Thank you to our 2012 Sponsors!!!
The following sponsors may or may not be sponsoring us again this year, but that doesn't change the fact that
they DID sponsor us and we would be very appreciative if you supported them too (an let them know why :)!!!.
The Hands of Sean Perry Company – Asheville, NC
The Hands of Sean Perry Co has been helping residents in Asheville with remodels,
renovations, and building additions in historic areas like Montford, Kenilworth,
and Grove Park in North Asheville, since 1995. Our clients in Asheville and the
surrounding area choose us because of our craftsmanship and attention to detail,
custom renovations, design-build capabilities, and openness to eco-friendly and
sustainable building techniques.
In addition to residential building services, our hand-crafted work includes commercial
remodels, renovations, and additions. Our deep appreciation for, and knowledge of
Asheville's historic architecture and old-world craftsmanship is reflected in each
project that we undertake. Our work has been recognized nationally, with two prestigious
awards. We are a REMODELING magazine Big50 and Guildmaster 2010 Award with Distinction
recipient. Realize your ideal home. Call 258-7272 or visit
Four Cup Platinum Sponsors
Earth Fare in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee
Earth Fare wants to change the way you think about food: While
that might sound a bit dramatic, Earth Fare thinks it’s a pretty reasonable goal.
Because let’s be honest, some food has become really unhealthy in the last few decades.
Whether it’s junk food, fast food, processed food or all three combined, finding
the healthy choice amongst so much clutter can be challenging. And, that’s why they’re
here. As one of the largest natural food retailers in the nation, Earth Fare makes
healthy eating convenient, affordable, fun and - of course - delicious! With 16
stores in four states, Earth Fare offer everything from ready-to-go meal options,
local and organic farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and full service meat, poultry
and seafood departments.
Our Food Philosophy sets us apart: However, what really sets Earth
Fare apart from other stores is not only what Earth Fare offers, but also what they
don’t offer. Like any products with high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial
colors, synthetic growth hormones (in the meat and milk) and unnatural sweeteners!
Yep, they’re all banned from any products sold in our stores!
98.1 The River / 96.5 HD2 – Different is Good
Mountain Xpress - Independent News, Arts and Events for Western North Carolina
Mountain Xpress mission: To build community and strengthen democracy
by serving an active, thoughtful readership at the local level – where the
impact of citizen action is greatest. 1.) We report independently, fairly and in-depth
on local news and issues affecting Asheville and the surrounding region; 2.) We
chronicle the area’s vibrant arts-and-culture scene; 3.) We treat our readers as
participants in an ongoing civic dialogue; 4.) We honor diversity; 5.) We encourage
excellent and innovative work in an equitable, respectful and collegial environment;
6.) We offer exceptional and affordable media opportunities for local businesses,
professionals and nonprofit groups to promote their goods and services. Local matters!
Three Cup Gold Sponsors
Search Used Books, Textbooks, Rare Books, & Out of Print Books from Independent
With 65 million books for sale, Biblio is the world's largest independent marketplace
for new, used, rare and out-of-print books. We're also a local company with a deep
commitment to community empowerment through literacy and education and since 2004,
we've helped build 8 libraries in the poorest regions of South America. We know
you always have a choice when shopping online, and hope that you'll choose to help
support literacy and independent businesses the next time you're buying books online
by visiting our site!
Diamond Brand Outdoors: Outdoor Gear & Clothing Store
Diamond Brand Outdoors has been voted WNC's best outdoor gear shop for 8 years in
a row. We are proud to offer unique customer service and a selection of high-quality
products, hand picked by expert staff, to best satisfy our customers' running and
outdoor gear and apparel needs.
'T-Bone' Arem, M.Ed. - America's Health & Fitness Ambassador – Newton, NC
"Running excites, inspires and enriches children as it teaches them important
life lessons like discipline, coordination, teamwork and self-esteem. The best part
of being T-Bone is seeing the children's smiles as they cross the finish line. I
feel very fortunate to be playing a role in many families lives through fitness.
That is the kind of contribution that makes my job so fulfilling!"
Two Cup Silver Sponsors
Black Bear Consultants – Asheville, NC
Providing a consultative approach to your human resource recruitment needs.
- Born out of the recent move toward "internet" recruiting, we largely surface candidates
through our established network and/or target recruiting. We are committed to identifying
and delivering the best-qualified human resource professionals to fill your particular
requirements in a timely manner. This is the level of commitment on which our company
- Partnership - to become a fluid extension of our client. We strive
to understand our clients’ culture, direction, business strategy and motivation.
- Customer Service - providing candidates and clients with the highest
level of service. We go beyond the traditional recruiter/candidate relationship
and recruiter/client relationship.
- Integrity - honesty and fairness are two things you can expect
- Passion - put simply, we love what we do.
