Valentine’s Day!

I am so very excited for Valentine’s day this year and I’m not exactly sure why. Normally, I couldn’t care less about the holiday, in the romantic sense that is. I typically celebrate with my family over a delicious, homemade breakfast, and that’s always been enough. This year, though, I just can’t help but want to spend the evening with my husband celebrating in a cheesey, commercialized fashion. Roses, romantic dinner, oversized cards, the whole bit!

To add to the excitement, Bia’ Hardware and Asheboro Citizen are teaming up to bring you a very special Valentine’s Day Dinner! Bia’s is generously giving away a $25 gift certificate to one of my awesome readers! All you have to do is follow the rules below.

1. Like Bias on Facebook

2. On Facebook, share your favorite Valentine’s Day memory or why you’re excited to celebrate this year and use the hashtag #asheborocitizen

3. I’ll search by the hashtag and using random.org, select a winner on Friday, Feb 7th!

If you have never been to Bia’s, you have no idea what you’re missing. Check out my review by clicking here.
Good luck, God bless, and I can’t wait to see who participates!

GIVEAWAY!!!

Hi! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and an awesome start to 2014. For my husband and I, the last few weeks have been a fast-paced, joy-filled whirlwind that’s just now starting to feel real. We are so excited to explore this journey God has in store for us. Even though we are a little farther aware now, I remain an Asheboro Citizen at heart and still plan on using this blog to spotlight all the wonderful things Asheboro has to offer.

A couple months ago, I announced a giveaway. In keeping with my word, I’m excited to present a special reader with a $25 card to one of my favorite places: The Table. They have soup and bread and coffee and treats and basically all the essentials for a delicious January. To read more about my experience, click here

So how do you win? It’s easy!

1. Like the Asheboro Citizen Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/asheborocitizen

2. Share this blog on Facebook and tag Asheboro Citizen in your post

3. The person whose post generates the most likes will win

4. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 15th

I wish you all the best of luck and am excited to see who shares!

 

Feelin’ Fancy.

As the title suggests, I had myself a fancy time this weekend visiting one of the newest restaurants in town, Bia’s Gourmet Hardware. How I discovered the place was a little unusual. I had driven past the building a few times when it was still under construction, with only a decal on the front window, and assumed by the name that it was an upscale hardware store (if upscale hardware stores even exist). So you can imagine my surprise when I drove by the other day and saw people eating! Naturally I Google’d it. Yep, it’s a restaurant.

First things first … they have a really nice website (click here). They actually feature their menus AND prices. I love that. More restaurants should do that. Call me a weirdo, but I like to be able to anticipate what my options are and how much I’m going to spend before going to a new place. Granted, I couldn’t pronounce some of the items on the menu, like GRUYERE and GRATINÉE, but I had had time to figure it out.

Per usual, I made my husband go with me, although as long as there’s good food involved, it doesn’t take much persuading. We went for lunch. Upon walking in, I was taken aback by the clean yet rustic atmosphere. There are so many beautiful features- exposed brick & piping, sunlight pouring across the glossy hardwood floors, a long, elegant bar and a glass & wood partition separating the bar & dining area. Oh, and instead of traditional benches, they have wooden church pews. I just thought that was such a neat, unusual touch.

The service was great. Everyone from the host to the waiters attentive, even the waitress passing by our table made sure to offer a friendly welcome. There are little “How did we do?” type cards given with your receipt. I hardly see those anymore–it’s usually, “go online to give your feedback”–but I like the immediacy of the cards. It’s just another tiny detail that really appealed to me.

What everyone is probably most interested in, though, is the food. How was it? DELICIOUS. I had the grilled chicken breast with brie, arugula & vinaigrette on ciabatta and a side salad. The  chicken was tender and the cheese was thick enough to really taste and enjoy. The sandwich was pretty large. In fact, I could only eat half. Josh had the flank steak with sweet mashed potatoes & a side salad. He devoured it before I could try a bite, but told me it was pretty amazing 🙂

For the quality, quantity and experience, I think the prices were fair. We spent about as much as we would have going to a popular chain restaurant, and still received a much more satisfying & healthier meal.

I am so excited to have a place like this in town. It’s perfect for a date night with your significant other or special occasion celebration with friends or even a business dinner with colleagues. If you get the chance, spoil yourself and enjoy a fancy meal in a comfortable setting. I’d love to hear about your experience!

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Happy Halloween … Ten Days Later

I have been on a social media fast for the last few days, which is why I haven’t yet posted about the Halloween festivities. Although I thoroughly enjoyed “unplugging” and drawing closer to God and my husband, I am excited to share with you all the fun that was had here in Asheboro!

My husband and I were planning on enjoying a simple night in. Since my candy selection last year was apparently lacking and a little too healthy, I decided to splurge on the good stuff. I’m talking name brand, fancy candy, none of those weird treats in the ambiguous black and orange wrappers. I had my costume laid out, front yard decorated and porch light on. However, when my first guests arrived- my niece and nephew- we were quickly persuaded to ditch the simple evening we had planned and join them and their parents at the Sunset Halloween Festival in downtown Asheboro.

