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Kassidy Heffner works on a display of bread at City Bakery on Charlotte Street, one of many local businesses serving residents and visitors in North Asheville. Take a walk along Charlotte Street on Page D3.





NORTH ASHEVILLE Greetings from friendly businesses, cozy neighborhoods and amazing views

By Jason Sandford



n a recent stroll through his North Asheville neighborhood, Mike Lewis wasn’t surprised to encounter a trio of turkeys. “The three of them were standing right in the middle of the road looking like gunfighters,” said Lewis, who lives on Gracelyn Avenue. “I wasn’t surprised. We have plenty of wildlife, including bears.” The urban wildlife is just one aspect of a range of attributes that Lewis finds endearing about his neighborhood and about North Asheville in general. In the widest sense, that’s everything north of Interstate 240 as it cuts through town. More specifically, the locus can be found neighborhoods such as Norwood Park, Albemarle Park and Lakeview Park. Lewis, a self-described neighborhood activist, moved to

widely used cut-through roads such as Kimberly Avenue, “by and large, we have neighborhoods. You don’t always find that combination of vintage houses built between 1905 and the 1920s” and tightknit communities, he said. The area varies from affluent to middle class, although the population isn’t very ethnically diverse, Lewis said. “I like the wide demographic of ages,” said LeNoir Medlock, who attended Claxton Elementary School in the 1970s and lives in the Grove Park neighERIN BRETHAUER/EBRETHAU@CITIZEN-TIMES.COM borhood. The Manor Inn is off Charlotte Street in North Asheville. Resident Amy Shivers, an Asheville native, said she likes Asheville 31 years ago. the north side “because it’s the “We bought an old Victorian best of a few worlds.” farmhouse, and we’ve been “I like that I can walk to resworking on it ever since,” Lewis taurants, grocery stores, hardsaid jokingly. “It’s nothing 5 ware stores; grab ice cream or acres couldn’t cure.” sushi; or even motor further to Despite busy thoroughfares such as Merrimon Avenue and Please see HOME on D2



EXPLORE CHARLOTTE STREET: A walk north from Interstate 240 to Macon Avenue doesn’t take long but encompasses a world of variety. Page D3

VISIT THE HELGESONS: The family’s Town Mountain retreat is a showcase for local materials, designers and artists. Page D4

GET OUTDOORS: From Beaver Lake to Weaver Park to the Asheville Country Club, an abundance of recreational options. Page D6

EAT WITH FRIENDS: North Asheville’s dining spots are as inviting as neighborhood hangouts, even if you’re from somewhere else. Page D7

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By Adrienne Belz



SHEVILLE — The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa caters to U.S. presidents and attracts thousands of people with its conferences, contests and comforts. But it also makes an effort to be a good neighbor in the middle of a quiet and private North Asheville neighborhood. “Grove Park has been doing things for neighbors for years,” said Deborah Potter, the inn’s public relations manager. “We’ve tried to keep them informed on what we offer and give.” Just last month, the inn hosted a neighborhood party to thank everyone living nearby. The inn sprang for drinks, gourmet food, door prizes, free spa treatments and special

entertainment. Since the event took place around the time of the 137th Kentucky Derby, the inn held a hat contest for those attending. “Most folks are happy to have the Grove Park Inn as a cornerstone,” said Dakota Forgione, the head of the Grove Park neighborhood society. “Both the history and open space add to the neighborhood.” As with any giant business nestled in a residential area, “there are bound to be a few issues,” she said, adding that the inn handles the issues well. For example, the construction of the Fitzgerald Condominiums right next to the inn “really had the neighborhood on its toes,” Forgione said. But when neighbors complained, the inn helped put a fund to-

gether to build a sidewalk along part of Macon Avenue right outside the hotel entrance. Most neighbors only have good things to say about the inn. Alan Escovitz, who’s lived nearby for three years, noted the inn’s generosity in lending space for events and hosting “neighborhood parties.” The inn provides for an annual neighborhood picnic, Escovitz said, and financially supported a neighborhood effort to landscape the traffic islands in the Grove Park area. In addition to hosting special events for immediate neighbors, the inn also gives discounts to Asheville residents several times a year, including promotions for its prestigious Horizons Dining Room. Potter said the Grove Park Inn recently had a buy one, get one offer for both spa treatments



