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Best Of WNC PART 2

2013 AWARDS Gus Cutty: Mural Artist

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BUSINESS........................56 UNIQUELY ASHEVILLE ...64 TOURISM ........................72 HEALTH & WELLNESS ....78

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Cover Art By: Gus Cutty, Mural Artist see more on page 6 (cover photo by Max Cooper)

We couldn’t let you go with just one issue. You’re too big and beautiful. We packed as much as we could into part one of Xpress’ Best Of WNC, but there was still much, much more. So, read on for more of what makes our communities so wonderful: all the places, people and things that come together to create this place we call home. Sincerely, the Xpress staff

Best of WnC is brought to you by the entire staff of Mountain Xpress. Special thanks to everyone who made it happen — especially our readers. We have taken great care to ensure the accuracy of the Best of Wnc listings, but if you have corrections, questions or suggestions, email us at listings@mountainx.com or call 251-1333.

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Thanks for voting for ASAP and supporting our work and for supporting area farmers and local food businesses. Together, we are transforming our food system! Learn about our love of local food and donate at asapconnections.org.

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The current interest in murals and public art has its roots in what is popularly referred to as “street art,” a vague term describing the often-illegal work that has covered public spaces across the globe for the past 20 or so years. Though street art is a direct descendant of graffiti, the letter-based tradition that originated in New york City in the ‘70s, it has found an acceptance that its older brother will never enjoy. Most graffiti writers couldn’t care less about acceptance, but the fact remains that those who benefit from the current street art scene owe that success to the unsung heroes of wall art, the graffiti writers. That’s why I dedicate this cover to the tradition that caught my attention at an early age, and saved me and many others from much darker paths.

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Bar For an oFFice Party 1 Pack's Tavern D H 20 S. Spruce St., Asheville 225-6944 • packstavern.com

2 Wicked Weed Brewing D 91 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 575-9599 • wickedweedbrewing.com

3 Lexington Avenue Brewery D A 39 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 252-0212 • lexavebrew.com

Bar For Live Music 1 Jack of the Wood D A 95 Patton Ave., Asheville 252-5445 • jackofthewood.com

2 The Grey Eagle R 185 Clingman Ave., Asheville 232-5800 • thegreyeagle.com

3 Isis Restaurant & Music Hall W 743 Haywood Road, Asheville 575-2737 • isisasheville.com

Bar With a vieW 1 Sky Bar D 18 Battery Park Ave., Asheville 258-1058 • worldcoffeecafe.com

2 The Bywater R 796 Riverside Drive, Asheville 232-6967 • bywaterbar.com

3 Social Lounge & Tapas (formerly Sazerac) D Dobra: Best Reading-Friendly Coffeehouse/ Teahouse, Place To Drink Tea PHoTo By MAx CooPeR

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When it comes to craft beverages in Asheville, some might say our cups runneth over. But Best Of WNC voters know otherwise (and frankly, no one says “runneth” anymore, anyway). They don’t waste drink; they just get bigger cups. In the morning, that cup probably holds a smooth brew from High Five Coffee Bar (Best All-Around Coffeehouse, Best Morning Coffeehouse) or a pour-over from Waking Life (Coffeehouse with the Best Coffee). In the afternoon, they’re sipping infusions from Dobrá Tea (Best Place to Drink Tea). And at that golden hour (it’s different for everyone, we know), they’ve likely got a cup of something golden — or amber or chestnut: local beer. Which local beer? Best Of WNC voters have many favorites, but they’re especially partial to Pisgah Pale (Best Local Beer Any Style, Local Ale, Local Beer in a Growler). For IPAs, they choose Shiva from Asheville Brewing or Iron Rail from Wedge (tied for Best Local IPA). When they want something darker, they drink Green Man Porter (Best Local Porter), which recently became available in bottles. 8

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For a nightcap, Asheville heads to Social Lounge & Tapas (formerly Sazerac, Best Cocktails) or MG Road (Best Specialty Liquor Selection). But Asheville’s drinking habit isn’t just about what’s in the cup. Best Of WNC voters care where the cup is. They know atmosphere is key, and they’re experts at matching occasions with settings. For work functions, they keep things friendly at Pack’s Tavern (Best Bar for an Office Party). When they want to be with other locals, they head to The Bywater (Best Locals Bar), and when they want to mingle with out-of-towners, they take the elevator to the W XYZ Lounge (Best Hotel Bar). To meet other singles (and scenesters), they hit up Tiger Mountain Thirst Parlour (Best Singles Bar, Scenester/Hipster Bar). To catch a drag show, they pack out Scandals Nightclub (Best Gay Bar). But perhaps the best thing about Asheville drinkers is that they care about their cups, whatever the contents may be: They voted enthusiastically for both Best Place to Drink Tea (Dobrá Tea) and Best Beer Store (Bruisin’ Ales). Just as their cups are big (really, really big), they’re also wellrounded. — Emily Patrick

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29 Broadway St., Asheville 575-9005 • facebook.com/SocialLounge AndTapasBar

Bar With Bar GaMes 1 Arcade Asheville D 130 College St., Asheville 258-1400 • https://www.facebook.com/ arcadeasheville

2 The Bywater R 796 Riverside Drive, Asheville 232-6967 • bywaterbar.com

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THANK YOU WNC! FOR VOTING BIER GARDEN

#1 BARTENDER JACKSON ZOELLER #2 SPORTS BAR

Come in and meet Jackson and enjoy all the big screen tvs and great sports packages.

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3 Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria D

3 Desoto Lounge W

42 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 255-0504 • barleystaproom.com

504 Haywood Road, Asheville 255-1109 • desotolounge.com

Dive Bar 1 Desoto Lounge N 504 Haywood Road, Asheville 255-1109 • desotolounge.com

2 The Double Crown W 375 Haywood Road, Asheville 575-9060 • thedoublecrown.com

3 Broadway's D 120 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 285-0400 • avl.mx/we

Gay Bar 1 Scandals Nightclub D B 11 Grove St., Asheville 505-1612 • scandalsnightclub.net 2 O.Henry's D 237 Haywood St., Asheville 254-1891 • ohenrysofasheville.com

3 Smokey’s After Dark D 18 Broadway St., Asheville 253-2155 • avl.mx/w6

hoteL Bar 1 W XYZ Lounge D 51 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 232-2838 • aloftashevilledowntown.com/wxyzbar

2 OneFiftyOne Boutique Bar and Kitchen D 151 Haywood St., Asheville 239-0186 • avl.mx/wz

3 Red Stag Grill S A 11 Boston Way, Asheville 398-5600 • bohemianhotelasheville.com/dining

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1 The Bywater R 796 Riverside Drive, Asheville 232-6967 • bywaterbar.com

2 Wedge Brewing Co. R 125-B Roberts St., Asheville 505-2792 • wedgebrewing.com

3 Westville Pub W A 777 Haywood Road, Asheville 225-9782 • westvillepub.com

neiGhBorhooD PuB 1 Westville Pub W A 777 Haywood Road, Asheville 225-9782 • westvillepub.com 2 Universal Joint W 784 Haywood Road, Asheville 505-7262 • ujasheville.com

3 Jack of the Wood D A 95 Patton Ave., Asheville 252-5445 • jackofthewood.com

restaurant Bar 1 Wicked Weed Brewing D 91 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 575-9599 • wickedweedbrewing.com 2 Universal Joint W 784 Haywood Road, Asheville 505-7262 • ujasheville.com

3 Lexington Avenue Brewery D A 39 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 252-0212 • lexavebrew.com

scenester/hiPster Bar 1 Tiger Mountain Thirst Parlour D 103 Broadway St., Asheville 331-1313 • avl.mx/wj

2 The Admiral W 400 Haywood Road, Asheville 252-2541 • theadmiralnc.com

3 Rankin Vault D 7 Rankin Ave., Asheville 254-4993 • rankinvault.com

3 The Double Crown W 375 Haywood Road, Asheville 575-9060 • thedoublecrown.com

sinGLes Bar 1 Tiger Mountain Thirst Parlour D 103 Broadway St., Asheville 407-0666 • facebook.com/tigermountainthirstparlour


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DOWNTOWN ON THE PARK Eclectic Menu • Over 30 Taps • Patio • 13 TV’s Sports Room • 110” Projector • Event Space Shuffleboard • Darts • Open 7 Days 11am - Late Night

LIVE MUSIC... NEVER A COVER

Thank you Asheville for showing us the love & voting us #1 • Business Lunch • Bar for an Office Party

20 S. SPRUCE ST. • 225.6944 PACKSTAVERN.COM

Westville Pub: Best Neighborhood Pub PHoTo By MAx CooPeR

2 Scully's Bar & Grille D

3 MG Road D

13 Walnut St., Asheville 251-8880 • scullysasheville.com

19 Wall St., Asheville 254-4363 • mgroadlounge.com

3 Lexington Avenue Brewery D A 39 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 252-0212 • lexavebrew.com

Wine Bar 1 5 Walnut Wine Bar D H

LocaL Beer seLection 1 Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria D B 42 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 255-0504 • barleystaproom.com 92 Patton Ave., Asheville 254-5470 • monkpub.com

1 Wild Wing Café D 161 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 253-3066 • wildwingcafe.com

2 Santé Wine Bar & Tap Room D H

20 Gala Drive (Gerber Village), Asheville 255-4564

2 The Bier Garden D

3 Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar D

46 Haywood St., Asheville 285-0002 • ashevillebiergarden.com

3 Hickory Tavern S

Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave., Suite 146, Asheville 254-8188 • santewinebar.com

Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave., Suite 101, Asheville 252-0020 • batteryparkbookexchange.com

30 Town Square Blvd., Suite 100, Asheville 684-0975 • thehickorytavern.com

uPscaLe Bar 1 Social Lounge & Tapas (formerly Sazerac) D B 29 Broadway St., Asheville 575-9005 • facebook.com/SocialLounge AndTapasBar

2 The Imperial Life D 48 College St., Asheville 254-8980 • imperialbarasheville.com

FooD vs. Beer If Best of votes are any indication, Asheville is more of a food town than a beer town: 12 Bones (Best Barbecue ) garnered 15 times more votes than Best Local Beer.

Over 110,000 people enjoyed our drinks last year – come see why!

2 Thirsty Monk D S

5 Walnut St., Asheville 253-2593 • 5walnut.com

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Asheville’s #1 Upscale Bar with the Best View!

3 Wicked Weed Brewing D 91 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 575-9599 • wickedweedbrewing.com

unusuaL Beer seLection 1 Thirsty Monk D S 92 Patton Ave., Asheville 254-5470 • monkpub.com 20 Gala Drive (Gerber Village), Asheville 255-4564 • monkpub.com

2 Wicked Weed Brewing D

Asheville’s premier sunset destination.

Join us on Facebook.com/SkyBarAVL

91 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 575-9599 • wickedweedbrewing.com

3 Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria D

18 Battery Park Ave • worldcoffee.com

42 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 255-0504 • barleystaproom.com/asheville mountainx.com

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THANK YOU FOR VOTING US ONE OF THE BEST “LINGERIE/ADULT” STORES IN WNC.

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fine food and live music

Thirsty Monk: Best Unusual Beer Selection PHoTo By ALySSA BARNeS

cLeanest-tastinG taP Lines 1 Wicked Weed Brewing D 91 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 575-9599 • wickedweedbrewing.com

2 Thirsty Monk D S 92 Patton Ave., Asheville 254-5470 • monkpub.com 20 Gala Drive (Gerber Village), Asheville 255-4564

3 Wedge Brewing Co. R 125-B Roberts St., Asheville 505-2792 • wedgebrewing.com

BartenDer 1 Jackson Zoeller, Bier Garden D 46 Haywood St., Asheville 285-0002 • ashevillebiergarden.com

2 Travis Floan, Universal Joint W 784 Haywood Road, Asheville 505-7262 • ujasheville.com

3 Kyle Gray Beach, MG Road D 19 Wall St., Asheville 254-4363 • mgroadlounge.com

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Concerts featuring a wide range of musical genres –Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Rock, Indiepop–

Jazz Every Sunday

Bluegrass every Tuesday

Tuesday-Sunday 5pm-Midnight, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10-2pm

(828) 575-2737

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1 Highland Brewing Co. S H 12 old Charlotte Highway, Suite H, Asheville 299-3370 • highlandbrewing.com 2 Wedge Brewing Co. R 125-B Roberts St., Asheville 505-2792 • wedgebrewing.com

3 Pisgah Brewing Co. E P 150 eastside Drive, Black Mountain 669-0190 • pisgahbrewing.com

3 Wicked Weed Brewing D 91 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 575-9599 • wickedweedbrewing.com

creative, Zany BreWery 1 Wicked Weed Brewing D 91 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 575-9599 • wickedweedbrewing.com

PhiL With the DouBLe WorD score Responding in the Best Bar With Games category, one voter wrote they particularly like to play Scrabble with Prospect owner Phil Jackson.

Thank you, Everyone! Number 1 Best Business that gives back to the community Best Neighborhood Gathering Spot Best Restaurant in Marshall Best Sweets / Dessert Place Come see us for live music Monday Blues & BBQ with Steve Davidowski Wednesday Open Mic Thursday Night Bluegrass Jam with Bobby Hicks 7 n. Main Street, downtown Marshall

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1st Place Local IPA Carl would really like to thank you, but he’s busy brewing Iron Rail. We appreciate the support. -Wedge 125-B. Roberts Street Asheville, NC 28801 • 828-505-2792

Authentic Chinese Cuisine Dine in & Take Out

Pisgah Pale Ale: Best Local Beer (Any Style), Local Ale and Local Beer in a Growler

Thank you for voTing #1 Chinese resTauranT!

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3 Highland Brewing Co. S H

125-B Roberts St., Asheville 505-2792 • wedgebrewing.com

12 old Charlotte Highway, Suite H, Asheville 299-3370 • highlandbrewing.com

3 Asheville Brewing Co. D N S 77 Coxe Ave., Asheville 255-4077 • ashevillebrewing.com 675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 254-1281 • ashevillebrewing.com 1850 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 277-5775 • ashevillebrewing.com

FaMiLy-/KiD-FrienDLy Bar 1 The Bywater R 796 Riverside Drive, Asheville 232-6967 • bywaterbar.com

Beer BreWer 1 Carl Melissas, Wedge Brewing Co. R 125-B Roberts St., Asheville 505-2792 • wedgebrewing.com

2 Doug Riley, Asheville Brewing Co. D 77 Coxe Ave., Asheville 255-4077 • ashevillebrewing.com

2 Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. N

3 Gordon Kear, Altamont Brewing Co. W

675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 254-1281 • ashevillebrewing.com

1042 Haywood Road, Asheville 575-2400 • altamontbrewingcompany.com


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THANKS WNC FOR MAKING US FEEL WARM AND FUZZY WITH ALL THE GREAT VOTES! Come see why WNC voted us: # LOCAL BEER (ANY STYLE) #1 ##1 LOCAL ALE ##1 LOCAL BEER IN A GROWLER ##1 BAR (REGIONAL: SWANNANOA & BLACK MOUNTAIN) ##1 NEIGHBORHOOD GATHERING SPOT (REGIONAL: SWANNANOA & BLACK MOUNTAIN)

##2 SATURDAY-NIGHT HANGOUT

(REGIONAL: SWANNANOA & BLACK MOUNTAIN)

#3 ALL-AROUND LOCAL BREWERY #3 BUSINESS THAT GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY (REGIONAL: SWANNANOA & BLACK MOUNTAIN)

#1 BEST OUTDOOR MUSIC VENUE AUG The Live Grateful Dead Experience

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Best Pub Grub Best Bar for Live Music #2-best Trivia Night

THANKS!