On October 31st, Sunset Ave. was transformed into a Halloween dream for both kids and parents. The storefronts (all locally owned) were decorated and employees armed with buckets of candy to give away. There was a G-rated haunted trail, perfect for even the littlest of trick-or-treaters. And Bicentennial Park was filled with bouncy houses and slides. To top it all off, everything was FREE! That’s right, free.

While I don’t have kids of my own, I can understand and appreciate the value of event like this one. What a great relief it must be for parents to be able to take their kids to a safe place for Halloween instead of the traditional door-to-door thing. I’m so proud to live in a town where small, local business owners come together to provide an awesome night for parents and kids.

Check out the pics below (excuse the poor quality) and, as always, God bless!

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Much Ado

For folks who live in the Asheboro area & follow this blog, it might be surprising that I haven’t already written about one of the newest eateries to come to our city. I’ve mentioned it before in a previous blog (click here to read), but haven’t really delved into a full on “review”. Well, today’s the day … let’s talk about The Table.

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The Table is a locally owned bakery/espresso bar/market/eatery, serving the best cup of coffee I’ve had in a while. They make their bread daily and in small portions to best meet orders without waste. What is not used the day of is sold the next day at a discounted price. In addition to delicious, artisan bread, they have yummy, traditional treats, like brownies & oatmeal cakes, with slight tweaks that make them refreshing & unique.

My husband & I recently went for brunch, which was perfect since he was in the mood for lunch and I for breakfast. He had the pulled pork sandwich & I had egg & bacon on wheat.  We sat outside on the patio and watched the passersby. We like to people-watch, so this was an ideal spot for us.

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I wished I had taken pictures of the inside of the building. It’s so lovely and my description just won’t do it justice. The fresh, European-style farmhouse decor is so simple & clean- I wish my kitchen looked that way. There’s an amazing chandelier hanging in the center of the room made of milk glasses that you can help but notice when you walk in. And the open floor plan, large windows & kind staff make this space even more inviting for guests.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you you to make your way downtown & visit The Table. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

Happy Sunday & God bless.

It’s that time again!

This weekend kicks off the season for Asheboro citizens as we gather for the 41st annual Fall Festival. What a great sight to behold: local businesses, artists and shoppers filling the streets of downtown.

My husband and I went in the early part of the day when it was still quite hot out. The freshly squeezed lemonade we purchased, from a vendor I didn’t catch the name of, was just what we needed to cool off and quench our thirst. I really wish I had the forethought to snap a pic or make a mental note of the business name because the owners were so kind and I would love to be able to brag about their service.

To be honest, we didn’t really purchase a lot. Outside of beverages, the only thing we bought was a couple of neat stickers from a local artist, Charles Wade. Check out his business, RoboMustache, by clicking here. The images are so unusual (in a positive way) and creative. There are so many designs, you can have a lot of fun picking ones out that are fitting for your personality. We picked out two for my husband, a mustache for his phone and jellyfish for his car. I get the mustache, since my husband can grow some pretty awesome facial hair. The jelly fish, one the other hand, doesn’t necessarily represent him in any way. It sure is cute, though!

Any who, we had a blast. On the way home, as we saw folks walking all over the place & navigating back to their cars, I told my husband, “I really wish Asheboro looked like this all the time…”

Before I forget, I want to recognize this cool Facebook page devoted to Asheboro’s history and upcoming events. I follow them and encourage you to so the same. Check them out by clicking here.

Have a happy weekend, everyone, and God bless.

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Loving Big in this Small Town.

I appreciate your patience over the last month. For my family, August is super busy. So with all the birthdays and anniversary celebrations, I decided to take a few weeks off. Now I’m back and so excited to share what’s been going on lately.

Friday kicked off a HUGE weekend for me and quite a few others in town. The Voncannons, a family at my church, are in the process of adopting two precious kids- one through domestic adoption and the other international- and they held a dinner and auction to raise support. The domestic adoption is moving along very quickly, and their sweet baby boy, Silas Reid, will arrive in late September/ early October.

What a beautiful display of love to see so many people gathered to give a child a presence, a family, a home. More than just the folks in our church and community groups, local vendors showed their support by donating items for the silent auction. So, in the spirit of this blog, I wanted to shine a light on a few of these awesome businesses. Take a look!

Whimsical cape by Chartreuse Mushroom. Click here to visit the site.

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Kid’s Sweet Tees by Kristin Roney (soo cute!). Click here for more info!

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While Stephanie Kellison doesn’t have her own business, she does make special knit wear upon request. She is amazing! *since she doesn’t have a website and I don’t want to link her personal Facebook page, you can email me any requests and I will forward on to her 🙂 *

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And here are some pics from the event.

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To learn more about the Voncannon family and make a donation, click here

Have a great week, everyone.
And love BIG!