Nikki Bargeloh of Aiken, S.C., enjoys lunch on the Sunset Terrace at the Grove Park Inn. Neighbors as well as tourists enjoy the inn’s views, food and drink, entertainment and recreational offerings. and a round of golf, both of which were big hits. Most recently, the inn reached out to those attending local high school proms and graduations. It gave gifts to prom kings and queens and offered them brunch gift cards. Potter also emphasizes that the inn hires local bands to perform. “We try to attract local folks by doing things like bringing in some of the hottest local bands in the area to play in the Great Hall,” Potter said. A lot of times the

band will have a local following, which Potter said adds a lot to the event. The big annual contests — birdhouses in the spring and gingerbread houses in the fall — also bring out locals, whether they just view entries or compete. “We know we can be disruptive, like when the president came to visit,” Potter said. But, she added, “Locals are very important to us. They help make what the Grove Park Inn is.”

■ Sing along at Elaine’s. The “NonStop Rock ’n’ Roll Sing-Along Party Show” is Wednesday-Saturday after 8 p.m. ■ Watch the sunset. Both the Sunset Terrace and Magnolia Lounge offer food, drink and spectacular views. ■ Golf. Barack Obama has played the links twice. Enough said. ■ Have brunch. Saturday’s midday menu at the Blue Ridge Dining Room is farm-to-table, and Sundays are a family favorite. ■ Pamper yourself. Check out the spa options. ■ Have a drink, with music. There’s free entertainment every evening in the legendary Great Hall. ■ Take a tennis lesson. The inn has pros on staff. ■ Join the club. The inn offers individual and family memberships to its sports complex, which includes tennis, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness center and more. ■ Bring the kids. Children especially enjoy viewing the November gingerbread competition entries.

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UNCA, Montford or downtown. “I also like that I can walk out my front door, wave at some wild turkeys, balk at a bear cub scraping up a tree in my neighbor’s yard, grab my dog, walk north for about five minutes and have incredible views of Asheville and the surrounding area,” she said. “It feels both urban and residential.” Shivers said she, too, liked the demographic diversity of the area. “As a first-time homebuyer, I liked the fact that there were so many types, sizes, prices and styles of homes, and that my neigh-

ASHEVILLE 28804 Demographic profile for one North Asheville ZIP code: ■ Population: 19,307. ■ White: 18,187. ■ African-American: 564. ■ Median age: 42. ■ Average family size: 2.7. ■ Total housing units: 8,659. ■ Median household income: $42,263. ■ Median home value: $163,400. Source: U.S. Census.

bors might include young families, retired folks, or the

‘in between’ where the rest of us fall,” she said. The homes in North Asheville sit in areas with leafy, mature trees. There are mostly well-maintained sidewalks made for walkers, runners and strollers. And the architectural styles range from the Arts & Crafts style in the Grove Park neighborhood to everything from bungalows and ranchers to Tudor and colonial houses. The people of North Asheville are friendly and look after each other, according to Medlock. The Grove Park neighborhood is a hot spot for people around Asheville to bring their children for trick-or-treating on

Halloween. Lewis also notes the nearby independent businesses that are within walking distance of many residents. Independent restaurants, such as Vinnie’s, Avenue M and Luella’s Bar-B-Que, offer up plenty of options for eating out. Other shopping is handy, too. “I can buy a screw at the local hardware store, get my hair cut and buy groceries,” he said. All in all, Lewis is happy to be in the heart of North Asheville. “The bottom line is that, as quaint as Asheville is, I can’t think of any place in the world I would rather live,” he said.