Serving Honest Food & Drink for 17 Years

95 Patton at Coxe • Asheville • 252.5445 • jackofthewood.com

Wicked Weed: Best Restaurant Bar, CleanestTasting Tap lines, Creative, Zany Brewery PHoTo By ALySSA BARNeS

LocaL Beer (any styLe) 1 Pale Ale, Pisgah Brewing Co. E P 150 eastside Drive, Black Mountain 669-0190 • pisgahbrewing.com

2 Iron Rail IPA, Wedge Brewing Co. R 125-B Roberts St., Asheville 505-2792 • wedgebrewing.com

3 Gaelic Ale, Highland Brewing Co. S H 12 old Charlotte Highway, Suite H, Asheville 299-3370 • highlandbrewing.com

LocaL inDia PaLe aLe 1 Iron Rail IPA, Wedge Brewing Co. R 125-B Roberts St., Asheville 505-2792 • wedgebrewing.com

1 Shiva IPA, Asheville Brewing Co. D 77 Coxe Ave., Asheville 255-4077 • ashevillebrewing.com

2 Green Man IPA, Green Man Brewery D 23 Buxton Ave., Asheville 252-5502 • greenmanbrewery.com

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3 IPA, French Broad Brewing Co. S 101 Fairview Road, Suite D, Asheville 277-0222 • frenchbroadbrewery.com

LocaL Porter 1 Green Man Porter, Green Man Brewery D 23 Buxton Ave., Asheville 252-5502 • greenmanbrewery.com

2 Ninja Porter, Asheville Brewing Co. D 77 Coxe Ave., Asheville 255-4077 • ashevillebrewing.com

3 Oatmeal Porter, Highland Brewing Co. S H 12 old Charlotte Highway, Suite H, Asheville 299-3370 • highlandbrewing.com

LocaL aLe 1 Pisgah Pale Ale, Pisgah Brewing Co. E P 150 eastside Drive, Black Mountain 669-0190 • pisgahbrewing.com

2 Gaelic Ale, Highland Brewing Co. S H 12 old Charlotte Highway, Suite H, Asheville 299-3370 • highlandbrewing.com

3 St. Terese's Pale Ale, Highland Brewing Co. S H 12 old Charlotte Highway, Suite H, Asheville 299-3370 • highlandbrewing.com

LocaL Beer in a GroWLer 1 Pisgah Pale Ale, Pisgah Brewing Co. E P

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150 eastside Drive, Black Mountain 669-0190 • pisgahbrewing.com

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2 ESB, Green Man Brewery D 23 Buxton Ave., Asheville 252-5502 • greenmanbrewery.com


3 Shiva IPA, Asheville Brewing Co. D 77 Coxe Ave., Asheville 255-4077 • ashevillebrewing.com

Favorite Beer event 1 Brewgrass Festival  avl.mx/wf

2 Beer City Festival D Roger McGuire Green & Pack Square Park, Asheville beercityfestival.com

BEST OF WNC is also online BESTOFWNC.COM 2 Universal Joint W

3 Just Brew It D

784 Haywood Road, Asheville 505-7262 • ujasheville.com

50 S. French Broad Ave., Suite 247, Asheville 505-7466 • justeconomicswnc.org

3 Mayfel's D H

Favorite nc craFt BreWery outsiDe oF Wnc 1 Foothills Brewing  638 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem 336-777-3348 • foothillsbrewing.com

2 The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery  4519 W. Pine St., Farmville 252-753-7745 • duckrabbitbrewery.com

3 Mother Earth Brewing  311 N. Herritage St., Kinston 208-BIER • motherearthbrewing.com

Beer store 1 Bruisin' Ales D B 66 Broadway St., Asheville 252-8999 • bruisin-ales.com

2 Hops & Vines W H 797 Haywood Road, Suite 100, Asheville 252-5275 • hopsandvines.net

3 Appalachian Vintner S 745 Biltmore Ave., Suite 121, Asheville 505-7500 • appalachianvintner.com

cocKtaiLs 1 Social Lounge & Tapas (formerly Sazerac) D 29 Broadway St., Asheville 575-9005 • facebook.com/SocialLounge AndTapasBar

2 MG Road D 19 Wall St., Asheville 254-4363 • mgroadlounge.com

3 Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro D

22 College St., Asheville 252-8840 • mayfels.net

sPeciaLty Liquor seLection 1 MG Road D 19 Wall St., Asheville 254-4363 • mgroadlounge.com 2 The Imperial LIfe D 48 College St., Asheville 254-8980 • imperialbarasheville.com

3 Social Lounge & Tapas (formerly Sazerac) D 29 Broadway St., Asheville 575-9005 • facebook.com/SocialLounge AndTapasBar

3 Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro D 125 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville 505-8560 • stormasheville.com

Most unique nonaLcohoLic DrinK Menu 1 Laughing Seed Café D A 40 Wall St., Asheville 252-3445 • laughingseed.jackofthewood.com 2 Posana Café D A 1 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 505-3969 • posanacafe.com

3 Chai Pani D A 22 Battery Park Ave., Asheville 254-4003 • chaipani.net

LocaL Winery 1 Biltmore Estate Winery S 1 Lodge St., Asheville 800-411-3812 • biltmore.com

Proud to be WNCs #1 best destination for a Business Lunch Thank you for voting us #2Lunch. best New Restaurant Brunch. Dinner. Service Daily

125 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville 505-8560 • stormasheville.com

3 The Junction R A 348 Depot St., Asheville 225-3497 • thejunctionasheville.com

BLooDy Mary 1 The Southern Kitchen & Bar D A 41 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 251-1777 • southernkitchenandbar.com

2 Luella's Bar-B-Que N A

Whither My Juice Bar In the Best Smoothie categories, some voters refused to give up their old favorite, even though it’s not there anymore: Pineapple Jack’s on Haywood Road closed last year.

501 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 505-7427 • luellasbbq.com mountainx.com

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DiD you KnoW? Is the term “hipster” getting old? In Best Scenester/Hipster Bar, one Ashevillean responded, “Really? What town isn’t full of flannel?”

2 Falderal Winery S P 131 3rd Ave. W., Hendersonville 693-7676 • falderalwinery.com

2 Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards S P A 588 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville 685-4002 • saintpaulmountainvineyards.com

3 Burntshirt Vineyards S P 2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville 685-2402 • burntshirtvineyards.com

Wine store 1 The Asheville Wine Market D 65 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 253-0060 • ashevillewine.com

2 Hops & Vines W H 797 Haywood Road, Suite 100, Asheville 252-5275 • hopsandvines.net

3 Appalachian Vintner S 745 Biltmore Ave., Suite 121, Asheville 505-7500 • appalachianvintner.com

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aLL-arounD coFFeehouse 1 High Five Coffee Bar D H 190 Broadway, Suite 102, Asheville 398-0209 • highfivecoffee.com

2 BattleCat Coffee Bar W H 373 Haywood Road, Asheville 713-3885 • battlecatcoffeebar.com

3 Izzy's Coffee Den D 74 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 258-2004 • izzyscoffeeden.com

MorninG coFFeehouse 1 High Five Coffee Bar D 190 Broadway St., Suite 102, Asheville 398-0209 • highfivecoffee.com

2 Waking Life Hand Brewed Coffee & Espresso W 976 Haywood Road, Asheville 505-3240 • wakinglifeespresso.com

3 Izzy's Coffee Den D 74 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 258-2004 • izzyscoffeeden.com

eveninG coFFeehouse

2 High Five Coffee Bar D H 190 Broadway St., Suite 102, Asheville 398-0209 • highfivecoffee.com

3 Izzy's Coffee Den D 74 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 258-2004 • izzyscoffeeden.com

reaDinG-FrienDLy coFFeehouse/teahouse 1 Dobrá Tea D A 78 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 575-2424 • dobrateanc.com

2 Waking Life Hand Brewed Coffee & Espresso W 976 Haywood Road, Asheville 505-3240 • wakinglifeespresso.com

3 BattleCat Coffee Bar W H 373 Haywood Road, Asheville 713-3885 • battlecatcoffeebar.com

3 Malaprop's Bookstore/Café D H 55 Haywood St., Asheville 254-6734 • malaprops.com

coFFee roaster 1 Dynamite Roasting Co. E P

1 Izzy's Coffee Den D

3198 U.S. Highway 70-W, Black Mountain 357-8555 • dynamiteroasting.com

74 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 258-2004 • izzyscoffeeden.com

2 Bean Werks Coffee & Tea W

2 BattleCat Coffee Bar W H

753 Haywood Road, Asheville 254-7766 • beanwerkscoffeecompany.com

373 Haywood Road, Asheville 713-3885 • battlecatcoffeebar.com

3 Mountain Air Roasting (Wholesale) 

2 High Five Coffee Bar D H 190 Broadway, Suite 102, Asheville 398-0209 • highfivecoffee.com

3 French Broad Chocolate Lounge D H A 10 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville 252-4181 • frenchbroadchocolates.com

coFFeehouse With the Best coFFee 1 Waking Life Hand Brewed Coffee & Espresso W 976 Haywood Road, Asheville 505-3240 • wakinglifeespresso.com

423-0321 • mtnairroasting.com

PLace to DrinK tea 1 Dobrá Tea D A 78 N Lexington Ave., Asheville 575-2424 • dobrateanc.com 2 The Green Sage D S A 5 Broadway St., Asheville 252-4450 • thegreensage.net 1800 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 274-4450

3 High Five Coffee Bar D H 190 Broadway St., Suite 102, Asheville 398-0209 • highfivecoffee.com


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2 Earth Fare W S A 66 Westgate Parkway, Asheville 253-7656 • EarthFare.com 1856 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 828-210-0100

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atural creativity is a precious resource. Lucky for us, it’s abundant in Asheville. While our own creative impulses may flicker on and off, striking in the middle of the night or surging halfway through our morning coffee, for some, it rarely, if ever, recedes. For the artists and artisans, art galleries and retail stores, street festivals, institutions, authors and poets that make up this year’s Best of WNC Arts and Crafts list, the creative genes are ever-present. Some of this year’s winners continue their reign in highly coveted slots like Best Mural Artist, Painter and Photographer while others popped up on the list for the first time after branching out into new territory and exhibiting in major downtown galleries for the first time in years. They make our city better. Livelier. More colorful. And they all do it by hand. They’ve collectively spent years painting all over the city, covering bridges and alleys and enlivening dozens of formerly lackluster walls scattered throughout downtown, north and West Asheville buildings. (And a few in Weaverville.) Some snap crowd shots of you, friends and families at the city’s most beloved day and weekend-long street affairs. Others continue to work with materials deeply rooted in WNC craft traditions — pitching, spinning, weaving, sewing, sculpting, smelting and glass-blowing everything from coffee mugs and ceramic wall pieces to jewelry, Pack Square centerpieces, wrist warmers and button bouquets. And still others craft with the written word, as you’ll see in the Best Local Author, Poet, School and Creative Writing Teacher categories. Ron Rash and Sarah Addison Allen kept their No. 1 and No. 2 slots. This year Allan Wolf jumped up and tied with a recently resurfaced Charles Frazier, bumping Thomas Wolfe and his big shoes off the list — we’ll see if Frazier mentions it at the Literacy Council’s “Authors for Literacy” event later this month. Oh! And we can’t forget the city’s best greeting cards (Robin Plemmons, Best Indie Crafter): “You’re hard to resist. Like old women with baked goods” and “You inspire the shit out of me.” They certainly inspire this writer. — Kyle Sherard

OUTDOOR ART/CRAFTS EVENT  The Big Crafty D H 2 N. Pack Square, Asheville thebigcrafty.com

 Big Love Festival D H Asheville loveasheville.org

 Big Love Festival D H Asheville loveasheville.org

STUDIO STROLL/DRIVING TOUR  River Arts District Studio Stroll R riverartsdistrict.com

 Weaverville Art Safari N P

 Bele Chere D Downtown Asheville 259-5800 • belecherefestival.com

INDOOR ART/CRAFTS EVENT  The Big Crafty D H Pack Place, 2 Pack Square, Asheville thebigcrafty.com

Weaverville weavervilleartsafari.com

 LaZoom Tours D H 14 Battery Park Ave., Asheville 225-6932 • lazoomtours.com

CRAFT SCHOOL OR PLACE TO LEARN A CRAFT

 Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands D

 Penland School of Crafts N P

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67 Doras Trail (P.O. Box 37), Penland 28765 765-2359 • penland.org

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Experience Local Authentic - World-Class Chamber Music Season 14 Highlights Chansons for flute and piano • Baroque Vibes • Stravinsky Octet • Brahms String Sextet • G e n e r a t i o N e x t • E L E G Y, H o l o c a u s t R e m e m b ra n c e • Shining Light Project, bringing beauty to underserved people J S B a c h B ra n d e n b u rg 5 • M u s i c o f Ko d a l y, P ro ko fi e v, Mendelssohn, Mozart

and MUCH more… Kate Steinbeck Artistic Director www.Pan-Harmonia.org • 828.254.7123

where sounds of the world meet and Southern Highland Craft Guild: Best Craft-Oriented Gallery

embrace

PHOTO By MAx COOPeR

2 John C. Campbell Folk School W A 1 Folk School Road, Brasstown 800-365-5724 • folkschool.org

3 Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts R 236 Clingman Ave., Asheville 285-0210 • odysseyceramicarts.com

loCAl Art gAllery 1 Blue Spiral 1 D B 38 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 251-0202 • bluespiral1.com

2 ZaPow! D H 21 Battery Park Ave., Suite 100, Asheville 575-2024 • zapow.com

Arts/CrAft supply store 1 True Blue Art Supply D H B

1 Jewels That Dance D B

30 Haywood St., Asheville 251-0028 • trueblueartsupply.com

63 Haywood St., Asheville 254-5088 • jewelsthatdance.com

2 Michaels E S

2 Wick & Greene Jewelers D

111 River Hills Road, Asheville 299-0183 • michaels.com

121 Patton Ave., Asheville 253-1805 • wickandgreene.com

5 McKenna Road, Arden 828-684-1961

3 Elementality E

3 A.C. Moore S River Ridge Shopping Center, 800 Fairview Road, Suite JJ, Asheville 299-0777 • acmoore.com

CrAft-oriented gAllery 1 Southern Highland Craft Guild E Folk Art Center, Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville 298-7928 • southernhighlandguild.org

2 New Morning Gallery S 7 Boston Way, Asheville 274-2831 • newmorninggallerync.com

3 Woolworth Walk D 25 Haywood St., Asheville 254-9234 • woolworthwalk.com

3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville 299-4751 • elementalityonline.com

photogrApher 1 Micah Mackenzie  231-0155 • micahmackenzie.wix.com/ photography

3 Woolworth Walk D 25 Haywood St., Asheville 254-9234 • woolworthwalk.com

Jewelry store

2 Max Cooper 

royAl potters

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Last year, four ceramic artists split three spots for Best Ceramic Artist/Potter category. This year Best Of WNC voters consolidated the results. Akira Satake Pottery slid from No. 3 to No. 2 while Mangum Pottery kept first place in what could be the beginning of a long run as reigning potter.

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3 Zen Sutherland  pAinter 1 Jonas Gerard R 240 Clingman Ave., Asheville 350-7711 • jonasgerard.com

2 Dustin Spagnola W 474 Haywood Road, Asheville dustinspagnola.com

3 Adam Strange 

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We’re not PerFect We have taken great care to ensure the accuracy of our Best of WNC listings, but if you have corrections, questions or suggestions, email us at listings@mountainx.com or call 251-1333.

3 Julie Armbruster  545-6182 • juliearmbruster.net

JeWeLry artist/DesiGner 1 Paula Dawkins, Jewels That Dance D 63 Haywood St., Asheville 254-5088 • jewelsthatdance.com

2 Joanna Gollberg, Mora D 9 W. Walnut St., Suite 2-A, Asheville 575-2294 • joannagollberg.com

3 Chris Van Dyke, Van Dyke Jewelry & Fine Craft D 29 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 281-4044 • vandykegoldsmith.com

ceraMics artist/Potter 1 Mangum Pottery N P 16 N. Main St., Weaverville 645-4929 • mangumpottery.com 280 Turkey Hollow Lane, Sparta 336-372-5291

2 Akira Satake Ceramics/ Gallery Mugan R Cotton Mill Studios, 122 Riverside Drive, Studio C, Asheville 275-7612 • akirasatake.com

MetaL artist or MetaLWorKer

i’m a wiener!

1 Stefan “Steebo” Bonitz, Steebo Design W 355 Haywood Road, Asheville 253-4610 • steebo.com

THANKS FOR VOTING US #1! NC Stage is proud to produce theatre of the highest quality right in the heart of downtown Asheville.

Hayden Wilson: Best Glass Artist PHoTo By MAx CooPeR

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The Big Crafty and the Big Love Festival took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in this year’s Best outdoor Art and Craft event category. And while plenty of Asheville denizens may be reveling in premature goodbyes to Bele Chere, the annual street festival still came in third.


www.unca.edu/gswp • 828.251.6099

Thank you for two Best of WNC Awards: Creative Writing Program, First Place and

Creative Writing Instructor Tommy Hays, First Place

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thank you, asheville! Odyssey clayworks

register now for pottery classes at 828.285.0210 or www.odysseyceramicarts.com

The Big Crafty (July 7): Best Outdoor Art/ Crafts Event, Indoor Art/Crafts Event PHoTo By HALIMA FLyNT

2 David Earl Tomlinson, Dynamic Metalwork  337-3241 • dynamicmetalwork.com

3 Jason Lydic, The Nature of Metal  thenatureofmetal.com

WooDWorKer 1 Gabe Aucott  2 Russell Gale N 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville 421-5528 • russellgale.com

BEST OF WNC is also online BESTOFWNC.COM 3 Molly Must  facebook.com/molly.must.3

3 Stoney Lamar 

GLass artist

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inDie craFter 1 Robin Plemmons  ballstothewallyall.com

2 Kelsey Brown  etsy.com/shop/BlueEllie

3 Celia Barbieri R 109 Roberts St., Asheville 910-840-3182 • thebuttonflorist.com

MuraL artist 1 Dustin Spagnola W

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1 Hayden Wilson, Asheville Glass Center R 140-C Roberts St., Asheville 208-4252 • ashevilleglasscenter.com

2 Alex Greenwood, Asheville Glass Center R 140-C Roberts St., Asheville 505-7110 • ashevilleglasscenter.com

3 Victor Chiarizia E P 329 Flat Creek Road, Fairview 551-5739 • victorchiarizia.com

scuLPtor 1 Justin Blowers 

474 Haywood Road, Asheville 315-436-1382 • dustinspagnola.com

432-0452 • justinblowers.com

2 Gus Cutty 

2 Hoss Haley 

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continued 2 Barbie Angell  barbieangell.com

3 Allan Wolf  allanwolf.com

3 Laura Hope-Gill  thehealingseed.com

creAtive Writing schooL or orgAnizAtion 1 Great Smokies Writing Program, UNCA N 1 University Heights, Asheville 251-6099 • avl.mx/xu

3 Steebo Design W

The first Papas & Beer in Asheville and still the best! 1 Mexican Restaurant #1 Best Value #2 Taco #

355 Haywood Road, Asheville 253-4610 • steebo.com

Fiber Artist 1 Barbara Zaretsky R Cotton Mill Studios, 122 Riverside Drive, Studio D, Asheville 505-2958 • bzdesign.biz

2 Lisa Klakulak, Strong Felt  strongfelt.com

3 Jen Swearington W 915 Haywood Road, Suite 103, Asheville 275-0305 • jennythreads.net

3 Stacey Budge-Kamison, UrbanGypZ Artisan Yarn  staceybudge.com

LocAL Author 1 Ron Rash W P

Lunch & Dinner All ABC Permits Kmart Center

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3 UNCA Literature Department N 1 University Heights, Asheville 251-6411 • literature.unca.edu

creAtive Writing teAcher 1 Tommy Hays, UNCA D 1 University Heights, Asheville 250-2353 • tommyhays.com

2 Janet Hurley  215-9002 • true-ink.org

2 Rick Chess, UNCA D 1 University Heights CPO#2140, Asheville 251-6576

3 Aile Shebar  ashevillesangha.com/profile/AmanaAileShebar

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee avl.mx/wg

stroLL suPreme

2 Sarah Addison Allen 

Last year saw a few alternative studio strolls and tours pop up around town. But it’s hard to compete with the cement foundations, breweries and ever-growing number of restaurants that give the River Arts District Studio Stroll that warehouse-y charm and first place in the Best Studio Stroll/Driving Tour category.

