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History Feature: ‘Apple-at-cha’ Cuisine

What goes better with those brisk, bluebird days of October than the tang of apple cider or the crisp crunch of an apple not long from the tree? Western North Carolina, especially Henderson County but all along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge, is apple country rivaling New York and Washington.

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At Home: Krista Washam LaBlue

“I personally thread the needle,” she says. “I’m more involved in the details, and that makes my work more unique.” The term designer doesn’t seem to encompass all that LaBlue does for her clients. “I’m an artist as well as a designer,” she says. “Each pillow or window treatment is a piece of art and my workroom experience really helps me put all of that together.”

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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.