AVL LIFE

Lever Gear Silver Toolcard
On the eighth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away 2 silver Toolcards from Lever Gear + 2 pairs of socks from Nester Hosiery!

Bellyak + Recover
On the seventh day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a pair of neoprene gloves from Bellyak and a hoodie from Recover!

Did you buy all your gifts yet? Didn't think so. Good news is that LoLo's got your back.

Pure Yoga Asheville
On the sixth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a month of unlimited yoga from Pure Yoga Asheville ($79 value) to one lucky winner!

Claire Veale and Shayanne Gal, Creators of Voices of Refugees
Local photographer Shayanne Gal and co-creator Claire Veale began Voices of Refugees to document the stories of displaced Syrians and other refugees in Greece.

Malaprop's coffee mugs
On the fifth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a gift certificate ($25) and a bag of donation books from Malaprop's to one lucky winner!

GritVegas Weekend Update December 16-18
We're gearing up for the holidays, and we've got fun events to help you celebrate, shop, and relax!

Drew Powell at the top of Lookout Mountain in Montreat, NC
Recently, Dogwood Alliance launched #ForestFriday, where we go out into the woods with a guest and celebrate forests together. Most recently, we had the privilege of venturing out with Bat Biologist Drew Powell. Drew surveys bats in the summertime in West Virginia for Apogee Environmental.

On the fourth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a pair of BANGS shoes to one lucky winner!

Suwanee River Live Oaks. Photo: Stewart Tomlinson
A testament to memory, longing, love, and identity, Audrey Amir's powerful "Etymology" is the first runner-up for our Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance Flash Writing Competition.

Whist gift bag
On the third day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a gift bag full of goodies ($65) from Whist to one lucky winner!

Corvallis and Eastern Railroad Logging Car. Source: Wiki Commons
Ryn Bradford Hayes shared her wonderful "Forests by Owl-Light" with us, and we chose is as the second runner-up for our Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance flash writing competition.

Woods & Wilds. Source: Dogwood Alliance
Announcing this year's Dogwood Alliance + Asheville Grit Flash Writing Competition Winners and finalists! We'll publish one winning story a day, ending with our Grand Prize Winner!

Christmas Jam GritVegas
It's gonna be cold this weekend, Asheville! We've got events and activities to keep you toasty!

Head to the Asheville Food Park on Saturday, December 3rd, to check out pottery on sale from local artists at 8am-1pm.

Source: Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC
The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC are here with a gift guide for the outdoor enthusiast in your life!

GritVegas Weekend Update: Forest Creatures!
Whether you're into woodland frolicking or getting out on the dance floor, the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update has something for you!

Manhattan. Photo: Graeme Maclean (Glasgow, UK)
Bar Wars is back, baby! This year's cocktail is the Manhattan. Find out where to drink it and how to vote for your favorite, and check out the very special events that go along with it.

Brie Capone
Asheville Grit talked with singer-songwriter Brie Capone's about her gorgeous new EP, Orbit, Asheville, and life so far.

Cpt HyperDrive
Cpt. HyperDrive and special guests will celebrate the release of his debut album at Sol Vibes on December 2nd.

Craggy Pinnacle
Asheville Grit and Dogwood Alliance are now accepting submissions to the 2016 Flash Writing Contest in honor of Dogwood Alliance's 20th Anniversary!

Thanksgiving GritVegas
Happy Thanksgiving! Once you're totally stuffed, walk, dance, drink, or shop it off by checking out our weekend suggestions!

Source: frankieleon on Flickr
Just in time for your holiday travel! Kiri flies the friendly skies on an airline that rhymes with Smelta. Driving might have been faster.

The shakeout
"The Shakeout" comes to New Mountain this Saturday to promote inclusion and creativity through music, art, and fashion.

Dakota Access Pipeline Native American protest site, on Highway 1806 near Cannonball, North Dakota, August 15th, 2016. NODAPL! Photo: Shane Balkowitsch
The Army Corps just denied Dakota Access the right to construct the Missouri River portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. What does this mean, and how can you help?

