Asheville Lifestyles

Industry Abounds in Asheville

Asheville Beer Jobs

Thinking of making a move to Asheville, but wondering about employment and business opportunities? The Asheville area is lucky to have both low unemployment and strong job growth. And it’s no wonder: Very few tourist destinations boast the stable population growth, healthy housing market, growing professional services, strong health-care industry and small-business boom that Asheville does. The population’s unfaltering support of local and independent businesses, coupled with the entrepreneurial spirit so integral to the city, has helped start-ups thrive in recent years, generating even more jobs and business opportunities.

Top 10 Major Asheville Employers

According to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, the top employers in the area range from medicine to manufacturing to education, in addition to tourism. The four-county Asheville metro is a diverse $16.4 billion economy, with nationally recognized schools, close proximity to many major cities, direct access to I-26 and I-40, and the Asheville airport, with direct flights to Washington and New York, among others. Annual visitors to Asheville number in the millions.

Asheville Employer BiltmoreThe top 10 employers in the Asheville area are:

Mission Health System and Hospital

Buncombe County Public Schools

City of Asheville

The Biltmore Company

Buncombe County Government

The Omni Grove Park Inn

Ingles Markets, Inc.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

VA Medical Center - Asheville Department of Veterans Affairs

Eaton Corporation - Electrical Division

Big Support for Small Business in Asheville

Small Business AshevilleThanks to the kind of startups, incubators, co-working spaces, business community support and commercial resources you’d find in much bigger cities, Asheville is the perfect place for entrepreneurs who want to develop quality products and services while maintaining an enviable quality of life. With an overwhelming majority of businesses in the Asheville metro area employing fewer than 50 people, small businesses and entrepreneurship are active engines fueling the region's diverse business landscape and shaping the economy.

Driven by a city that embraces the impact of small companies on culture and lifestyle, the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Coalition and other community organizations have developed a variety of resources designed to help small businesses succeed.

In addition, services like those offered by the non-profit Mountain Bizworks help small businesses start, grow and create jobs through loans, classes and coaching.

Nowhere is small-business growth more evident than in Asheville’s craft-beer boom. The community support of such local start-ups as Hi-Wire Brewing Co., Burial Beer Co. and Asheville Brewing – to name just a few – has helped fuel a cycle of growth that has spurred job creation and even greater entrepreneurial drive. And the country is watching: Local start-up successes have drawn the likes of such national heavy-hitters as Sierra Nevada and New Belgium brewery, whose second U.S. facility, based in West Asheville on the French Broad River, generated 140 new jobs when it opened in 2016.

Most who choose to relocate to Asheville are driven by the area’s natural beauty, range of outdoor activities, and greatly heightened lifestyle. Now you can add incredible employment opportunities to the mix. For a guided tour of all the Asheville real estate market has to offer, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

From Raging to Restful: River Adventures Near Asheville

River Adventures Near Asheville

Looking for a summer river adventure to keep the body cool and the blood pumping? Asheville’s awash in them! Thanks to the city’s proximity to the region’s major rivers, there are plenty of ways to get your water sport on.

Tubing Near Asheville

River Tubing Near AshevilleDeep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Bryson City, is a popular spot for river tubing. The upper section beginning near Indian Creek Falls has bigger rapids. The lower section is more shallow and easy-going, perfect for all ages. Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground and Deep Creek Lodge & Creekside Tubing are located creekside and are ready with a large supply of tubes and shuttle service.

You can’t get closer or more convenient to Asheville than the French Broad River, where tubers can float right through the middle of town. Tubing the slow-moving waterway can take three hours, and is dependent on water levels of the river, so check for current conditions. For a quieter spot on the river, head south of Asheville, for a relaxed 4-mile float.  French Broad Outfitters and Lazy Otter Outfitters can get you set up in no time!

For gentle rapids, contact Wilderness Cove Tubing to ride the Green River through the lush forest of the Green River Gorge near Saluda. The river is dam-released, so tubing times coincide with the best water level.

Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking in WNC

Whitewater Rafting Near AshevilleThe Asheville area is overflowing with water-sport accolades, thanks to amazing rivers and outfitters galore to provide equipment and guides. From whitewater rafting to inflatable and regular kayak and canoe riding, there’s something for every experience level.