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3 Allan Wolf  allanwolf.com

3 Charles Frazier  facebook.com/CharlesFrazierAuthor

Thank you Asheville!

2 The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College E P

LocAL Poet 1 Glenis Redmond  B glenisredmond.com


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Personal services sPa 1 Grove Park Inn Spa N A B 290 Macon Ave., Asheville 800-438-5800 • groveparkinn.com/the-spa 2 Sensibilities Day Spa D S 59 Haywood St., Asheville 687-8760 • sensibilities-spa.com 43 Town Square Blvd., Asheville 253-3222

3 Spa Theology D H 53 College St., Asheville 255-4171 • spatheology.com

hair saLon 1 Willow's Dream D 64 Broadway St., Asheville 225-5922 • willowsdream.com 2 Ananda D 22 Broadway St., Asheville 232-1017 • anandahair.com

Ananda West R 37 Paynes Way, Suite 005 (the Wedge Building), Asheville 236-2444 • anandahair.com/#!ananda-west-/c199t

3 Wink Salon S 18 Brook St. Suite 103, Asheville 277-4070 • ilovewink.com

hair styList 1 Tina Ford-Cox, Willow’s Dream D 64 Broadway St., Asheville 225-5922 • willowsdream.com

2 Blue Hughes, Willow’s Dream Salon D 64 Broadway St., Asheville 225-5922 • willowsdream.com

2 Jami Redlinger, The Middy D 51 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville 254-4247 • themiddy.com

3 Amanda Reid, Willow’s Dream Salon D 64 Broadway St., Asheville 225-5922 • willowsdream.com

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he value of a personal service is that it’s personal, as in private — private work for private needs. Although the results of a haircut or a tattoo are ultimately for the public (the haircut anyway), you want to get your nails done in a covert laboratory with little bottles of paint and a magazine you bought at the grocery checkout counter with some version of Brad Pitt on the cover.

For 2013, we followed some logical divisions and branched out the once-dense category of Personal Services into a few others: General Services, for the more utilitarian area of home care and the best place for an oil change; and Health and Wellness, for reader suggestions on physicians, dentists, therapists and other services carried out by professionals with degrees attached to their names.

This is where the anonymity of the Best Of WNC poll comes in handy. You can recommend your favorite esthetician (a close tie between Ginger Kelly of Willow’s Dream and Sarah Judy of Sensibilities Day Spa) without betraying the secret of your swan-wing eyebrows.

Restructuring the sections left us with space enough to bring back two especially Asheville categories: Best Psychic and Best Astrologer. Who knows if anyone saw that coming! — Jaye Bartell

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PersonAl serviCes 2 Freaks & Geeks Tattoo Sideshow W 754 Haywood Road, Asheville 254-4429 • freaks-n-geeks.com

3 Man's Ruin Tattoos, Piercings & Art Gallery N 660 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 253-6660 • mansruintattoos.com

tattoo artist 1 Danny Reed, Hot Stuff Tattoo W B 416 Haywood Road, Asheville 251-6040 • dannyreedtattoo.com

2 Tiffany LeMeaux, Freaks & Geeks Tattoo Sideshow W 754 Haywood Road, Asheville 254-4429 • freaks-n-geeks.com

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3 Galen Holland, Freaks & Geeks Tattoo Sideshow W 754 Haywood Road, Asheville 254-4429 • freaks-n-geeks.com

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640 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 255-4540 • handsonspaasheville.com

one reader voted Mountain Xpress for Best Psychic. Just because our paper comes out a night early at some locations doesn’t mean we’re prescient. It just means we’re prepared!

2 Ci Ci Nails N 964 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 281-4646

3 Sensibilities Day Spa D S 59 Haywood St., Asheville 253-3222 • sensibilities-spa.com 43 Town Square Blvd., Asheville 687-8760

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121 West Barnwell St. Hendersonville www.luxsalonhvl.com

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1 Diamond Thieves Body Piercing & Tattoo W H

is also online

1570 Patton Ave., Unit 2-A, Asheville 225-3845 • diamondthieves.net

2 Man's Ruin Tattoos, Piercings & Art Gallery N 660 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 253-6660 • mansruintattoos.com

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3 Empire Tattoo D 83 Patton Ave., Asheville 252-8282 • empiretattooing.net

esthetician 1 Ginger Kelley, Willow’s Dream D 64 Broadway St., Asheville 225-5922 • willowsdream.com

2 AstroShaman  338-9852 • astroshaman.com

2 Kelly Davis, Léau de Vie D

Psychic 1 The Inconceivable Gypsy Jim  216-8488

2 Jonna Rae Bartges, Happy Medium 

3 Debra Anderson, Spa Theology D

jonnarae.com

53 College St., Asheville 255-4171 • spatheology.com

2 MariJo Moore W P

1 Liz Gunn 

828-702-1197 • Lizgunn22@gmail.com Facebook.com/Liz Gunn Astrology

16 Norton Lane, Arden 215-2101 • astrodelight.com

20 Battery Park, Suite 203, Asheville 258-9741 • leaudeviesalon.com

astroLoGer

25 Years experience as a skilled translator of planetary influences Offers uncommon wisdom to facilitate change with courage and joy Specializes in shifting perceptions

3 Belinda Dunn, Astrodelight S P

1 Sara Judy, Sensibilities Day Spa D 59 Haywood St., Asheville 253-3222 • sensibilities-spa.com

T HA NK Y OU FO R Y O UR S UP P O RT LI Z GUN N A STR O L O G Y

P.o. Box 2493, Candler 28715 545-1365 • marijomoore.com

3 Sage Sansone  545-9386 • sagesansone.weebly.com/ about-sage.html

avl.mx/w7

Asheville’s LOCAL Headshop

• • •

Local Glass Local Art Local Fashion

w w w. t h e c i r c l e a s h e v i l l e . c o m Artwork by Hillary Frye

426 Haywood Rd West Asheville 828-254-3332

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t’s fitting that Asheville boasts a strong service economy: We like to help people. And we’ve got an entrepreneurial spirit. Combine these two, and you can be assured that in this area, if something breaks, you’ve got a legal question, your computer screen goes blank, your home’s been invaded by stink bugs, the outdoor spigot has become a free-spouting sprinkler … or any host of challenges and problems, and there’s bound to be someone to call. Take computers, for instance. Best Computer Repair garnered the most votes of any General Services category. Surely that’s a telling sign — a dizying array of computer devices have become essential household and business equipment for most of us. We can’t seem to live without them. Fortunately, we’ve got several choices for getting them fixed, from Charlotte Street Computers to Computer Mechanix. Another high-vote category was car repair, and while the winner (Organic Mechanic) demonstrates our enviro-savvy, a national chain gets a strong nod as well (Xpertech). But we’ve got also got a very active cycling community, with longtime Asheville-area business Liberty Bikes taking the bow for bike repair, and double-ties for second and third (an indication that we may have more bike-repair options per capita than the average town, perhaps?). Take a peek at Professional Services, too, and check out our reader picks. The results for Best Attorney were almost too close to call — ditto for local accountants, general contractors, electricians, architects and roofers. And we’ve got to appreciate the business names for Best Painter (Bionic Man), Best Stonemason (Rock Pirate), Best Home Cleaning Service (Green Bee), and Best Alt Energy Sales & Installation (Sundance, one of the area’s first solar installers). So who are you going to call? — Margaret Williams

accountant/cPa 1 Stuart LeBlanc D 218 Broadway St., Asheville 225-4940

2 Carol L. King & Associates D 40 N. French Broad Ave., Asheville 258-2323 • clkcpa.com

2 Leah B. Noel D H 29 1/2 Page Ave., Suite 4, Asheville 333-4529 • lbnoelcpa.com

2 David Gantt D 82 Church St., Asheville 348-4107 • davidgantt.com

3 Bob Deutsch D 75 N. Market St., Asheville 251-0600 • bobdeutschlaw.com

3 Mary Hart D 93 Church St., Asheville 271-4278 • thehartlawgroup.com

car rePair

3 Gould Killian CPA Group D 100 Coxe Ave., Asheville 258-0363 • gk-cpa.com

3 Pattie Moore D 49 Broadway St., Suite 201, Asheville 225-4941 • pattiemoorecpa.com

attorney 1 Keith S. Hanson D 17 N. Market St., Asheville 350-9440 • hansoncriminallaw.com 34

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1 Organic Mechanic W B 568 Haywood Road, Asheville 255-2628 • organic-mechanic.com

2 Xpertech E 1295 Tunnel Road, Asheville 298-3612 • avl.mx/w1

3 Mostly Automotive Inc. D 253 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 253-4981 • autorepairasheville.com

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The Rock Pirate: Best Stone Mason PHoTo By MAx CooPeR


www.glazerarchitecture.com

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GenerAl serviCes coMPuter rePair 1 Charlotte Street Computers D S H B 252 Charlotte St., Asheville 225-6600 • charlottestreetcomputers.com 300 Airport Road, Arden 651-6600 • charlottestreetcomputers.com

2 Christopher’s Computers N H 549 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 670-9800 • christopherscomputers.com

2 CityMac D 755 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 251-4242 • CityMac.com

3 Computer Mechanix W

green home cleaning detailed cleaning with earth friendly productsTM

Thanks for voting us one of the best greenhomeavl.com • 828.582.2080

4 Vermont Ave., Asheville 281-4379 • computermechanix.com

reaL estate aGent 1 Matt & Molly, Keller Williams D 86 Asheland Ave., Asheville 210-1697 • mattandmollysellasheville.com

2 Jody Whitehurst, Town & Mountain Realty D 261 Asheland Ave., Asheville 215-3981 • jodywhitehurst.com

2 Mark Lavin, Advocate Realty D Asheville 777-8085 • advocaterealtync.com

3 Sona Merlin D Asheville 216-7908 • homeiswnc.net

reaL estate coMPany 1 Beverly-Hanks & Associates D 300 executive Park, Asheville 254-7221 • beverly-hanks.com

2 Keller Williams Realty D 86 Asheland Ave., Asheville 254-7253 • kellerwilliamsasheville.com

3 Town & Mountain Realty D 261 Asheland Ave., Asheville 232-2879 • townandmountain.com

caB coMPany 1 New Blue Bird Taxi Co. W 194 Haywood Road, Asheville 258-8331

2 Yellow Cab W 393-1/2 Haywood Road, Asheville 253-3311

continued BiKe rePair 1 Liberty Bicycles S B 1378 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 274-2453 • libertybikes.com 2 Motion Makers Bicycle Shop W 876 Brevard Road, Asheville 633-2227 • motionmakers.com 552 W. Main St., Sylva 586-6925

2 Pro Bikes W H 610 Haywood Road, Asheville 253-2800 • pro-bikes.com

3 Hearn's Cycling & Fitness D 28 Asheland Ave., Asheville 253-4800

3 Youngblood Bicycles D 233 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 251-4686 • youngbloodbikes.com

Green BuiLDer 1 Jade Mountain Builders E P 85 B and B Stables Road, Fairview 216-3948 • jademountainbuilders.com

2 JAG Construction D 20 Battery Park Ave., Suite 814, Asheville 216-0914 • JAGGreen.com

3 Smart Builders W 2 Brucemont Circle, Asheville 713-1476 • TheSmartBuilders.com

aLt enerGy saLes anD instaLLation 1 Sundance Power Sytems N P 11 Salem Hill Road, Weaverville 645-2080 • sundancepower.com

2 First Light Solar R 130 Roberts St., Asheville 350-3993 • firstlightsolar.com

3 Haynes Energy Solutions, MB Haynes Corporation W 187 Deaverview Road, Asheville 254-6141 • haynesenergysolutions.com

GeneraL contractor (resiDentiaL)

1 Gawain Mainwaring, SmartBuilders W 2 Brucemont Circle, Asheville 713-1476 • thesmartbuilders.com

3 Checker Cab W

2 Jody Guokas, JAG Construction D

635 Patton Ave., Asheville 254-4528

20 Battery Park Ave., Suite 814, Asheville 216-0914 • JAGGreen.com

haiL to the sun Local residents, businesses, nonprofits and governments have seen the light — the Asheville area boasts some of North Carolina’s premier (and original) solar companies and installers, from the smallest home-rooftop arrays to the 6-acre “solar farm” on a prominent Biltmore estate hillside. 36

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3 Beach Hensley 

eLectrician

450-1508 • beachbuildersinc.com

3 The Hands of Sean Perry W 250 Haywood Road, Asheville 258-7272 • seanperryinc.com

rooFinG coMPany

1 Haynes Electric Construction Co., MB Haynes Corporation W 2 C. H. Ervin Electric Inc. N P

3 Asheville Painting Co. W P

582-4165 • johnmcclungroofing.com

2 Electric Lee 

2 Balken Roofing E P

275-3985 • electricleeasheville.com

1001 W. Buckeye Road, Swannanoa 628-0390 • balkenroofing.com

3 Harrington Electric S P

PLuMBer 1 Four Seasons Plumbing 

8 Laurel Road, Arden 681-0297 • harringtonelectricinc.com

hanDyMan/WoMan 1 Greg Holden W 43 Vermont Court, Asheville 258-1107

Asheville 216-3894 • callfourseasons.com

2 Karen O'Toole 

2 Haynes Plumbing Systems, MB Haynes Corporation W

3 The Everything Man S

187 Deaverview Road, Asheville 254-6141 • haynesplumbing.com

2 Straight Edge Painting E P.o. Box 7206, Asheville 28805 275-0352 • straightedgepainting.com

48 Moody Cove Road, Weaverville 658-2383 • chervinelectric.com

162 American Way, Fletcher 654-0212 • dlvroofing.com

220 Mt. Carmel Road, Asheville 285-2959 • certapro.com

187 Deaverview Road, Asheville 254-6141 • hayneselectricconstruction.com

1 John McClung Roofing 

3 DLV Roofing S P

2 CertaPro Painters W

713-8609 948 old Fairview Road, Asheville 232-4044

PaintinG contractor

3 Dwayne Cassada, Cassada Plumbing N

1 Bionic Man Painting Co. D

P.o. Box 18209, Asheville 28814 252-2781

57 Salola St., Asheville 215-7772 • bionicmanpainting.com

270 Asbury Road, Candler 279-4801 • ashevillepainting.com

3 Westside Painting  450-0998 • westsidepainting.com

hoMe Decorator 1 Sandra Dykes Interior Design  450-5010 • sandradykes.com

2 Allard & Roberts Interior Design D 84 W. Walnut, Suite 201, Asheville 271-4350 • allardandroberts.com

icon Key NORTH • SOUTH • EAST

Leah B. Noel CPA, PC

WEST • R iver ArTS

Thank you for voting me one of the Best CPAs in WNC.

DOWNTOWN P OuTlyiNg AreA B HAll Of fAme H gO lOCAl A APPAlACHiAN grOWN

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MARK LAVIN BROKER

828-777-8085 “Thanks to my current and past clients for your support.” AgentMarkLavin@gmail.com Check out AdvocateRealtyNC.com for VIP Buyer & Seller Programs!

Smart Builders

Smarter. Faster. Greener

PHONE: 828.232.2879 EMAIL: info@townandmountain.com

Thank YOU Asheville for voting us one of the Best Real Estate offices in Asheville!

