Love & Sex: Wellness Series Part II

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Scott Southwick
In Part Two of our annual wellness-themed issues, we explore the saucy state of love and sex in the mountains with articles spanning LGBTQ weddings, advice from local sex therapists, burlesque in the age of the #MeToo movement and more.



  • Kava and kratom culture takes root in WNC

    -by Courtney Garcia
    Over the past decade, a small but dedicated scene has developed around Western North Carolina's kava and kratom bars.
  • Small bites: Bow Chicka Wow Wow

    -by Thomas Calder
    With Valentine’s Day around the corner, French Broad Food Co-op is hosting its latest workshop focused on aphrodisiacs. Also: Asheville Mardi Gras celebrates its latest Cajun Cookoff; Green Opportunities announces…


  • The dating game: Looking for love in midlife and beyond

    -by Kay West
    “If you’re in a relationship, and one of you has an apartment downtown and one has a house in West Asheville, that sounds pretty perfect to me,” says Henry, who's…
  • Author Patti Digh on making each day count

    -by Brooke Randle
    While some might find the notion morbid, author and activist Patti Digh says contemplating life as if it had a rapidly approaching expiration date actually reminds her to take care…
  • Sexual health specialists discuss the ins and outs of their profession

    -by Thomas Calder
    Far from simply providing instructions on Kegel exercises, sexual health professionals collaborate with patients on a wide range of topics — from the physical to the emotional, the sociocultural to…
  • Laura Juarez: Work hard, relax harder

    -by Brooke Randle
    After spending much of her working life as a consultant for Fortune 500 companies, Asheville career coach and entrepreneur Laura Juarez says that taking time to relax, unwind and detach…
  • Dog Eat Dog

    -by Molton
  • Local LGBTQ community reconfigures weddings

    -by Able Allen
    For more than a decade, Jeanne Sommer of Hidden River Events has been hosting and presiding over same-sex partnership ceremonies on her farm in Swannanoa. “It doesn’t matter if it’s…


  • Screen Scene: Local film news

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    The Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center plays host to a screening of "Selma" and a community discussion, Frank Thompson records a notable film commentary and more.