HISTORIC N. ASHEVILLE NEIGHBORHOODS ■ Norwood Park. Established in 1914, Norwood Park lies between Merrimon and Kimberly avenues, adjacent to the Grove Park neighborhood. Named a national historic district in 2008, it received the Griffin Award from the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County in 2009. ■ Albemarle Park. Started in the 1890s. Begins on Charlotte Street at The Manor and runs up Sunset Mountain. Designated a local historic district by City Council in 1989. Homes and landscape designed to complement the nearby Tudor-style Manor Inn, now an apartment building.

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By Mat Payne



SHEVILLE — “Local is the new black,” downtown posters declare, and if that’s the case, then shopping within blocks of your home could be considered the new accessorizing. In that sense, Charlotte Street residents, and those in surrounding neighborhoods, should be considered some of the best dressed in town. They’ve got a style all of their own. “Aside from green vegetables, I can get everything I need for daily life on this street,” said Brian Dunsmore, marketing director with The Wine Studio of Asheville. “It’s like a little European village — you’ve got your baker, your fish market, your wine store, and soon there’s going to be a butcher shop.” Charlotte Street is even home to a veterinary hospital. Nearby residents sometimes walk to the vet with their pets while others come by car — or even bicycle. “We have folks who actually ride their bikes and carry their cats in carriers on their bikes,” said Scott Roach, a vet assistant at Charlotte Street Animal Hospital. Numerous employees of Charlotte Street businesses believe that people like Dunsmore who both live in the neighborhood and patronize the various shops make up a majority of their foot traffic. “They kept us afloat during the winter,” said Harrison Topp, manager at Ultimate Ice Cream. Topp, who has worked at Ultimate Ice Cream for a year, said that because of the neighborhood folks who come in frequently, he feels as if he’s gotten to know a bigger part of the community. Trai Dunn, a bartender at Charlotte Street Grill & Pub, feels the same way. “It’s a lot like Cheers here


Brian Dunsmore works on a display of wine at The Wine Studio of Asheville on Charlotte Street.

Amy Long, left, and Claudia Castilla serve patrons at Charlotte Street Grill & Pub. The neighborhood establishment has been compared to TV’s “Cheers,” where “everyone knows your name.” — the bar’s a neighborhood kind of thing where everyone really does know your name. We’ve got people who have been coming in here for decades.” Like the residents who patronize them, many Charlotte Street businesses support one another, sometimes unintentionally. “We get a lot of foot traffic because of the Ultimate Ice Cream next door,” said Amanda King, clerk at Rosebud Video. “The simple combination of ice cream and a movie is some-

thing that people really like.” If there’s one business that can really appreciate the community support it receives, it’s Rosebud. Long a cornerstone of the street, the video store has existed in one form or another since the 1980s, despite the digitization of the movie rental industry in recent years. “People want the human interaction that they get here, and that’s something they just can’t get from Netflix,” King said. “This is the definition of

neighborhood store. I’ve made friends and dated people because I work here.” What is it that makes the locals so loyal? “It’s an almost residential business street,” said Sean Matthew, an employee at Charlotte Street Computers. “I think that does add something.” People who spend time in and around the Charlotte Street area describe it as a microcosm that no other area can match. “It’s a really unique area,” said Rick Hilton, associate manager at City Bakery. Topp added, “I think Charlotte Street has something special about it. I hope it can stay independent, quirky and weird.” Indeed, the future may be bright for the area. “I think that in 10 years, Charlotte Street will become a destination people will want to come to,” Dunsmore said. “Rather than having the individual businesses be the destination, people will want to come out to the area just to hang out.” Jessica Kennedy contributed to this story.

