The Parkway Bistro

Parkway Bistro Asheville

When we recently put out a request for some places to eat in south Asheville, several people were talking so good about The Parkway Bistro, that we had to go try it for ourselves. So while we were out at meetings on that end of town, we stopped by there and grabbed a chicken salad sandwich with some macaroni salad. It was absolutely delicious! The waitress talked me into keeping the Hot Pepper Relish on it and yum. Plus the mac salad was the best I have had in a a long time. For some of you that do not know, Frank’s Deli was like the #1 sandwich shop in Asheville and they were located where Beehive Coffee Bar now is on Sweeten Creek. Then they expanded to Hendersonville Rd, that spot with the bad parking, where the new and popular Bean Vegan Cuisine now is. Frank’s Deli shut down operations soon after, went silent and underground, then took over this new spot right behind Starbucks on Hendersonville Rd where Woody’s Pizza used to be. And it is a kind of difficult spot to see, but they are up on the hill across from Carolina Day School, in the same shopping center as the Fresh Market, Liberty Bicycles, and Diamond Brand. And yes, it is worth the stop!

Massage Envy Spa Grand Opening in South Asheville

ASHEVILLE, NC – – Massage Envy Spa, a provider of professional, convenient and affordable therapeutic massage and skin facials, is celebrating their Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting and Open House Monday, March 26th.  The ceremonial ribbon cutting is from 3:00-4:30pm, with the ribbon cutting scheduled at 3:15pm followed by tours, food and drinks.  This is the first Massage Envy Spa clinic in the Asheville area.

The spa is located in Skyland Plaza, located at 1863 Hendersonville Road, Asheville NC 28803 next to Ingles across from Earth Fare.  The state-of-the-art 4,200 square-foot spa has a total of 16 therapy rooms, including 2 couples rooms and 4 facial spa rooms.  The new Massage Envy Spa is open to customers from 8:00am – 10:00pm Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 7:00pm Saturday, and 10:00am – 6:00pm on Sundays and is located in the heart of south Asheville.

“Massage Envy Spa continues to grow thanks to its affordable massage options and proven benefits to our client’s wellness,” said Jim Fitzsimmons, regional developer for Massage Envy North Carolina.  “We are thankful to our growing clientele and are looking forward to opening our first location in Asheville.  It’s a great market and we look forward to being part of the community.”

Massage Envy Spa’s massage options include trigger point, Swedish, deep tissue, sports, reflexology, cranial sacral, hot stone, chair, prenatal, and geriatric, in addition to several ways to customize the massages even further through aromatherapy or deep heat relief muscle therapy.  The spas also feature Murad Healthy Skin Facials using products from the Murad skincare line, which are designed to repair cell membranes while attracting water and nutrients to the cells.

The benefits of regular massage provide numerous health benefits, such as stress relief, posture improvement, blood circulation improvement, lower blood pressure, pain management and muscle relaxation, to name a few.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the Asheville community and offer our members and guests’ affordable healthy skin facials and customized therapeutic massages.” said Asheville South Massage Envy Spa owner Grant Deviney, “we’re proud to offer wellness plans that include skin benefits as well as relaxation and stress relief.”

“The Asheville community has welcomed us with open-arms, and we are proud to be part of this wonderful community.  We have already created 25 new jobs in the community, mostly full-time, with a total of 60+ employees projected by year end” said Asheville South Massage Envy Spa owner Scott Orlinski, “and all positions offer extremely competitive pay, bonuses, and flexible hours with full benefits available.”

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About Massage Envy, LLC:

Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States.  Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has more than 750 locations nationwide, and is the largest employer of licensed/registered massage therapists with more than 16,000 therapists providing over 250,000 massages every week.  Massage Envy Spa offers both unique Murad® healthy skin facials as well as therapeutic massages – administered by professional estheticians and massage therapists.  For more information, visit

South Asheville – Fiore’s Restaurant offers Grab N’ Go & a Bakery

Several of my top dining experiences had to do with Fiore’s Ristorante Toscana at their downtown Asheville location. Recently, Fiore’s Italian opened up a south location at 2310 Hendersonville Rd and I was amazed at what they are doing there. They already have a nice corner in the Asheville Foodie world with their great menu items. Now, they have a mini specialty deli and dessert area. Lots of baked goods made in-house. The bar is roomy, they have a private party area in the back that seats up to 50, and the staff is ready to serve. See the website for Fiores South Asheville.