Blog :: 01-2020

Amp Up the Romance With These Unique Asheville Outings

Asheville Romantic Outings

If you’re looking for some couple time in Asheville – whether it’s Valentine’s Day, or any day – the options are endless. From a relaxing hot-stone couple’s massage, to a spirited pinball-playing afternoon, to an evening spent sipping cocktails while drinking in the expansive mountain views, romantic outings in Asheville are singularly special. Following are a few favorites:

Spa stars

Asheville spas often incorporate stellar views and unique ambiance into the experience. Nestled on a mountainside minutes from downtown Asheville, Shoji Spa, a completely private, Japanese-style outdoor hot tub spa, offers contrast therapies including wet cedar sauna, open-air double cold showers, private salt hydrotherapy tubs, and massage therapy, focusing on couple’s treatments. The spa also offers overnight stays in four distinctive, rustic rooms. https://shojiretreats.com

Asheville Activities for CouplesThe Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn provides guests with 20 water features, including numerous mineral-based pools, to complement the subterranean spa with cavernous rock walls, arches and tunnels. You and your love can enjoy 43,000 square feet of peace and quiet along with two therapeutic waterfall pools as well as a lap pool blanketed with 6,500 fiber-optic stars and underwater music. Visit private men’s and women’s contrast pools, inhalation rooms, saunas and eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, then reunite with a light snack and hot organic tea at three fireside lounges with comfortable, oversized chairs and views to match your exhilarating experience.https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/spa

From pinball to a sky-highball

Want to add a little friendly competition to your date? Make a plan to play pinball at downtown’s Pinball Museum. The museum, with over 80 pinball and classic video games, offers all-you-can-play fun for a flat entry fee. 

http://ashevillepinball.com. After you’ve declared a winner, head to one of the many rooftop bars dotting downtown to drink in the sunset. Cozy up by the outdoor firepits at Hemingway’s Cuba Restaurant & Bar, on the fourth floor of the Cambria Hotel https://www.hemingwayscuba.com; or the AC Hotel’s Capella on 9, with views of Pack Square Park and City Hall https://www.capellaon9.com.

Asheville Date NightGet carriage-d away

Maybe you’ve seen the Biltmore Estate from the inside, but have you ever taken in its 8,000-acre backyard? Relax with that special someone in an elegant carriage drawn by Belgian draft horses as you enjoy a new perspective of the famed house and grounds. Blankets are provided, meaning you can keep warm even on brisk afternoons. A brief stop along the 30-minute ride allows for stunning, long-range views and an opportunity to meet the horses. https://www.biltmore.com/things-to-do/activities/outdoors/carriage-rides/

Dance classes

Consider taking a couple’s dance lesson from one of the many private instructors around Asheville. Or if you want to incorporate a social element into the date, try a tango class offered by Ashevillian Tango, at various venues around Asheville. All levels are welcome, with no previous experience necessary. Beginners’ classes, followed by a welcoming milonga(social dance) that’s often accompanied by live music, will keep you and your partner joyfully on your toes. https://www.ashevilliantango.org

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

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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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