FRESH LAUNDRY: The Flatiron building's iron statue and Michael Dale's "fresh laundry" scent both commemorate a historic downtown laundromat at Wall Street. The Asheville Aroma Tour creator hopes candle customers will recall their trip to the historic landmark more vividly upon smelling the corresponding fragrance while at home. Photo by Kat McReynolds

Smelling Asheville: Local candlemake­r creates walking tour based on historic scents

“As far as I know, there’s never been anything like this,” says Asheville Aroma Tours creator Micheal Dale. Armed with an in-depth knowledge of Asheville’s walkable historic sites and a passion for aromatics, the local candlemaker has combined seemingly disparate modes of taking in local history — sights and smells — in his most recent […]

Erika Allen (photo courtesy of Growing Power)

Growing Power’s Erika Allen calls for thinking big about food and sustainabi­lity

On Jan. 20, a roomful of college students and citizens gathered at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union to hear Growing Power‘s national projects director, Erika Allen, discuss food systems, urban farms and sustainability. She focused on “transformation through the food system.” Allen launched into a dialogue on how the concept of social justice is entwined with food, and she […]

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Conscious Party: Get a move on

WHAT: Nia Fitness Fundraiser Jam WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. WHERE: Henderson County Athletics and Activity Center, 708 S. Grove St., Hendersonville WHY: Millions of children in this country qualify for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs. But what happens when these same […]

HANDS OFF/ON: Therapeutic touch applies "the energy in our hands, minds and intentions to support healing," says Padma Dyvine, a nurse who uses the method. (photo by Emily Nichols)

Therapeuti­c touch offers an energy-based approach to mind-body healing

Touch has the power to heal, or at the very least to soothe us when we’re not feeling well. In Asheville, several practitioners apply this power, using a method of therapeutic touch created in the 1970s by Dora Kunz and Delores Krieger. “We are energy fields,” says Padma Dyvine, an Asheville-based therapeutic touch practitioner for more […]

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Contaminat­ed CTS site gets national attention with AP story

It’s a “nightmare scenario” for residents living near or on land associated with the former CTS site south of Asheville on Mills Gap Road, according to a Dec. 29 Associated Press story that ran in the Charlotte Observer (“An Old Plant, tainted Land, and Worried Homeowners”). The story takes particular aim at the developers who purchased the more […]

William Najger as Moses, hanging out at Vance Monument.

Moses: spreading love downtown this holiday season

William Najger is spreading his message this week in an unusual way: He’s dressed up as Moses and hanging out at the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville, channeling his inner McConaughey and telling people to just keep on L-I-V-I-N. The Asheville native said his Moses stunt started with him going to Hollywood in the past […]

GOOD STUFF: Molly Ferguson has a healthy drink with her lunch at the Verner Center for Early Learning. Photo courtesy of Verner Center for Early Learning

Rainbow Table: Healthy, hydrated holidays

Sugary beverages are everywhere and are connected to every season. Why is that such a big deal? According to The Nutrition Source, Harvard School of Public Health’s resource for evidence-based diet and nutrition information, soft drink makers produce 10.4 billion gallons of sugary drinks each year. That is essentially one 12-ounce can for every American, every day of the year.