords dynamic vistas of the city as well as spectacular year-round mountain views from its spacious, 2,000-square-foot rooftop patio. Rustic industrial character is found throughout, including original brick interior walls, hemlock floors harvested from the Biltmore Estate, custom steel railings and dramatic use of original wood beams and truss. 

Eat Out, Eat In

There’s no shortage of drinking and dining options for meeting friends in downtown Asheville – everything from brunch hotspots Over Easy Café, Early Girl Eatery and Tupelo Honey to bustling brew pubs Wicked Weed Brewery and Bhramari Brewing Co. to dessert destinations French Broad Chocolates and Karen Donatelli, just to name a few. 

But if you’re feeling like dining or entertaining at home, unit 302 allows you to do so easily, with its open floor plan featuring a spacious living room, raised den with home theater, office and chef's kitchen. The luxurious kitchen features leathered granite counters, generous custom Wenge cabinets, a walk-in pantry and an Electrolux gas range. 

Theater in AshevilleA Welcoming Home After a Day Downtown

Look for culturally rich programs and entertainment in downtown Asheville, and you won’t be disappointed. Think dance and music performances at the Diana Wortham Theatre; a range of concerts and sporting events at the U.S. Cellular Center/Thomas Wolfe Auditorium; and all manner of outdoor music and arts fests in Pack Square. Pack Memorial Library also features performances and a range of organized activities for all ages. 

Itching for an enriching museum experience? Hit the Asheville Art Museum, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the Asheville Museum of Science or the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, or mix in a little play at the Asheville Pinball Museum. And after a day soaking in everything downtown Asheville has to offer, come home to unit 302 and soak in the master suite’s sumptuous tub and relaxing spa shower. 

Interested in learning more about 23 Rankin, unit 302? Please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Holidays Herald Festive Events Across Western N.C.

Asheville WNC Holiday Events

Every year, the holiday season heralds a bevy of festive activities across Western North Carolina. From parades to light displays to stage performances, there’s something to enchant everyone; here are a few favorites.

A Winter’s Tail

The Western North Carolina Nature Center’s annual Winter’s Tail features festive crafts, games and animal programs, as well as photos with Santa. Standard admission rates apply. Visit www.wildwnc.org for program dates and times.

Holidays in WNCAnnual National Gingerbread House Competition Display

Visitors to the Omni Grove Park Hotel in Asheville can view this eagerly anticipated competition, which features breathtaking entries from all over the country, and in various age categories. Visit www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/things-to-do/upcoming-events/national-gingerbread-competition for schedule and more information.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Tryon International Equestrian Center is host to Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, more than 2 miles of drive-through custom-made displays set to music you play over your car radio. On the weekends, visitors can also enjoy Winterfest Village, featuring photos with Santa and storytelling with Mrs. Claus, carousel rides, animal experiences and live music. Visit www.shadrackchristmas.com/tryon-nc  for tickets and more information.

Winter Lights at the Arboretum

Walk through the N.C. Arboretum’s gardens and enjoy unique displays and landscapes dressed in more than a half-million holiday lights. Winter Lights includes interactive games, a model train exhibit, free crafts, a nature-themed animatronic children’s program and more. Visit www.ncarboretum.org/winter-lights/ for dates, times and admission.

Carolina Christmas Show

Staged at the Colonial Theater in Canton, this dazzling production of live music, dance and comedy features performers from Western N.C. and special guest artists presenting sacred and secular Christmas favorites. Visit www.marlumor.com/christmas-show for schedule and tickets.

The Big Crafty

A favorite art event for the past decade, the weekend-long Big Crafty, held in downtown Asheville, features 150 artisans, crafters and makers from across the region, and boasts the perfect one-stop shop for unique holiday gifts. Visit  www.thebigcrafty.com for schedule and more information. 

Festival of Lights

Lake Julian Park in South Asheville comes to life for this popular Christmas light show. Some 50 animated and stationary light displays shine along the half-mile drive. Go to www.lakejulianfestivaloflights.simpletix.com for schedule and tickets.