The busiest and most well-known whitewater rafting river is the Nantahala, a dam-controlled river with 20 class II/III rapids and scenic sections of flat water. The 8-mile river ride takes about 2.5 hours. About an hour and a half from Asheville, it's the coldest water, perfect for the hottest days. Wildwater Ltd. Whitewater Rafting and Nantahala Outdoor Center are the most prominent outfitters in the gorge.

The French Broad River offers rapids along with mountain vistas about 45 minutes north of Asheville. Blue Heron Whitewater and French Broad Rafting allow riders to experience a dozen class II and III rapids.

About 50 miles from Asheville near the Tennessee line is the Pigeon River, a dam-controlled river with easy access via I-40. The upper Pigeon River is filled with continuous waves and class III and IV rapids through a scenic gorge. The lower is a more gentle ride. Wildwater Ltd. Whitewater Rafting can equip you to explore the Pigeon River.  

The Green River offers the perfect artery for rafting, through a gorge filled with steep ravines and lush coves. Green River Adventures is your go-to outfitter in this gorge.

Stand-up Paddle Boarding: An Asheville Attraction

Paddling the French Broad RiverPicking up more and more fans along the French Broad is stand-up paddle boarding. Wai Mauna Asheville SUP Tours, Asheville's only outfitter offering guided (and self-guided) stand-up paddle board tours on the French Broad River, supplies stand-up paddle boards with certified instructors and all the gear needed to paddle through the Biltmore Estate and Asheville, ending within walking distance of breweries and shops in the River Arts District.

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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It's Spring! Time to Hit Asheville's Array of Farmers' Markets

Asheville Farmer's Market

Asheville area residents count themselves lucky to call this region home for many reasons, not least of which is its easy access to high-quality local produce and regionally crafted artisanal creations. The farms surrounding Asheville and extending throughout Western North Carolina provide an eclectic offering of both seasonal and year-round farmers’ markets as well as working farm tours. Spring heralds the start of the season, so grab your shopping bags and hit these memorable markets and farms!

West Asheville Tailgate Market·      Asheville City Market (North Market St. between Woodfin St. and Walnut St.; Saturday mornings, now through Dec. 16) – Vendors feature farm-fresh produce, local eggs, meats, farm-raised trout, wild salmon, fresh baked goods, handmade pasta, gourmet cheeses, honey, preserves, salsas, flowers, natural body care products, and artisan crafts. Enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and food tastings from local chefs. For midweek shopping needs, visit Asheville City Market – South in the center of Biltmore Park Town Square. 

·      East Asheville Tailgate Market (954 Tunnel Road; Fridays 3-6 p.m. now through September) – Everything from fiber arts to herbs to hand-crafted popsicles are available against a backdrop of local music and camaraderie. 

·      North Asheville Tailgate Market (330 University Heights on UNCA’s campus; Saturday mornings now through Nov. 18) – Enjoy a full range of more than 40 vendors of local, sustainably produced meats, eggs, produce, cheeses, breads, plants, prepared foods and crafts. 

Asheville Farmer's Market·      Oakley Farmers Market (Meadow at Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Hwy.; Thursdays 3:30-6:30 p.m. now through Sept. 28.) – This market’s mission is to provide fresh, locally produced foods to its neighbors, “regardless of differences in income, race or social status.” 

·      River Arts District Farmers Market (175 Clingman Ave.; Wednesdays 2-6 p.m.) – Flying Cloud Farm, Spinning Spider Creamery and Asheville Wild Foods are just a few of the vendors you can find here. 

·      West Asheville Tailgate Market (718 Haywood Road; Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 p.m.) – Farmers’ market staples can be found alongside diverse offerings like plant starts for gardens, natural soaps and herbal products, and locally made art and crafts.

·      Western North Carolina Farmers Market (570 Brevard Road; daily 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., April-October; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., November-March) – This year-round indoor market features fruits and vegetables, mountain crafts, jams, jellies, preserves, sourwood honey, fresh baked breads, cookies and dozens of other farm-fresh items.

Asheville Area Farms

Asheville Area FarmsIf you’d like to go straight to the source, many working farms in the area are open to the public and offer an array of on-site activities and products for sale. Here’s a small sample of area farms to visit:

·      Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview offers Farm Dinners, HNG Kitchen Classes and Friday Night Barn Dances, just to name a few activities.

·      Franny’s Farm in Leicester hosts everything from summer camps to weddings to the annual Barnaroo Music Festival.