As your local real estate office, we are proud to have obtained #3 in Market Share for June and #4 Year-to-Date. Some companies have branches, we have roots! www.townandmountain.com 38

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continued

Voted Best Of WNC Yoga Studio 2011, 2012 & 2013

Teachers Serving Students Shining Community Thriving Charlotte Street Computers: Best Computer Repair, Business That Gives Back to the Community

AshevilleCommunityYoga.com 8 Brookdale Road, Asheville

PHoTo By ALySSA BARNeS

3 Ambiance Interiors D 189 e. Chestnut St., Asheville 253-9403 • ambianceasheville.com

heatinG/cooLinG coMPany 1 Bullman Heating & Air N 10 Red Roof Lane, Asheville 658-2468 • bullmanheating.com

2 Gentry Heating Inc. E P 100 Buckeye Access Road, Swannanoa 581-4045 • gentryheatinginc.com

3 White & Williams E 514 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville 296-0267 • whiteandwilliams.net

stone Mason 1 The Rock Pirate W 69 Wamboldt Ave., Asheville 250-9658 • rockpirate.com

2 Woody Kloesel, Kloesel Engineering D 8 Magnolia Ave., Suite 100, Asheville 255-0780 • kloesel-engineering.com

3 Civil Design Concepts  E

2 Peter Rocks 

200 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville 252-5388 • civildesignconcepts.com

775-0095 • peterrocks.com

3 D. Ben Poss 

3 Valley Stonescapes S 231-5126 • valleystonescapes.com

enGineer 1 Medlock and Associates D 53 Asheland Ave., Suite 101, Asheville 232-4448 • medlockengr.com

surveyor 1 Kee Mapping and Surveying D 111 Central Ave., Asheville 645-8275 • keemapping.com

2 Ed Holmes & Associates W 1567 Patton Ave., Asheville 225-6562 • edholmessurveying.com

Offering strength and conditioning for all ages and fitness levels.

architect 1 Glazer Architecture D 78 Patton Ave., Asheville 254-5853 • glazerarchitecture.com

1 Jim Samsel, Samsel Architects D 60 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 253-1124 • samselarchitects.com

2 Robert Todd D 12 S. Lexington Ave., Unit 507, Asheville 231-2851 • byredhouse.com

3 Michael McDonough D

caLL Me GyPsy JiM A perennial challenge with some Best of WNC categories is locating the winner. Do they exist? Do they now live in Hawaii? (True story for one top finisher.) And how do you find the Best Psychic, the Inconceivable Gypsy Jim, who has no website, no Facebook page ... perhaps no physical presence at all (he’s a psychic, after all). But we found an online story that pictured the psychic with a basketball on his head. He looked familiar ... suspiciously like James MacKenzie, an occasional Xpress commentary writer who’s keen to figure out who tried to burn down the Thomas Wolfe house a few years back. We called him, and he is, indeed, Asheville’s Best Psychic in this year’s poll.

171 Montford Ave., Asheville 252-2153 • mcdonougharchitect.com mountainx.com

Thank you for voting LYLE ROBERSON WNC’s best Physical Trainer!

Specializing in:

Group Classes Personal Training • Fat Loss Running Programs & Coaching

(828) 508-9885

lyle@animatefitness.com

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General ServiceS 3 Sanders Surveying and Mapping Services E P 510 Avena Road, Black Mountain 669-2777 • ssmsinc.com

3 Wes Cole Land Surveying D 41 Clayton St., Asheville 251-7025 • wescolesurveying.com

Floorer 1 Leicester Carpet Sales W 119 New Leicester Highway, Asheville 254-8937 • leicestercarpet.com/home

1 Rodriguez Flooring S P 39 Edney Lane, Arden 606-7349

continued Gutter Service 1 Higher Ground Rainwater Systems D P.O. Box 1733, Asheville 28802 775-8100 • hg-rainwater.com

2 Gutter Helmet of WNC S P 565 Long Shoals Road, Suite 104, Arden 681-5555 • nevercleanyourgutters.com

3 Dr. Downspout Gutter Services E 129 Bleachery Blvd., Asheville 398-0567 • drdownspout.com

FenG Shui Practitioner 1 Miller Shire, SpaceScapes 

home Security Service 1 ADT W 200 Ridgefield Court, Suite 212, Asheville 670-4664 • ADT.com

2 CPI Security Systems  4200 Sandy Porter Road, Charlotte 704-945-6000 • cpisecurity.com

2 Southern Alarm S W 131 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville 253-1235 • southernalarm.com 305 S. King St., Hendersonville 693-7136

3 Asheville Security Systems D 173 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 252-6411 • ashevillesecurity.com/

home cleaninG Service

989-0404 • space-scapes.com

icon Key

1 Terminix 

1 GreenBee Cleaning Co. D 8 Magnolia Ave. Suite 200, Asheville 450-0846 • greenbeeclean.com

877-958-6811 • TrustTerminix.com

2 Green Home Cleaning  H

2 Gibson Pest Control S P

582-2080 • greenhomeavl.com

P OuTlyiNg AreA

3601 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden 684-1353 • gibsonpest.com

2 Pristine Clean W

B HAll Of fAme H gO lOCAl

3 Dodson Bros. Exterminating Co. W

N ORTH • SOUTH • EAST W EST • R iver ArTS D OWNTOWN

A APPAlACHiAN grOWN

PeSt control Service

121 S. Bear Creek Road, Asheville 252-8992 • dodsonbros.com

2 Domino Lane, Asheville 215-9634 • pristinecleanplanet.com

3 Merry Maids S P 541 Long Shoals Road, Unit A, Arden 684-4837 • merrymaids.com

Thanks for voting us #1 Green Builder in Best of 2013!

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Thanks for your votes! I’m jumping for joy And so can you! Leave stress, fatigue, & depression behind Rediscover the ability to heal yourself and create a happy healthy life. Alison Downey Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine OFFERING: *Fun Qi Gong classes (new series begins soon!)

*Creative Expression Workshops *Personalized Healing Sessions

www.alisondowneyacupuncture.com • (828) 337-7937

Thank You WnC for VoTing me #1

Providing excellent service for Felonies, Misdemeanors, DWI and Traffic Defense

(828) 350-9440 www.hansoncriminallaw.com mountainx.com

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shopping

Dress-uP/styLin' cLothes (WoMen's)

1 Minx D B 64 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 225-5680 • minxasheville.com 2 Virtue D 58 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 254-4200 • shopvirtue.com

3 Ad Lib D H 23 Haywood St., Asheville 285-8838 • adlibonline.com

Dress-uP/styLin' cLothes (Men's)

1 Old North D 82 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 505-6495 • oldnorthclothing.com 2 Union D 18 Haywood St., Asheville 259-3300 • unionasheville.com

3 Hip Replacements D H 72 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 255-7573 • hipreplacementsclothing. blogspot.com

WorK cLothes (WoMen's) 1 Goodwill W 1011 Patton Ave., Asheville 252-7680 • goodwillnwnc.org Earth Fare: Friendliest Grocery Store, Grocery For Local Farm Goods And Local Foods, Health Food Store

2 Minx D 64 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 225-5680 • minxasheville.com

3 Belk E W 5 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville 298-4970 • belk.com 800 Brevard Road, Asheville 667-1800 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville 692-3236 Various locations

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here’s more to shopping than just getting stuff, but that goes without saying because stuff is never just stuff. A dress from Minx (this year’s No. 1 for Women’s DressUp Clothes) symbolizes how happy you are that it’s a new season; a packet of honey roasted peanuts from the Gas-Up (No. 1 Convenience Store) is a chance to see a neighbor and say hello; buying groceries at Ingles (No. 1 All-Around Grocery Store) is the reason you work so many hours a week in the first place — so you can eat, because you’re alive. Hyperbole aside, it’s particular good luck if the things you need are also the things you want. We added a few new categories this year to account for the many ways locals shop for the bare (and bountiful) necessities, adding Best Grocery for Local Foods,

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Health Food Store, Budget-Friendly Grocery and just plain Friendliest Grocery Store, on which many readers had many opinions (the win ultimately went to Earth Fare). We also added what could be called “home and living” categories, making way for Mobilia to take first place in Home Furnishings (a first-time win for the chic showroom). Of course, there are the chestnut categories of old like Best Antique Store, Best Record Store and Best Musical Instrument Shop, all of which have chestnut winners of their own — Antique Tobacco Barn, Harvest Records and Musician’s Workshop have, for the most part, held the top slot since they opened. — Jaye Bartell.


Service MatterS! Our customers have spoken, and yes, while we do offer the most unique collection of modern home furnishings and accessories in WNc, it’s the superior level of customer service that we provide that has helped us in building a loyal following. Together with our sister store Four Corners Home, we sincerely thank you for voting Mobilia #1 Home Furnishings Store.

43 Haywood Street | Downtown asheville | Mobilianc.com | 828 252 8322 mountainx.com

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Thank you Asheville for voting David Hollinshead one of the best trainers

sHoPPinG

continued

The team at Training Partners wishes to congratulate our co-worker. We have always known he is one of the best! Way to go David! www.trainingpartnersinc.com • 828-252-0920 • 863 Merrimon Ave

THANK YOU WNC FOR VOTING US #1 HOME CLEANING SERVICE Mr. K’s: Best Bookstore - Used PHoTo By MAx CooPeR

2 Mast General Store D S W

Residential and Commercial Services • Window and Gutter Cleaning greenbeeclean.com • 828.450.0846

1 VaVaVooom D

527 N. Main St., Hendersonville 696-1883

57 Broadway St., Asheville 254-6329 • vavavooom.com

63 N. Main St., Waynesville 452-2101

2 Victoria’s Secret E

3 Old North D 82 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 505-6495 • oldnorthclothing.com

consiGnMent or vintaGe cLothes 1 Goodwill W E S B 1011 Patton Ave., Asheville 252-7680 • goodwillnwnc.org 1616 Patton Ave., Asheville 771-2192

Plaza North Shopping Center, Hendersonville 692-7414 1717 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville 692-3561

2 Honeypot D 86 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 225-0304 • etsy.com/shop/honeypot

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LocaL Fashion DesiGner 1 R. Brooke Priddy, Ship to Shore W B 85 State St. (by appointment only), Asheville 242-1378 • shiptoshoreshop.com/home.html

2 Marylou Marsh, Spiritex D 3 Daniella Miller, Royal Peasantry D

3530 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher 687-0653

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2334 Hendersonville Road, Arden 684-8250 • bedtymestories.com

51 Mills Gap Road, Asheville 687-0057

75 Plaza Loop, Canton 648-6522

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3 BedTyme Stories S P

14 Haywood St., Asheville 254-3375 • spiritex.net

1266 Asheville Highway, Brevard 884-7117

Clothe, Adorn, Empower, Provide

Asheville Mall, 3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville 298-0760 • victoriassecret.com

86 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville 299-3595

3018 U.S. Hwy 70W, Black Mountain 669-4813

Est. 2002

LinGerie/aDuLt store

15 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 232-1883 • mastgeneralstore.com

80 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 559-1835 • royalpeasantry.com

shoe store 1 Tops for Shoes D B 27 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 254-6721 • topsforshoes.com 2 Discount Shoes W 1263 Brevard Road, Asheville 667-0085

3 GB Shoes S P 5418 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville 209-1800 • housershoes.com/locations/ hendersonville

aLL-arounD Grocery

3 Lulu's Consignment Boutique S P 1 Ingles Markets E A 3461 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher 687-7565 • ilovelulus.net

Various locations 298-3514 • ingles-markets.com


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Solstice Salon WELCOMES Mountain Xpress WINNER Rebecca Polk (second place Best Hair Stylist in WNC)

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER Save $50 on a Brazilian Blowout 601 W. STATE STREET BLACK MOUNTAIN 669-4422 SOLSTICESALONSPA.COM

Malaprop’s: Best Bookstore - New PHoTo By MAx CooPER

2 Earth Fare W S

3 Aldi E W S

66 Westgate Parkway, Asheville 253-7656 • EarthFare.com

480 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville 299-8548 • aldi.com

1856 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 210-0100

1344 Patton Ave., Asheville

3 Greenlife Grocery/ Wholefoods Market D 70 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 254-5440 • wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/ asheville

Friendliest Grocery store 1 Earth Fare W S A

Thank you WNC for voting me #1 Personal Life Coach! Asher Leigh–Certified Creativity and Life Purpose Coach Are you ready for your Creative Awakening? “The Artist’s Way” Based on Julia Cameron’s best seller 12 week courses offered for Adults and Teens.

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Grocery For local Farm Goods and local Foods 1 Earth Fare W S A 66 Westgate Parkway, Asheville 253-7656 • EarthFare.com

66 Westgate Parkway, Asheville 253-7656 • EarthFare.com 1856 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 210-0100

2 Greenlife Grocery/ Wholefoods Market D 70 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 254-5440 • wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/ asheville

3 French Broad Food Co-op D H A 90 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 255-7650 • frenchbroadfood.coop

66 Westgate Parkway, Asheville 253-7656 • EarthFare.com 1856 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 210-0100 • EarthFare.com

2 Greenlife Grocery/ Wholefoods Market D

2 Greenlife Grocery/ Wholefoods Market D A

70 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 254-5440 • wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/ asheville

1 Kim's Oriental W 5 Regent Park Blvd. #110, Asheville 254-7235

3 French Broad Food Co-op D H A

2 Foreign Affairs Oriental Market E

90 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 255-7650 • frenchbroadfood.coop

611-A Tunnel Road, Asheville 299-0333

70 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 254-5440 • wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/ asheville

3 Ingles Markets E A Various locations, Asheville 298-3514 • ingles-markets.com

BudGet-Friendly Grocery 3018 U.S. Highway 70 W, Black Mountain 669-8988 • avl.mx/wp

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1 Earth Fare W S A

1856 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 210-0100 • EarthFare.com

1 Hopey & Co. E P

www.asherleighz.com • 828.707.8052

10 Duncan Hill Road, Hendersonville

HealtH Food store

2 Ingles Markets E A Various locations, Asheville 298-3514 • ingles-markets.com

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Boos and news Lexington Avenue staple Downtown Books & News (second place in Best Used Bookstore) recently celebrated its 25th year in business. Although hundreds of readers are familiar enough with the store to call it their favorite, some are a bit hazy on its actual name. Some variations: Discount Books and News; Downtown Boos and News; Downtown Books and Need.


Thanks for Voting Us Best Antique Shop in WNC!

ASHEVILLE, NC minutes from the Biltmore Estate 1-877-ATB-1006 75 Swannanoa River Rd (Hwy 81, Asheville)

828-252-7291 • www.atbarn.com

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3 Euromarket of Asheville W

3 Tyson Furniture E P

1341 Parkwood Ave. #101-102, Asheville 255-8484 • avl.mx/wd

109 Broadway St., Black Mountain 669-5000 • tysonfurniture.com

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1 Bed Bath & Beyond E

1 Gas-Up W

83 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville 299-8446 • bedbathandbeyond.com

405 Haywood Road, Asheville 252-5589 • thegasup.com

2 Nest Organics D H

2 Hot Spot D W N S

51 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 258-1901 • nestorganics.com

79 Asheland Ave., Asheville hotspotcstore.com

2 Porter & Prince S

1118 Brevard Road, Asheville

Thank you, WNC, for letting us be part of your lives. We’re glad to have the opportunity to serve you!

HELP US CELEBRATE! BRING IN THIS AD FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A $50.00 GIFT CARD! (Drawing to be held September 1st, 2013)

611 A Tunnel Road • 828-299-0333

6 Brook St., Asheville 277-2337 • porterandprince.com

110 Weaverville Road, Asheville

3 Anna's Linens E

Various locations

85 Tunnel Road, Asheville 253-2291 • annaslinens.com

3 BJ's Food Mart W 10 Michigan Ave., Asheville 258-3132

harDWare store

3 Citi Stop W

1 Ace Hardware N S E W 812 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 505-3672 • ashevilleace.com

760 Haywood Road, Asheville 774-5550

1888 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 676-0047

Furniture store

61 Weaver Blvd., Suite A, Weaverville 645-8811

1 Tyson Furniture N P 109 Broadway St., Black Mountain 669-5000 • tysonfurniture.com

2319 US Highway 70, Swannanoa 581-0299

2 Mobilia D

911 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville 697-2237

43 Haywood St., Asheville 252-8322 • mobilianc.com

3 Havertys E

1391 Dellwood Road, Waynesville 926-0300

107 River Hills Road, Asheville 296-7332 • havertys.com

2 Town Hardware & General Store E P

hoMe FurnishinGs store

103 W. State St., Black Mountain 669-7723 • townhardware.com

1 Mobilia D 43 Haywood St., Asheville 252-8322 • mobilianc.com

2 Habitat for Humanity ReStore S 31 Meadow Road, Asheville 254-6706 • habitat.org/restores

3 ScreenDoor S 115 Fairview Road, Asheville 277-3667 • screendoorasheville.com

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DiD you KnoW? We introduced the automobile to the Best of WNC this year. Used or new, readers voted for the same dealers.