Holidays in AshevilleCashiers Christmas Parade

Held annually on the second Saturday in December, the Cashiers Christmas Parade features local businesses, organizations and residents celebrating the holiday season. Chamber staff organizes parade theme, volunteers, participating lineup, awards and live broadcast of the event from the Cashiers Crossroads. Go to www.cashiers411.com/142-cashiers-christmas-parade for schedule and more information.

Santa on Chimney Rock

Visitors to this annual event can watch Santa rappel down Chimney Rock, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy live holiday music, free hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities. Visit www.chimneyrockpark.com/event/santa-on-the-chimney-dec-7 for schedule and more information.

Old World Dickens in the Village Festival

Every year on the first weekend of December (Friday and Saturday), Historic Biltmore Village is transformed into a quaint Victorian town for the Old World Dickens in the Village Festival. Visitors to this immersive holiday experience – featuring performances by strolling carolers, actors and musicians dressed in Dickensian era costumes – can enjoy live music, the Mugs of Merriment Hot Chocolate Competition, jugglers, balloon animal makers, and the Montford Park Players performing vignettes from “A Christmas Carol.” Visit  www.historicbiltmorevillage.com for more information.

Montford Holiday Tour of Homes

This annual holiday tour features homes in Asheville’s Montford historic district, exquisitely decorated for the season. An expression of the rich architectural heritage and vitality of Asheville, Montford includes a variety of architectural styles, reflecting the cosmopolitan character of Asheville at the turn of the 20th century. Visit www.montfordtour.com for tickets and more information.

For information about Real Estate in the Asheville area, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Local Shopping Hotspots Abound in Asheville

Asheville Local Gifts

Locally sprung retail spots of all sorts abound in Asheville. From cutting-edge clothing boutiques to eclectic art enclaves to unique gift shops, there are plenty of interesting stores to find quality wares singular to Asheville. Stroll the streets of downtown Asheville, Biltmore Village and the River Arts District, and you’ll find plenty of shopping opportunities. Following are just a few to choose from:

Art Shopping, Asheville-Style

Capture the creative spirit of the region with a piece crafted by one of myriad artisans who live and work in Western N.C. From paintings and pottery to jewelry and apparel, there’s no shortage of art to perfectly encapsulate Asheville. Places to peruse local art include downtown’s Kress Emporium http://www.thekressemporium.com and Woolworth Walk http://www.woolworthwalk.com, and the Westside Artist Co-op http://westashevilleartists.comin West Asheville.

And of course there’s the River Arts District http://www.riverartsdistrict.com: This once-industrial neighborhood nestled next to the French Broad River is now home to the working studios and galleries of hundreds of artists. From painting and pottery to jewelry, glass, metal and wood, the pieces created and sold in Asheville’s River Arts District are a reflection of the thriving artistic talent Asheville nurtures.

Asheville Boutique ShoppingAsheville Clothing Stores

Boutiques offering men’s and women’s wear line the streets of downtown and Biltmore Village, making it easy to find the perfect outfit for any occasion. Shop spots like downtown’s Frock for contemporary and classic designer styles, plus handbags and jewelry https://www.befrocked.com; downtown’s Virtue for boho-chic fashions, plus vintage-inspired accessories and housewares https://www.shopvirtue.com; Old North in downtown for modern and classic men’s and women’s clothing from U.S., European and Japanese makers, created with a focus on timeless appeal https://oldnorthclothing.com; Scout in Biltmore Village for a finely curated assortment of stylish women’s apparel and accessories that fit a broad range of sizes, styles and budgets https://www.scoutavl.com; and Union His & Her in downtown for an ever-evolving inventory of everyday clothing and accessories for men and women https://www.unionasheville.com.

Unique Gifts

Asheville offers a number of gift ideas for that hard-to-impress friend. If you’re looking for a standout surprise this holiday, you won’t be disappointed: think Firecracker Hot Honey at downtown’s Asheville Bee Charmer https://ashevillebeecharmer.com, a custom-made bamboo/organic cotton nightgown from West Asheville’s On the Inside Lingerie http://www.ontheinsidelingerie.com, or Chocolate Sip! Dark Chocolate at downtown’s and River Arts District’s French Broad Chocolates https://www.frenchbroadchocolates.com. 