·      Sky Top Orchard stands out among pick-your-own apple and fruit orchards for its ponds with ducks and geese, a barnyard area with sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, peacocks and more, a bamboo forest to explore, tractor rides and lots of picnic areas.

·      For a fun way to visit sustainable family farms in Western North Carolina, check out Asheville Farm to Table Tours. The themed tours take participants to several farms in a day, providing a unique window into regional farming.

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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A Look Inside the Downtown Asheville Condo Life

Downtown Asheville Condo

The Downtown Asheville Lifestyle

Asheville Condo BalconyLiving in downtown Asheville is an exciting and convenient way of life, and given the growing number of refurbished and new condo buildings, it is an increasingly popular lifestyle as well. With dozens of incredible restaurants, bars, art galleries and entertainment merely steps away, there is never a dull moment.

Many of the amenities provided by these downtown condominiums are designed to accommodate a walkable lifestyle with easy access to all that you would need.  Features such as in-house gyms, storage closets, common areas and on-site parking help to make that lifestyle possible.

Newer Downtown Asheville Condos

Downtown Asheville CondoA number of new condominium buildings have cropped up in downtown Asheville in recent years, with many of them adopting a mixed-use model.  For example, 12 South Lexington and Lexington Station have commercial spaces on the ground level and multiple housing units in varying sizes above.

A hallmark of many of the newer condos is the use of balconies and terraces in most units. The luxury condos at both 60 North Market and 21 Battery Park feature terraces with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  They also both feature rooftop club houses for entertaining guests.

Refurbished Downtown Asheville Condos

Downtown Asheville CondoDowntown Asheville is known for its well-preserved historic district.  Many small independent businesses have moved into the ground floor units of these stunning buildings while the upper floors have turned into mixed use developments with offices as well as residences.

Buildings as old as the 1891 Oxford Place Condos have been refurbished and modernized, providing residences with tons of character and historic charm.  The Broadway Arts Building condos and Sawyer Motor Building Condos feature original hardwood floors and exposed brick walls alongside modern conveniences such as updated electric, plumbing and windows.

Many of these vintage condos have been carefully renovated to provide many of the community features desirable in newer condos as well. For example, 37 Hiawassee and the Kress Building condos have incorporated rooftop terraces for residents to take in the city views, and Ardmion Park, once known as the Sky Club, provides its residents with a community swimming pool and gardens overlooking the city.

For more information on real estate or living in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Explore the Serene Swannanoa River Valley in Asheville

Swannanoa River Valley Asheville

To the east of Asheville, stretching out between the mountains of Asheville and Black Mountain, lies the gorgeous Swannanoa River Valley. Through it winds the Swannanoa River, flowing west from its headwaters in Black Mountain and the slopes of Mount Mitchell to eventually become a major tributary of the French Broad River in Biltmore Village.  Though it is just outside the small city of Asheville, this valley has a peaceful, rural feel and a growing hub in downtown Swannanoa.  

History of the Swannanoa River Valley

Warren Wilson CollegeFor nearly 12,000 years, the Swannanoa Valley has been inhabited.  The Cherokee Native Americans hunted along the banks of the river for thousands of years.  By the late 1700s, European settlers began to make permanent settlements.  Subsistence farmers scraped together a difficult mountain lifestyle throughout the next hundred years.  

Sweeping changes came to the valley in 1879 with the arrival of the railroad to Western North Carolina.  Logging and development of major religious retreats such as Montreat changed the landscape of the valley greatly.  In the 1920s, E.W. Grove, developer of the Grove Park Inn, built Lake Eden near Black Mountain which was to have a country club built around it.  He passed away before the project was completed, but it became the site of Black Mountain College in 1940, and many of Grove’s original buildings are still in use today.

Farmland and manufacturing played important roles in this area in the past century, but these are diminishing presences today, and many of the residents in the valley now commute to Asheville for work.

Hiking along the Swannanoa River

Warren Wilson Trails AshevilleWarren Wilson College, located in the heart of the valley, is a nationally renowned liberal arts college with an emphasis on work and service.  Many Warren Wilson graduates have become successful entrepreneurs in the Asheville area.  They also host several wonderful farmer's markets throughout the year.

The college has been kind enough to welcome the public to enjoy some of its many beautiful and well-maintained hiking trails.  They are a short 15 minute drive from Asheville and feature both easy hiking trails with entry points along the river and trails with significant elevation gain.  A map of the trail system may be found here.

