… did you know that Brevard is home to the smallest bar in the U.S.?

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… yessir, the “Beer & a Bracelet Saloon” at 40 West Main Street (where Hunters & Gatherers is located)… go check it out… room for only 5 patrons, but I know of a wedding party that crammed 23 revelers and 3 dogs into the bar for a fun photo… ;-)


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… do we have these stickers for Brevard?

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… if so, I haven’t seen them… ;-)


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… my sweet Kiva does NOT like having her photo taken, can you tell? (she’s on the right)

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… stop by and show my sweet Kiva some love (and Anu, to the left in this photo) at Wild Dog Training at 340 Greenville Highway… oh, and say hi to their mom, dog trainer Jodi Miller, as well! ;-)
Wild Dog Training, 828.553.9455 – www.wilddogtraining.com


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… wonderful message in the window of Roost! xo

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Roost Interiors & Gifts, 35 W. Main St., Brevard – 828-884-2012


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… amazing custom cookies from this French bakery in Hendersonville!

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Gateaux Cakes & Pastries, 315 S. Church St., Hendersonville – 828-513-1920

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… I would love a mural like these painted in downtown Brevard!.. for all hurting souls in the world…

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… symbolizing freedom and peace! xo


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… I love the little hearts added to the Ingles guacamole containers ;-)

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… it’s all in the details… ;-)


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… nothing better than Jets Pizza for a quick & delicious (& easy) dinner!

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.. I order online and then pickup… ;-)
Jet’s Pizza, 102 College Station Dr., Brevard – 828-883-2888

Jets Pizza


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Did you know this about the man Brevard was named after?

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Dr. Brevard, a surgeon in the Revolutionary War, wrote the Mecklenberg Declaration of Independence which was a precursor to our nation’s Declaration of Independence… interesting!


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… my favorite thing Matt ever made for me at Mud Dabbers

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Matt was so young when he made all these things… I have dishes he made for me and all sorts of bowls, but I love this little sign most of all… it sits in the kitchen next to my vitamins and I think how much I love it every time I see it… yes, peace to all who enter here… this is a place of peace, as it should be… xo
Mud Dabbers, 3623 Greenville Hwy., Brevard – 828-884-5131 – www.meddabbers.com


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… I love early morning coffee meetings…

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Blue Ridge Bakery, 86 W. Main St. Brevard 


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… I met this cutie today at the new Wild Dog Training facility…

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Wild Dog Training is open and Mac is back in training… we’re officially signed up and ready!
Wild Dog Training, 340 Greenville Hwy. wilddogtraining.com, 828.553.9455


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… 10 miles on the bike at the gym this morning… and not much more…

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… I didn’t feel like exercising this morning… but I leaned in and did it anyway… after 10 miles, I was out of there ;-) 


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… I’m even more happy & proud to be an agent at Steve Owen & Associates

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… in a meeting at SAFE today regarding fundraising projects for October Domestic Violence Awareness month and  was told that Steve Owen & Associates is a “Master Sponsor” of the SAFE fundraising golf tournament this weekend… so happy to hear that!


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… lunch at Magpie Meat & Three today!

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… sharing deviled eggs, corn fritters, spinach salad with brie/apple/pecans/red onion… perfect!


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Mark your calendar for Oct 21 fundraiser for SAFE!

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October is national Domestic Violence Awareness month and I’m happy to help raise money and awareness all month for domestic violence and SAFE… SAFE was there for me when I needed help and had questions… from the first day I walked through their door scared, they stepped into my life, saved me, took me by the hand, guided me, and gave me all the answers when my mind was blank and I was so afraid… all money raised at the Oct. 21 Phoenix & the Fox fundraiser will go to SAFE so they can help other victims, too… don’t be a victim, be a survivor…. be brave and share your story (I’m happy to have been asked to share mine in order to help others)… xo
SAFE of Transylvania County, 515 N. Broad St. #1, Brevard (828) 885-7233, www.safebrevard.com


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… fun stomping around Cashiers today!

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… lunch at Cornucopia and shopping! :-)


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…excited about Wild Dog Training opening soon in the old Marcum’s building!

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… Mac is ready to be back in training!… so excited for our friend, Jodi Miller, opening Wild Dog Training October 6th… can’t wait!


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… people are always beautiful when you love them! #sotrue xo

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… amazing estate sale starting today!

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Getting my greens this morning!

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Roost.. one of my favorite downtown shops!

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Roost Interiors & Gifts, 35 W. Main St., Brevard, NC, 828-884-2012


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… after our morning run (sweet Mac)… ;-)

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… do dogs get runners high?  Because Mac is all smiles after our run this morning… ;-)


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… all Gaia products are 20% off this month at Food Matters…

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… so, I stocked up on Gaia Tumeric!


