Are you looking for the perfect gift for the person who has “everything?” We all have friends who don’t want any more “stuff” to clutter up their homes, even if our gifts are thoughtful and given with loving intentions. The perfect solution is a gift from Edible Arrangements. It’s healthy, delicious, and after it’s eaten, it disappears without a trace!
Edible Arrangements owners Diana King and Susan Rossignol strive to connect with every customer to make their occasions special. “We know we are an extension of the message a loved one is trying to deliver,” Diana says, “whether it be a birthday, anniversary or just someone wanting to say thank you. We take it seriously and are so grateful we were chosen to be part of their message. Especially if they need to send a get well bouquet to someone in the hospital, or a sympathy bouquet to a family, we will make it special.”
Edible Arrangements has served the Asheville area since 2005, creating unique gifts for many occasions. “Our number one occasion is birthdays, and we have hundreds of different types of arrangements all made with fresh fruit, “Diana says. “Our focal point is our pineapples that we use to create shapes to define the arrangement. We surround this with fresh honeydew, cantaloupe, strawberries topped with red seedless grapes. Some of the arrangements we make can be with just pineapples and strawberries and others will include oranges and dipped apple shaped like a donut.”
Other special occasions are holidays, especially Valentine’s Day, Mothers Day, and Christmas. “Each holiday we focus our energy on creating special baskets themed to the holiday or events like basketball designs, chocolate Easter bunny pineapples, shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day or snowmen and reindeer during Christmas,” Diana explains. “In the summer, gift creations include fruits like kiwi, watermelon, mangos, and blueberries.”
In addition to amazing edible gift creations, you can also get great fresh fruit smoothies at Edible Arrangements. “This is something a lot of people do not realize we do, and we are working to distinguish ourselves from other smoothie places that use syrupy products,” Diana says. “We have a grab and go section to our store that allows a customer to see our gourmet dipped fruit options and create their own quick pickup boxes of singles, half dozen or even a full dozen of dipped, apples, bananas, strawberries and pineapples.“
Diana says her favorite treats at Edible Arrangements are the smiles she gets from happy customers. “My personal favorite is chocolate dipped apples. We dip Granny Smith apples in chocolate for a delightful tart and sweet combination. A lot of my team will tell you that their favorite is the double dipped bananas that are first dipped in semisweet chocolate and then in white chocolate,” she says.
What makes an Edible Arrangements creation a really great gift? Here’s Diana’s explanation. “We are a fresh take on an old custom of giving flowers,” she says. “We’re a healthy alternative to just chocolate, and we make everything to order every day, so you are guaranteed the freshest fruits that have been cut and put into amazing designs by our well trained fruit experts. It’s this attention to detail and dedication to quality that makes someone’s day a little sweeter when they receive one of our designs.”
Diana says she feels great satisfaction in making people happy with Edible Arrangements. “We never knew how big this would get once we gained name recognition. It’s such a great feeling when we are asked what we do, and are met with OH MY GOSH, I love you guys or I received one of your arrangements and it was so amazing!”
Most of all Diana says she feels part of the bigger picture through her involvement with her business. “I love making a contribution to our community from creating jobs that people can take pride in the many nonprofits we have helped over the years, and to the smiles on the little kids’ faces when they open the door and see us standing there with a delivery. I take pride in mentoring young people who have been part of our team and remain close to lots of team members who have moved on,” Diana says. “I consider it a privilege to assist people by sharing the wealth of knowledge I have gained not just from this business but the corporate world I came from.”
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You can almost hear the language of the drums and read the poetry of smoke rising into the sky. It’s a very special place.
All Nations Trading specializes all things Native American, such as authentic jewelry, dream catchers, medicine wheels, fetish carvings, bows and arrows, pipes, tomahawks, talking sticks, prayer feathers, labyrinths, music, arts and crafts, and more. You can also find gems from around the world.
Everything in the store is magic to the eyes, but perhaps the most remarkable display is the display case of inlay jewelry. Each stunning piece is meticulously handcrafted by Master Navajo and Zuni silver designers.
All Nations Trading owner Anita Earnest describes the exquisite nature of inlay jewelry. “Contemporary inlay jewelry is one of the most popular methods of jewelry making today,” Anita said. “Zuni artists of Western New Mexico were the first to perfect it. The Navajo people have always been very talented and creative in jewelry making and have now become one of the most popular groups in our country, both with inlay work and sterling silver with traditional nugget settings.”
Inlay jewelry is a lengthy, meticulous process. Each tiny bit is a small stone cut down to millimeter proportions and carefully inlaid into the piece. One design can have 50 or more inlaid pieces. It can take weeks.
“When you look at one little piece, lets say a little door in pueblo scene, a millimeter size stone, you know it takes a talented inlayer to create cuts like this,” Anita said. “Also, when you see a star in the Starry Night design it takes the artist 12 cuts just to make one star. Stones like turquoise, lapis lazuli, black jade, spiny oyster, picture jasper, tiger eye and opal are often used. Very complicated and very detailed scenes are composed in gorgeous wearable art pieces.”
Inlay jewelry is made by creating a masterpiece, like a form, with channels that are meant to have gemstones inlayed into them. Very small pieces of rocks and/or shells are hand cut and then inlaid in different angles. The gemstones are attached with a high strength epoxy and cured. After inlay is done, they go through a grinding, sanding and buffing procedure until everything is smooth. The final stage is when the sealer gets applied (usually in three layers) and then polished. Once the piece is finished you can’t feel any of the cuts.
“We carry the highest quality inlay work done by artists here in the US,” Anita said. “A large portion of inlay now comes as imported southwest style and done in factories overseas. This is totally different work and you can both feel and see it, but for the uneducated consumer it can be harder. Make sure you know what you are buying.”
Fine jewelry is just part of what you’ll find at All Nations Trading. Check out authentic Native American Dream Catchers, handmade by Native people, Navajo made ones come complete with authenticity tags and the legend.
There’s also a large assortment of Medicine Wheels. The sacred hoop of the Medicine Wheel symbolizes life as a continuous cycle and the four aspects of our nature – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Most of all, the Medicine Wheel is said to be the bringer of beauty and balance, peace and harmony, and gratitude for all things.
Then there’s beadwork. All Nations Trading brings you the finest in fair trade Mayan beadwork from Guatemala. Purchase of Mayan beadwork helps this indigenous culture to remain the last native people on Earth not fully assimilated into the western world.
Don’t miss the impressive display of native artifacts. These artifacts are essential components of indigenous heritage. Look for Cherokee and Navajo ceremonial rattles, bows and arrows, and pipes. The pipes are fully functional, but they are not Peace Pipes, which are considered sacred and not offered for sale.
Are you a fan of Native American pottery? All Nations Trading carries works by known artists. This includes Navajo horsehair pottery, Pueblo, traditional hand coiled pottery, Creek pottery and Navajo etched pottery. You can also find local utilitarian mugs, bowls, and plates pottery.
There’s even more, but we don’t want to give it all away! You need to visit All Nations Trading to see what else is in the store. Owners Jim and Anita Earnest are always happy to meet you and answer your questions about Native American arts and crafts.
All Nations Trading is located at 514 North Main Street, right in the heart of downtown Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Phone: (828) 698-4888
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