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The unknown

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The air got noticeably colder as Debra Maddox walked into what she called the most haunted place in Asheville. “How odd,” she said, walking down the steps from Asheville, N.C.’s, Church Street to a gravel parking lot. more

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The August morning dawned clear and beautiful, as Ashley Jones and Justin Rolfe left the chalet they’d rented near Asheville, N.C., and headed for a coffee shop west of the city. Jones didn’t know what to expect. more

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On the move

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Philip Hamilton has been a line cook at the popular downtown Asheville restaurant Bouchon for nearly three years. “You’re scrambling to get all your stuff together. Half the battle is having everything in front of you.” more

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Short Street Cakes

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What used to be known as “Worst Asheville” now attracts young people who are fixing up neglected Craftsman-style cottages and bungalows, having chosen smaller floorplans with personality and a yard in a walkable community over sprawling houses. more

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Deane Giordano's work

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Hands and tongues are always busy at The Knitting Divas, a small shop in Weaverville, N.C., where owner Greta Hillin and her fellow knitters Jackie Keener, Cindi Herald, Ceil Sanow, Lorraine Chamber and Cheryl Walker, gather each Monday morning. more

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Center of attention

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The Barter is to American theater what AAA baseball is to the major leagues—one step away from the big time. Among theater professionals and aficionados, Barter is as heavy a hitter as the Goodman Theatre in Chicago or Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. more

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General excellence

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Located where the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains pinch Virginia to its narrowest point, Meadowview once was an agricultural center. The railroad’s arrival in 1856 opened the remote part of the state to commerce. more

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Into the void

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“Mining provides the most jobs and the biggest money for Mitchell, Avery and Yancey counties,” said Mitchell County mining historian Robert. S. “Bo” Smith. “For those three counties, it’s the biggest industry here.” more

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Cherokee marker trees

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Hundreds of years before a network of highways and interstates crisscrossed the country, a system of trails connected the Cherokee to Indians throughout the nation. Marking those trails were oddities that hikers may still encounter today. more

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A diary in ink

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Historically, societies have marked rites of passage with tattoos that forevermore indicate the bearer has ascended into a new world. Like plastic surgery, and scarification, tattoos are a way people show they are members of a particular culture. more

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Around the world

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Quilting goes back at least to ancient Egypt and China. Among its first recorded appearances in European history, during the Crusades, was as a layer of clothing that soldiers wore under their heavy, uncomfortable armor. more

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  • Drink local

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    Drink local

    In nearby Abingdon, Va., brewer Drake Scott incorporates local ingredients in some of the Wolf Hill Brewery beers available at Harvest Table Restaurant.

  • Bee happy

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    Bee happy

    Everything in Meadowview Farmers' Guild General Store, including honey, is local—or at least from Virginia.

  • In the field

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    In the field

    Samantha Eubanks oversees the farm that supplies Harvest Table Restaurant with much of its produce.

  • From the source

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    From the source

    Rich wood tones complement the carefully prepared, locally sourced food that comes out of the kitchen at Harvest Table Restaurant.

  • Bucking a trend

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    Bucking a trend

    Meadowview Farmers’ Guild General Store and Harvest Table Restaurant opened in 2008. The operation bucked the cheap, easy, and mass-produced economic trend.

  • General excellence

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    General excellence

    One of the things clerk Nancy Brooks, left, and store manager Catie Coulthard love about Meadowview Farmers’ Guild General Store is the old building it’s in.