There’s no other way to say it – Asheville is special. Our little corner of the Blue Ridge is home to a fabulous mix of art and technology, tourism and homegrown charm. We have a fascinating history and a culture we can be proud of – and we’ve done a good job of preserving them.
We have art galleries galore, there is music just about everywhere, the food is great and the views are sublime. The city is known as an art colony and a healing resort. All kinds of amazing people have left their mark on Asheville’s story.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, at Spatheology, we love Asheville! And we love Asheville’s local businesses! That’s why we offer locally inspired spa services, like our Privai Detox Ritual, featuring products from Asheville’s own Privai, which crafts botanically based skin and body care line. You’ll enjoy a head, neck, and foot massage, detox and refresh with an immunity boosting dry brush exfoliation and luxuriate in Privai’s antioxidant-rich body wrap and a purifying face masque. We’ll even send you home with a Privai sample so you can keep the good going.
It’s also why we support Asheville Grown (www.ashevillegrown.com.). Asheville Grown is committed to strengthening our local economy through businesses that value the people in our community, the health of our environment and the power of collaboration. The organization’s mission is to grow a resilient local economy and thriving community, champion the unique character of our region and advocate for prosperity for all.
Cities and towns all across America are recognizing the value of shopping local. As Asheville Grown points out, locally owned businesses circulate three times more money back into the local economy than chain stores. When you shop local, you are doing something good for our economy and for the environment.
Asheville’s local businesses are the city’s backbone and the source of its unique character. We are in a position to respond to city’s needs – and to its whims!
In February, we will join with Asheville Grown, its members and Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer to celebrate Love Asheville Go Local Week. Appropriately, Love Asheville Week will be celebrated the week of Valentine’s Day. Eight days of activities will begin on Saturday, February 10 and run through Saturday, February 17. #LoveLocalAVL
Franzi Charen, Founder, Asheville Grown Business Alliance, said, “I hope to see thousands of locals returning to Downtown this year, and, just as important, I would love to see this spark a massive support of local businesses throughout all neighborhoods in Buncombe County!”
Asheville Grown has been encouraging locally-owned, independent businesses to make the celebration in downtown Asheville special by promoting sales, keeping doors open later, offering interactive events, food, drink, live music and art. At Spatheology, we can’t wait!
Here’s the schedule:
SATURDAY FEB 10: LOVE ASHEVILLE, LOVE LATE NIGHTS
A special night inviting businesses to stay open later. Locals, make sure to pick up your parking voucher for city decks from the Asheville Downtown Association at 29 Haywood from 5pm – 7pm (and participating businesses throughout the week – check the website for updates).
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11: LOVE ASHEVILLE, CELEBRATE LOCAL
Enjoy Mardis. Gras in the South Slope and after parties.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12: LOVE ASHEVILLE, SHOP LOCAL
We challenge our community to make a pledge to shop local for Valentine’s day this year, check this page for a growing list of promotions throughout the week.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13: LOVE ASHEVILLE, PACK THE HALL
A call for community to show up at City Council for the Proclamation at 5pm on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Afterwards, we encourage you to meet us, around 6pm, at the new wine tasting bar at the Asheville Wine Market.!
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14: LOVE ASHEVILLE, EAT LOCAL
Spend Valentine’s Day eating and drinking at local restaurants with a loved one. Visit businesses that are giving back to those in need through Beloved Asheville..
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15: LOVE ASHEVILLE ARTISTS
Visit our amazing artists, museums & galleries, buskers, and outdoor art! Take a class! Get crafty with a loved one.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16: LOVE ASHEVILLE’S PUBLIC SPACES
Locals fill the parks and celebrate public spaces throughout Downtown. Pick up a new Urban Trail Guide from the Asheville Downtown Association at 29 Haywood and take the whole family on a magical tour of our history.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17: LOVE ASHEVILLE, PARTY LIKE A LOCAL
Finish the week dancing the night away at local venues and celebrate!