Limones * Mexican and California Cuisine – Asheville, NC
Long before working and training under some of San Francisco’s most talented chefs,
Hugo Ramirez was raised on the intense and varied flavors native to his hometown
of Mexico City. In fact, he still calls on his mother for the secrets of traditional
Mexican dishes, which he reinvents in innovative and surprising ways. At Limones,
Hugo’s love of Mexican food is combined with his training in french-influenced California
Jus' Running – Asheville, NC
We are here to assist you in achieving your running and walking goals by providing
a professional fitting process that matches biomechanical needs with appropriate
support and cushioning. Whether your goal is a new PR or conquering a new exercise
program, we invite you to come by for your free biomechanical analysis and let us
help you get started on the right foot!
MyNewsletterBuilder – Asheville, NC
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& Email Newsletter Software - Start Your Completely Free Email Marketing Trial Account.
Shape.Net Software – Colts Neck, NJ (and Asheville!)
Member Management Software: Health Clubs, Fitness Studios, Gyms, Yoga/Pilates Studio,
and Training Studios. Contact us today for a short web demo that will make your
YWCA of Asheville
Eliminating racism, empowering women -- it's what they are about and what they
intend to do. Their formal mission statement: The YWCA USA is a women's
membership movement nourished by its roots in the Christian faith and sustained
by the richness of many beliefs and values. Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA
draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership,
and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity
for all people. The YWCA will thrust its collective power toward the elimination
of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary.
Charlotte Street Computers – Asheville, NC
Since 2000, Charlotte Street Computers has been providing Mac and PC repair to the
wonderful people of Asheville and the greater Buncombe County area. Some of the
services we offer our customers include hardware repairs and upgrades, software
installation and updating, tutoring, virus and spyware removal, data backup and
recovery, and remote assistance.
Computer repair excellence and superior customer service are the goals that we strive
for on a daily basis. Voted "Best Computer Repair" by the readers of the Mountain
Xpress for 7 years running, CSC has also been a four time recipient of the Asheville
Area Chamber of Commerce "Sky High Growth Award". Our staff of 25 includes 6 Apple
Authorized Technicians and 7 highly experienced PC Technicians. In addition, we
are also an Apple Specialist, which means you can fulfill all your Mac needs with
us. Just stop by our Asheville location at 252 Charlotte Street, or our Arden location
at 300 Airport Road and get your Mac today! As always, we love you Asheville and
Buncombe County and we look forward to helping you with all your Mac and PC needs!
Greenlife Grocery – Asheville, NC
Greenlife Grocery is a 19,000 square foot full service natural foods grocery store
and cafe in downtown Asheville. We strive to provide customers with a large variety
of high quality organic foods and environmentally responsible products. We proudly
carry a wide selection of local and regional products, helping to support the local
businesses of our area. Our mission is to nurture our community by providing a green
market place dedicated to sustainable practices and the love of food.
Form Fitness & Function - Asheville, NC
"Move stronger, smarter and injury-free" Improve quality of life right away – and
for the rest of your life. We are teachers not just trainers. A cost-effective approach
of blended services, available in mix-and-match packages:
Alexander Technique (AT) ~
Rehab for Life ~
Fitness at 60+ ~
Walking for Exercise ~
Running Coaching. All levels – all ages – all abilities.
From children to
golfers, cyclists, kayakers, rock-climbers, hikers and other outdoor
sports enthusiasts. For
employee trainings to improve performance and productivity. For individuals
coming back from injury. All can rediscover their own lightness, flexibility and
Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe – Asheville, NC
MISSION STATEMENT: A gathering of books on diverse subjects that seem important
to the educational benefit of the reader. A gathering of people who are drawn to
peaceful coexistence and the realization that knowledge is more valuable than money.
A place for readers who concern themselves with humanity and her development. A
place where good reads, good company, good music and the best coffee complete the
picture. A place where the books are the stars. A place where the reader and the
book meet and a journey begins.
Charles J. DePaolo, M.D. Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Joint Reconstructive Surgery
– Asheville, NC
Our office specializes in Sports Medicine, Joint Reconstruction, and Shoulder, Hip
and Knee Arthroscopy and Replacement.
We also treat work-related injuries and provide independent medical evaluations
and second opinions.
Our extensive physical therapy department provides pre and post-operative therapy,
work conditioning, Isokinetic testing, functional training programs, Aquatic Therapy,
and more. Call us and see the difference.
Hotel Indigo – Asheville, NC
0.4 miles from start. Hotel Indigo is a 100 room boutique hotel located in the heart
of downtown Asheville, one block from Grove Arcade. The hotel includes a bar and
restaurant, work-out facilities, meeting rooms, off-street parking and breathtaking
views. Part of the IHG family - Hotel Indigo delivers a refreshing experience; from
our cool interior vibe, hardwood floors, plush bedding and spa-inspired showers.
Hotel Indigo is within walking distance to all the wonderful galleries,restaurants
and historical points of interest in the vibrant downtown area. Hotel Indigo...a
unique experience...found in every room. Asheville Chamber of Commerce is within
walking distance. Call (828) 239-0239 to make a reservation!
