Making It in Asheville

Making It in Asheville
Behind-the-scenes stories, interviews, and advice from business owners and creatives living and working in Asheville, NC.

S3E3 - 038 - Garnet Fisher on Creating from a Place of Enough (and Getting to Define Enough on Your Own Terms)
Jan 14 • 84 min
You’ve probably seen her minimalist art in town, now you can hear her story (and steal some of her creativity “hacks”)
S3E2 - 037 - Hunter Berry, Founder of Taco Billy, on Finding Purpose in Breakfast Tacos
Jan 7 • 88 min
After years of adventure, he took his own advice and is sharing “the good news of breakfast tacos” — an adventure in its own right.
S3E1 - 036 - How to Set Goals that M.A.T.A. and Achieve Them in 2020 (Season 3 Intro)
Dec 31, 2019 • 33 min
M.A.T.A.: The ultimate system for creating more meaningful New Year’s resolutions and sticking to them
S2E17 - 035 - Season 2 Recap Episode (2-min explainer per episode)
Dec 24, 2019 • 48 min
Listen to this episode to hear our 2-minute takes on why you might want to listen to episodes 19 through 34.
S2E16 - 034 - Our Top 10 Asheville Gifts (2019 Holiday Gift Guide)
Dec 17, 2019 • 25 min
There’s a little somethin’ for everyone on this Asheville gift list.
S2E15 - 033 - Leah Wong Ashburn, President & CEO of Highland Brewing, on the Evolution of a Microbrewery and Family Business
Dec 10, 2019 • 68 min
Hear the story of Asheville’s first brewery since prohibition as told by the CEO and daughter of the founder.
S2E14 - 032 - Honey of Different Wrld on Building a Brand and Community, Crowdfunding, and Inclusion
Dec 3, 2019 • 95 min
We talk about taking Different Wrld to the next level with crowd funding and event.
S2E13 - 031 - Appreciation, Money, and Three Ways to Price Your Product (Thanksgiving Episode)
Nov 26, 2019 • 50 min
This is important stuff especially because sometimes artists and entrepreneurs aren’t “good with money.”
S2E12 - 030 - Zach Greenwald of Strength Ratio on Sustainable Fitness, Dealing with Pain, and Connecting with Customers
Nov 19, 2019 • 121 min
In a world full of rah-rah fitness, Zach is a calming force.
S2E10 - 028 - Alyssa Phillips of Amp’d Designs on the Value of a Logo, Networking for Introverts, and Investing in Your Business
Nov 5, 2019 • 86 min
If you’ve ever thought, “say, Making It in Asheville has a clean logo!” that was Alyssa. Now you can learn her process.
S2E9 - 027 - Gabriel Hargett of Oowee Products on the Magic of Craftsmanship, Lean Manufacturing, and Transitioning from Full-Time Employee to Full-Time Boss
Oct 29, 2019 • 87 min
It’s about more than just the handmade leather goods, it’s how they do what they do (i.e. hiring adults with autism and creating live-event promotional products for some of the largest brands in the world).
S2E8 - 026 - Holiday Childress of Holiday Grooms on Saying No So that You Can Grow, Practicing Patience, and the Importance of Men’s Self Care
Oct 22, 2019 • 100 min
This former rocker now runs a single-chair barber shop and has built an incredible groom & groomsmen offering.
S2E7 - 025 - Lessons from Planning a Wedding in Asheville (Yup, we just got married!)
Oct 15, 2019 • 47 min
The two of us on the many (transferable) lessons from having a wedding in town.
S2E6 - 024 - Zach Eidson, GM of Metro Wines, on Soul Searching, Establishing a Customer Service Strategy, and Buying Better Wine
Oct 8, 2019 • 106 min
“Everything I needed to know about selling, I learned while being a bartender.” Not yet a book, but one heck of a true statement.
S2E5 - 023 - Asheville Wellness Tours - (Giveaway!) Asheville Wellness Tours on Finding a Niche Business Opportunity in A Saturated Market
Oct 1, 2019 • 92 min
Nicole Will and Sue Ann Fisher share their stories.
