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Check it out! A film is being shot at the historic Biltmore Estate, again. As we settle in to the first hump of the winter season, be sure to get out there and nab some quality time playing games (things like Trivia nights or chugging back some oysters) with your neighbors. Local hangouts are a good way to make these chillier times go by with a sense of warmth and connection; not to mention a full happy belly.


❤️ Katrina Morgan, Editor

In This Issue

Asheville's downtown sees a glut of tourism on New Year's Eve weekend. Staff photo.

Local Business Briefs

Asheville continues to surprise us with having one of the best artisanal bread..

  • A week before Christmas, Clint and Meghan DeWitt, who are both 35, bought the Main Street bakery from Mike and Kathy Cole. It was a holiday season that neither of the couples will ever forget. The bakery had been owned by the Coles for the previous 28 years. According to DeWitt, everything will remain largely unchanged. They mentioned he and his wife had been thinking about selling it for a while, but they were waiting on the right time and the right people to sell it to.
  • The Biltmore Estate in Asheville is the primary location for a new Hallmark film now being shot there, but Hendersonville appears to be included alongside the historic home. The Historic Train Depot will be filmed in front of Maple Street on January 27 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., per a special event application that Hendersonville City Council accepted on January 5 as part of its consent agenda. The proposal states that Seventh Avenue and sidewalks will also be sporadically closed during filming, which is anticipated to last only two or three minutes at a time.
  • First appearing at the King Apple Parade, they  highlighted Hendersonville’s annual Apple Festival, and have since become a popular at neighborhood parades in Hendersonville. The Apple Tart Queens are what they name themselves, but who exactly are they and what do they do? After the early-December Hendersonville Christmas Parade, one of the most recent non-profit organizations received some advice from Judi Donofrio, one of the founder members.
  • One of the newest restaurants to enter Asheville’s culinary scene is Mikasa Criolla, a Peruvian fusion diner. The S&W Market, a food hall in the center of downtown, is where the fast-casual concept debuted on December 1. Peruvian chef Santiago Vargas of Lima brings his enthusiasm for showcasing foreign influences on regional cuisine. Hearty main dishes, sandwiches, empanadas, and the pisco sour, Peru’s national cocktail, are all available.
  • With the establishment of numerous new bakeries and the return of the 16th Annual Asheville Bread Festival in April 2023, Asheville’s history of uniting artisanal bakers continues to grow. Follow your taste buds to the recently established second site of Old World Levain (OWL) Bakery in North Asheville. This restaurant has a devoted following because to its organically leavened breads and beautiful European-inspired pastries created by Susannah Gebhart, a pastry chef nominated for a James Beard Award.

Local Job Postings

Local Job Search

  • Sous Chef – Deerfield – Leadership position in a busy kitchen. Full understanding of all cooking techniques. Needs ability & confidence to lead a shift, values characteristic of teamwork, excellence, service, and flexibility 🧑🏽‍🍳
  • Seasonal Blue ridge Host – Grove Park Inn – This position will ensure all guests are greeted and seated in a friendly and courteous manner
  • Customer Specialist – CarMax – Provide exceptional customer service by guiding customers every step of the way, from sale or facilitating the appraisal to test drives and arranging financing applications. Conduct vehicle condition assessments by collecting, recording, and communicating information to Buyers that will be used to perform customer appraisals 🚙
  • Veterinary Technician – All Pets Animal Hospital – looking for a new team member who would like to join us in serving our amazing patients and clientele. We are looking for an experienced Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Assistant with outstanding interpersonal communication skills to help provide the outstanding care that our clientele expect and deserve 🐕
  • Commercial Drywall Foreman – Precision Walls. Reports directly to Precision Wall’s General Superintendent or Superintendents. Ability to communicate an organized plan of execution for work force to follow. Manage workforce by evaluating, placement, monitoring and controlling performance strategically. Maintains safe, secure, and healthy work environment by following procedures and company standards


If you haven's already been go check out the River Art District in Asheville

  • All Day Darling (located in Asheville’s Montford)  is bringing back their annual Winter Oysters & Champagne Party on Sunday, January 29 – The open-house style festivity will welcome attendees to stop in anytime between 4pm and 9pm to enjoy champagne and wine from Advintage Wine, raw oysters on the half shell, lobster rolls, hot dogs by Right There Bar, dessert and more. Plus, they’ll have fires roaring outside, and musician Andrew Fletcher will be playing NOLA jazz tunes 🎶
  • Witty Wednesday Trivia at the Sweeten Creek Brewing recurring weekly until March 15th 🔡
  • Rum Punchlines Comedy Open Mic at the Getaway River Bar  recurring weekly on Thursdays until February 23rd 😂
  • Wine Not? Lookout’s monthly wine tasting at the Lookout Brewing Co. 🍷 on January 12th 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Lady & The Lovers Live at Highland Brewing from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on January 14th 🍻
  • Seasonal Yoga + Acupuncture at the West Asheville Yoga Studio from 11:30 to 1:00pm 🧘🏼
  • The Blue Ridge Landscape in Watercolor at the ArtPlay Studio from 3:00pm to 7:00pm

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