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Weekly Scoop (October 21-27) - Come and sit a spell at Asheville Raven and Crone 🌙🔮 Plus lots to do this week!


Witchy Wares at
Asheville Raven and Crone

 

Go sit for a spell...

Step into the little brick house on Merrimon Avenue and you’re instantly transported into another world as the scent of incense and herbal teas relax you, and your eyes take in a stunning display of magical tools.

Asheville Raven and Crone is the real deal if you happen to be into witchery, and because it is the Halloween season, we wanted to tell you more about this local North AVL business and let you know about some interesting upcoming events.


Raven and Crone’s popular panel discussion, “Ask A Witch!” will take place on October 29th from 6-7pm. This is your opportunity to meet and ask questions of real Asheville witches. October 31st at noon is their annual Halloween, or as they refer to it, “Samhain” (pronounced “sow-in”) Ancestor Ritual, where you can stop by and write the name of your loved one who has crossed over on one of the provided cards for them to be honored during the ritual.

Raven and Crone hosts ongoing workshops from tarot classes and candle crafting, to how to read auras and the proper use of herbs in spells and kitchen witchery. They also offer samples of different teas daily and have a different intuitive reader every day that ranges from tarot, astrology, aura and rune readings. 

Asheville Raven and Crone offers residents and visitors high quality products created by local magical practitioners and crafts persons (over 20 and counting!) from oil blends for certain intentions or associations with various deities, to herbs, incense, books, gemstones, candles, runes, jewelry, spell kits, and tarot and oracle cards. The shop places emphasis on sourcing products that are botanical, organic, ecologically conscious and affordably priced. An inviting, positive atmosphere and a knowledgeable staff welcome you as you walk through the door, and are always prepared to educate and personally assist customers with their purchases.

“It has always been important to my husband Michael and I that the store be visible to the public, and work to dispel old superstitions about this very misunderstood community,” says owner, Lisa Anderson. “I have been a practicing witch since I was 19, and had a dream of owning a witch store. In January of 2014, Michael and I decided the timing was right and invested our retirement money into creating this business. I had grown up here, and we had moved back 14 years earlier to raise our family. We felt Asheville had a pagan community that would support the store, and was a more tolerant community of pagan beliefs than other towns in the surrounding area. We were considered a specialized ‘niche’ market, and most people we discussed our plans with were skeptical of our ability to succeed. We believed in our mission and that our community would support us.”

She and her husband opened Asheville Raven and Crone to the public on July 14, 2014. The focus of the shop was to provide other practitioners with products that were useful, affordable and whenever possible, were made by people who practiced a pagan spirituality.

“I had studied herbalism and created a line of products to sell: herbal teas, candles, oils and incense,” Anderson adds. “The other part of the store was to provide a community room where pagans could offer classes, workshops, and readings. Our emphasis is on local, handmade, practitioner-made products, and our staff of practitioners that are always eager to answer questions and discuss magic.”

Asheville Raven and Crone is open 7 days a week from 11am-7pm. Learn more about Asheville Raven and Crone and their upcoming classes, events and specials by checking out their Dig Local profile.

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, October 21

Halloween Paws on the Patio
at Daphne at Twisted Laurel
Join Dig Local and The Urban Gastronome for the last Paws on the Patio of the year - Halloween Edition! Bring your favorite 4-legged friend in their funniest/spookiest/cutest Halloween costume (and rock your own, too!) for cocktails featuring Oak and Grist Distilling Company, the new fall menu, and of course the Dogs of Daphne Menu for the pups. There will be a prize pack from Patton Avenue Pet Company for the Best Costume! See you then!
More details.
More to do Monday
Tuesday, October 22
Fall-Inspired Cocktails
at The Times at S&W
In the mood for fall cocktails? The Times at S&W has you covered with their fall-inspired cocktail menu! This season's menu brings you cinnamon, chai, figs, smoke, cotton candy grapes, juniper berries, and so much more. Served up every night of the week through the end of November.
More details.
More to do Tuesday

Wednesday, October 23

Wet Nose Wednesday
at Asheville Brewing Company
As seen in Forbes! Bring your four-legged fur baby with you to 77 Coxe Avenue, and enjoy a pint while the pups get brewery made treats crafted from spent grain!
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More to do Wednesday

Thursday, October 24

Make & Mingle: Fall Decor String Art
at Asheville Museum of Science

Explore the Asheville Museum of Science after hours while you listen to great music, drink local craft brews, mingle with like-minded geeks and get your hands dirty in our STEM lab making a unique project. With ticket purchase, each participant will get one free drink ticket and a handmade object to take home! 18+ only.
Tickets and more details.

More to do Thursday

Friday, October 25

The Wizard of Oz
at Asheville Community Theatre

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to watch this beloved classic come to life on stage!
Tickets and more details.
More to do Friday

Saturday, October 26

Curry for a Cause
with Food Connection

Does the thought of fresh delicious food ending up in the trash while people go hungry bother you? Let's do something about it! Come to Blue Dream Curry House from 12-10pm where 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Food Connection to help them continue reducing food waste while easing hunger in WNC. Stevie Lee Combs will also be playing live music until 3pm!
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More to do Saturday

Sunday, October 27

1st Annual VHS Tape Swap
with Orbit DVD
You wanted it, you got it! Head to Fleetwood's at 1pm for Orbit DVD's first ever Tape Swap!
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More to do Sunday
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