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Interview with Peter Ballhaussen

Owner of Black Mountain’s Town Hardware & General Store Interviewed by Dennis Ray Experience the charm of an old-fashioned hardware and general store featuring hand-woodworking tools, toys, gardening supplies, gifts and practical house wares. Rapid River Magazine: Tell us a little about Town Hardware & General Store. Peter Ballhaussen: Not too many stores like us …

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Chocolatier Jessica Lied applies the finishing touches 
to fall chocolates.

Destination: Chocolate

Interview with Elizabeth Foley Interviewed by Dennis Ray Rapid River Magazine: What makes The Chocolate Fetish an Asheville destination? Elizabeth Foley: The Chocolate Fetish has been handcrafting our gourmet chocolates in our store in downtown Asheville since 1986. People come to taste our award-winning chocolates, watch our chocolates being made on site, and explore our …

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Painting by Amy Perrier

Interview with Amy Perrier

Finger Painting Fine Artist Interviewed by Dennis Ray Rapid River Magazine: Tell us a little about your painting process. Amy Perrier: My painting process begins by staining the canvas with several layers of color. I then begin to finger paint more color on, rather rapidly. I usually have an idea in mind when I begin …

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Transfigurations II

Transfigurations II

Interviewed by James Cassara This month I am delighted to showcase Matt Schnable and Mark Capon, the two gents who own Harvest Records store in West Asheville. Since 2004 Harvest Records has set a standard for independently owned record stores and has been nationally recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the best 50 …

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