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Conversations: Rock Bottoms

Abby Cain, owner of Rock Bottoms, an exercise studio in Asheville, explains a unique weight training protocol called Super Slow, and how she left the world of finance to pursue her passion for health and fitness.

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From the Editor

With this issue, we invite you to leap into a new year with us as we seek out all that’s inspiring and promising about brand new beginnings.

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Book Feature: Jesus in the Trailer

“Whether addressing police violence on the cobblestone streets of Savannah, the loss of a loved one to dementia or coming of age in a trailer park in Appalachia, these poems address matters of faith, death, love, lust and beauty while not masking the pain of Southern history,” Andrew K. Clark says.

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RAD Artists Host Second Saturday January 11

It’s a brand-new year, and for Asheville’s River Arts District that means a fresh slate of demonstrations, workshops, live music, tastings and more held on the second Saturday of each month, with most participating studios and galleries open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This month’s event will be held January 11.

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The Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazineThe Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazine is available in both print and digital editions

We are delighted you have chosen us to be your gateway—both through our popular print Asheville lifestyle magazine and our website—to the arts, culture, and communities that comprise the remarkable area that is Western North Carolina. In these pages, you will find behind-the-scenes stories about the region’s concerts, theatre and dance productions, festivals, restaurants, artists, and the multitude of locally-based businesses. We also enjoy bringing you features about the people and organizations who are caring for those in need, protecting our historic heritage, preserving our rich and diverse environment, and nurturing our cultural soul.