S2E4 - 022 - Emily Peele, High Five Coffee’s Brand Director, on Empathy, Quality Service and the Coffee Community in Asheville
Sep 24, 2019 • 118 min
We sit down with Emily about a week before the Asheville Coffee Expo
S2E3 - 021 - Jack Roche the Founder of Old North on building one of Asheville’s best retail and lifestyle brands
Sep 16, 2019 • 108 min
How do they get away with selling $300 jeans? Listen to find out.
S2E2 - 020 - Connie Matisse, Co-Founder of East Fork Pottery, Shares lessons on Growing Pains, Relationship Building, and Honest Storytelling
Sep 9, 2019 • 77 min
“I think trusting that your customer can handle the truth and treating them like a human you might see in the street…really goes a long way.” - Connie Matisse
S2E1 - 019 - Season Two Intro: What to Expect This Season
Sep 2, 2019 • 24 min
Improvements, Intentions, and Excitement
S1E18 - 018 - Just Start (Highlights from Our Season One Interviews)
Aug 26, 2019 • 68 min
We pull our favorite sound bite from each episode and chat about what makes it special.
S1E17 - 017 - Seven Ways to Build Trust with Your Customers (A Proven Way to “Win” Customers in the Long Run)
Aug 19, 2019 • 42 min
It costs $0 to test this in your own business.
S1E16 - 016 - The Best Places to Visit in Asheville (as Recommended by Our Podcast Guests)
Aug 12, 2019 • 46 min
Don’t miss these spots.
S1E15 - 015 - The Three Ways to Measure Success in a New Business (Season Finale)
Aug 5, 2019 • 32 min
“You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” - Peter Drucker
S1E14 - 014 - On Taking the Plunge and Shaping the Future of Wellness with Andrew Nehlig of Sauna House
Jul 29, 2019 • 73 min
It’s not a spa, it’s a community.
S1E13 - 013 - Shaking Things Up and Making Better Cocktails with Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal
Jul 22, 2019 • 96 min
We chat with the folks behind Spirit Animal Bev
S1E12 - 012 – On Selling Time and Building a Luxury Concierge Service with Kara Candler
Jul 15, 2019 • 64 min
After all, time is perhaps the most valuable resource.
S1E11 - 011 - The Evolution of a Cake Artist with Melissa Gray (of Cakes By Gray)
Jul 8, 2019 • 66 min
First things first, she’s not a baker.
S1E10 - 010 - The Paradox of Independence
Jul 1, 2019 • 36 min
A conversation about starting an independent business and our surprising increase in dependence.
S1E9 - 009 - The Art of Butchery and How to Make Better Meat Eating Decisions with PJ Jackson
Jun 24, 2019 • 96 min
“You’d be amazed at what you can learn when you just ask the butcher.”
S1E8 - 008 - A Lesson on Finding Your Own Creative Style (and Business Niche) with Sarah Hooker
Jun 17, 2019 • 69 min
Sarah doesn’t just run a photography business, she’s an expert in business branding photography and boudoir. There’s a lesson there.
S1E7 - 007 - Growing A Wedding Planning Business with Nikki Sciurba
Jun 10, 2019 • 62 min
Stay cool by sweating the details.
S1E6 - 006 - From Dishwasher to Chef de Cuisine with Derek Herre
Jun 4, 2019 • 77 min
The Rhubarb’s Head Chef shares some thoughts on what it takes to rise in the restaurant industry.
S1E5 - 005 - What We Wish We Had Known Before Moving to Asheville (Lessons from the Move)
May 28, 2019 • 66 min
What surprised us most about the move, insights we’ve learned about the city, and the strategies we have for settling in.
S1E4 - 004 - How to Open a Small Retail Shop (and Be Sustainable, too) with Gillie Roberts
May 21, 2019 • 65 min
It’s hard not to love the work Gillie is doing at Ware Asheville.
S1E3 - 003 - How to Run an Airbnb from Your Basement (and Find Contentment) w/ John Hopple
May 14, 2019 • 54 min
In this interview, John says he likes to make small decisions like buying a house and running and Airbnb in Asheville — two things we’d love to do.
S1E2 - 002 - Start With Be (Not Why)
May 14, 2019 • 22 min
Start With Why is great advice when working on your marketing message but when it comes to working on your business or trying to improve your quality of life — Start With Be.
S1E1 - 001 - The Pilot
Apr 24, 2019 • 15 min
Why does this podcast exist and what can you expect to hear