French Broad Chocolate Factory has opened the doors to their sweet new location in the RAMP (River Arts Makers Place) Studios. They’re offering daily tours, a chocolate museum and a view of bean-to-bar treats being made. With this new location – also home to artists, Ginger’s Revenge (alcoholic ginger beer brewery) and Spicewalla (spice factory from Chef Meherwan Irani) – the beloved Asheville chocolatiers triple their production.

East Fork, the pottery studio co-founded near Asheville in 2009 by Alex Matisse (great-grandson of French painter Henri Matisse), has opened a new ceramics manufacturing facility in Biltmore Village that will increase their production capacity by 800 percent by 2020. The new facility bridges the gap between commerce and community engagement, where the public will be invited to interact with East Fork’s process, people and culture through tours, community events and classes.


Asheville Art Museum reopens this spring with a new state-ofthe-art building that features education facilities, an art library, a lecture and performance space, a new ArtPLAYce for families and children and the addition of a rooftop sculpture terrace and cafe.

The Moogseum will celebrate the life of Bob Moog, inventor of the Moog Synthesizer that revolutionized almost every genre of music. The museum opens April 1 with bays of synthesizers, theremins and effect pedals that allow people to explore the science behind electronic music and a Young Inventors Lab where children can create their own circuit board.

Asheville Art Museum rendering photo courtesy of Asheville Art Museum.