An incomplete selection of the shops and other businesses along Charlotte Street, heading north from Interstate 240: ■ Starbucks — at No. 62 ■ Alpha Real Estate — 65 ■ Jesse Lyle West, Nationwide Insurance — 67 ■ Pet’s Delights — 70 ■ Pearlman’s Carpet — 80 ■ City Bakery — 88 ■ Foundry — 92 ■ Blue Water Seafood Co. — 94 ■ Fuddruckers — 130 ■ Two Guys Olde Style Hoagies — 132 ■ Charlotte Street Grill and Pub — 157 ■ The Wine Studio — 169 ■ Wedding Inspirations — 171 ■ HomeSource Design Center — 172 ■ Doster Chiropractic — 179 ■ Envision Eyecare — 180 ■ Asheville Pilates — 188 ■ Elemental Changes Oriental Medical Arts — 188, Suite 3 ■ Asheville Center for Healthy Living — 188, Suite 1 ■ Allegra Print and Imaging — 191 ■ Rosebud Video — 197 ■ Ultimate Ice Cream Co. — 197 ■ WNC Hypertension Prevention and Wellness Center — 200 ■ New Dawn Midwifery — 201 ■ Family to Family Holistic Health Center — 207 ■ Charlotte Street Animal Hospital — 208 ■ Jewish Community Center — 236 ■ Inara’s Tailor and Alterations — 246 ■ White Pine Acupuncture — 247, Suite R3 ■ Manor Gate Beauty Salon — 248 ■ Charlotte Street Computers — 252 ■ Gatehouse Family Hairstyling Salon — 265 ■ Gatehouse Business Services — 265 ■ The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County — 324

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Lish Helgeson designed the two white swivel rockers in the great room, and she reupholstered the Maria Yee bench there with Schumacher fabric.




David Helgeson, daughter Taylor and wife Lish Helgeson take in an art show by two local artists, photographer Julie McMillan and painter Olga Dorenko. Art is important to Lish Helgeson’s design work and their Town Mountain home.

The Town Mountain home of Lish and David Helgeson, seen here in a photo shot last fall, is a showcase for local materials, artists and artisans.

ish Helgeson feels lucky that when she landed in Asheville in 1999, she got to work with some of the city’s best designers and architects. So when it came to designing her family’s HealthyBuilt home on Town Mountain, she was able to call upon not only her own experience as a designer, but her mentors’ as well. “I’ve been incredibly lucky,” she said of the people she’s worked with in Asheville. And that includes her clients, many of whom have seen what can be accomplished by using local suppliers and working with local artists. “I really want people to understand that handmade goods in the house are affordable,” Lish said. “And I want to get gainful work for those important artists that at present we’re not supporting. “Asheville is the perfect place for my work. People (here) have such an open heart and open mind, and they’re willing to take the journey with the artist to put art in their homes.” Even with a house like hers, resplendent with the graciousness that art brings to a home, that journey can take some coaxing. “I joke that I’m not a designer — I’m a professional hand-holder,” she said. “I’m clearly beyond passionate about design.”


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An unforgettable experience

Lish based the exterior of the year-old house on the old train station in Black Mountain. She based the roofline of a Japanese teahouse that she saw as a child at the Philadelphia Art Museum. Years later, when she was making a model of the house she wanted to build in Asheville, she couldn’t get the roof right. Nor could she find what she was looking for in her architectural excursions around Asheville. So she made a special trip back to Philadelphia, to the teahouse. Seeing it reminded her of why she always loved it. “It always felt peaceful,” she said.

For less than you think

A lecturer on sustainable design, Lish wanted a HealthyBuilt home that would show her clients how they can live comfortably in an environmentally sound house. She also wanted to promote local artists, many of whom returned the favor by donating work to be seen in the house. Art is a sustainable home feature, Lish tells her clients, because unlike other goods they buy to outfit their homes, art isn’t likely to end up in the landfill. “People don’t realize that I can have a local artist make an outstanding railing using recycled metals at the same cost as if they were to go to various supply houses to buy a regular stairway,” she said.