Asheville Local ShoppingFor the budding folk musician on your list, visit downtown’s Woodrow Instrument Co. for a handcrafted stringed Woodrow Rambler, with a mandolin-like tone, the perfect first instrument (complete with an instructional songbook) http://thewoodrow.com. Funny, cheeky handmade t-shirts for adults and kids – think standout stocking stuffers – are aplenty at downtown’s Moonlight Makers. http://www.moonlightmakers.com. Custom-made leather sandals (along with belts and other leather goods) created to perfectly suit the recipient can be had at Paul Taylor Sandals downtown http://www.paultaylorsandals.com.

Locally brewed beer, cider and kombucha are plentiful in Asheville, and most breweries have limited-edition holiday beers perfectly packaged for gift-giving. For a unique party gift, bestow a pack of locally crafted Holiday Kombucha from Buchi http://www.drinkbuchi.com. Or consider a growler of Appalachian Ginger beer from River Arts District’s Ginger’s Revenge http://www.gingersrevenge.com. For cider lovers, Noble Cider’s Friar Fig complements the season with flavors hinting of the holidays. https://www.noblecider.com

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Vibrant Music Scene Makes Asheville a City of Note

Asheville NC Music City

Music, in its many forms and outlets, permeates the fabric of Asheville, making the city a mecca for performers and fans alike. From recording studios to world-class music venues to festivals featuring local, regional and nationally acclaimed artists, there’s never a shortage of ways to get your groove on; here are just a few.

The Moog Factory

Moog Music synthesizers are designed and handcrafted in the Moog Factory in downtown Asheville. Open to the public, the factory and store offer visitors the opportunity to try out all of the synthesizers, and to take a free factory tour to discover the engineering and artistry behind the famed Moog sound. https://www.moogmusic.com/visitmoog

The Grey Eagle AshevilleAsheville Music Venues

Asheville boasts a range of music venues with an equally impressive range of lineups throughout the year. Intimate and midsized spaces provide for a sound experience that envelops the audience and amps up the atmosphere: Favorites include the Mothlight https://www.themothlight.com, Isis Music Hall https://isisasheville.com, Asheville Music Hall https://ashevillemusichall.com, the Grey Eagle http://www.thegreyeagle.com, Jack of the Wood https://www.jackofthewood.com, Ambrose West https://ambrosewest.com/music/, Asheville Guitar Bar https://www.facebook.com/ashevilleguitarbar/ and Odditorium https://www.ashevilleodditorium.com, to name a few. Larger spaces, both indoor and outdoor, promise a vibrant experience: The Orange Peel https://theorangepeel.net, Salvage Station https://www.salvagestation.com, and the U.S. Cellular Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium https://www.uscellularcenterasheville.com fit this bill.

Recording Studios

With all of the area’s emerging and established artists comes the need for recording studios. There are many to choose from; among the offerings are the expansive Echo Mountain Recording (housed in a former church and Asheville’s original Salvation Army building, and offering clients myriad recording possibilities) https://www.echomountain.net; Sound Temple (boasting an intimate, “sacred” vibe within a full-service studio) http://soundtemplestudios.com; and Landslide Studios (known for its live room with 22-foot ceilings) https://www.landslidestudio.com.

Asheville Salvage StationFestivals

Asheville’s festivals and concert series showcase a range of genres appealing to all manner of musical tastes. Some popular fests, many held annually in the spring and summer, include: Biltmore’s Summer Evening Concerts www.biltmore.com, Downtown After 5 https://www.ashevilledowntown.org, LEAF and LEAF Downtown Asheville https://www.theleaf.org, Shindig on the Green https://folkheritage.org, Asheville Amadeus Festival https://ashevillesymphony.org/asheville-amadeus/, and RiverFest https://riverlink.org/get-involved/special-events/riverfest/.

Street music

A stroll through the streets of downtown Asheville is an auditory feast like no other. Most temperate evenings and weekends will bring out musicians of all types, drawing crowds on street corners and in squares. While buskers are independent performers, city regulations over them are fairly light: Rules like allowing room for pedestrians and keeping 40 feet from one another are as stringent as it gets. The result is a rich environment of (free) entertainment. While street performers can’t technically sell CDs or merchandise, they can give them away in exchange for a donation.

For information about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190. 

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