Now that warmer weather is here for the next few months, thoughts often turn tocooling off. There are many options for wet, cool fun in the mountains of WNC. Of course, there are the municipal pools, but we like to go out into nature for our relief. Here are the top 3 swimming holes in WNC. Grab your swim suits, towels, and a picnic lunch, and come join us in the mountains.
1.Sliding Rock - Located in the Pisgah National Forest, this is a popular spot for good reason. Slide down the 60-foot flat, sloping boulder and make a splash in an eight-foot deep pool, swim a few strokes to the shore, get in line, and do it all over again. Open 10:00 - 6:00 through Labor Day.
2. Skinny Dip Falls - A beautiful waterfall setting for any time of the year. A 3/4 mile hike down the trail at Looking Glass Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 417 brings you to this swimming hole and soaking spot with several waterfalls and pools.
3. Hooker Falls - Head to the DuPont Forest for this wonderful pool with a 12-foot waterfall. A delightful setting for a day of cooling off.
Spring has sprung in Asheville and there is no better sign than the Asheville Spring Herb Festival 2019, celebrating their 30th year as the largest herb festival in the US & Canada! How lucky are we to have this event right here in our own backyard at the WNC Farmers Market (570 Brevard Rd at I-40). The event is Fri-Sun, May 3-5, 2019 and you won't want to miss it. Get everything you need to grow the herb garden of your dreams this year. Hours are Fri-Sat 8:30am-5pm, and Sun 10am-3pm. Well behaved leashed dogs are welcome to attend as well. Free admission and parking all weekend.
Some of the many items available will be Herb plants (of course!), heirlooms, medicinals, soaps, tinctures, extracts, oils and more, plus a heap of education and information on herbs. Master Gardeners from the Buncombe County Extension Service will be on hand during the festival to answer gardening questions.
More Info? Click here: Asheville Spring Herb Festival 2019
Highland Brewery is celebrating their 25th birthday with a party today and tomorrow, and you're invited!
Asheville's premier craft brewery is tapping new brews, local music, and lots of fun for the party. They'll be unveiling new beers, including Slow Crush, a tart spritz ale, and Rustic IPA, their 25th Anniversary Ale.
There will also be lots of music and fun for the entire family. The line-up includes Josh Phillips Feel Good (folk/soul), Travers Brothership (rock/soul), and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (funk) tonight beginning at 6:00. Tomorrow is Community and Family Day beginning at noon with a Bounce castle and face painting, Caricatures, Balloon art, music from -5 p.m. from DJ Oso (family-friendly tracks), and at 7:00, The Whiskeyhickon Boys (funky bluegrass) take the stage.
It's free to attend, so come celebrate with them at Highland Brewery's 25th Anniversary Celebration.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PARKING: The 25th Anniversary Party is FREE and open to the public. However, parking will ONLY be available to VIP Ticket holders. If you do not have a VIP Ticket, they encourage you to Uber or Lyft. They will also have a free shuttle running from AC Reynolds High School and the brewery from 4-11pm. Please do not walk. The traffic up and down the narrow driveway will make foot traffic very dangerous.
Biz Radio 1350. If you haven’t listened yet, you owe it to yourself to check in, especially if you’re an entrepreneur in WNC. This is radio of interest to ALL business people, or people interested in the business of business.
With programs about Real Estate, personal finance, and entrepreneurship, as well as interviews with local business people, this is a radio station that you’ll want to program into your radio. You’ll learn, you’ll laugh, you’ll be riveted.
Biz Radio 1350. Empowering, networking, and promoting entrepreneurs from all across WNC!
Wikipedia describes an artisan as a skilled craftsman who creates functional or decorative items by hand, such as furniture, household items, and decorative arts. We have found a skilled woodworking artisan in Weaverville – Phil Pratt of Silverhawk Woodworking.
Silverhawk Sawdust is a home-based studio in Weaverville, specializing in unique, custom-designed creations ranging from decorative bowls and kitchen items to built-in shelving, cabinetry, stair bannisters, pens, and even large point-of-purchase displays for retail stores. If your imagination can conceive it, chances are good Phil can create it for you.