Reworking the 1930s

Lish loves the 1930s. During that decade, her grandmother, living in Zanesville, Ohio, worked with a designer out of Chicago, and Lish has many of the pieces her grandmother bought. In the master bedroom, the vintage chandelier is by noted lighting specialist Moe Bridges. The mirror is vintage art nouveau. The linens in the bedroom and throughout the house are contemporary, made by The Oriole Mill in Hendersonville. Much of the artwork came from Grovewood Gallery, whose work Lish recommends to clients.

Lish, a designer, brings her clients to her home to demonstrate what can be done affordably with local materials and craftspeople.

Soaking in scenery

“The house was designed around that bathtub,” Lish Helgeson said. “I wanted to be able to sit in that tub and watch the sunset.”

NUTS AND BOLTS The home: A simple 3,100square-foot cottage house with three bedrooms and three baths. The homeowners: Lish Helgeson, an interior designer, and husband David Helgeson, a certified financial planner. Their daughter is Taylor, 6. Defining aspect: It’s amazing that you can do so much with Lish really keeps her honed granite countertops this clean so that her daughter can do art projects while Lish cooks.

so little. Lish’s house is uncluttered, an effect she gets by using a minimum of pieces, each of which is truly stellar. The team: The design and interior decoration was by Lish Helgeson, of Lish Helgeson Home, Asheville. The designer/builder was Kirk Johnson, of Kirk Johnson Construction, Asheville.

“The truth is, the house was designed around that bathtub,” she said of the master bathroom. “I wanted to be able to sit in that tub and watch the sunset and read my book.” To make sure the setting sun was visible from the tub, she climbed on top of her SUV on the lot to figure out how to position the house. The rest of the bathroom includes understated travertine tile that doesn’t deflect the attention from the tub and a very special lighting fixture by New Orleans artist Paul Gruer.

Down the road

Lish said she’s “still digesting” the living room, not sure what it should be. But it has lots of potential. It’s big, and the light and the sunsets are good. “I didn’t have the money to put my fireplace in yet,” she said, “and I’m glad I didn’t, because I’ve been feeling all these different notions, waiting to see what comes out of it. It may be a year down the road. Maybe two.”

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Beaver Lake also provides the best opportunity for fishing in North Asheville. “It has a mixture of largemouth bass and kind of a general grouping of lesser species we call pan fish,” said Thomas Weldon, an employee at Hunter Banks Co. Fishing in Beaver Lake is appropriate for all ages. “There’s no reason you couldn’t have a 5-year-old out there fishing with an 85-year-old,” Weldon said. Visitors must get fishing permits once they arrive at Beaver Lake. For more info about fishing in North Asheville, call Hunter Banks Company at 252-3005.



orth Asheville is rich with recreational options, from boating and running to bird watching and fishing. Here are some highlights:

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Anderson Adams, of Raleigh, reels in a fish that shook itself off while fishing at Beaver Lake with her “paw-paw” Tim Galvin, of Asheville. are a few in there,” Allen said. “But I know that a downhill is right around the corner.” The trail around Beaver Lake is great for runners and walkers. Allen suggests runners head to the lake trail to get out of the hot sun during their workouts. Sidewalks line most of the streets, and the traffic isn’t bad. For a run through North Asheville, Allen suggests parking at Jus’ Running on Merrimon Avenue and doing a loop through the neighborhoods and around the Country Club of Asheville or Beaver Lake. A loop up Kimberly Avenue, around the Country Club and back down Merrimon should be about 6 miles, Allen said. “If they chose to go around the lake kind of up in that neighborhood behind the lake they could easily make it into an 8-mile course,” Allen said. For more about running in North Asheville, visit www.asheville