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… happy group of foodies today on the food tour! ;-)

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I had a blast with this happy group of foodies on the food tour today! ;-)  … a bunch of girls and Marvin!


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… wonderful evening at Curate (Asheville’s #1 restaurant) & Old Europe (dessert bar)!

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… with the sweetest, most beautiful Greek baby girl in the world… love her!


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uh-oh, no electricity at the Aethelwold…

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You know it’s going to be an interesting day when you get an email from the office manager and learn we won’t have electricity at work (sigh, life in a 1900 building)…  :-) because of the electrical panel at the back of the building about to fall off…. UPDATE: it’s all fixed and we have lights now!


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… best pimento cheese and deviled eggs within 500 miles…

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… thank you, Magpie Meat & 3 for amazing comfort food!
Magpie Meat & Three, 170 King St., Brevard, 828-877-3773, magpiemeatandthree.com


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… my view this morning from the front office at Steve Owen & Associates…

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… yep, that’s me on floor duty trying to manage the front desk phone this morning.. didn’t disconnect even one person! 


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… new life coming to the old bank building in downtown Brevard!

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… a must-see TCArts exhibit that opens Friday night at Gallery Walk!…

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… showing off the best cuisine Brevard has to offer on a VIP version of Brevard Bites Food Tours today!

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… thank you, Our State Magazine! ;-)thank


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Mac goes everywhere with me now… and he’s such a good boy! ;-)

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… such a good boy! xo  (here he is out and about with me today in Brevard)


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… Wine Down wisdom at it’s best… ;-)

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Wine Down, 28 E. Main St., Brevard, 828-883-9463


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… good morning this rainy day from Grammys 3.0!

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.. yum, is all I can say… xo
Grammies 3.0, 19 Chestnut St, Brevard, 828-862-8353


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… DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) meeting today…

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… great meeting today and very proud to be part of this wonderful organization… looking forward to this year and serving our community… xo


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… go Panthers, make us proud!

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… so far, I’m lovin’ this game… ;-)  (UPDATE: they did it, they DID make us proud!)


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… football season starts today!

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… started today out with a run with Mac under this beautiful blue mountain sky… now off to cook all day and watch football! xo


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… wonderful wine from Broad Street Wines today… thank you!

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Broad Street Wines, 30 S. Broad St., Brevard, 828-883-2101


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… fresh sweet corn picked today!

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… tomorrow starts football season!… and that means Sunday all-day cooking… and um, corn casserole! ;-) (email me for my favorite recipe from the blue Tupelo Honey Cafe cookbook)…


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… at Battery Park Book Exchange in Asheville… ;-)

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I love this place so much, and this is my favorite corner of this favorite Asheville haunt. ;-) (yes, that’s me in the photo…)


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… delicious chicken parmigiana at Marco’s tonight for dinner…

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Mac got the leftovers!  :-)
Marco Trattoria, 204 W. Main St., Brevard NC, 828-883-4841


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… stomped around Mill Shoals Falls today!

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… my favorite waterfall! ;-)


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… art by young artist Alana Merrell!

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… her art lines the walls at my downtown office… this one is called Inner Strength ($650)…


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… we’re making cranberry pear shrubs… yum!

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Here’s how to make them: fill glass with ice, add 2 teaspoons cranberry pear white balsamic, add Pellegrino to the top, and add slice of fresh pear)…. enjoy!  Get the balsamic from Diane (aka “Martha Stewart of Main Street”) at Spice it to a Tea (64 W Main St, Brevard) 828-606-0033.


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Not how I planned on spending Labor Day… ;-(

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… at the emergency room… ;-(


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… best Greek spanakopita in town!

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… the best spanakopita (actually, the only spanakopita in town lol) is found at Blue Ridge Bakery and is meticulously handcrafted by my dear (Greek) friend Katina… so delicious! (be sure to sign up for her cooking lessons every month.. including for Greek & Italian food… I’ll see you there!) ;-)Blue Ridge Bakery, 86 W Main St., Brevard NC – 828-883-8444


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Happy Labor Day weekend!

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Happy Labor Day weekend from Mac…  smoked salmon to attract the neighborhood bear and Tums for the bear after he munches the salmon down. ;-)  


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… a tasty sampling of gelato at Kiwi Gelato… ;-)

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“You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they sat, it’s for the same two things.”
“What?”
“Love and gelato.”
Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Gelato

Kiwi Gelato, 67 E Main St., Brevard, NC – Phone: 828-877-4659


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Bears in Brevard today… everywhere!

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This big guy was spotted in the neighborhood where I go for morning runs with my lab… yikes!
And another hungry bear was spotted last night at Magpie Meat & 3, making a wreck of their fenced-in trash area… (see the bear hair he left behind)… and another bear was spotted at Sagebrush restaurant… my goodness!


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