Why wait? Give a gift of chocolate-dipped strawberries to someone for no reason at all. It will make their day. Visit Edible Arrangements Asheville at 5 Regent Park Blvd, or order on their Facebook page, or call 828-252-1550. They deliver tasty goodness.
Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners, the Collider's monthly Lunch & Learn will help you learn ways to protect your competitive advantage. Lunch & Learn happens Tuesday, March 12 at noon at The Collider, 1 Haywood St. Details and registration here.
Pets and Carpet – can they live together? Yes, but it takes some effort.
Do you have a dog or cat – or several? We do, too! We love them dearly, but they can be really rough on carpet. Day in and day out, we see just how rough at homes all around Asheville. Pets can bring in an amazing amount of dirt and hair. Here are some ideas from one pet lover to another about how to keep it under control.
Wipe Those Feet!
You can prevent pets from putting dirt on your carpet by. Keep a towel close to the door, especially on rainy days, and wipe their paws off when they come inside. It may take a few times for them (and your kids) to get used to the idea, but it will make a big difference. Once they know it’s part of the routine, it gets easy.
Add an Area Rug to the Room
Does your pet have a favorite area in the room? Consider putting an area rug there – you can find nice looking but inexpensive ones pretty easily, and train your pets to spend most of their time on the area rug and not the carpet.
Clean urine and feces quickly
If your pet makes deposits on your carpet, remove solid matter and blot up the liquid quickly with paper towels. Mix white vinegar and water half and half, and dampen the affected area with it
thoroughly, then blot up with paper towel. You can then use your Citrus Spotter spray bottle we leave with you to clean any remaining dirt and neutralize odor.
It’s amazing how much pet hair we pull out of carpet every day when we are cleaning. The easiest way to keep it out of your carpet is to get it off your pet fist. Most pets love a good brushing, and if you have kids it’s a great task for them to do. They might just come to love making the family pets happy! Have your pets professionally groomed regularly if you can – but know that you can do a lot. 5 minutes of brushing a day will make an amazing difference.
Change the entryways to hard surface flooring
Consider installing hard floor near the pet entryways and doorways. There are many choices ranging from tile to laminate to vinyl that you can combine with a washable entry rug to prevent pets tracking dirt and grass into the carpet in the house.
Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum!!
Vacuuming regularly is the best thing you can do. If you can stay ahead of dirt and hair from building up in the carpet. You may have to vacuum your carpet several times a week. You will also need to vacuum your furniture. Any dirt that is on the furniture can easily end up on the carpet.
Confine Them to One Place
If you have a pet that keeps messing up your carpet, then you may want to consider putting them in a room that does not have carpet. You do not necessarily have to keep your pet in this area all of the time. You can just keep them there when you are not home or at night.
What Your Pet Eats Matters
Check out our friends at Woof Gang Bakery in Biltmore Park Town Square for great tasting, responsibly made pet foods. You don’t feed yourself or your kids junk food – check ingredients labels to see what your feeding your pets. Common pet foods are mostly made of corn meal and other ingredients that are not natural diet elements for dogs and cats.
Keep Those Nails Trimmed
Paws and claws damage carpet. Period. Get some trimmers and learn how to use them or have a professional groomer trim them regularly.
Have your carpets professionally cleaned regularly
The aforementioned tips will help, but depending on how well you can follow them, and how many pets you have, you will need to have your carpet professionally cleaned two or three times per year. Call CitruSolution of Asheville for the most effective, safest, natural carpet cleaning available.
Craft Centric has been voted the Best Beer Bar in North Carolina for the second year in a row! They are celebrating this designation with Customer Appreciation Day today. Congratulations to Matt and all the rest of the great folks there.
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Prepare to crave both chocolate and fruit when you walk into Edible Arrangements in Asheville. National Employee Appreciation day is March 1st. Diana and her staff will happily help you celebrate your employees with a box of chocolate-dipped strawberries and pineapple. It's a great way to show you appreciate the hard work and dedication of your staff. Get some boxws now at half price, only $9.99. Call 828-252-1550 to order.
#Asheville #employeeappreciation #chocolatedippedstrawberries #ediblearrangementsasheville
Brew Horizons Beer Festival is Saturday from 2:00 - 6:00. It's the inaugural event, and supports Green Built Alliance. Over 20 local and regional craft breweries and cideries, plus food and live music. It's a great chance to taste the offerings of many of Asheville's finest, all in one location. See you there.
Patrons of the Performing Arts in Asheville can look forward to two new performance spaces opening in the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Joining the 500-seat Diana Wortham Theater will be the 80-100 seat Tina McGuire Theatre, and the Henry LaBrun Studio, a multiuse space for classes and events, to be used as a classroom by day and a performance venue, seating 60-80 people, by night. Read more.