Phil has been into woodworking nearly 50 years, since inheriting some power tools from an uncle. “Back in 1974, when my wife and I married and had little money, I built a set of unique shelves using wormy cedar,” he said. “My love of woodworking has grown from there.”
Phil’s love for woodworking evolved from hobby to business about ten years ago, when he purchased a high-end table saw. “One might say it was a cabinet-maker’s saw compared to a contractor’s table saw. This meant I could measure the tolerances down to 1/100” versus 1/16”, which makes a huge difference when mitering a corner,” Phil said.
Using the upgraded saw, Phil began making high quality furniture, but still not selling it. “A few years later, my wife gave me my first lathe and I began turning bowls, pens, candle sticks, salt & pepper mills, etc.,” Phil said. “People started wanting to buy them and I was on my way. I started getting orders from corporations for 25 and 50 pens at a time using the exotic woods I purchased locally at Cormark International and Klingspor Woodworking Shop.”
Soon customers began asking for more. “I started making larger things like benches, cabinets and special fixtures for retail stores. The Asheville Visitor Center has become almost a showroom for some of my point-of-purchase displays and pedestals,” Phil said.
Silverhawk Sawdust really stands out for its ability to combine functionality with creativity. “A set of shelves can also function as a banister while being aesthetically pleasing to the eye,” Phil said. “Or a decorative Volcano Dish© can serve as a candy or nuts servicing plate. My small, lidded boxes are not only beautiful pieces of wood but can function as a salt cellar or jewelry box.”
Often the character of the wood itself dictates its unique aesthetic. “I often will use exotic woods (all legal in the United States) such as amboyna, sapele, thuya, bubinga, cocobolo, padauk, and olivewood,” Phil said. “The unique grains and colorings make for high eye appeal and most polish up to be extremely smooth. Next, if I’m turning something on a lathe, I will often allow the wood to tell me what form it wants to take. Sometimes I start turning with one design in mind but by exposing a knot or a check (crack), or maybe unique grain colors appear, I take a whole different approach to the finished item.”
Talking about unique, no two of Phil’s in-store displays are alike. “A few years ago the manager from The Asheville Shop at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce said she wanted a point-of-purchase (P.O.P.) display to handle newspapers, maps, fudge, magazines, etc., and on the back, she needed an organizing system to hold paperwork. These are the projects I love because I must be both creative and functional, plus combine a little engineering for structure and safety. Prior to cutting wood, I provide my client with mechanical drawings showing perspective views so they can better see what my mind is envisioning. Making changes on paper is a lot cheaper than once I start cutting the wood,” Phil said.
Phil’s love of wood totally shapes his “philosophy” of woodworking and wood art creation. “Wood is a fun medium that allows for creativity, strength and beauty,” he said. “Regardless of whether I’m making a P.O.P. display, unique candlesticks, a violin stand, or whatever, wood permits a craftsperson to be imaginative, to generate straight lines or curves, to mix with other mediums, to let the mind reach new artistic levels. This is possible because wood has its own strength, whether it’s a carved table leg or a thinly turned bowl that allows light to shine through the skin. And lastly, it has inherent beauty. I think every woodworker would agree that the most rewarding process is when stain and/or oil is applied to a finished creation and the grain coloring pops! For me, it’s always a WOW moment.”
Among all this creativity and variety, Phil has some favorite products. “My Volcano Dish© comes to mind, as the name is the result of imagination,” Phil said. “I had purchased a chunk of mallee wood, which is from the eucalyptus tree family grown in Australia. I had no idea of what it would become when I started carving it. The outer surface was gnarly, pointed, sharp – almost ugly – and the coloring was non-descript. Suddenly as I dug deeper into the wood, reds and whites and some browns became exposed to where it appeared like a volcano spewing red hot magna from the center and ultimately drying to an outer lava field that was gnarly, pointed, sharp, and almost ugly.
“A second favorite is the Stuffed Animal Cave at the Asheville Shop. Once I asked why several stuffed animals were on the floor under a table and I was told that kids love crawling under there to play while Mom and Dad are shopping. And this often leads to them getting to take one home. I said, ‘Why don’t you make that into a cave?’ and the manager allowed me to go with the idea. Now there’s a sign on it saying, No Adults Allowed!”