Reems Creek Nursery Thanks for voting us one of the best Garden Center & Landscaping companies! Happy Plants Since 1979

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Cloisonné pendant

• Celebrating 30 years in downtown Asheville FINE JEWELRY & DESIGN STUDIO

www.jewelsthatdance.com

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Tops for Shoes: Best Shoe Store PHoTo By MAx CooPeR

3 Ace Hardware Weaverville N P 61 Weaver Blvd., Weaverville 645-8811 • ashevilleace.com

FLea MarKet 1 Smiley's Flea Market S P 5360 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher 684-3532 • smileysfleamarkets.com

2 The Downtown Market D 45 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville 255-8858 • downtownmarketasheville.net

2 The Little Flea W 718 Haywood Road, Asheville 242-5595 • littleflea.org

3 Paris of the South Flea Market E P 110 Lytle Cove Road, Swannanoa 242-1676 • avl.mx/s5

antique store 1 Antique Tobacco Barn E H B 75 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville 252-7291 • atbarn.com

2 ScreenDoor S 115 Fairview Road, Asheville 277-3667 • screendoorasheville.com

3 Oddfellows Antiques E

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2 Ten Thousand Villages D 10 College St., Asheville 254-8374 • tenthousandvillages.com

3 Mast General Store D S W 15 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 232-1883 • mastgeneralstore.com 527 N. Main St., Hendersonville 696-1883 63 N. Main St., Waynesville 452-2101

heaD shoP 1 Octopus Garden Smoke Shop W D S B

124 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville 350-7800 • oddfellowsasheville.com

1062 Patton Ave., Asheville 232-6030 • https://twitter.com/OGasheville

3 Sweeten Creek Antiques and Collectibles S

80 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 254-4980 • https://twitter.com/OGasheville

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1269 Tunnel Road, Asheville 299-8880 • https://twitter.com/OGasheville

2 The Circle Asheville W 426 Haywood Road, Asheville 254-3332 • thecircleasheville.com

3 Wonderland D 33 Patton Ave., Asheville 225-5037

GraPhic DesiGner 1 Image 420 Screenprinting W 420 Haywood Road, Asheville 253-9420 • image420.com

1 Kerry Bober  230-8004 • kerrybober.com

2 Subject Matter Studio  H 424-7255 • subjectmatterstudio.com

3 Emily Busey  cargocollective.com/emilybusey

3 Jenny Greer, Sound Mind Creative R 362 Depot St., Asheville 279-4166 • soundmindcreative.com

Print shoP 1 Henco Reprographics D 54 Broadway St., Asheville 253-0449 • hencorepro.com

2 Image 420 Screenprinting W 420 Haywood Road, Asheville 253-9420 • image420.com


THANK YOU, ASHEVILLE! For Voting Jim Barkley Toyota #1 New Car Dealer #1 Used Car Dealer

Sensibilities Loves Asheville! Thank you for 15 wonderful years and for voting us among the best Asheville has to offer. massage • facials • nails • gift certificates

Downtown : 59 Haywood St. : 828.253.3222 South : Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park : 828.687.8760

sensibilities-spa.com

If you are looking for a new or used car or pickup, come and see us and find out why we are #1!

JimBarkleyToyota.com Over 800 vehicles in stock Exit 33 at I-26 • (828) 667-8888 mountainx.com

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in this chefs challenge you’re the winner

Hopey & Company: Best Budget-Friendly Grocery PHoTo By ALySSA BARNeS

Looking to sharpen your culinary skills? Sign up for one of our cooking classes. doughasheville.com/class-schedule

3 Printville S D

2 Leicester Pawn and Gun Shop W

1 Page Ave., Suite 107, Asheville 348-5121 • printville.net

142 New Leicester Highway, Asheville 285-0040 • leicesterpawn.com

2 Town Square Blvd., Suite 100, Asheville 225-3777 • printville.net

3 Finkelstein's D

PaWn shoP 1 Alan's Jewelry & Pawn W E 1186 Patton Ave., Asheville 254-8681 • alanspawn.com 736 Tunnel Road, Asheville 299-4440

21 Broadway, Asheville 253-7731 • finkelsteinspawn.com

MusicaL instruMent shoP 1 Musician's Workshop D B 319 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 252-1249 • musiciansworkshop.com

2 Acoustic Corner E P 105-F Montreat Road, Black Mountain 669-5162 • acoustic-corner.com

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3 Sherwood's Music D 180 Patton Ave., Asheville 254-0402 • sherwoodsmusic.com

recorD shoP 1 Harvest Records W H B 415 Haywood Road, Asheville 258-2999 • harvest-records.com

2 Static Age Records D 110 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 254-3232 • staticagerecords.com


Harmony Motors Loves WNC!

3 Karmasonics D

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19 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 259-9949 • alv.mx/prpm

autoMoBiLe tire store

1 Jim Barkley Toyota W 777 Brevard Road, Asheville 667-8888 • jimbarkleytoyota.com

1 Jan Davis Tire Store D

2 Harmony Motors W

209 Patton Ave., Asheville 253-5634 • jandavistire.com

621 Brevard Road, Asheville 692-5469 • harmonymotors.us

2 Newbridge Tire Center N

3 Apple Tree Honda S P

1475 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 255-8005 • newbridgetirecenter.com

195 Underwood Road, Fletcher 684-4400 • appletreeautos.com

3 Discount Tire E S

BooKstore - neW

105 Bleachery Blvd., Asheville 318-0949 • discounttire.com

1 Malaprop's Bookstore and Café D H B

54 Airport Road, Arden 828-708-6022

55 Haywood St., Asheville 254-6734 • malaprops.com

3 Mountain View Tire & Service E W

2 Barnes & Noble E

32 Tunnel Road, Asheville 252-9681 • mvtire.com

3 S. Tunnel Road, Ashevillle 296-7335 • barnesandnoble.com

900 Patton Ave., Asheville 253-4818

3 Accent on Books N 854 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 252-6255 • accentonbooks.com

1047 Smoky Park Highway, Candler 633-2530 Variousl ocations

BooKstore - useD

auto DeaLer - neW

1 Mr. K’s Used Books & More S 800 Fairview Road, Asheville 299-1145 • mrksusedbooks.com

1 Jim Barkley Toyota W 777 Brevard Road, Asheville 667-8888 • jimbarkleytoyota.com

Thank you for voting us one of the BEST! Mountain Xpress has been an integral part of our success. We invite everyone to stop by Volkswagen Of Asheville and check out our classic 1964 VW Bus and more vintage Volkswagens! 621 Brevard Rd • (828) 232-4000 • www.ashevillevw.com

2 Downtown Books & News D

2 Harmony Motors W

67 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 348-7615 • downtownbooksandnews.com

621 Brevard Road, Asheville 692-5469 • harmonymotors.us

3 Apple Tree Honda S P

3 Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar D

195 Underwood Road, Fletcher 684-4400 • honda.appletreeautos.com

Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave., Suite 101, Asheville 252-0020 • batteryparkbookexchange.com

Locally Owned and Operated since 1986

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Thanks everyone in Asheville who voted for us. Offering the best brands and service to keep you in motion.

We love you for voting us one of the best bike shops and bike repair centers in WNC!

878 Brevard Rd. Asheville • 828.633.2227 552 W. Main St. Sylva • 828.586.6925 MotionMakers.com • Follow Us! Stocking Bicycles from

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entrePreneur 1 Danny's Dumpster E 120 Hardesty Lane, Asheville 380-9094 • dannysdumpster.com

2 Oscar Wong, Highland Brewing Co. S 12 old Charlotte Highway, Suite H, Asheville 299-3370 • highlandbrewing.com

3 Wick & Greene Jewelers D 121 Patton Ave., Asheville 253-1805 • wickandgreene.com

PLace to WorK 1 Home  Various locations

2 CarePartners Health Services S 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville 277-4800 • carepartners.org

3 Mission Hospital D A 509 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 213-1111 • mission-health.org

Business that iMProves Wnc the Most 1 Biltmore Estate S 1 Lodge St., Asheville 800-411-3812 • biltmore.com

2 Mission Health D A 509 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 213-1111 • mission-health.org

3 CarePartners Health Services S 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville 277-4800 • carepartners.org

SECU: Best Credit Union PHoTo By MAx CooPeR

“I

’m not a businessman / I’m a business, man,” declares rapper, record producer, sports-team owner and gazillionaire entrepreneur Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter). What Jay-Z understands is that to run a multifaceted business empire is to embody the empire yourself — through actions as well as through words.

to be buried under their front porch or mattress — as smaller regional banks once again beat out the corporate titans of high finance (Asheville Savings Bank, Hometrust, First Citizens in first, second and third, respectively).

3 Mountain BizWorks D 153 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville 253-2834 • mountainbizworks.org

Business that Gives BacK to the coMMunity 1 Charlotte Street Computers D S H 252 Charlotte St., Asheville 225-6600 • charlottestreetcomputers.com

The winners of our business categories understand this, too. Whether helping small businesses get their feet on the ground through loans (Mountain BizWorks) or providing compassionate end-of-life care to the elderly (CarePartners), WNC businesses embody leadership by giving back.

Such a premium is placed on our independence that “Home” got voted the “Best Place to Work” — either that, or more voters prefer working in their pajamas than business-casual attire. Of course, it could be argued no one works harder at making the workplace fun than LaZoom, which won the “Only in Asheville” accolade, as well as most “Innovative Business.” Keep on pedallin,’ Sister Bad Habit.

Time and again, Best Of WNC voters choose homegrown businesses with a deep Asheville vibe (LaZoom, Spiritex). Our voters also like to keep their dollars local — but not so local as

The famous business theorist Peter Drucker wrote, “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” These winners are doing just that. — Julia Ritchey

3 Ingles Markets E A

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300 Airport Road, Arden 651-6600 • charlottestreetcomputers.com

2 Mission Health D A 509 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 213-1111 • mission-health.org Various locations 298-3514 • ingles-markets.com


Congratulations to River for being voted one of the top three music teachers in WNC! And to River’s group Free Planet Radio for being voted #1 World Music Group in WNC!

Odyssey is proud to have River as our Music Director and Free Planet Radio as Artists-in-Residence.

Join us for an Open House Wednesday, August 21, 5:30–7:00 pm

90 Zillicoa St. Asheville, NC 28801

828-259-3653

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Odyssey Community School Preschool through High School Asheville’s School of Integral Learning

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BEST TEACHER CHRIS WEAVER BEST TEACHER TONY MELE 2nd

588 Chestnut Gap Rd Hendersonville, NC 28792   (828) 685-4002 saintpaulmountainvineyards.com

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BEST MUSIC TEACHER SUE FORD

131 3rd Ave W  Hendersonville, NC 28792 (828) 693-7676 falderalwinery.com

Thanks for voting! Best of WNC 2nd Local Winery

Asheville Savings Bank: Best Bank, Best Bank Services For Small Business PHoTo By MAx CooPeR

sustainaBiLity-ProMotinG Business 1 Spiritex D 14 Haywood St., Asheville 254-3375 • spiritex.net

2 Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) D 306 W. Haywood St., Asheville 236-1282 • asapconnections.org

innovative Business 1 LaZoom Tours D H 14 Battery Park Ave., Asheville 225-6932 • lazoomtours.com

2 The Downtown Market D 45 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville 255-8858 • downtownmarket.net

2 Biltmore Estate S 1 Lodge St., Asheville 800-411-3812 • biltmore.com

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3 Danny's Dumpster E

We have taken great care to ensure the accuracy of our Best of WNC listings, but if you have corrections, questions or suggestions, email us at listings@mountainx.com or call 251-1333.

120 Hardesty Lane, Asheville 380-9094 • dannysdumpster.com

3 Sow True Seed D 146 Church St., Asheville 254-0708 • sowtrueseed.com

3 Sundance Power Systems N P 11 Salem Hill Road, Weaverville 645-2080 • sundancepower.com 58

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SEPTEMBER IS HUNGER ACTION MONTH. Thank you for voting MANNA FoodBank one of the best places to volunteer with kids.

Participate in an event, volunteer, or donate. TOGETHER WE CAN SOLVE HUNGER. MANNAFOODBANK.ORG/HUNGER-ACTION-MONTH • (828)299-FOOD

RiverLink is RiverCentric— working for your French Broad River Watershed

JUMP IN! Join RiverLink We would like to thank board members past our donors for

Today! all our 1700 volunteers, and present and all voting us the...

BEST ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP 8 years in a row The Wilma Dykeman RiverWay and all its many spokes in the wheel are happening! mountainx.com

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Best Bank Thank you so much for loving us! We love you back with … Seasonal • Organic • Local • Vegan Gluten-free • Options to eat, drink and be merry. We look forward to another year of nourishing you! FI N D U S AT www.westvillagemarket.com & www.FarmacyJuiceandTonicBar.com

on Facebook & at 771 Haywood Road, West Asheville Market hours: 8am – 10pm (open Sundays at 9) Farmacy hours: Wednesday – Saturday 9am-6pm

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Best Bank Services for Small Business We are honored to have served the area for over 75 years as your lending experts. If you’re not banking with us yet, stop into one of our 13 locations or visit us online to find out what you’re missing!


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372 Depot St., Suite 10, Asheville 575-9600 • integrativeasheville.org

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co-oP/WorKer-oWneD Business 1 French Broad Food Co-op D H A 90 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 255-7650 • frenchbroadfood.coop

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2 Firestorm Café & Books D H 48 Commerce St., Asheville 255-8115 • firestormcafe.com

2 SECU N S D W 701 N. Broadway Ave., Asheville 253-8009 • ncsecu.org

3 Hendersonville Community Co-op S P 715 S. Grove St., Hendersonville 693-0505 • hendersonville.coop

20 All Souls Crescent, Asheville 828-274-4200

3 REI S

1 Oak Plaza, Asheville 828-225-2900

31 Schenck Parkway, Asheville 687-0918 • rei.com/stores/asheville

145 Smokey Park Highway, Asheville 828-665-4801

3 Rosetta's Kitchen D H A

3 Wells Fargo Home Mortgage S

116 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 232-0738 • rosettaskitchen.com

80 Peach Tree Road, Suite 210, Asheville 255-1218 • wfhm.com/loans/ron-watson/ index.page

nonProFit orGaniZation 1 Brother Wolf Animal Rescue S H

suPPort orGaniZation For neW Businesses

31 Glendale Ave., Asheville 505-3440 • bwar.org

2 MANNA FoodBank E A

1 Mountain BizWorks D

627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville 299-3663 • mannafoodbank.org

153 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville 253-2834 • mountainbizworks.org

3 Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) D

2 Asheville SCORE D 151 Patton Ave., Room 259, Asheville ashevillescore.org

306 W. Haywood St., Asheville 236-1282 • asapconnections.org

3 A-B Tech Small Business Center W P

3 Eblen Charities W 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville 255-3066 • eblencharities.org

1465 Sand Hill Road, Suite 1060, Candler 398-7950 • abtech.edu/sbc

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1 Asheville Savings Bank D E S W

1 The Brite Agency D 29 Montford Ave., Suite 200, Asheville 350-9500 • briteagency.com

11 Church St., Asheville 250-8430 • ashevillesavingsbank.com 10 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville 298-8193

Spiritex: Best Sustainability-Promoting Business, Most Local-centric Store

1879 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 687-0774 1012 Patton Ave., Asheville 254-1778

2 HomeTrust D 10 Woodfin St., Asheville 254-8144 • hometrustbanking.com

3 First Citizens Bank  Various locations firstcitizens.com

creDit union 1 State Employees’ Credit Union N W S 701 Broadway St., Asheville 253-8009 • ncsecu.org 145 Smoky Park Highway, Asheville 665-4801 20 All Souls Crescent, Asheville 274-4200

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2 Telco W E H

3 First Citizens Bank D

712 New Leicester Highway, Asheville 252-6458 • telcoccu.org

108 Patton Ave., and other locations, Asheville 257-5700 • firstcitizens.com

36 Tunnel Road, Asheville 252-6888

3 Mountain Credit Union D W Various locations

Best BanK services For sMaLL Business 1 Asheville Savings Bank D E N W

MortGaGe coMPany 1 HomeTrust Bank D S E 10 Woodfin St., Asheville 254-8144 • hometrustbanking.com 1825 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 277-4300

Various locations

1011 Tunnel Road, Suite 180, Asheville 259-8000

2 HomeTrust D

1 Plum Dog Financial D

10 Woodfin St., Asheville 254-8144 • hometrustbanking.com

37 Montford Ave., Suite 102, Asheville 274-1515 • plumdogfinancial.com mountainx.com

2 Integritive2 D 120 Coxe Ave., Suite 2-C, Asheville 575-2268 • i2mktg.com

3 Atlas Branding D 29 Ravenscroft Drive Suite 307, Asheville 713-0392 • atlasbranding.com

Branch LoyaLty When casting ballots for favorite bank or credit union, Best of WNC voters got specific. Most people entered the exact branch and city they do their banking at. We eventually had to lump them together, but perhaps a “best teller” category is in order for next year?