Bird watching

The Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary is a perfect place for bird watching. The type of bird visitors will see depends on

the season, said Len Pardue, a volunteer bird walk leader at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. This time of year, bird watchers will find yellow warblers, brownheaded nuthatches, great blue herons, green herons and Baltimore and orchard orioles. The best time for bird watching is early spring, but lake visitors can see many birds in the summer. Pardue said the birds are drawn to nest around Beaver Lake because of the marsh habitat and the big trees. This good habitat includes plenty of vegetation for birds between various bugs and seeds. Walks are led through the bird sanctuary at 8 a.m. the first Saturday of each month from May to September. The free walks, led by skilled birders, last about two hours and are appropriate for all ages and experiences. Bird watchers should dress for the weather and bring binoculars if they want a closer look. Bird watchers can also walk through the sanctuary between dawn and dusk each day without a guided tour. For more information about bird watching, visit

Golf and tennis

Two of the bestknown golf courses in Asheville are also in the northern neighborhoods, each accompanied by tennis and other recreational options. The 117-year-old Country Club of Asheville offers an 18-hole championship course, designed by Donald Ross, with a clubhouse overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to golf, the club’s 700-plus members enjoy an indoor tennis facility along with eight outdoor clay courts, as well as a fitness center. The club has five classes of members — resident, associate, junior, part-time resident and house and swimming—and fees vary. To learn more, visit www.countryclub or call 258-9183. The other major golf-and-tennis facility is the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. For more about the inn, see Page 3.


By Carol Motsinger



he Grovewood Gallery is rooted in craft history; however, this 9,000-square-foot art space nestled on the grounds of the Grove Park Inn is anything but stuck in the past. With 10 artists working in its studios on Grovewood Road, the next big thing is constantly being created — and celebrated in a gallery space that’s been open since 1992. The Grovewood, like the diverse North Asheville neighborhood surrounding it, encompasses more than one type of art or topic of interest, all with a focus on keeping the past alive. There are landscaped sculpture gardens. A collection of rare vintage automobiles. Historical exhibits about an important Asheville craft industry. “It’s just fine, handmade American craft,” Ashley Van Matre, marketing coordinator, said. “It’s got to be by an American artist. We have everything from furniture to garden sculpture and jewelry.” The gallery features more than 500 artists

exploring fiber, furniture and lighting, ceramics, wood and glass. Here’s a look at this and other arts opportunities in North Asheville: ■ Grovewood Gallery features more than 500 artists from around the United States, 111 Grovewood Road, 253-7651. ■ Gallery of the Mountains specializes in fine crafts mostly locally and regionally made. 290 Macon Ave., 254-2068. http:// ■ BlackBird Frame & Art offers framing, as well an art gallery featuring local artists. 365 Merrimon Ave., 225-3117. ■ Points of Light, a crystal, gem and mineral gallery; showcases and sells sculpted stones. 391 Merrimon Ave., 257-2626. ■ Foundry, an art gallery focused on crafting with reused materials; sells much of its creations. 92 Charlotte St., 255-2533. ■ Sanctuary of Stuff features 250 local artists’ work for sale. 440 Weaverville Highway, 484-8047. http://sanctuaryofstuff. Intern Adrienne Belz contributed to this report.

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The French Broad River provides opportunities for boats and flotation devices of all kinds. People can canoe, kayak, stand up paddle board or tube down the river. “It’s the sheer proximity,” said Derek Turno, who works at Diamond Brand Outdoors. “It runs through the middle of town. It’s convenient. It’s easy. Anyone can do it. Any type of boat can be used.” Most of the river, including the part that runs through town, is class 1, the easiest river classification, and is appropriate for use by all ages. The Western North Carolina Alliance is planning a paddle trail on the river. The trail is proposed to be more than 120 miles long and will include campsites that are accessible by watercraft. In North Asheville, people can put in or take out their boats at Hominy Creek River Park, Jean Webb Park or Woodfin River Park, Turno said. Parking is available at all of these locations. For more information, call Diamond Brand Outdoors at 459-6262.


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Ruben Jorres takes a pizza out of the oven during lunch at Marco’s Pizzeria. North Asheville dining options include casual Italian, classic Mexican and much more.



