Crafting a story for success with Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani on Finding Asheville
Aug25

Crafting a story for success with Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani on Finding Asheville

Learning to craft a story for business success…   Nathan sits down with Chef Meherwan Irani co-owner of Chai Pani Asheville, MG Road Lounge, Chai Pani Decatur, and yet to be opened Buxton Hall Barbecue for the 50th episode of Finding Asheville. They chat about growing up in India, why he decided to transition from a lucrative real estate sales career to opening Chai Pani, how to develop a chef’s palate, why intention and follow through is all you need in life to succeed, why being in the moment is Meherwan’s solution to balancing the work between three locations and family, and why being a good story teller is the key to Irani’s success.   Listen to the full episode below or here: This episode was recorded at Mojo Coworking at 60 North Market Street in Downtown Asheville.   Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes to download to your listening devices each week and get caught up on past episodes!   Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Asheville Facebook page...

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Embracing vulnerability with Jared Rutledge co-owner of Waking Life Coffee on Finding Asheville
Aug18

Embracing vulnerability with Jared Rutledge co-owner of Waking Life Coffee on Finding Asheville

Embracing vulnerability as a business strategy?   Nathan sits down with Jared Rutledge co-owner of Waking Life Hand-brewed Coffee and Espresso for the 49th episode of Finding Asheville. They chat about growing up in West Asheville, what sparked the neighborhood’s growth, why there seems to be a lack of educatin when it comes to coffee with consumers, why being vulnerable can set you up for not only business success, but also personal success, and why the new trend of putting butter in your coffee may not have the scientific backing that you think that it does (here is the link to the article Jared was referring to in response to bulletproof coffee).   Listen to the full episode below or here: This episode was recorded at Mojo Coworking at 60 North Market Street in Downtown Asheville.   Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes to download to your listening devices each week and get caught up on past episodes!   Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Asheville Facebook page...

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1 day until Laugh Your Asheville Off 2014, Comedian spotlight Rob Christensen
Aug12

1 day until Laugh Your Asheville Off 2014, Comedian spotlight Rob Christensen

1 day left until the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival held August 13th-16th.   Today’s comedian spotlight is on LA comedian Rob Christensen. Rob will be performing at the Altamont Theatre showcase Thursday evening with 9 fellow comedians. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and you can get tickets here!   Here is a clip of Rob performing:   More about Rob: Rob Christensen is a comedian, writer, and actor who has most recently appeared on ADAM DEVINES HOUSE PARTY for COMEDY CENTRAL, LAST COMIC STANDING for NBC, GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE for AXS TV, and QUICKLAFFS for HULU. He has a sharp, smart, and urban sense of humor developed through his experiences growing up in Brooklyn as a skateboarder, rapper, graffiti artist, and eventually an Air Force Sergeant.   Rob is the 2013 WINNER of the WESTSIDE STANDUP SHOWDOWN in Los Angeles, CA and a regular at the ICE HOUSE and the HOLLYWOOD IMPROV. In 2012 he wrote and starred in a TV pilot titled LOW LIFES. Rob is a festival favorite as hes appeared in the EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL, IO WEST SCRIPTED COMEDY FESTIVAL, AMFM FEST, WESTSIDE COMEDY FESTIVAL, BOSTON COMEDY ARTS FESTIVAL, COMEDY CENTRALS UP NEXT TOUR, SF SKETCHFEST, DALLAS COMEDY FESTIVAL, LAUGHING SKULL FESTIVAL, THE COMEDY EXPOSITION, MILWAUKEE COMEDY FESTIVAL, OUT OF BOUNDS FEST and the ASHEVILLE COMEDY FESTIVAL.   Rob lives in Los Angeles and loves Wu-tang, pugs, and bagels. Follow him @RobLovesBagels on Twitter, Instagram, and Vine or get more info at...

