From Pack Library’s NC Room circa 1939-1940, courtesy Citizen Vinyl

Hey y'all, 

I am so excited to announce our new series, True Colors of Western North Carolina Business. 👩🏻‍🤝‍👩🏾 Each week, we'll be highlighting a local minority owned business with profiles that consider the entrepreneurial experience. 

This series has been in the works for a while, and I'm thrilled to have our (virtual) intern and recent Davidson graduate (my alma mater!), Angelina Gurrola, working on it. When we were chatting a few weeks back, Angelina said, "Narratives are people's truths." Those were powerful words (and not just because they proved she was the right person to bring this series to life). It's those words—or the concept of them, at least—that guide every story we write here at Capital at Play, and it's such an honor to help share those truths in every issue, every article, and this new series

Until next week,

Emily Glaser, Managing Editor
True Colors: Asheville Luxury Elopements
Elopements are increasingly popular with couples looking to wed, and Asheville Luxury Elopements' Terran Ward makes it easy. In the first of our new True Colors series, Ward shares the surprising impact COVID has had on her company and her experience as a Black business owner. 
Citizen Vinyl will reenvision the Citizen-Times Building as a vinyl pressing plant, record store, and bar/cafe. Rendering by Shelter Collective
Stone Ashe Vineyard opened outside Hendersonville last week. Photo courtesy Henderson County Tourism



Josh Goforth is one of the featured artists in this weekend's Wortham Center Special Events outdoor series. Photo provided by the artist

👨🏼‍🎨  Go Global | Tryon Fine Arts Center's Illuminations Through Music and Heritage program kicks off with a virtual show tomorrow, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. The series features students of TFAC's Pacolet Junior Appalachian Musicians and students with the Petra National Trust (PNT) in Jordan. 

🖼  Summer Camp for the Fam | Camp Grier's Family Day & Overnight Camps include (socially distant) activities like canoeing, horseback riding, and zip lining. 

🏃🏾‍♂️  Run FasteriDaph Events' new Pop-up 5k in the Park will be a socially distanced 5K at Fletcher Park every 2nd and 4th Wednesday through Sept. 

🥁  Live Music | This weekend the Wortham Center Special Events outdoor series continues with live concerts on the top level of the Pack Square Parking Deck: Lyndsay Pruett, Drew Matulich & Matt Purinton on Fri.; Zoe & Cloyd on Sat.; and Josh Goforth on Sun. All shows at 7 p.m.

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