Hey Asheville! There's a very fun, tongue-in-cheek tribute to action movies of the 1980s coming to the stage of the Magnetic Theatre in the River Arts District. Opening March 8, Action Movie: The Play promises to keep you laughing while you're on the edge of your seat. Intrigue, heros and villians, fights, stunts, and the obligatory car chase will leave you asking yourself, "How did they do that?" Get your tickets now. This award-winning, over-the-top show will sell out.
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.
Craft Centric takes fine brew and customer service to heart with a Taproom and Bottle Shop founded on the principle of providing guests with the best craft beer experience available. Owners Matt and Shannon Vaughan, along with manager Josh Austin, are super-passionate about beer. “We’re a team of beer-crazies, constantly sifting through the ever-growing array of craft breweries to bring you the very best,” Matt said. “Our slogan is Where Beer Matters, and we strive to help folks pick out the perfect beer to enjoy for themselves or for that special gift for a friend.”
On a visit to Asheville in 2006, the craft beer bug bit Matt hard, and he’s been a dedicated emissary ever since. “It was after a Brews Cruise tour that took us to French Broad Brewing, Highland Brewing, Asheville Pizza & Brewing and Bruisin’ Ales that I was hooked,” Matt said. “I was so impressed with the quality and variety of good beer in Asheville. I loved learning about the process and the people who made it! I really became engrossed in the beer culture and it's been my mission to travel and seek out the best breweries and boutique bottle shops to bring back the best beers from all regions of the country.”
Since diving headfirst into the craft beer arena, Matt has been working on credentials to up his game. “I've been educated by Cliff Mori, Asheville's first Certified Cicerone and have earned my Level 1 Certification in the Cicerone beer program,” Matt said. The word Cicerone (sis-uh-rohn) denotes professionals with proven experience in selecting, acquiring and serving today's wide range of beers. To claim the designation, one must earn the trademarked title of Certified Cicerone®.
Craft Centric partners with other small local businesses to plan events. “We’ve worked with Luella’s on a Wing and Beer pairing, we’ve had a Baked Pie & Beer pairing, and most recently we paired 4 Vortex donuts with 4 tasty beers,” Matt said.
In addition to the impressive selection of beers from near and far, Craft Centric brews its own one-of-a-kind brews through its other venture, Fermented Nonsense Brewing. “That’s a separate project started by Josh Austin and I. We are the smallest brewery in Asheville, brewing on a one-sixth barrel electric brew system one keg at a time,” Matt said. “Josh has owned a home brew supply shop in Brunswick, GA and has over six years of experience brewing a variety of styles. We want to focus on Hazy New England Style IPAs, Fruited Sour Beers, and Pastry Stouts. We want to stay relevant and brew fun and interesting small batch recipes with big flavor! We always want to be experimenting and pushing the boundaries of good beer!”
Craft Cetric’s “ideal customers” are everyone who loves great beer. “This can be someone new to craft beer and wants to learn,” Matt said. “Or someone who appreciates a local, original one-of-a-kind concept that is not a cookie-cutter franchise. We offer over 400 different varieties of beer. We stock a great selection of local brews from WNC Breweries such as Burial, Green Man, Highland, Hi-Wire & Bhramari, as well as some of the best beers from around the world. My furthest reaching and most unique brew is from Põhjala Brewery in Tallinn, Estonia.”
Sampling all those great beers can work up an appetite. Craft Centric serves up bar snacks to cure the munchies. “We have Roots Hummus and pretzels, a warm toasted pub pretzel stick filled with cheese, and pints of Chex-Mix,” Matt said. “Our next door neighbors just opened up Asheville’s first Poke Sushi restaurant, and soon there will be a Marcos Pizza franchise in our complex that can deliver right to our door.”
A visit to Craft Centric is more than just fantastic, exotic beer – it’s fun, too. “My lead bartender Dale and her boyfriend Lane host Trivia every Tuesday night at 7. We pick a pop culture topic such as Parks & Rec from NBC. Prizes include Craft Centric Gift cards, and breweries sponsor giveaways such as T-shirts, pint glasses and Koozies (wrap-around can coolers)!
Craft Centric has been getting it’s share of accolades lately. “Craftbeer.com voted us the #1 Craft Beer Bar for 2018,” Matt said with pride. “And Forbes.com voted us the Best Beer Bar as well for North Carolina. Also, Hop Culture Magazine voted us among the Top 5 New Bottle Shops for 2017.”
At times, Craft Centric has featured live music, and they intend to bring in more.
“We have had live music from a local percussive guitarist Scott Kendrick, who can really jam on the guitar,” Matt said, “and I’m working with Lenny Pettinelli from Empire Strikes Brass on booking some more gigs for Saturday nights.”
