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shop talk Chocolate Fetish Wins Gold and Bronze Top Chocolate Bar Awards

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t’s not just Olympians winning medals for outstanding achievements. The Chocolate Fetish® in Asheville, North Carolina emerged victorious for feats of flavor in the first annual Luxury Chocolate Salon Competition 2012 Top Chocolate Bar of the Year Awards. Presented by The International Chocolate Salon, TasteTV, and Chocolate Television, the 2012 Top Chocolate Bar of the Year Awards gathered gourmet chocolate bars from across America to be tasted by discerning palates. Judges from national and regional magazines and newspapers, plus blog editors, topic experts, chefs, and food and lifestyle gurus participated. The Chocolate Fetish was awarded a Gold for Top Chocolate Bar and two Bronze for Best Taste and Best Texture for their Ultimate Crunch Bar, a tantalizing mix of almonds, apricots, cranberries, hazelnuts, krispies, and pistachios in a proprietary blend of fine European chocolates. “The Ultimate Crunch Bar is a fetish we can all get behind,” stated one judge while another judge pro-

claimed it a personal favorite. “Receiving these awards is quite an honor,” states Bill Foley, Co-owner of The Chocolate Fetish. “We work hard to create unique, delectable chocolate confections that people will not just taste, but experience and remember. Knowing that our chocolate stood out in this National competition to win Gold and Bronze awards is truly an achievement.” The Chocolate Fetish is renowned for premium American and European style handmade chocolates that discriminating chocolate lovers have been enjoying since 1986. To experience all of the delicious chocolates that The Chocolate Fetish has to offer, visit www.chocolatefetish.com or stop by the downtown Asheville store.

The Chocolate Fetish Inc. 36 Haywood Street, Asheville (828) 258-2353 www.chocolatefetish.com

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A Break in the Clouds

INTERVIEW WITH

Mark Atkinson

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Mountain View Appliance

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ountain View Appliance Service, partnered by Mark Atkinson and Elva Woody and fairly new to the Clyde area, specializes in parts and repair on larger home appliances. Mark Atkinson talks to Rapid River Magazine about his business in fixing up broken machines and lifting spirits at his church next door.

Rapid River Magazine: How did you get started in the appliance business?

Mark Atkinson: I worked for Century Ap-

pliance for about eight and a half years and that’s how a lot of people came to know me, so we just decided to go ahead and open up our own business. We opened about the middle of October 2011.

RRM: Tell me about the church next door? I see you’re the pastor.

MA: I used to pastor Camp Branch for

about six and a half years, then I went down to another church and helped them for just a few months and everyone said, “Let’s just open up our own.” So we turned the Laundromat next door into a church in three days. I’ve been preaching for a total of twenty-four years. The church is only three weeks old; we’ve got a following of about fifty, thirtyfive official members. We just bought a piano and a drum set last week. I play the guitar, the bass, I sing, and I’m taking piano lessons right now. We’re hoping within a year, year and a half, we can buy ourselves a church. Some of the customers started coming to the church once they find out it’s there.

RRM: So when did you start learning how to fix appliances (before Century and MVA)?

MA: I used to own my

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own automotive shop. I worked on cars, painted them, and restored old cars. I still do that just on the side right now. I was told that if I was good at fixing up cars, I’d be great at appliances so I closed my shop down. Six months later I was out on my own with appliances.

RRM: What do you like best about your job? MA: I get to meet a whole lot of great people and got to keep some of the old customers I had. I have customers right now who won’t call anyone else. I had a woman who’s dryer was broken and she calls up Century asking for me. She was looking for me and two

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days later she finds me. Stuff like that says a lot. When people wait to find me, that’s impressive. I have a very loyal customer base, not even a year into it.

RRM: So, when someone needs help, what are the steps?

MA: I do five counties, Haywood, Jackson, Swaine, Buncombe, and Henderson. Sometimes I’ll go out to Transylvania. For the “main” counties, Haywood, Jackson Swain, and Buncombe, my service rate is $50. Then around Henderson, Transylvania, Jackson area, I go up $15. Labor is $25 for the first hour. If it goes into the second hour and I’m still working rates go up to $30, plus the price of parts on that. Average cost when I fix something ends up around $75 plus the parts. If I go out and don’t fix, just the service call fee is required. RRM: Do you deal with used appliances? MA: Yes, I’ll buy used appliances and fix

them up for resale. I’m a bit low right now, but once we had a full house and it was gone in a matter of days. I just take my chances and try to figure out what’s wrong. If I can’t, I’ll just take out the parts and use those when I can. I also sell the parts. Mark Atkinson, owner of Mountain View Appliance Service and pastor of the non-denominational church right next door, is here to help. Whether it’s a fridge or a heart, Mark’s an all-around guy. He even keeps up a 24-hour emergency line.

Mountain View Appliance Service 93 Jones Cove Road, Clyde, NC 28721 mntviewappl@hotmail.com (828) 565-0371 Emergency: (828) 646-7422 Open from 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and closes when the work is done.

September 2012 issue  

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September 2012 issue  

Magnetic Theatre-MILF..p3; NC Stage-R. Buckminster Fuller..p6; Asheville Lyric Opera-La Traviata..p4; Asheville Area Piano Forum..p6; Ashevi...

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