GritVegas Weekend Update 11-17
The weekend before Thanksgiving has a lot to be thankful for. Check it all out here.

Marisol Tomás of SolReflection
Local therapist and LCSW Marisol Tomás is taking her penchant for fashion to her clients through an innovative approach: therapeutic image consulting.

North Carolina red and blue map
To outsiders, Asheville is a city that wears it bold colors proudly, but what outsiders don’t know is that Asheville accepts those who just want to wear gray.

GritVegas Weekend Update November 10-13
Need to unwind after a very stressful week? Not sure what the future holds? Go out and celebrate the AVL community--follow along with us!

The Bar at Habitat Tavern and Commons. Source: Habitat
Habitat Tavern and Commons, a brewery and community space, will open their door this week. We caught up with the team and checked out the space.

Chocolate. Lots of it.
Peppermint Patties Proven to Purge the Effects of Polls Instilling You with False Hope. Follow along for a fun recipe with no political agenda.

Source: Martin Falbisoner. Wikimedia Commons
Our list of where to watch the election results come in. Don't worry, alcohol (or mocktails) are available at most of these spots!

Asheville Adventures
Clayton Manche, founder of the new outfitting company Asheville Adventures, has a unique vision for his brand and for a brighter future.

Flock of Dimes
Flock of Dimes, the solo project from Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, comes to the Mothlight this Sunday, 11/6/

This weekend, check out Asheville and nearby Brevard for all of your event needs. We've got the scoop!

Tinder logo
Kiri takes a long, hard look at the Tinder scene in Asheville. Will she find love?

What's happening on Halloween weekend in Asheville? We've got your spooky scoop!

Asheville FM Fall Fund Drive
103.3 hosts their Fall Fund Drive at Buxton Hall this Saturday, 10/29. It's a Halloween-flavored party for a good cause.

Xero God
This coming Friday, 10/28, celebrate BEATLIFE with a free show at the One Stop with headliners Xero God and Mother HOOD.

GritVegas Weekend Update
Jason's been cloned! We've got your Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update for October 20-23, featuring LEAF, voting, photobooths, and more!

The line-up. Pictured: Julie Hruska, Jeff Mason, Sean Illgen, Photo: Erin Fowler.
Asheville Grit and friends sampled six seasonal beers from stores around town. Which beer won our taste-off?

Photo: Erin Fowler
A gallery from the 2016 Urban Loft + Art Tour to benefit the Asheville Art Museum. All photos: Erin Fowler.

Lauryn Higgins
These are facts. Not thoughts and ideas conjured up in a liberal arts college classroom, but the harsh reality and wake-up call that our current food culture is destroying our planet and our bodies. And it's these facts and figures that made me rethink everything. So....guys. I am officially a vegan.

GritVegas Weekend Update October 10-13
Are you going out on the town this weekend? We have a few Asheville events to recommend!

Hiss Golden Messenger. Source: Mothlight
Hiss Golden Messenger plays the Mothlight Friday, October 14th with openers The Dead Tongues.

Image from "Something's Not Right," Jan 2016. Photo: Audrey Goforth
emersion takes place in Montford this weekend at the historic home of Grayson Morris. Tickets are $10 at the door.

SK The Novelist
SK The Novelist returns with his latest project 'My Life in Rhythm.' "Honest, Fun and Challenging," the Asheville Emcee aims to make his mark and share his story.

The Elephant Hotel. Source: Daniel Case @ the English Language Wikipedia
Want to know how to shake off your tourist status in Asheville? Follow along with our helpful list!

Graphic Designer Estbean Gonzalez and Owner SB in the doorway of Lightning Bolt Ink. Photo: Erin Fowler
Lightning Bolt Ink founder SB has found their special brand of South in downtown Asheville. All photos: Erin Fowler

Zombie GritVegas
From film festivals to the annual zombie walk, we've got a lot to tell you about this weekend in Asheville!

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