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Most “onLy in asheviLLe” Business 1 LaZoom Tours D H 14 Battery Park Ave., Asheville 225-6932 • lazoomtours.com 2 L.O.F.T. D 53 Broadway St., Asheville 259-9303 • loftofasheville.com

3 Gourmet Chip Co. D 43 1/2 Broadway St., Asheville 254-3335 • gourmetchipcompany.com

1 Spiritex D 14 Haywood St., Asheville 254-3375 • spiritex.net

2 Mast General Store D S W 15 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 232-1883 • mastgeneralstore.com

PersonaL coach 1 Asher Leigh  707-8052 • asherleighz.com

LocaL MarKetinG caMPaiGn

527 N. Main St., Hendersonville 696-1883

1 Asheville Grown Business Alliance 

63 N. Main St., Waynesville 452-2101

3 French Broad Food Co-op D H A 90 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 255-7650 • frenchbroadfood.coop

ashevillegrown.com

2 Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) D 306 W. Haywood St., Asheville 236-1282 • asapconnections.org

3 Beer City USA  3 Harmony Motors W

Waste not Multiple category winner Danny’s Dumpster business motto now reads “Reducing Waste, Renewing Resources” to reflect the company’s green focus on recycling and composting. However, when first launched, the motto was “you Make It, We Take it.”

621 Brevard Road, Asheville 232-4000 • harmonymotors.us

3 HomeTrust Banking D S E N W 10 Woodfin St. and other locations, Asheville 254-8144 • hometrustbanking.com 1825 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 277-4300 1011 Tunnel Road, Suite 180, Asheville 259-8000 Various locations

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Thanks again Asheville & Western North Carolina... We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

Best BBQ in WNC 2006 • 2007 • 2008 2009 • 2010 • 2011 2012 and 2013! Asheville Location 5 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District Mon-Fri 11am-4pm 253-4499

Arden Location 3578 Sweeten Creek Rd. Near BB Barns Nursery Tues-Sat 11am-4pm Carry Out Till 6pm 687-1395

Serve. Learn. Excel. Mountain Xpress readers aren’t the only ones to recognize Western Carolina University’s service to the community. For six years in a row, WCU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Nearly 7,000 WCU students provided 52,400 hours of service to the community in 2012, enhancing their understanding of course content, meeting community needs, developing career-related skills and becoming responsible citizens.

service learning.wcu.edu WCU VOTED FIRST PLACE FOR: REASON TO VISIT YOUR TOWN • BUSINESS THAT GIVES BACK ART GALLERY • REASON TO LIVE IN YOUR TOWN

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ou could argue that the entire readers’ poll is a showcase of what’s unique to Asheville. But here, we’re talking about quality of life, something our little bohemian mountain town offers in abundance. And both behind and in front of the scenes, you’ve told us who’s working to keep that quality high. Voters lifted up City Council member Cecil Bothwell as both their favorite local politician and as a hero to boot, and thanked Western North Carolina Alliance and RiverLink for their activism and environmentalism. We added a few new categories here, for some of our everyday heroes: Sheriff Van Duncan earned Best Police/Law Enforcement Officer and Chief Scott Burnette from the Asheville Fire Department earned Best Firefighter. Off the beaten path, we totally get that the Biltmore Estate is a magical place to get engaged and a beautiful site for a wedding. But really, are y’all still breaking up at Broadway’s? I mean, you have to be a member, so if things are really bad, do you want to suffer the 24-hour waiting period? And what does it say about you that we had to specify “Besides Facebook”? It says we got a lot of votes for that last year, and Facebook ain’t local, people. Also please stop breaking up on Facebook, that’s just wrong. You still want more parking, how progressive of you. You still love the mountains. You still have to leave to get a job. The winners in these categories are perennial, so we threw in a few new ones. Best bathroom? Those Dyson hand dryers in the LAB helped propel that brewery to victory. And, you loved the Rankin Avenue Parking Garage the most. So let’s sing to the unsung places that keep the “quality” in our lifestyle. — Rebecca Sulock

neiGhBorhooD 1 West Asheville  B 2 Montford  3 North Asheville  FunDraisinG event 1 Blue Jean Ball (by MANNA FoodBank) E 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville 299-3663 • mannafoodbank.org/blue-jean-ball

2 Dining Out for Life  diningoutforlife.com/asheville

3 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes D Asheville 252-0562 • walkamileasheville.org

3 YWCA Black & White Gala D 185 S. French Broad Ave, Asheville 254-7206 • ywcaofasheville.org

activist GrouP 1 Western North Carolina Alliance D 29 N. Market St., Suite 610, Asheville 258-8737 • wnca.org 64

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2 Just Us For All D 11 Cumberland Ave., Apt. 2, Asheville 707-2052 • justusforall.org

3 Campaign for Southern Equality D P.o. Box 364, Asheville 28802 242-1559 • southernequality.org

3 Our VOICE D 44 Merrimon Ave., Suite 1, Asheville 252-0562 • ourvoicenc.org

LocaL environMentaL GrouP 1 RiverLink R B 170 Lyman St., Asheville 252-8474 • riverlink.org

2 Western North Carolina Alliance D 29 N. Market St., Suite 610, Asheville 258-8737 • wnca.org

3 Asheville Greenworks D 357 Depot St., Asheville 254-1776 • ashevillegreenworks.org

ProJect you'D LiKe to see LocaL GovernMent Do

Chief Scott Burnette: Best Fireman

1 Greenways  232-4528 • avl.mx/ww

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Thank You

For VoTing us #1

and for the 20 years of support

The

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200 Rosman Hwy. Suite C • Brevard • (828)884-8796 2000 Spartanburg Hwy. Suite 300 • Hendersonville • (828) 697-1050 140 Airport Rd. Suite M • Arden • (828) 654-0906 1269 Tunnel Rd. Suite B • Asheville • (828) 299-8880 600 Merrimon Ave. • Asheville • (828) 253-2883 80 N. Lexington Ave. • Asheville • (828) 524-4980 1062 Patton Ave. • Asheville • (828) 232-6030

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THANK YOU FOR VOTING US # 1 PAWN SHOP

Biltmore Estate: Best Place To Get Engaged, Place To Get Married

LARGEST JEWELRY & PAWN STORE IN ASHEVILLE!

3 LOCATIONS 1186 Patton Avenue 828-254-8681 M-S 9-7 • Sun 1-6

736 Tunnel Road 828-299-4440 M-S 9-7 • Sun 1-6

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2 More bike lanes  3 More sidewalks  LocaL GovernMent accoMPLishMent 1 Domestic-partner benefits  1 Suing the state over the water system takeover D 2 Greenways  avl.mx/ww

3 Pack Square Park D Downtown Asheville, Asheville avl.mx/wv

PoLice/LaW enForceMent oFFicer 1 Sheriff Van Duncan, Buncombe County D 100 Court Plaza, Asheville 252-1110 • buncombecounty.org

2 Jackie Stepp, Asheville Police Department D 100 Court Plaza, Asheville 252-1110 • ashevillenc.gov

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2 Mike Riley, AFD D

100 Court Plaza, Asheville 252-1110 • ashevillenc.gov

100 Court Plaza, Asheville 259-5636 • ashevillenc.gov

3 Jason Briscoe, APD D

3 Capt. Jeff Bowen 

100 Court Plaza, Asheville 252-1110 • ashevillenc.gov

FireFiGhter 1 Chief Scott Burnette, Asheville Fire Department D 100 Court Plaza, Asheville 259-5636 • ashevillenc.gov

2 Jay Bettencourt, AFD D 100 Court Plaza, Asheville 259-5636 • ashevillenc.gov

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LocaL hero 1 Cecil Bothwell  cecilbothwell.com

2 Capt. Jeff Bowen  captainjeffbowen.com

2 Gordon Smith  gordonforavl.com

3 Sister Bad Habit, LaZoom Tours D 14 Battery Park Ave., Asheville 225-6932 • lazoomtours.com

tourists at hoMe or DoWntoWn When you chose Tourists as your No. 3 reason to leave Asheville, do you mean the throngs of downtown visitors or the minor league ball club? Cause their record isn’t so great this year. We weren’t sure.


“Improving the function of your body”

ThAnk you Western north Carolina for voting us BeST ChiRopRACToR!!! Focusing on Chiropractic Sports Medicine & Active Release Techniques (ART®) to improve performance and your overall quality of life.Targeted patient specific rehabilitation and nutritional counseling to enhance your road to a speedy recovery. 3106 Sweeten Creek Rd., Suite E Asheville, NC 28803

828-676-0963 www.bmyerschiro.com

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icon Key NORTH • S OUTH • EAST WEST • River ArTS DOWNTOWN P OuTlyiNg AreA B HAll Of fAme H gO lOCAl A APPAlACHiAN grOWN

LocaL viLLain 1 Rep. Tim Moffitt  2 Carl Mumpower  3 Cecil Bothwell  cecilbothwell.com

LocaL PoLitician 1 Cecil Bothwell  B cecilbothwell.com

2 Gordon Smith  gordonforavl.com

3 Mayor Terry Bellamy D City Hall, 70 Court Plaza, Asheville 259-5600 • ashevillenc.gov

LocaL coLorFuL character 1 Sister Bad Habit, LaZoom Tours D B 14 Battery Park Ave., Asheville 225-6932 • lazoomtours.com

2 Brother Christopher  3 Carl Mumpower  3 Kipper Schauer D kipperstrivia.com

thinG DoWntoWn asheviLLe neeDs 1 More parking  B 2 More green space  2 More/improved bike lanes  3 Public restrooms  reason to Live in asheviLLe

Greenways: Best Project You’d Like To See Local Government Do

1 The mountains  B

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scooter DuDes ruLes Some single-vote getters for local colorful character: Scooter Dude, Sir Daddy, Smooth the Barber, The Can Man, Homeless Joke Guy, Highland Hippie Scott, Legalize It Bike Guy, Soul Train Man in Wheelchair, Wambo and The Guy Who Stole My Artificial Limp.


One Of the

Thanks for your vote for Best of WNC. (I hope youÕ ll vote for me again on November 5th!)

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Best of WNC First Place Winner Your Holistic Veterinarian in Asheville, NC We provide holistic healthcare for the entire family.

Call us at 828-254-2773 West Asheville: Best Neighborhood

Dr. Andrea Fochios 16 Harris Ave Asheville, NC 28806 drandrea@peopleandpetsacupuncture.com

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BuMPer sticKer 1 Keep Asheville Weird  B 2 Coexist  3 Cesspool of Sin  Best BathrooM 1 Lexington Avenue Brewery D A

Leicester Carpet Thanks Xpress Readers For Voting Us No. 1 Flooring Company

125 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville 505-8560 • stormasheville.com

3 MG Road D

Experience the ‘Leicester Difference’ - All Products Made in America - Lifetime Installation Warranty - 42-year-old family owned business  - Area’s finest most complete showrooms

1 Biltmore Estate S A

(828) 254-8937

119 New Leicester Highway

HENDERSONVILLE (828) 233-0500

1229 7th Avenue East

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2 Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro D

19 Wall St., Asheville 254-4363 • mgroadlounge.com

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PLace to Get enGaGeD 1 Lodge St., Asheville 800-411-3812 • biltmore.com

2 Blue Ridge Parkway  blueridgeparkway.org

3 Grove Park Inn N 290 Macon Ave., Asheville 252-2711 • groveparkinn.com

PLace to Get MarrieD 1 Biltmore Estate S A 1 Lodge St., Asheville 800-411-3812 • biltmore.com 2 North Carolina Arboretum W 100 Frederick Law olmsted Way, Asheville 665-2492 • ncarboretum.org

3 Homewood Event and Conference Center D 19 Zillicoa St., Asheville 232-9900 • mybelovedhomewood.com

PLace to BreaK uP (not FaceBooK!)

1 Broadway's D B 120 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 285-0400 • avl.mx/we

2 Via text message  3 In private  ParKinG DecK 1 Rankin Avenue Garage D downtown, Asheville 259-5792 • avl.mx/wy

2 Aloft Asheville D 51 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 232-2838 • aloftashevilledowntown.com/wxyzbar

3 Wall Street Garage D off otis St. between Wall St. and Battery Park Ave., Asheville 259-5792 • avl.mx/wy

PriDe in the hooD West Asheville gets the most votes of any winner in any of these city categories, by several hundred votes.


BEST OF WNC 2013 ONE OF THE BEST ANIMAL ACUPUNCTURISTS

ANIMAL ACUPUNCTURE AND PAIN RELIEF CLINIC DR. BETH JONES

Licensed veterinarian with 20 years experience.

CONDITIONS RESPONSIVE TO ACUPUNCTURE: HIP DYSPLASIA SPINAL ARTHRITIS DISK DISEASE CHRONIC PAINFUL CONDITIONS

ALLERGIES ANXIETY INCONTINENCE

959 MERRIMON AVE. SUITE 102 • 828-450-0851 • ASHEVILLEANIMALACUPUNCTURE.COM

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h, tourism. Since its 19th century draw as a place for recovery and fresh air, it remains at the core of Asheville’s identity and economy, and our Best Of WNC voters gave the nod to many sights and sounds that lead people from around the country to come to our fair city. They named their favorite trolley tour, expressed their deep love of obelisks that honor 19th century Confederate governors and reaffirmed that the sprawling Biltmore Estate is indeed impressive. And when masses of tourists meander the sidewalks and attractions, the Blue Ridge Parkway is nearby, beckoning all to take a break from the madding crowd (but a heavy-rain-induced, 4-inch-wide crack in a section north of Asheville means visitors and locals alike must take a detour around that section till at least Labor Day). And the unique cultural features of Asheville’s core also apparently appeal to all — downtown is apparently the best place to take families of all ages, whether they’re older visiting relatives, kids or goths (or all of the above — let’s not assume too much in this town). On top of that, there are museums, or just plain people-watching. Even the rumbling, crowd-drawing drum circle has become a beloved fixture of the landscape now. Of course, the very participation in Best Of WNC’s multitude of categories also affirms an honored, tourism-drawing Asheville tradition: participating in online polls. — David Forbes

hoteL 1 Grove Park Inn N 290 Macon Ave., Asheville 252-2711 • groveparkinn.com

2 Hotel Indigo D 151 Haywood St., Asheville 239-0239 • avl.mx/vu

3 Aloft Asheville D 51 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 232-2838 • aloftashevilledowntown.com

MoteL 1 The Mountaineer Inn E 155 Tunnel Road, Asheville 254-5331 • mtinnasheville.homestead.com

2 Downtown Inn & Suites D 120 Patton Ave., Asheville 254-9661 • downtowninnandsuites.com

2 Hampton Inn E W 204 Tunnel Road, Asheville 255-9220 • hamptoninn3.hilton.com

The Mountaineer Inn: Best Motel PHoTo By MAx CooPeR

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1 Rocky Ridge Road, Asheville 667-2022

3 Country Inn & Suites S W 199 Tunnel Road, Asheville 254-4311 • countryinns.com

1914 old Haywood Road 665-9556 845 Brevard Road, Asheville 670-9000

LocaL troLLey tour 1 LaZoom Tours D H 14 Battery Park Ave., Asheville 225-6932 • lazoomtours.com

2 Gray Line Historic Trolley Tours of Asheville D P.o. Box 2115, Asheville 28801 251-8687 • graylineasheville.com

3 Asheville’s Historic Trolley Tours  681-8585 • ashevilletrolleytours.com

asheviLLe LocaL attraction 1 Biltmore Estate S A 1 Lodge St., Asheville 800-411-3812 • biltmore.com 2 LaZoom Tours D H 14 Battery Park Ave., Asheville 225-6932 • lazoomtours.com

3 Downtown  3 Drum Circle D Pritchard Park and other locations


Thanks to our guests and locals alike for voting us one of the best motels in downtown Asheville!

Come Feel The Changes.

-Stay in the Heart of Downtown -Pet Friendly -Outdoor Pool -FREE Continental Breakfast

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Vance Monument: Best Public Landmark PHoTo By MAx CooPeR

LocaL attraction outsiDe oF asheviLLe 1 Blue Ridge Parkway  blueridgeparkway.org

2 Chimney Rock E P 431 Main St., Chimney Rock 625-9611 • chimneyrockpark.com

3 Mount Mitchell  avl.mx/xr

PuBLic LanDMarK 1 Vance Monument D Pack Square avl.mx/xz

2 Pack Square D Downtown Asheville avl.mx/xz

3 Biltmore Estate S A 1 Lodge St., Asheville 800-411-3812 • biltmore.com

MuseuM 1 Asheville Art Museum D 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville 253-3227 • ashevilleart.org

2 Colburn Earth Science Museum D 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville 254-7162 • colburnmuseum.wordpress.com

3 The Health Adventure (Closed) 

KeeP it WeirD While there are many trolley tours around the city, locals indicated a clear preference for LaZoom, the comedy bus tour with a lot of local flair. All these “trolleys” however, are actually buses, as Asheville’s electric trolley system is long gone.

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Mr. K’s Used Books, MUsic and More

Asheville’s lArgest Used Bookstore

New & USed: Books • CDs Video Games • Books on CD • DVDs BUY • SeLL • TRAde

Thank You for Voting Us One The Best of WNC!

Open Mon. - Sat. 9am-9pm • Sun. 12-6pm 800 Fairview Rd. • Asheville, NC River Ridge Shopping Center • Beside A.C. Moore • Hwy 240 exit #8

299-1145 • www.mrksusedbooks.com

Thank you for VOTING Kam

ParKer #1 Physical Trainer in WNC!

