The ocean lover in your life will love receiving this hand blown glass octopus ornament as a gift. | Photo via Etsy
Pop quiz, Ashevillians. What’s better than shopping local? For 100 points: Shopping local from the comfort of your own home,of course. Not only is it one of the best ways to support the local economy, butlocally-crafted gifts tend to wow during the holidays (a big win in our book).
To kickstart your holiday shopping, we’ve rounded up 14 products we love from local Etsy shops — some of which hold the coveted Star Seller badge that’s given to sellers who consistently earn 5-star reviews, ship orders on time, and provide great customer service, aka less holiday stress for you.
Psst — Some of these items may sell out quickly due to limited quantities. Click on the link to the Etsy seller’s page to find something similar.
Friendsgiving Game Night/Dance Party! | Wednesday, Nov. 23 | 7-10 p.m. | Bears Smokehouse BBQ, 135 Coxe Ave., Asheville | Free | Enjoy half-priced wings and discounted whiskey + bourbon at this pre-Thanksgiving party.
World Cup Soccer on the Movie Screen ! | Wednesday, Nov. 23-Sunday, Dec. 18 | 2 p.m. | Asheville Pizza & Brewing, 675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville | Free | Watch all USA World Cup Games on the largest screens in town.*
Thursday, Nov. 24
South Asheville Turkey Trot | Thursday, Nov. 24 | 9 a.m. | Biltmore Park Town Square, One Town Square Blvd., Asheville | $25 |This classic local tradition can be done in-person or virtually and benefits nonprofit Sheep Dog Impact Assistance.
Pack’s Thanksgiving Buffet | Thursday, Nov. 24 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m. | Pack’s Tavern, 20 S Spruce St., Asheville | $25-$50 | Enjoy a buffet of Thanksgiving eats, including herb-roasted turkey, glazed ham, cornbread dressing, collard greens, potatoes, and plenty of pie.
Devil’s Foot Dance Party | Friday, Nov. 25 | 7-11 p.m. | The Mule at Devil’s Foot Brewing, 131 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville | Free | Enjoy a night of tunes from DJ Lake Solace with mixed drinks from The Mule.
VICARIO Cocoa Inferno arrives | Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 24 | 12-5 p.m. | VICARIO Tasting Room, Micro-Distillery, and Farm , 800 Old Jones Rd., Greer | $15 | Visit the VICARIO Farm and Distillery and experience our award winning liqueurs and gin (by appointment only Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; closed Thanksgiving Day).*
Saturday, Nov. 26
Sip and Shop Local Makers Market | Saturday, Nov. 26, Sunday, Dec. 18 | 2-6 p.m. | The Rhu, 10 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville | Free | The Rhu will expand its hours to host local vendors that offer everything from vintage clothing and pottery to handmade jewelry.
Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute | Saturday, Nov. 26 | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville | Relive the legendary Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits with this acclaimed Atlanta-based cover band.
Sunday, Nov. 27
Make & Take | Sunday, Nov. 27 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Local Cloth, 408 Depot St., Asheville | Free | This family-friendly crafting event features indigo dyeing, felting, embroidery, tie dyeing, and more.
Fall Flow | Sunday, Nov. 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd, Asheville | $15 | Build strength and flexibility at this outdoor yoga class.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Bhramari Brewing Company’s chef and owner Josh Dillard has launched a new business: Shere Khan Kati Rolls, specializing in paratha bread-wrapped rolls. The twist? It’s a ghost kitchen only available to order from local delivery service Takeout Central. 🫓
According to AAA, air travel over the holiday weekend is predicted to be up ~8% over 2021 with 4.5 million Americans flying to their Thanksgiving destinations. If you’re flying out of Asheville Airport, make sure to check out our tips for making your trip as smooth as possible. ✈️
In honor of the inauguralTribal Museums Day taking place on Saturday, Dec. 3,the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in nearby Cherokee(~60 miles west of Asheville) will offer free admission from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The goal of the holiday? To highlight Tribal values, wisdom, and diverse cultures.
Grail Moviehouse is launching Music Movie Mondays, a new event series that showcases music-oriented cult films. Each screening features an intro by local music journalist Bill Kopp and moderated discussion. It kicks off Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. with “In the Court of the Crimson King.” Get tickets. 🎟️
Looking to level up your holiday bird? The blood orange roast turkey with heirloom potatoes — a recreation of a recipe the Vanderbilts enjoyed in 1904 at Biltmore Estate — should do the trick. Get the recipe. 🍗
Let’s give it up for local photographer David Huff. He won the People in Places category in Scenic America’s photography contest. See the winners’ pics here. 📷
Cold + flu season is upon us. Health experts urge Ashevillians to keep themselves (and their loved ones) healthy by getting a flu shot — available at all of Mercy Urgent Care’s eight locations. 🦠 *
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Today’s issue was written by Brook.
Editor’s pick: How will y’all kick off your Thanksgiving, Asheville? I am excited that my homegirl (and former AVLtoday editor) Ali McGhee and I will be taking part in the South Asheville Turkey Trot. It will be my first time doing a 5K on a holiday. I like to think it means I can reasonably eat more Cool Whip.