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Weekly Scoop (March 4-10) - The Ebb & Flow of Local Business in Asheville

The Ebb & Flow of Local Business

"We never gave up, no matter how difficult running a business proved to be."

The words ebb and flow are all about appreciating the cycles of existence, according to Adam Caddick and Lauren Loiacono — the owners of Ebb & Flow Massage Therapy Center. They believe it is the awareness that nothing remains the same for long.

“We have had many ups and downs through the course of our lives together,” Caddick explained. “And this was the name that found resonance with both of us.”

Before Adam and Lauren opened Ebb & Flow in West Asheville, they had both worked for many years at various odd jobs.

“Lauren worked in restaurants and then in social work,” Caddick said, “and I had an array of jobs ranging from working at a foundry, driving an ambulance as an EMT and several years at Home Depot.” But they were both still studying massage during their day jobs. 

But once they both became licensed massage and bodywork therapists (LMBTs), they had a new goal in mind to open a massage therapy center of their own.

“After being unimpressed with what many businesses were offering their massage therapists — generally low wages and basically exploitation of the workers — we made a plan to start our own place,” Caddick said.

They saw a big “For Rent” sign in front of a building on Haywood Road, called up the landlord and a week later Ebb & Flow Massage and Therapy Center was in the works.

The two were inspired to make massage therapy affordable for their community, while also paying their staff high rates to encourage the best massages possible every time, as well as providing a positive work atmosphere for all.

“We feel that all of our experience as employees has enhanced our ability to give our staff a supportive work environment,” Caddick said, “and it shows in the quality of their bodywork.”

Adam and Lauren take pride in their high-quality massage, using only organic massage lotion that supports the health of our clients and the environment; and their cozy tea room, which carries only fair-trade and organic teas and is definitely a unique space offered to clients. But they are always thinking of new ways to offer clients stress relief, help them maintain health muscles and joints, and keep their spirits light. 

Ebb & Flow will soon introduce an add-on menu to their current list of services, which will include CBD massage, hot towels, aromatherapy and more.

“We never gave up, no matter how difficult running a business proved to be,” Caddick said. “And eventually, we found our groove and it became easier to be more consistent and attentive to all the business's needs.”

Ebb & Flow often has monthly specials, and they also offer half-off chair massages every Friday! Check out their Dig Local profile for all their upcoming events and deals.

Below you will find one locally curated Scoop chosen for each day this week — but make sure to check out all the Scoops this week on our Dig Local Scoop Calendar.

Monday, March 4

Giving Back Night
at Copper Crown
For this month's Giving Back Night, 15% of all dinner proceeds will go toward Evergreen Community Charter School. Reservations recommended!
More details.

Check out the rest of Monday’s Scoops here.

Tuesday, March 5

Fat Tuesday
at Salvage Station

Celebrate Mardi Gras with live music from Bayou Diesel and Asheville Second Line.
More details.
Mardi Gras 2019
at The Grey Eagle

Listen to New Orleans-based band the Dirty Dozen Brass Band take the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul.
More details.

Check out the rest of Tuesday’s Scoops here.

Wednesday, March 6

Five Dollar 5K Run
with Foot Rx Asheville

Bring your pups out for a run at Fletcher Park and donate to a wonderful cause. All proceeds will go to Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue.
More details.

Check out the rest of Wednesday’s Scoops here.

Thursday, March 7

Charcuterie Class
at Chop Shop Butchery

Participants will begin the process of a simple cured ham, learn about fermentation and drying, and also gain an education on the cold smoking technique.
More details.

Check out the rest of Thursday’s Scoops here.

Friday, March 8

Wine Release Weekend
at plē
b Urban Winery
Taste the 3 new wines being released Friday at plēb Urban Winery all throughout Second Saturday weekend in the River Arts District.
More details.

Check out the rest of Friday's Scoops here.

Saturday, March 9

2019 Southern Conference Downtown Dribble
with Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission

Kids can enjoy a pep rally filled with inflatables, obstacle courses and more. Following the pep rally, children will dribble their basketballs in a parade from Pack Square to the U.S. Cellular Center.
More details.

Check out the rest of Saturday’s Scoops here.

Sunday, March 10

Redleg Husky
at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
Asheville country-grass duo Redleg Husky returns for a night of good times and hot pickin' at Barley's Taproom downtown.
More details.

Check out the rest of Sunday’s Scoops here.
One night, seven Asheville chefs, Wicked Weed beer, Biltmore wine, Abby the Spoon Lady, Chris Rodrigues, DJ & dancing with Jr. James, an awesome raffle and more — all to benefit Food Connection. TICKETS ON SALE NOW.
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