Do you want to take some great beer home for an intimate gathering? “We fill growlers of any size with draft beer to go,” Matt said. “We also have a Crowler Can Seamer which means we can fill a 32oz Crowler can of draft Beer for to-go sales. It’s recyclable, and you never have to worry that you forgot your Growler at home. We can also chill any can or Bottle in our shop in about 5 min with our custom chiller.”
So if you’re looking for a place to hang out with friends, Craft Centric is the place to be. “It’s an artfully designed bar and bottle shop with one of the best selections of hard-to-find beers from local breweries and the best from around the world,” Matt said. “We have one of the best-curated draft lists in Asheville, with 26 Taps and we focus on customer service, making everyone feel welcome and appreciated.”
Come into Craft Centric and bask in the Beer Wall’s awesomeness! Matt, Shannon, and Josh can’t wait to meet you!
Craft Centric Taproom & Bottle Shop
100 Julian Shoals Drive, Unit 40, Arden , NC 28704
(In the new shopping center on Long Shoals Road next to Bojangles)
Phone: 828) 676-0075
Sun - Mon: 12 noon to 8 pm
Tue - Thu: 12 noon to 10 pm
Fri - Sat: 12 noon to 11:30 pm
On the web: www.craftcentricbeer.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/craftcentrictaproom
On Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/craftcentrictaproom
On Incredible Towns: https://asheville.incredibletowns.com/all-listings/craft-centric-taproom-and-bottle-shop
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...
Asheville Area Skin Care by Retro Co – Treat your skin to the very best!
Do you find yourself yearning for simpler times? When it comes to taking care of your skin, look no further than Retro Co. Their motto is: “Skin care doesn’t have to be complicated. So we’re throwing it back to a time when it wasn’t.”
Don’t be deceived by the return to a simpler era. Retro Co combines the pure simplicity of bygone days with new, amazing tech tools, such as their Fast Facial Mask, which harnesses the power of Red Light Therapy in the comfort of your own home or office.
“At Retro Co we offer exclusive award winning FDA-cleared, tech tools that are noninvasive and work,” says Retro Co CIO Sue Harris. “Red Light Therapy is not new, but being able to do it at home is a Retro Co advantage. Our Fast Facial Mask won awards at The Global Beauty Awards in Dubai.”
What are some of the advantages of Red Light Therapy? As we age, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin. Utilizing the power of red and infrared light emitting diodes, 15 minutes a day with the Fast Facial Mask can reduce the appearance of wrinkles – even deep ones. It’s UV-free, painless, non-invasive, and could not be simpler to improve the appearance of your forehead, smile lines, mouth, lips, nasal folds, and more. “Retro Co is the only direct sales company to offer FDA-cleared Red Light Therapy,” Sue says.
Red Light Therapy is just part of the Retro Co skin care program. “We also offer an organic and vegan natural skin care line that is formulated to work for everyone, from teenagers to adults. Our Eco-Cert Verified skincare line works and continues working without harmful chemicals. Women, men and teens are all reporting great results,” Sue says.
A business mentor introduced Sue to the Retro Co product line, and she has been a satisfied customer since day one. “I love our Fast Facial Mask. I saw a huge difference in about two weeks,” she says. “The first products I tried were the cleanser and sonic cleaner. I have very sensitive skin. No irritation at all, and I love how my skin feels. Firmness has returned and wrinkles are gone.”
Customers love Retro Co products so much that they keep coming back for more. “Everyone that has tried it keeps on buying,” Sue says. “A close friend's teenager had some acne, and it cleared it up. She told me the cleanser is the best she has ever used. My customers say that their skin has never looked better.”
Retro Co products are manufactured at their own facility in Fort Myers, Florida. “Everything is made right there. That is how we are able to keep our prices affordable,” Sue says.
Retro Co offers more than just great skin. It’s also a great business opportunity. Sue’s team is growing daily, and she’s on the lookout for motivated folks who want to earn extra income helping others to feel good about themselves. “Talk about a ground floor opportunity! We are not even a year old yet,” Sue says.
What kind of results can Retro Co skin care products bring to you? Find out for yourself at no risk. “We have a 60 day Love Guarantee. Love it or we will refund your money,” Sue says.
Do you want to try Retro Co products? There’s an impressive assortment of products from tech tools to serums to rejuvenators and more! Or would you like to explore how you can earn extra income as a Chief Inspiration Officer? It’s as easy as contacting Sue Harris to learn more.
Sue Penland Harris
CIO and Executive Pacesetter
The Retro Company(828) 674-5648
On the web: https://simplysue62.yourtrc.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retrocowithsueharris/
On Incredible Towns: https://asheville.incredibletowns.com/all-listings/retro-co-with-sue-harris