Join us for Kam’s seminar

Secrets To A Flat Belly

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the BiG house Tourists and locals agree: America’s largest private home — the Biltmore estate — is the overwhelming favorite among area attractions. Built for a family of shipping magnates from up north, it’s now part of the Southern scenery.

blueridgeparkway.org

3 Downtown Asheville D PLace to taKe your ecLectic visitinG FaMiLy 1 Downtown Asheville D exploreasheville.com

2 Drum Circle  Pritchard Park and other locations

3 Biltmore Estate S A PeoPLe-WatchinG PLace 1 Pack Square D

1 Lodge St., Asheville 800-411-3812 • biltmore.com

PLace to taKe your Goth teenaGe reLation

Downtown Asheville avl.mx/xz

2 Pritchard Park D 4 College St., Asheville

3 Drum Circle D Pritchard Park and other locations

1 Downtown Asheville D 2 Lexington Avenue D  3 Drum Circle D Pritchard Park and other locations

PLace to taKe your Parents 1 Biltmore Estate S A 1 Lodge St., Asheville 800-411-3812 • biltmore.com

2 Grove Park Inn N 290 Macon Ave., Asheville 252-2711 • groveparkinn.com

Kasumi Mountain

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Thank you WNC for your votes and commitment to Midwifery Care.

1 Midwife and Midwifery Service #

201 Charlotte Street ✻ Asheville, NC 28801 Office 828.236.0032 ✻ Fax 828.236.3506 ✻ Email office@newdawnmidwifery.com


WNC Dental J. Randall Latta, DDS & Associates, PA

Your Dental Destination in Western North Carolina

We Listen. We Look. We Talk. We Agree. Give us a call today and we’ll talk about your dental concerns and suggest a plan that fits your needs.

828-684-1288 Ashley L Westmoreland, DMD   J. Connor Ware, DDS   Lauren W. Ludwig, DMD David A. Wilson, DMD   J. Randall Latta, DDS 3179 Sweeten Creek Rd Asheville, NC 28803

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Health & Wellness Dentist 1 Tim Gillespie D 36 orange St., Asheville 252-9351 • drtimgillespie.com

2 Marks Family Dentistry N 674 Merrimon Ave., Suite 230-A, Asheville 255-8447 • northashevilledentist.com

3 Stephen A. Miller D 201 e. Chestnut St., Asheville 252-7304 • smileasheville.com

Physician 1 Meredith Polansky, Our Family Doctor D 43 oakland Road, Asheville 252-2511 • ourfamilydoctorasheville.com

2 Gus Vickery, Vickery Family Medicine S 15 yorkshire St., Asheville 274-1600 • vickeryfamilymedicine.com

3 Jodi Schwab, Our Family Doctor D 43 oakland Road, Asheville 252-2511 • ourfamilydoctorasheville.com

eye care sPeciaList/service 1 Larry Golson, Envision Eyecare D H 180 Charlotte St., Asheville 254-6757 • myenvisioneyecare.com

2 Asheville Eye Associates S 8 Medical Park Drive, Asheville 258-1586 • ashevilleeye.com 2001 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 684-2867

3 Tunnel Vision E

Mission Hospital: Best Hospital, Birthing Center

4 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville 298-6500 • tunnelvisionasheville.com

PharMacy 1 CVS N W S 612 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 253-4350 • cvs.com 24 Westgate Parkway, Asheville 253-2872 1080 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 274-3631

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t was believed long ago by the Cherokee people that the mountains of Western North Carolina held a unique power to heal. In the earlier part of this century, Asheville’s air was thought to have healing powers as well. Today, those beliefs persist across demographics and the region remains a Mecca for individuals in search of healthy lifestyles and a sense of well-being. Whether the modality of choice can be found at the end of an acupuncture pin or at the beginning of a routine physical, the

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THANK YOU FOR VOTING US #1

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BEST OF WNC is also online

Carolina Partners in Mental HealthCare, PLLC

NOW OPEN!

BESTOFWNC.COM 2 Walgreens N E S W 841 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 225-5113 • walgreens.com 91 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville 232-4042 1835 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 274-7560 578 New Leicester Highway, Asheville 771-0512

Carolina Partners of Central Asheville 417 Biltmore Avenue Suite 4H Asheville, NC 28801

3 Asheville Compounding Pharmacy N 760 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 255-8757 • ashevillerx.com

hosPitaL 1 Mission Hospital D A 509 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 213-1111 • mission-health.org

2 Park Ridge Health S P 100 Hospital Drive, Hendersonville 684-8501 • parkridgehealth.org

Carolina Partners of South Asheville 1200 Ridgefield Blvd Suite 250 Asheville, NC 28806

3 Pardee Hospital S P 800 N. Justice St., Hendersonville 696-1000 • pardeehospital.org

theraPist (MentaL) 1 Gordon Smith W 775 Haywood Road, Suite J, Asheville 279-2551 • avl.mx/vm

2 Shannon O'Neill D 25 orange St., Asheville 713-5875

In-network with most insurance plans including Medicare.

CALL NOW

to make an appointment

877-876-3783 www.carolinapartners.com

3 Pripo Teplitsky D 25 orange St., Asheville 712-8398 • heartsharecounseling.com

3 Shannon South D CarePartners Health Services: Best Health-Related Nonprofit, Hospice

1 Zillicoa St., Asheville drshannonsouth.com

theraPist (PhysicaL) 1 Christopher Taylor, Physio Physical Therapy & Wellness N 640 Merrimon Ave., Suite 107, Asheville 348-1780 • PhysioWNC.com

2 Diane Douglas, Source For Well-Being E P 402 Montreat Road, Black Mountain 669-8800 • sourceforwellbeing.com

PHoTo By MAx CooPeR

3 Amira Ranney, Mountain Physical Therapy Services D 90 Southside Ave., Suite 225, Asheville 254-3525 • mountainphysicaltherapy.com

3 Damon Rouse, Asheville Family Fitness W 149 New Leicester Highway, Asheville 225-3838 • ashevillefitspine.com

3 Linda Emerick S

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25 Reed St., Suite 100, Asheville 273-9078 • lindaemerickpt.com/contact.php

MassaGe theraPist

2 Nancy Fraser Therapeutic Massage, Asheville Women's Wellness & Education Center D 24 Arlington St., Asheville 242-2798 • nancyfrasermassage.com

3 Amanda Crowe, Center for Holistic Medicine W 779 Haywood Road, Asheville 505-3174 • centerholistic.com

Best PLace to Get MeDicaL care When unDer- or uninsureD

1 Zach Comer, Advanced Pain Relief Therapy D

1 Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) D

143 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 776-1392 • medicalmassageasheville.com

257 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 285-0622 • wncchs.org


THANK YOU for voting me one Hospice • in Palliative Care • Research • Elizabeth House of the top yoga teachers WNC for OVER 10 YEARS! Please join me & the other experienced teachers for Body-Wise Yoga.

www. O n e C e n t e rYoga.com| 828.225.1904

Hospice • Palliative Care • Research • Elizabeth House

THANK YOU WNC! 828.692.6178 www.FourSeasonsCFL.org

VETERANS WANTED AT CHARLES GEORGE VA MEDICAL CENTER We invite all Veterans who haven’t enrolled or who haven’t used VA Health Care recently to sign up and use the services you have earned! Some of our excellent services include:

The following groups of Veterans are eligible regardless of income:

• Primary and Specialty Care

• Medal of Honor, Purple Heart Recipients and Prisoners of War.

• Pharmacy services including medications sent to your mail box

• Vietnam Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.

• Secure e-mail messaging to primary care provider • Travel Pay • Home Based Primary Care • Picture VA Health Care Identification Card • New Patient Exams in some County Health Departments

• Gulf War Veterans who served in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations from August 2, 1990, through November 11, 1998. • OEF / OIF / OND Combat Veterans receive 5 years of health care after active duty discharge. (Iraq / Afghanistan)

www.FourSeasonsCFL.org

• Veterans with service connected disabilities. • Many other Veterans qualify. • Minimum duty requirements and nature of discharge may affect eligibility.

Contact us now to see if you are qualified! 828-296-4462 mountainx.com

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2 Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville D 372 Depot St., Suite 10, Asheville 575-9600 • integrativeasheville.org

3 Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care W S N H 1201 Patton Ave. and other locations, Asheville 252-4878 • urgentcares.org 1833 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 274-1462 144 Weaver Blvd., Weaverville 645-5088 Various locations

FaMiLy MeDicaL Practice 1 Our Family Doctor D 43 oakland Road, Asheville 252-2511 • ourfamilydoctorasheville.com 1 The Family Health Centers D 206 Asheland Ave., Asheville 258-8681 • fhconline.com

2 MAHEC S 121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 257-4400 • mahec.net

3 Community Family Practice D 260 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 254-2444 • communityfamilyonline.com

WNC Community Health Services (WNCCHS): Best Place To Get Medical Care When Under- Or Uninsured

WoMen's heaLth center

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1 Asheville Women's Medical Center D S W

MentaL heaLth center/services

143 Ashland Ave., Asheville 258-9191 • ashevillewomens.com 2585 Hendersonville Road, Suite A, Arden 687-2955 Haywood office Park, Highway 209, Building C, Suite 111, Lake Junaluska 456-7369

2 Planned Parenthood D 603 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 252-7928 • avl.mx/vq

3 MAHEC S 121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 257-4400 • mahec.net

eLDer care FaciLity 1 Givens Estates S 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville 771-2203 • givensestates.org 2 CarePartners Adult Day Services S 68-A Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville 277-3399 • carepartners.org 114 College Drive, Flat Rock 697-7070

3 Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community S 1617 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 274-1531 • deerfieldwnc.org 82

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1 All Souls Counseling Center D 35 Arlington St., Asheville 259-3369 • allsoulscounseling.com

2 Four Seasons Compassion for Life S P 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock 692-6178 • fourseasonscfl.org

3 CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care S

2 The Pisgah Institute D

68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville 277-4800 • carepartners.org

158 Zillicoa St., Asheville 254-9494 • pisgahinstitute.com

3 Charles George VA Medical Center E

3 CooperRiis D

1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville 298-7911 • asheville.va.gov

85 Zillicoa St., Asheville 800-957-5155 • cooperriis.org

CooperRiis Mill Spring Campus S 101 Healing Farm Lane, Mill Spring

hosPice 1 CarePartners Solace Center S 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville 277-4800 • carepartners.org

Mortuary/FuneraL services 1 Groce Funeral Home & Cremation Service W E S 1401 Patton Ave., Asheville 252-3535 • grocefuneralhome.com 856 Tunnel Road, Asheville 299-4416 72 Long Shoals Road, Arden 687-3530

2 Morris Funeral Home D 304 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 252-1821 • morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com

3 Anders Rice Funeral Home W 1428 Patton Ave., Asheville 254-3511 • andersrice.com

ceMetery 1 Riverside Cemetery D 53 Birch St., Asheville 350-2066 • avl.mx/wx

2 Green Hills W 25 New Leicester Highway, Asheville 252-9831 • greenhillscemeteryasheville.com

3 Forest Lawn Memorial Park S P 538 Tracy Grove Road, Hendersonville 692-9188 • forestlawnhendersonville.com

heaLth-reLateD nonProFit 1 CarePartners Health Services S 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville 277-4800 • carepartners.org

coMPassion

2 Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) D S W N

Although the most votes of any Health & Wellness category went to Best Hospital (Mission), scores of voters weighed in for Best Hospice (CarePartners Solace Center), which indicates how important such care has become to our readers.

30 Cumberland Ave., Asheville 259-5300 • abccm.org

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Thank you Asheville for your continued support voting Dr. Shannon South as one of the best Mental Health Therapists in WNC.

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3 Western North Carolina AIDS Project S 554 Fairview Road, Asheville 252-7489 • wncap.org

suPPort GrouP 1 Alcoholics Anonymous D 70 Woodfin Place, Suite 206 (Park Place office Building), Asheville 254-8539 • ashevilleaa.org

2 CarePartners Bereavement Support Groups S 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville 251-0126 • carepartners.org

2 Narcotics Anonymous  925-2148 • wncna.org

3 Our VOICE D 44 Merrimon Ave., Suite 1, Asheville 252-0562 • ourvoicenc.org

3 T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating D 297 Haywood St. (Central United Method Church, Room 2), Asheville 337-4685 • thecenternc.weebly.com


WeiGht ManaGeMent Practice 1 Weight Watchers S

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800 Fairview Road, Asheville 800-516-3535 • weightwatchers.com

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2 Mission Health Weight Management D

DOWNTOWN

509 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 213-1111 • avl.mx/vt

3 Blue Sky MD S 1998 Hendersonville Road, Unit 51, Asheville 651-0450 • blueskymd.com

chiroPractor 1 Brent Myers, Myers Chiropractic and Functional Health S 3106 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville 676-0963 • bmyerschiro.com

2 John Faherty D 39 McDowell St., Asheville 254-5212

2 Karen Hartman W 667 Brevard Road, Asheville 667-4060

3 Renee Graziano, Source For Well-Being E P 402 Montreat Road, Black Mountain 669-8800 • sourceforwellbeing.com

3 Russel Sher, Asheville Center for Health Excellence S 188 Charlotte St., Suite 1, Asheville 253-1727 • ashevillehealthcoach.com

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1 Whitney (Williams) Madden, Source for Well-Being E P 402 Montreat Road, Black Mountain 669-8800 • sourceforwellbeing.com

2 Alison Downey, Asheville Acupuncture Clinic D H 70 Woodfin Place, Suite 6C, Asheville 337-7937 • ashevilleacupunctureclinic.com

2 Nancy Hyton, Center for Holistic Medicine W 779 Haywood Road, Asheville 505-3174 • centerholistic.com

3 Brooke Tyler, Classique Acupuncture & Pilates Studio D 157 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville 333-5053 • studioclasique.com

3 Evan Bussanich, Silver Leaf Herbal Pharmacy & Acupuncture D 237 S. Liberty St., Asheville 477-4575 • silverleafherbs.com

aLternative heaLinG center

1 Sally Robinson, White Pine Acupuncture D

1 Source for Well-Being E P

247 Charlotte St., Suite R3, Asheville 545-2288 • whitepineacupuncture.com

402 Montreat Road, Black Mountain 669-8800 • sourceforwellbeing.com

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HeAltH & Wellness Thank you again, Mountain Xpress Readers for Voting Dr. John Faherty Best Chiropractor of 2013

Welcoming Dr. Corey Walton to our practice

Office 828-254-5212 I’ve been honored to serve the Asheville community for 28 years. - Dr. John

2 Center for Holistic Medicine W

3 The Light Center E P

779 Haywood Road, Asheville 505-3174 • centerholistic.com

2190 N.C. Highway 9, Black Mountain 669-6845 • urlight.org

3 Asheville Community Acupuncture W 378 Haywood Road, Asheville 777-8804 • communityacupuncture.com

herBaL heaLer

119 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 771-5421 • avl.mx/y0

1 Evan Bussanich, Silver Leaf Herbal 2 Dolly Pressley-Byrd S Pharmacy and Acupuncture D 119 Hendersonville Road, Asheville

3 Peaceful Beginning Doula Services  258-3327 • peacefulbeginning.org

BirthinG center 1 Mission Mother-Baby Unit D 509 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 213-1111 • mission-health.org

yoGa stuDio 1 Asheville Community Yoga N 8 Brookdale Road, Suite A, Asheville ashevillecommunityyoga.com

2 Asheville Yoga Center D H

237 S. Liberty St., Asheville 477-4575 • silverleafherbs.com

771-5511 • mahec.net/patient/rogs.aspx

2 Sally Robinson, White Pine Acupuncture D

3 Lisa Goldstein N P

211 S. Liberty St., Asheville 254-0380 • youryoga.com

451 Wid Smith Road, Burnsville 675-5316 • midwiferyinthemountains.com

Asheville Donation Yoga Studio D

247 Charlotte St., Suite R3, Asheville 545-2288 • whitepineacupuncture.com

3 Ceara Foley, Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism W 2 Westwood Place, Asheville 350-1221 • herbsheal.com

1 Southern Dharma Retreat Center N P 1661 West Road, Hot Springs 622-7112 • southerndharma.org

2 Prama Institute N P 310 Panhandle Road, Marshall 649-9408 • pramainstitute.org

MiDWiFery services 1 New Dawn Midwifery D 201 Charlotte St., Asheville 236-0032 • newdawnmidwifery.com

2 MAHEC S 121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 257-4400 • mahec.net

DouLa service

239 S. Liberty St., Asheville 254-0380

3 Bikram Yoga Asheville S 802 Fairview Road, Suite 100, Asheville 299-7003 • hotyogaasheville.com

yoGa teacher 1 Michael Greenfield, Asheville Community Yoga N 8 Brookdale Road, Suite A, Asheville ashevillecommunityyoga.com

1 Start From Seed D 70 Woodfin Place, Asheville startfromseed.org

2 Cindy Dollar, One Center Yoga D

2 Chama Woydak, Homegrown Babies 

3 Joe Taft 

120 Coxe Ave., Asheville 225-1904 • onecenteryoga.com

777-8899 • homegrownbabies.com

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PhysicaL trainer 1 Kam Parker, The Fire E 736 Tunnel Road, Suite C, Asheville 505-7080 • thefirepersonaltraining.com

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1 Lyle Roberson, Anytime Fitness of Asheville W

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1 Meagan Witkus, PURE Pilates D 59 Charlotte St., Asheville 231-4547 • purepilatesasheville.com

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201 Charlotte St., Asheville 236-0032 • newdawnmidwifery.com