On the Western end of the valley, the Blue Ridge Parkway crosses highway 70. The Mountains to Sea Trail runs along the Parkway here, providing another easily accessible hiking experience.  You can also check out the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitors Center and Folk Art Center after your hike.

Activities in the Swannanoa River Valley

Beer Tasting PisgahSwannanoa Valley Museum and History Center is a fantastic resource for Buncombe County history.  It is open seasonally but events continue year round.  The museum is located on West State Street in Black Mountain in a building built in 1921 by famous architect Richard Sharp Smith.  Find history tidbits there and join in their hiking programs with gorgeous vistas and invaluable historical information.

Pisgah Brewing Company is an organic microbrewery located in the heart of the valley.  It has a large outdoor stage and field, perfect for hearing music with children.  Music and beer appreciators bring blankets and chairs for a festival-style listening experience in warm weather.  Enjoy the indoor stage and tasting room in cooler weather.  This venue not only has some of the best microbrews in the region, they also draw nationally touring bands.

Just off of 70, near the old Beacon Mill Village homes of the 1920s, is a downtown area of Swannanoa that is ripe for revitalization.  The Native Kitchen and Social Club are two local businesses that have started to pick up steam in the area and become community hubs.  The Root Bar has become a favorite of locals as well.  With the smattering of mom and pops businesses along highway 70, easy access to I-40, and gorgeous natural surroundings, this area is becoming increasingly popular.

For more information on our community or on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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  1. Adam Donkus on

    I had not been to Asheville since I was a teenager. It does seem to have a lot going on. I may have to schedule a vacation to Asheville.

    Asheville, NC: Where it's Hip to be Sober

    Fresh Juices

    Asheville is renowned for its locally crafted adult beverages.  Known nationally as Beer City USA, it has also garnered attention for its craft cocktail scene as well as its growing wine culture.  Where does that leave the non-drinker? Fortunately, artisan options abound for the alcohol-free imbiber as well!

    Kombucha

    KombuchaKombucha, known as the “immortal health elixer” by the Chinese, is a fizzy tea with a slight taste of vinegar that has been around for over 2000 years. It is made from black tea and sugar and fermented by a colony of yeast and bacteria.  These lively carbonated beverages are filled with enzymes and probiotics.  There are innumerable claims to health benefits, including increased energy, improved digestion and immune support.

    Buchi Kombucha, perhaps the largest maker of kombucha in our area, bottles its beverages and distributes them to local health food stores.  You can also find it at local taps such as the one at Rosetta’s Kitchen.  Fill a growler to go or sip at several restaurants around town.

    Bhramari Brewing Company features its Kombucharia, where you can get a number of uniquely flavored kombucha on tap. They partner with local tea house Dobra Tea to create these tantalizing drinks.  http://www.bhramaribrewhouse.com/kombucharia

    Tea

    TeaDobra Tea has three locations in downtown Asheville, Black Mountain and West Asheville.  Their tea offerings are extensive and perfectly prepared and their tea rooms are ideal for settling in with a hot beverage and good conversation.  The food forward eater will find plenty to snack on since most of their menu items are gluten free and vegan.

    Kava

    Noble Kava, located on Haywood Road in West Asheville, provides a unique drinking experience. Kava is a beverage made from a root that is native to the Western Pacific islands.  This drink, popular socially in the South Pacific, is gaining popularity in the United States as well due to some potential health benefits including easing anxiety and sleeplessness.

    Smoothies and Juice Bars

    You can really step up your healthy drink game by checking out the fresh and tasty juices and smoothies at Farmacy Juice and Tonic Bar in the West Village Market, Elements Real Food downtown or the Mountain Juicery in south Asheville.  Sip these juices after fresh pressing or pick up an entire pre-bottled juice cleanse regimen to continue at home.  Laughing Seed Cafe and Green Sage Cafe also offer superfood juices that can be enjoyed in a pint glass at their downtown locations.

    Coffee and Hot Cocoa

    CoffeeThere are multiple places to get a fantastic cup of coffee in Asheville. Among some of our favorites are Izzy’s, Odd’s Cafe and Battle Cat on the West side of town.  Downtown, check out High Five Coffee, World Coffee and Izzy’s Coffee Den.

    The perfect mug of hot cocoa can be paired with artisan handmade truffles at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge on Pack Square.  Take it to go and explore downtown Asheville with liquid heaven in hand while all of those beer drinkers are confined to their bar stools!

    Cheers to your health!

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