Asheville Pediartic Associates – Asheville, NC
We are a group of Pediatricians and a Physician Assistant, practicing in Buncombe
County. At Asheville Pediatrics, we have a strong commitment to serving your child's
needs. All of our doctors are Board Certified and specialize in diseases of children
from birth through age 21 years. Our office is open Monday through Friday evening
so that we can be available to care for your child.
Falafel 5K – Asheville, NC
This fun, family-oriented race will begin and end at Congregation Beth Israel at
229 Murdock Avenue. The course travels through the picturesque neighborhoods of
Norwood Park and North Asheville. All proceeds from the Falafel 5k will be benefit
the scholarship funds of the Asheville Jewish Community Center programs. The Asheville
Jewish Community Center strengthens Jewish identity, celebrates Jewish culture,
and builds community.
880 The Revolution . Asheville's Progressive Talk – Asheville, NC
One Cup Bronze Sponsors
LaZoom Comedy Tours – Asheville, NC
"A Comedy Show on Wheels!" Definitely not your mamma's typical tour bus
experience, LaZoom is Asheville's only rolling comedy tour bus. One of WNC's most
unique "things to do," LaZoom's side-splitting odyssey to Asheville's
favorite neighborhoods and landmarks spells quirky fun for both first-time visitors
and long-time residents. Each tour features a knowledgeable and witty tour guide,
a heavy dose of corny jokes, and slapstick characters all along the way. So, prepare
to laugh your socks off and "Get on the Bus!"
Construction Equipment North America, Inc – Asheville, NC
Volvo Construction Equipment is one of the world's largest manufacturers of construction
machines including articulated haulers, asphalt pavers, backhoe loaders, compactors,
excavators, milling equipment, motor graders, pipelayers, skid steer/compact track
loaders and wheel loaders.
Early Girl Eatery – Asheville, NC
"No place captures the flavor of Asheville and the rural mountains of western
North Carolina like the Early Girl Eatery on Wall Street in downtown. ...a restaurant
where people feel that they're paying for the food on their plate and not everything
else." - Diana Schmitt, Our State
Asheville Yoga Center – Asheville, NC
The Asheville Yoga Center is a community center dedicated to offering all styles
of hatha yoga to the public. We have classes perfect for total beginner's through
advanced. We have classes for those in rehabilitation, or those who have been away
from their yoga practice for a while and need some inspiration. We have classes
for pregnant women, children and really stressed out folks.
It is the mission of Asheville Yoga Center to provide the highest education of Yoga.
All of our teachers teach with compassion and acceptance. Love is the aim of Yoga,
and we at the Asheville Yoga Center strive to walk in that Love at all times.
Catawba Valley Brewing Company – Morganton, NC
Refreshing Catawba Valley Brewing Company beer is brewed in the foothills of the
Blue Ridge Mountains, where we strive to maintain the highest standards in taste,
production, and distribution of finely crafted beers.
Lighten Up Yoga – Asheville, NC
Runners Yoga Series starts November 6, 2011 PLUS a Restorative Class on post race
Sunday the 22nd of January. AND we will have a drawing for a Complimentary HC10K
Race Entry among the participants taking the Sunday Cross Training class!!!
Specializing in alignment-based yoga since 1981, Lighten Up Yoga fosters strong
and flexible bodies with stable joints and supple muscles to avoid and recover from
Our teachers, extensively trained in anatomy and physiology, offer safe, detailed
guidance and personalized attention. Pose adjustments make use of various yoga props
to benefit individual needs. Just bring yourself...we have everything you need for
class including a Great Yoga Wall where you can “hang out”!
Classes six days a week for the complete beginner to the more experienced.
Be sure to check our website for details and
Calendar of Events
Fired Up! Creative Lounge – Asheville, NC
Looking for things to do in Asheville AND Hendersonville? We are proud to announce
Fired Up! Creative Lounge has acquired "Express Yourself Studio" in Hendersonville.
Now we have two locations offering opportunities to create beautiful, custom-designed
pottery and ceramics, even if you've never done it before. It's easy and rewarding,
and makes the perfect gift!
Voted "Best Paint Your Own Pottery studio in Asheville" by WNC Parent Magazine's
"Family Choice Awards", Fired Up! Creative Lounge offers something for everyone.
Choose from a large selection of pre-fired bisque items ranging from contemporary
tableware, mugs, and noodle bowls to funky figurines, piggy banks, critters and
monsters! In addition, our Hendersonville store offers mosaics, clay modeling and
a pottery wheel. And, we are excited to bring a new, wide selection of bisque items
to the Hendersonville store. Make plans to come in and see!
Naturally® - Home to Celtic Sea Salt® Brand Sea Salt and Healthy, Organic Products
The world's healthy foods are also whole foods complete with all their rich natural
endowment of nutrients. They have not been highly processed, nor do they contain
synthetic, artificial or irradiated ingredients. The products sold by Selina Naturally®
are mostly organic products, vegan, gluten free and raw foods.... healthy for you
and the planet.
Mellow Mushroom – Asheville, NC