220 Monticello Road, Weaverville 275-6221 • blueridgeschool.org

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1 Jan Verhaeghe, New Dawn Midwifery D 2 Ann Brown, MAHEC S

402 Montreat Road, Black Mountain 669-8800 • sourceforwellbeing.com

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3 Whitney (Williams) Madden, Source for Well-Being E P

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2 Aaron Ledford, SuMMit CrossFit S 21 MacArthur Lane, Asheville 209-8786 • summitcrossfit.com

3 Brooke Tyler, Classique Acupuncture & Pilates Studio D 157 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville 333-5053 • studioclasique.com

3 David Hollinshead, Training Partners N 863 Merrimon Ave, Asheville 252-0920 • trainingpartnersinc.com

PLace to WorK out 1 YMCA of WNC D S N 30 Woodfin St., Asheville 210-9622 • ymcawnc.org 3 Town Square Blvd., Asheville 651-9622 810 W. 6th Ave., Hendersonville 697-9622 40 N. Merrimon Ave., Woodfin 505-3990 2 The Rush S W 1815 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 398-1193 • therush247.com

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MartiaL arts stuDio 1 Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do W 1009 Patton Ave., Asheville 505-4309 • martialartsasheville.com

2 Kasumi Mountain Martial Arts N 640 Merrimon Ave., Suite 207, Asheville 280-0624 • ashevilleninjas.com

2 Shaolin Kung Fu of Asheville W 619-A Haywood Road, Asheville 775-9122 • ashevilleshaolin.com

3 Dojoku Martial Arts S 32 Rosscraggon Road, Asheville 681-5023 • dojoku.com

PiLates stuDio/center/cLasses 1 Clasique Acupuncture & Pilates Studio D 157 S. Lexington Ave., Suite D, Asheville 333-5053 • studioclasique.com

1 PURE Pilates D 59 Charlotte St., Asheville 575-2447 • purepilatesasheville.com

2 Happy Body S

1047 Patton Ave., Asheville 398-1430

1378 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 277-5741 • ashevillehappybody.com

3 YWCA of Asheville D

3 Asheville Pilates N H

185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville 254-7206 • ywcaofasheville.org

41 N. Merrimon Ave., Suite 109, Asheville 230-0800 • ashevillepilates.com

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small towns saturDay-niGht hanGout 1 White Horse Black Mountain E P 2 Pisgah Brewing Co. E P B 3 Black Mountain Ale House E P LocaL Musician/GrouP 1 DavidZ oll E P 1 FloatingAct ion E P 1 The Bread and Butter Band E P neiGhBorhooD GatherinG sPot 1 Pisgah Brewing Co. E P B 1 White Horse Black Mountain E P 2 The Dripolator Coffeehouse E P 3 Black Mountain Ale House E P 3 Native Kitchen & Social Pub E P art GaLLery 1 Seven Sisters Craft Gallery E P B 2 AnTHMGal lery E P 3 Black Mountain Center for the Arts E P 3 Red House Studios and Gallery E P Bar 1 Black Mountain Ale House E P 1 Pisgah Brewing Co. E P B 2 The Trailhead E P 3 White Horse Black Mountain E P

White Horse Black Mountain: Best Saturday-Night Hangout, Business That Gives Back to the Community PHoTo By MAx CooPeR

swannanoa & Black mountain restaurant 1 The Morning Glory Café E P H 2 Fresh Woodfired Pizza & Pasta E P

More sMaLLtoWn charM Learn more about these Best of WNC communities in our oct. 9 and 16 small-towns issues.

3 My Father's Pizza E P sWeets/Dessert PLace 1 Hey Hey Cupcake E P 2 The Dripolator Coffeehouse E P 3 DairyK ing E P

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heaLth care Practitioner 1 Whitney (Williams) Madden, Source for Well-Being E P 2 BradRachm an, Rachman Clinic E P 3 RobertB arker, Parkway Medical Group E P Dentist 1 MarkK leive E P 2 RichardWi edeman E P

3 Deborah G. Anders E P LocaL coLorFuL character 1 Don Talley, co-manager at White Horse Black Mountain E P schooL teacher 1 John Hall, ArtSpace Charter School E P 2 Adrienne Hollifield, Owen High School, English & Journalism E P


Mountain Express 2013 Best of WNC Readers Poll Weaverville and Woodfin

Blue Mountain Pizza and Brew Pub

First Place • Best Restaurant • Business that gives back to the Community • Local Hero, our owner Matt

Second Place • Saturday Night Hangout • Neighborhood Gathering Spot • Bar • Local Colorful Character, our owner Matt

Thank you to the best staff around who work hard every day to make it happen Chris, Mike, Daniel, Kevin, Sam, Allyson, Danielle, Sammi, David, Randy, Adrienne, Lindsey, Ashley, Howard, Russell, Stephen, Michael, Nicole, Brandon H., Tim, Josh, Brandon G., Ian, and Brandon F To our customers who over the years have become our friends And to the Weaverville community who have embraced us Your support and recognition is appreciated more than you will ever know

Blue Mountain Pizza and Brew Pub • Extensive menu, Fresh local ingredients Live music every night from 7-9 • 55 N Main St downtown Weaverville or on the web at http://bluemountainpizza.com • Tuesday-Sunday 11am to 9pm with extended hours Friday and Saturday until 10pm • 828.658.8778 mountainx.com

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sWAnnAnoA & BlACk mountAin Thank you for voting us one of the best in the region! Please come visit us in beautiful Yancey County. We’re located on Burnsville’s Historic Town Square — just 40 minutes from Asheville. Serving NY deli style sandwiches, extravagant salads, and much more since 1987. Celebrating our 26th year! Excellent wine selection, bottled beer, and 6 taps of the finest most highly rated craft beer available.

BEST OF WNC is also online BESTOFWNC.COM 2 Lucy MacGregor, Swannanoa Valley Montissori School E P 2 Patricia Berzinski, Black Mountain Primary School E P LocaL hero

OPEN FOR LUNCH Monday – Saturday, 11-2,

1 Don Talley, co-manager at White Horse Black Mountain E P 2 Monroe Gilmour E P

AND DINNER Thurs, Fri, and Sat. 5-8

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LaW enForceMent oFFicer/FireFiGhter

like us on facebook (828) 682-3946

1 Chief Jack Staggs, Montreat Police Department E P 1 Craig Bannerman, Black Mountain Fire Department E P 2 Matt Robinson, Black Mountain Police Department E P PoLitician

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MOUNTAIN XPRESS’

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HENDERSONVILLE & FLAT ROCK BREVARD WAYNESVILLE & CANTON SYLVA SWANNANOA & BLACK MOUNTAIN WEAVERVILLE & WOODFIN MARSHALL & HOT SPRINGS BURNSVILLE, CELO & SPRUCE PINE

OCTOBER 9 & 16

1 Ellen Frost, Buncombe Commissioner, District 2 E P 2 Carlos Showers, Alderman, Black Mountain E P reason to Live in your toWn

Business that Gives BacK to the coMMunity 1 White Horse Black Mountain E P 2 Warren Wilson College E P 3 Dynamite Roasting Co. E P 3 Pisgah Brewing Co. E P architecturaL Feature/BuiLDinG 1 Monte Vista Hotel E P 2 Black Mountain Center for the Arts E P 2 Black Mountain Town Hall E P 2 Swannanoa Valley Museum E P 2 The Old Depot E P street or roaD 1 Cherry Street  2 Highway 9  3 Blue Ridge Parkway  car rePair 1 Cove Auto Repair E P 2 Xpertech E 3 Redmon’s Automotive E P hair styList 1 Michelle Salon E P 2 Joe Laudenslayer, Cutting Crew E P

1 People  2 Mountains  3 Natural beauty 

2 Rebecca Polk, Solstice Salon Spa E P

reason to visit your toWn 1 Outdoors  1 The mountains  2 Beauty  3 The people 

veterinarian 1 Beacon Veterinary Hospital E P 2 Blue Ridge Animal Hospital E P 3 Swannanoa Valley Animal Hospital E P

THANK YOU WNC. WE LOVE YOU TOO! We offer these varieties of World’s Best Carrot Cake: • Orange Citrus Vegan • Gluten Free • 100% All Natural • Chocolate Gluten Free

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Weaverville & Woodfin 2 The friendly people  3 Proximity to Asheville  reason to visit your toWn 1 Small-town charm  2 Main Street N P 2 Well-Bred Bakery & Café N P 3 Art  Business that Gives BacK to the coMMunity 1 Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub N P 2 Well-Bred Bakery & Café N P architecturaL Feature/ BuiLDinG 1 Echoview Fiber Mill N P street or roaD Well-Bred Bakery & Café: Best Neighborhood Gathering Spot, Sweets/Desserts Place PHoTo By MAx CooPeR

saturDay-niGht hanGout 1 Jack of Hearts N P B 2 Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub N P neiGhBorhooD GatherinG sPot 1 Well-Bred Bakery & Café N P 2 Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub N P 2 Jack of Hearts N P B 3 Allgood Coffee N P art GaLLery 1 Miya Gallery N P 2 Mangum Pottery N P Bar 1 Jack of Hearts N P B 2 Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub N P 3 Main Street Grill N P restaurant 1 Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub N P 1 Stoney Knob Café N P B 2 Glass Onion N P 3 Jack of Hearts N P B

sWeets/Dessert PLace 1 Well-Bred Bakery & Café N P 2 Creperie & Café of Weaverville N P H 3 Allgood Coffee N P 3 World’s Best Carrot Cake N heaLth care Practitioner 1 Nicole Ogg, Dry Ridge Family Medicine N P 2 Weaverville Family Medicine N P 3 North Buncombe Family Medicine N P Dentist

car rePair 1 Rodney's Auto Service N P 2 Jason's Autocare & Collision Center N P 3 Jimmy's Automotive N

LocaL hero 1 Matt Danford, owner of Blue Mountain Pizza N P LaW enForceMent oFFicer/FireFiGhter

hair styList 1 Aabani Salon N P 2 Clay Spa & Salon N P 3 Hair Razors Salon and Tanning N

1 Andy Mace, Weaverville Police Department N P PoLitician 1 Al Root, mayor of Weaverville N P reason to Live in your toWn 1 Small-town feel  2 Quiet 

1 Main Street N P 2 Reems Creek Road N P

veterinarian 1 The Animal Hospital at Reems Creek N P 2 Appalachian Animal Hospital N P 3 All Pets Animal Hospital N

1 Gregory Godley N P 2 Bolinger Woody N P 3 Steven Adams, Reynolds Mountain Dentistry N LocaL coLorFuL character 1 Wahoo  2 Matt Danford, owner of Blue Mountain Pizza N P schooL teacher 1 Ben Graham, North Buncombe High School N P mountainx.com

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marshall & Hot springs saturDay-niGht hanGout 1 Good Stuff N P 2 Hot Springs Resort & Spa N P 3 Zuma Coffee N P B LocaL Musician/GrouP 1 Bobby Hicks N P 2 Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work N P 3 Sarah Tucker N P neiGhBorhooD GatherinG sPot 1 Zuma Coffee N P B 2 Good Stuff N P 3 Iron Horse Station N P 3 The Depot N P Zuma Coffee: Best Neighborhood Gathering Spot, Restaurant, Sweets/ Desserts Place, Business That Gives Back PHoTo By MAx CooPeR

A Unique Farm to Fork Experience:

Innovative southern cuisine with a local backbone & home-grown libations

art GaLLery 1 Flow N P 2 ArtiSun Gallery N P 2 Madison County Arts Center N P 3 Marshall High Studios N P Bar 1 Good Stuff N P 2 Spring Creek Tavern N P 3 Iron Horse Station N P restaurant 1 Zuma Coffee N P B 2 Iron Horse Station N P 3 Pot Pie N P sWeets/Dessert PLace 1 Zuma Coffee N P B

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#1 Restaurant in Waynesville/Canton! We have had a great second year and look forward to being your #1 in 2014! FROGS LEAP PUBLIC HOUSE

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2 Crumbs and Cream N P Dentist 1 Robert Adams, retired N P schooL teacher 1 Jamie Calloway, Madison Middle School N P LaW enForceMent oFFicer/FireFiGhter 1 Cody Ervin, Marshall Police Department N P reason to Live in your toWn 1 Hot springs & natural mineral baths  2 Small-town feel  3 It’s peaceful  reason to visit your toWn 1 Hot Springs Resort & Spa N P 2 French Broad River  3 Appalachian Trail  Business that Gives BacK to the coMMunity 1 Zuma Coffee N P B architecturaL Feature/BuiLDinG 1 Madison County Courthouse N P car rePair 1 By-Pass Automotive N P

voting us as one of the best Thanlkls inforBurnsville, Celo & Spruce Pine! to a 828.765.4583 • 585 OAK AVE • SPRUCE PINE • www.drycountybrewing.com


tHe square root – Best of Wnc Regional Winner - Brevard & Hendersonville Come visit us at both locations!

CONGRATULATIONS to these employees for their years of dedication and service to our residents and their coworkers. Caring for the elderly is an important role in our workforce. These employees are just a handful of the many who have decided to work in long term care and make a difference in the lives of elderly in Western North Carolina and why we are so successful and voted as Best in WNC for Elder Care. 25 Years of Service: Sally Bush (Programming), Mark Bailey (Development), and John Cowan (COO). 15 Years of Service: Kelly Pippin (GHC Dining), Joan Haney (GHC Dining), Harold Heatherly (Maintenance), Robin Suddreth (HealthCare Administrator), Linda Sharpe (Oxford Dining), Jason Arney (GHC Dining), and Susan Musser (WAL Nursing).

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Hendersonville Second Place Architectural Feature/Building

First Place Neighborhood Gathering Spot

Third Place Business that gives back to the community

First Place Restaurant Second Place Bar Second Place Business that gives back to the community s q u a r e r o o t r e s tau r a n t . c o m 3 3 t i m e s a r c a d e a l l e y B r e va r d , n c 28712 • 828.884.6171

Third Place Neighborhood Gathering Spot Make a reservation for our chefs table for a behind the scenes dining experience. s q u a r e r o o t r e s tau r a n t . c o m 111 s. main st. Hendersonville, nc 28792 • 828.693.7758

10 Years of Service: Gladys McKinney (WAL Nursing), Lana Payton (Fin Ops), Edwina Metz (GHC Nursing),Valentina Shabunk’ko (WAL Nursing), Betsy Finger (Social Services), and Jack Kimball (Environmental Services). 5 Years of Service: LaVie Logan (Environmental Services), Jason Carney (Grounds), Candice Long (GHC Nursing), Tabitha Hinman (GHC Admin), Mirna Lella( Environmental Services), Kate Rogers (Development), Maria Mountford (Environmental Services), Pat Wall (GHC Dining), Charlene Hinsley (Environmental Services), Maria Sorto (Oxford Dining), Tom Tipton (Maintenance), Lee Aiken (Environmental Services), Mario Miranda ( Oxford Dining), Tilman Jackson (Environmental Services), Alicia Metcalf (WAL Nursing), Robert Underwood (GHC Dining), Joyce Woods (Oxford Dining), Lauren McDowell ( GHC Dining), Ken Sutton (GHC Nursing), and Stephanie Ruff (GHC Nursing). We offer an excellent working environment and benefit package. If you would like to make a difference, apply in person to 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, South Asheville. For further info, call our jobline 771-2230 or visit www.givensestates.org. EOE M/F/D/V.

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Burnsville, Celo & spruce Pine sWeets/Dessert PLace 1 The Ice Cream Deck N P 2 Knife & Fork N P 3 DT's Blue Ridge Java N P heaLth care Practitioner 1 Denise Harrison N P 2 Joseph Antinori, Burnsville Family Medicine N P Dentist 1 Alan Ray N P 2 Taylor Townsend N P schooL teacher 1 Peter Bobbe, Mountain Heritage High School N P reason to Live in your toWn 1 Scenery  2 Mountains  2 People  reason to visit your toWn 1 It's beautiful!  2 Gem mining  3 Knife & Fork N P 3 Penland School of Crafts N P

TRAC Gallery: Best Art Gallery PHoTo By SHANe RoBINSoN

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art GaLLery 1 Toe River Arts Council, Spruce Pine & Burnsville Galleries N P 2 Crimson Laurel Gallery N P 3 Penland School of Crafts N P Bar 1 The Pizza Shop & Dry County Brewing Co. N P 2 Foxfire Downtown N P 3 Spoon N P restaurant 1 Knife & Fork N P 2 Garden Deli N P 3 The Pizza Shop & Dry County Brewing Co. N P

architecturaL Feature/BuiLDinG 1 Burnsville Courthouse (Yancey County Courthouse) N P 1 Nu Wray Country House N P street or roaD 1 Main Street N P 2 Blue Ridge Parkway  2 Oak Avenue (Spruce Pine) N P car rePair 1 Summit Repair Shop N P veterinarian 1 Jennie Stewart, Stewart's Mountain View Animal Hospital N P 2 Jeffrey Denny, Burnsville Veterinary Clinic N P 3 Stacy Jones: Cane River Veterinary Wellness Clinic N P


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Mountain Xpress 08.14.13 (Best of WNC, Pt. 2)  

Mountain Xpress' annual readers poll.

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