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very restaurant Marco Garcia has opened — in Florida, Texas and North Carolina — has been in the same place. That is to say, each of Garcia’s Mexican eateries has been located in a residential neighborhood rather than along a commercial strip. “I like neighborhoods,” said Garcia, who opened Curras Dom in Woodfin in 2008. “I like to meet people and get to know people in that way. Clients have become regular customers and they have become friends.” Most of his customers at the Mexican eatery with a French twist on Weaverville Highway are from the Beaverdam, Reynolds Mountain, Weaverville and Reems Creek area, Garcia said. But Garcia urges the rest of Asheville to venture out more from the city’s downtown dining district and to taste the diverse cuisine in North Asheville that includes one of the rare German res-

taurants in the area, The Bavarian Restaurant & Biergarten. “Locals need to venture more to Woodfin,” he said. “We have plenty of parking lots.” When Mike Rangel opened the first Asheville Pizza and Brewing location on Merrimon Avenue in 1995, he was quite happy to just be serving food. Today, his menu includes a lot more, including craft beers, discount movies and games for children. And he has a second location in downtown Asheville. “There would be no Asheville Pizza and Brewing without the support of the people in North Asheville,” Rangel said. “We are blessed to be in that spot.” At the Bellagio Bistro, an Italian and Greek restaurant on Weaverville Highway, this 8-year-old business is also built on local, regular customers, said manager Anthony Randolph. But he’s noticed a lot of new faces being stuffed with gyros and spaghetti as well. “We are seeing a lot of new customers,” he said. “I think a lot of people are find-

ing us and they are picking up on the word of mouth.” Here’s a sampling of dining highlights to add to your North Asheville dining adventure: ■ Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co., 675 Merrimon Ave., Pizza, sandwiches, etc. ■ Avenue M, 791 Merrimon Ave., 350-8181, American bistro. ■ Bavarian Dining Restaurant & Biergarten, 332 Weaverville Highway, 645-8383, Traditional German. www.bavariandining. com. ■ Bellagio Bistro, 133 Weaverville Highway No. 5, 658-9700, Italian and Greek. ■ Blue Water Seafood Co., 94 Charlotte St., 253-2080, Fresh seafood. www.bluewater ■ Charlotte Street Pub and Grill, 157 Charlotte St., Bar and restaurant specializing in American. ■ Curras Dom, 72 Weaverville Highway, 253-2111, Mexican. ■ Homegrown, 371 Merrimon Ave., 232-4340, Southern food emphasizing local ingredients.

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WNC DAYLILY CLUB: Prizewinning daylilies will be on display as well as a wide variety of daylily plants available for purchase. Daylily club members will answer questions. Today, N.C. Arboretum, Frederick Law Olmsted Way (off N.C. 191). 665-2492. HERITAGE CROCHET IN CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AND APPLICATION WORKSHOP: Taught by Rita de Maintenon. History and techniques. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. $85 for members, $95 for nonmembers. Call 251-6140 or visit FATHER’S DAY GARDEN TOUR: Tour a dozen private gardens in the Kenilworth neighborhood, chat with the gardeners and take home a free plant. 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road, Asheville. Advance tickets $15, $25 for two. Day of: $20, $30.


“LOOK AND LEARN IN OUR GARDENS”: Self-guided tour 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25, features five private gardens. Begins at the Vance Elementary School Peace Garden in West Asheville, 98 Sulfur Springs Road. $15 advance, $20 day of. ASAP’S FAMILY FARM TOUR: Self-guided tour of 41 Western North Carolina farms, June 2526. Learn how food grows, taste farm-fresh treats, interact with farm animals and meet the food producers. $25 advance. Purchase a tour button at area businesses and tailgate markets, or online at One button admits carload. 236-1282, ext. 114. AMERICAN BAMBOO SOCIETY’S ANNUAL FESTIVAL: Features regional bamboo nurseries offering plants and crafters selling their products. Weekend also includes educational lectures and demonstrations. July 9-10, N.C. Arboretum665-2492.