There are more favorites. “I could go on and on talking about my Heathered Pens (made from the iconic shrub that grows in the British Isles), or my colorful bangle bracelets made from wood burls and colorful resins, or some unique wood bowls, or … or ... I think you get the idea,” Phil said.
Phil’s enthusiasm spills over into large product creations. “I enjoy listening to clients explain a need, and I’ll take a few notes,” he said. “Within a day or so while my memory is fresh, I’ll submit a perspective drawing of what I envisioned them wanting. More times than not, I’m very close to their wishes and with some minor tweaks here or there, I’m given the go-ahead. Nowadays it may be a few months before I can start their project, but the drawings are there from which to work.
“As examples, one lady asked whether a glass tabletop could be replaced with a wood surface accepting expansion leaves. She was delighted with the result. She then asked for Tao-style shelves that would also function as a bannister protecting a stairwell. To enhance the Asian influence, I turned a Pagoda to be a handhold before descending the stairs. Another person wanted a built-in cabinet using barn wood. Or the Grove Arcade needed a special rack card display that would be versatile to allow different size material to be inserted, which could change periodically.”
We would like to emphasize that although we see Phil as a true artisan in his field, he is far more humble. “One will note my title on my business card is Master Sawdust Creator,” he said. “Having lived in the Asheville area for 15 years, I recognize the phenomenal craftsmanship in the area, some by true master craftsmen. These are individuals who have worked all their lives in the trade, not just as a hobby. Having said that, while I don’t consider myself a master, my clients keep coming back for more of my work which suggests it’s of high quality and creativity. And I’m very good at making sawdust!”
So if you’re looking for some high quality sawdust, along with beautiful and functional wood creations, check out Silverhawk Woodworking.
Watch the Sawdust Master at work:
On the web: https://silverhawksawdust.com
Phone: (828) 450-0189
Are you a senior whose retirement years aren’t what you had envisioned? Are you approaching your retirement years with worry and uncertainty? Are you a younger, working American who wants more control over your own financial destiny? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to call Ron McLean, the Dream Roper.
In an age of too much gloom and doom, the Dream Roper helps to shine a light on a brighter path ahead. “I am all about restoring hope and vision, providing a roadmap to shed the limits of your circumstances and move boldly towards your God-given dreams,” Ron said. “You may agree with me that yes, without a doubt, you were created not just to exist, but to experience a fruitful life, a higher mission.”
Ron said he draws inspiration and direction from Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
This mission for the Dream Roper is to help mature Americans get back on track to their dreams of a healthy and prosperous lifestyle, and to help younger families take control of their finances and their lives. “There are seniors who have discovered that their dream retirement has become a nightmare,” Ron said. “It doesn’t have to be that way. Having been fired from my corporate job at the age of 65, I am now living a better lifestyle than ever before. I’m positioned to help others take advantage of their independence and freedom. What my clients need most is a willingness to open their minds to innovative solutions and a real desire to improve their lifestyles.”
Among these solutions are some simple yet powerful steps to put money back into the pockets of working families. “We’re helping families add $200 to $800 back into their monthly paychecks with just a few tweaks to their W-4s and by dramatically improving their credit scores without the need to hire expensive credit repair agencies,” Ron said.
Danielle K., one of the Dream Roper’s clients, called working with Ron an amazing opportunity. “My credit score went up 100+ points within the first month, and I was able to income shift and generate more take-home cash flow by correcting my husband’s W-4. Now we’re bringing home an additional $180 each pay period,” she said.
Ron breaks down his services in these ways:
Ron’s own story set him up to become the Dream Roper. “I was fired at 65 without the finances or desire for early retirement,” he said. “Since then, I have earned greater income and lived a superior lifestyle, while positioning myself for greater health. I feel energized in sharing what I’ve learned with others who find themselves in the same boat. I have learned how American families can quickly improve their financial situation, rather than being dragged down into debt. Not sharing these methods would be selfish on my part.”
Ron believes circumstances do not define you. “I feel that so many people have been beaten up by their circumstances that they have given up on their dreams. Don’t let circumstances govern your life. I am here to bring hope and a way out of the darkness, empowering you to be the victor, and not the victim. You were created for greatness and you can rise above your circumstances. Take action today for a better tomorrow.”
