Loaves and fishes: Love the feel of an open-air market? The Grove Corner Market has your fix. Check out the Friday Festival of Loaves and Fishes, a weekly sidewalk sale and celebration of community, food and drink at the Grove Arcade. Every Friday until Dec. 30, the market will host various wine and food tastings to the live sounds of musician Michael Farr. What’s more, revelers will have the opportunity to purchase fresh fish from the N.C. coast, fresh-baked artisan bread and other specialty items. The Grove Corner Market is located at the corner of Battery Park and O’Henry avenues, and is open seven days a week, selling goods that run the gamut from “PBR to caviar.” Limited delivery is also available. For more information, call 225-4949.
Winter at the Trap: This winter, the Lobster Trap has the means to cure those cold-weather blues. Every Tuesday, oysters on the half shell will cost a mere half buck each, while oyster shooters will cost $1.50. Listen to the live sounds of Woody Wood while sipping $3 pints or $2 domestics. On Thursdays, treat yourself and your honey (or just yourself, you little piggy) to two lobster dinners and two glasses of champagne for $50. The Lobster Trap is located at 35 Patton Ave. in downtown Asheville. For more information call 350-0505.
Chocoholic heaven: The new chocolate shop in downtown Asheville, Oh! Chocolat, is the love child of a lifelong romance with great chocolate. Dean and Rebekah Robinson visited a Belgian chocolate shop in Charleston, S.C., many a time before they decided that 200 miles was too far to roam. Specializing in the finest European chocolates, the store has a wide selection of Neuhaus pralines and truffles. They also carry selections by French chocolatier Michel Cluizel and several products from the Italian chocolate maker Venchi. Oh! Chocolat is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store is located in the Grove Arcade; call 252-7799.