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Finding America on Finding Asheville with Justin Ferraby of the Orange Peel & Dig Festival
Aug11

Finding America on Finding Asheville with Justin Ferraby of the Orange Peel & Dig Festival

Finding America on Finding Asheville?   Nathan sits down with Justin Ferraby, operations manager at The Orange Peel and Dig Festival organizer for the 48th episode of Finding Asheville. They chat about growing up in the UK, why perhaps you should spend more than $40 on a bottle of wine, how he risked everything to be a U.S. citizen, including an extended time living here illegally, what would compel someone to throw a music festival like Dig Fest that has a mostly local focus, and finally why The Orange Peel has become one of the most successful music venues in the South East.   Listen to the full episode below or here: This episode was recorded at Mojo Coworking at 60 North Market Street in Downtown Asheville.     Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes to download to your listening devices each week and get caught up on past episodes!     Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Asheville Facebook page here. ...

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2 days till Laugh Your Asheville Off, Comedian Spotlight Chris Monty
Aug11

2 days till Laugh Your Asheville Off, Comedian Spotlight Chris Monty

2 days till the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival held August 13th-16th.   Today’s comedian spotlight is on New York comedian Chris Monty. Monty will be headlining the Saturday showcase at Diana Wortham Theatre with 10 fellow comedians. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and you can get tickets here!   Here is a clip of Monty performing:    More about Monty: Chris Monty is one of New York’s busier comedians. Along with being a regular at New York’s best comedy clubs, Chris is a terrific actor and can be seen in the comedy film “Mall Cop: Blart 2” coming in April 2015.   You may also recognize him from his many appearances in t.v. commercials. He is currently performing Off-Broadway in an original award nominated play that he co-wrote “Shut Up, Sit Down & Eat!” The show will re-open this fall 2014 on Broadway at The Snapple Theatre in New York City.   He has written for “The Joan Rivers Radio Show” and hosted his own show on Long Island’s WGBB radio. Along with numerous stints as an opening act for Joan Rivers and B.B. King, Chris headlines in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Reno.6 days till the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival held August...

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5 days till Laugh Your Asheville Off, where to support six local comics at the festival
Aug08

5 days till Laugh Your Asheville Off, where to support six local comics at the festival

5 days until the 8th annual Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival held August 13th-16th.   Today’s comedian spotlight focuses on where you will be able to find current and past local comics performing at the Laugh Your Asheville Off festival.   Local comedians Taylor Rogers and Art Sturtevant will be performing on the kickoff showcase at Highland Brewery on Wednesday August 13th. Sturtevant has been performing comedy here in Asheville before I even attempted my first open mic back in 2011 and has always been a favorite of mine to watch. Taylor is perhaps best known for hosting Asheville’s very own late night talk show, which he performed last at the Mothlight. Click here to find tickets!   Greenville, S.C. comedian Tom Emmons will be performing his one liners the next evening at the 7:00 p.m. showcase at The Millroom. The Millroom will be playing host to not only the festival, but also comedians Duncan Trussell and Bobcat Goldthwait in the upcoming weeks. So be sure to keep an eye on happenings at the Millroom. Click here to find tickets!   Later Thursday evening Asheville comedian Allie Steinhoff and former Flat Rock comedian Cody Hughes will be performing at the 9:30 p.m. showcase at The Altamont Theater. Steinhoff’s patented dark sense of humor, sarcasm, and at times plain dirty jokes is a joy to watch, especially if you pay attention to audience members’ facial reactions, who quite clearly were not expecting Steinhoff’s style of comedy. I haven’t seen Hughes perform since he left the region to pursue comedy in Chicago, but he was always a favorite of mine to watch especially if things went south during his sets, watching him dig out of intentional holes he dug for himself was comedy gold and hysterical. Click here to find tickets!   Finally local DJ and Asheville audience favorite Minori Hinds will be performing at the last show of the festival Saturday night at the Diana Wortham Theatre. There is very few local showcases Hinds is not a part of and perhaps is the comic since I started paying attention to the Asheville comedy scene in 2011 that has improved the most. Click here to find tickets!   So for those of you that like to preach support local, here is your opportunity to support local comics at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy...

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