So if you want to take charge of your life today for a better tomorrow, call the Dream Roper today to explore your many possibilities. It’s an open road – the choice is yours!
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Are you struggling with one of life’s difficult challenges? Asheville area counselor Mark Neville, MDiv, specializes in helping you heal and make your way to a better place. His methods of counseling focus on YOU – a whole person – not just your symptoms.
Mark specializes in grief counseling, marriage counseling, divorce recovery, caregiver support, help with depression and anxiety, finding yourself and your life’s purpose, career counseling, and spiritual counseling.
The world of vitamins and nutritional supplements can be a jungle. So many choices and conflicting claims can leave you confused. That’s why we all need a trusted source of great advice. Look no further than New Sun Products in Hendersonville. It’s your one-stop shop for vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and proprietary herbal blends formulated by a Master Herbalist and Naturopathic Doctor.
Owner Cecelia (Ceil) Salvadori loves to set customers on their road to natural health. “At New Sun we believe that the body can heal itself when given the proper environment,” Ceil said. “An environment free from chemicals, toxins, provided with pure water, enriched through education and physical exercise and uplifted by strong spiritual beliefs. The holistic philosophy at New Sun is: body, mind and spirit that work together for the benefit of the whole. “
Established in 1987, New Sun has been helping customers find natural health solutions for 31 years. Co-founder, Jim Salvadori, was a Master Herbalist and N.D. who wanted to help people to better health with exceptional natural supplements. He had experienced major health issues and the holistic path was his ticket to better health. “Our products are natural, they are certified to be free of harmful pesticides and fungicides,” Ceil said. “We strive to offer products that are as close to nature as possible.”
Ceil is more than just the storeowner – she’s a customer. Asked about her favorite product, she said it’s difficult to choose. “That’s hard, since we have well over 100 products” Ceil said. “I take a number of them every day and have for years. I guess if I had to choose one it would be Life Source. It is our number one selling product – the ultimate green drink. It also comes in capsule form. It is formulated to help alkalize the body, it aids with boosting the immune system, it’s a high source of protein derived from spirulina, and it is also a rich source of calcium, again plant based. For me personally, I feel a difference in my energy levels and just have a feeling of balance when I make it part of my daily protocol.”
In addition to great products, New Sun gives personalized guidance on customers’ supplement needs. “New Sun is one of 15 natural products providers that has an FDA approved tool (Zyto Compass) that can provide a personalized report on your body's supplement needs,” Ceil said. “We also offer classes from time to time that are directed toward educating people about ways to improve their health and well-being through natural means. That includes diet.”
Making their way up the ranks of all-time customer favorites are the new Hemp (CBD) products. “They have soared to the number 20 spot in our bestselling product list,” Ceil said. “Again, New Sun believes that our products have to be as close to how they were created in nature as possible. Our CBD Oil is 100% organic hemp, US grown, no flavor additives, no other oils used to cut the efficiency of the hemp.“
New Sun caters to a clientele that wants the best for their health. “Our customers are those who are aware that not all supplements are created equal,” Ceil said. “They understand that in order to experience better health, in many cases, it is necessary for a life style change. Most of our customers want to be the stewards of their own bodies and continue to learn about all that is available in the holistic realm. The staff at New Sun loves working with all of our customers, those who have been with us since 1986 and those who come to us for the first time. Their improved health is our mission.”
Spending as much time as Ceil has in the shop and working daily with customers, she has seen some remarkable things. Ceil describes a few. “One that happened recently, a customer came into the shop and was experiencing an anxiety attack. With the use of an essential oil she was able to regain calm and walked out recovered. “
“Another was years ago but stays in my mind always,” Ceil said. “A well known urologist came into our shop, wanting to know about one of our prostate products. This came as a surprise to us since in many cases mainstream medicine doesn't place much value on supplements. He then explained that several of his patients were taking our products, he noticed real improvement, and he then asked if he could sell the product at his office! That product was sold from his office for over 15 years until he retired. Last but not least, is that our customers become like our family, and they can feel that when they enter our doors.”