ASHEVILLE CITY MARKET: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Parking lot of the Public Works Building at 161 S. Charlotte St. ASHEVILLE CITY MARKET SOUTH: Wednesdays, 2-6 p.m. Town Square Boulevard in center of Biltmore Park Town Square. BIG IVY TAILGATE MARKET: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon. Parking lot of the old Barnardsville fire station, across from the post office on N.C. 197. BLACK MOUNTAIN TAILGATE MARKET: Saturdays, 9 a.m.noon. Behind First Baptist Church, 130 Montreat Road. MISSION HOSPITAL TAILGATE MARKET: Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. At the back entrance to the Mission Hospital Heart Center on the Memorial Campus. NORTH ASHEVILLE TAILGATE MARKET: Saturdays, 8 a.m.noon. UNC Asheville Campus Commuter Lot C. RICEVILLE TAILGATE MARKET: Fridays, 4-7 p.m. Groce United Methodist Church’s parking lot at Beverly and Tunnel roads. WEAVERVILLE TAILGATE MARKET: Wednesdays, 2:30-6:30 p.m. Behind the Community Center on Weaverville Highway. WEDNESDAY CO-OP MARKET: Wednesdays, 2-6:30 p.m. 76 Biltmore Ave., in the parking lot. WEST ASHEVILLE TAILGATE MARKET: Tuesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m. 718 Haywood Road, in the parking lot.


BRUNCH, AUCTION, WORKSHOP: Brunch and live auction hosted by The Mountain View Garden Club on 10:30 a.m. Monday at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. Proceeds donated to HRMC Hospice and Palliative Care. Tickets are $30, presale only. Call Faye Wagoner 456-6584. Nancilee Wydra will speak at the brunch. She will conduct a workshop “The Secret Information Communicated by Color, Line and Form”10 a.m.-noon on Tuesday at HART Theatre on Pigeon Street. Tickets are $25, presale only. Call Anne Budde 452-9364.

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SHEVILLE — Short, lush green, sculpted shrubs and conifers border a red brick home upon a gently sloping hill. Beyond the shrubbery, a stone path weaves past more miniature evergreens to an archway woven with bright pink and purple flowers. In the back, a great white oak tree towers over a menagerie of flowers and ferns. The garden created by Norbert Artzt and John Denton in West Asheville is one of five private gardens on the Buncombe County Master Gardeners Tour on June 25. The master gardeners try to educate the public about how to garden successfully with environmental sensitivity. The Buncombe Cooperative Extension will use the proceeds from the tour to establish and maintain school gardens throughout Asheville. “Our garden tends to be on first look a pretty garden, but there are all kinds of things to learn about,” said Artzt, a master gardener for more than 10 years. “There will be master gardeners stationed throughout the garden to give lessons about various plants and approaches to developing gardens.” First, Artzt said, he wants people to learn about the dwarf conifers in the garden, which grow fairly slowly. “They’re used in all kinds of different ways in the garden, as ground covers, as focal points, as vertical accents,” he said. “These kinds of plants are just beginning to be established in gardening in the


Master gardeners Norbert Artzt, left, and John Denton stand beneath the great white oak tree in their backyard garden, which will be featured in the Master Gardeners Tour on July 25.

Vance Elementary School on Sulphur Springs Road in West Asheville. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of the tour. Visit http:// buncombemastergardener. org/Gardentour.html

IF YOU GO What: Buncombe County Master Gardeners Tour . When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25. Where: The tour starts at mountains.” He said he also wants to show people how to deal with slopes. “Mainly you have to avoid monoculture, one plant dominating the whole slope. The prob-

lem is if that plant gets hit with some kind of destructive insect, your entire image is destroyed.” He added that he wants to show how much variety is possible

in a small space. “This is an urban property — only 80 feet wide and 160 feet deep. Yet, it has many hundreds of different kinds of plants in it,” he said. Artzt said he gardens because he loves plants and the outdoors, adding that he enjoys the design aspect the most. “I love

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