Cozy Company: Keeping it small this Thanksgiving

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Cover Design Credit:

Scott Southwick

Cover Photography Credit:

Brent Brown
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving in the middle of a pandemic? Members of the local restaurant industry say they plan to keep their personal festivities small and pod-centric — but tasty nonetheless.



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    -by Kay West
    “Launching my own business during a global pandemic was one of the best things I have done. It has taught me a great deal about who I am and ignited…
  • Gene Ettison feels blessed to unite

    -by Kay West
    “Grind is grateful for the opportunity to hold space in such a historic spot [on Depot Street, which runs through the historically Black Southside community]. For years, our people have…
  • Aaron Grier is thankful for new bonds

    -by Xpress Contributor
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    -by Xpress Contributor
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    -by Kay West
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    -by Kay West
    Menu options, order deadlines and pickup details for a few Asheville-area Thanksgiving takeout feasts.


  • On gratitude: Stacie Saunders

    -by Xpress Contributor
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    -by Xpress Contributor
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    -by Xpress Contributor
    "A message of hope? America’s success equation is liberty + opportunity + responsibility = prosperity. More people than not understand we can’t leave out pieces and produce the same outcome."
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    -by Leslie Boyd
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  • School gardens keep growing despite pandemic

    -by Gina Smith
    Jodie Williams, a teacher at Bell’s School for People Under Six in Fletcher, recently received a Henderson County award for supporting student health and wellness through gardening. But with many…
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    -by Molly Horak
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    -by Molly Horak
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