If you haven’t experienced New Sun yet, you owe it to your health to stop on in or visit their website. Ceil and her staff are dedicated to your health and well-being. “We are here to help you achieve optimal health in any way we can,” Ceil said. “Our mission is to help people to a better way of life through natural means, using high quality ingredients in our products, giving personalized attention to each customer, and pricing our products so that all can afford them.”
New Sun Products, Inc.
Address: 215 Linda Vista Drive, Hendersonville
(Next to the "red roof building,” Judy Stroud Insurance)
Phone: Toll Free at 1-800-544-0777, or local at 828-697-4343
Incredible Towns: https://asheville.incredibletowns.com/all-listings/new-sun-products-supplements-vitamins-essential-oils
Do you need your carpets, area rugs, or upholstery cleaned safely and effectively? Call CitruSolution of Asheville, serving Western North Carolina in Buncombe, Henderson, and Madison County.
What sets CitruSolution apart from steam cleaning or rug shampooing services? Owner Bryant Smith says it’s the whole process. “We use a natural, citrus-derived cleaning product and a low moisture process that cleans better, dries faster, stays cleaner longer, and smells great!”
The reason it smells so good is that...
From the moment you walk in the door, you realize this is no ordinary vape shop. The product selection is unsurpassed, with everything from the latest and greatest to the tried and true. Looking for E-Juice? Sylva Vapor carries over 100 made-in-the-USA flavors, hand selected for customers’ enjoyment. No other shop in the area even comes close to this assortment.
Sylva Vapor was created when its owner wanted to quit smoking. He began looking at vaping and he thought electronic cigarettes would be useful to help him quit. He said he didn’t think he would quit, but vaping made it possible. After visiting many vape shops as a customer, he found that prices were through the roof, and he realized he knew more than the employees did, having done his research. After several years experience in the vape business, and seeing a need for high quality and selection in the area, Sylva Vapor was born.
Whatever you’re looking for, Sylva Vapor has it all. Vape juices, supplies, devices, e-Juices, starter kits, mods, tanks, coils, wire, cotton, chargers, build kits, pod systems, batteries, replacement glass, drip tips – you name it. If you need it to vape, they have it! From innovative hi-tech chargers to batteries, coils, wire and cotton, it’s in stock.
The only thing you won’t find at Sylva Vapor is cheap junk. Sure, you can find a cheaper vaping starter kit somewhere, but you will get what you pay for. Sylva Vapor stocks quality, fair priced kits that will ensure a pleasant vaping experience, not regrets and disappointment.
Sylva Vapor’s commitment to quality brings you great products across all price ranges. They sell quality, complete budget vape systems like the Ego All In One, that offer an affordable way to get started vaping for the beginner.
You’ll also find top of the line at Sylva Vapor, like the Asmodus Minikin 2 Kodama. Made from stabilized wood, it is a work of art and a conversation piece, lightweight and beautiful. If you want to stand out in the crowd, this one is for you.
A great many vape shop customers come in because they’re looking for a way to quit smoking cigarettes. With motivation and the right tools, people can accomplish whatever they set their minds to do.
By law, vape shops can’t claim that vaping will help you get off of cigarettes, but many people report in their personal stories that vaping can do just that. For someone who wants to transition from smoking to vaping, wanting to quit is the biggest hurdle. The shop can provide the tools you need to try it for yourself.
What’s the best part of the business? Customers! At Sylva Vapor many customers have become friends, a lot even like family! The staff is on on a first name basis with so many of the regular customers, and they say it really makes their day when customers drop in. Some people even bring in their pets and hang out for a while.
The Sylva Vapor staff keeps a hands-on approach to their business. They know that people have choices in where they buy their vaping products, and that’s why they stay several steps ahead of anybody else in the area. They keep the largest selection and stock sufficient quantities so customers get what they want, when they want it. That’s why they have so many repeat customers that trust them. At Sylva Vapor it’s all about customer service.
Sylva Vapor is located at 1336A East Main Street in Sylva, North Carolina, right next door to the Wal-Mart Shopping Center, by Dominos Pizza and Frosty Bites Frozen Yogurt, only minutes from Western Carolina University.
So for the best selection of vaping products and the best customer service in the Western North Carolina area, stop in to Sylva Vapor. The staff is always happy to meet new friends and customers.
On the web at www.sylvavapor.com