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Old 04-16-2006, 01:59 AM
 
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Hi there! I am a design/advertising art director, in my mid 40's, who is considering a relocation to the Asheville, NC area. I've had enough of the hectic So Cal lifestyle, and the crazy estate market.

I know that Asheville has a great reputation as an artistic community, but does anyone know if there are many design studios and advertising agencies there? I haven't been there yet (obviously) but am planning to visit soon. Any info about the area would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 04-18-2006, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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I believe BellSouth (our local telephone company) has the Asheville Telephone Directory with the yellow pages available online. You could search it for design studios and advertising agencies.

http://www.realpageslive.com

You might also get a better response to your inquiry by posting in the North Carolina Forum instead of here.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/north-carolina/
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:30 PM
 
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Do yourself a favor stick with a city. Asheville is very nice in and of itself but it's a difficult place to find lots of art related work, though it's a very artsy community. It's kinda a weird place..actually the whole of NC is.... and it's becoming so congested California freeways will soon pale in comparison traffic wise. I'm not kidding. I grew up in San diego moved to Asheville with my hubby ten years ago and now were leaving as the whole area is being over run with Northerns and cars and though taxes are low now they're about to sky rocket. Real estate is going up and up and up too. We bought our home for $53,000.we'll sell it for close to $750,000.00 - $825,000.00 maybe more. It's a 3/4 bedroom Craftsman home in a nice part of asheville.
Good Luck to you.
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:48 PM
 
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Do yourself a favor stick with a city. Asheville is very nice in and of itself but it's a difficult place to find lots of art related work, though it's a very artsy community. It's kinda a weird place..actually the whole of NC is.... and it's becoming so congested California freeways will soon pale in comparison traffic wise. I'm not kidding. I grew up in San diego moved to Asheville with my hubby ten years ago and now were leaving as the whole area is being over run with Northerns and cars and though taxes are low now they're about to sky rocket. Real estate is going up and up and up too. We bought our home for $53,000.we'll sell it for close to $750,000.00 - $825,000.00 maybe more. It's a 3/4 bedroom Craftsman home in a nice part of asheville.
Good Luck to you.
Oh please...
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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Asheville has quite a number of freelance designers and other creatives but relatively few ad shops that are larger than a handful of people. The city is headquarters to very few big-budget clients, and even those will often contract with larger regional ad firms based out of places like Greenville, SC. That's not to say you absolutely can't find a position here, if you're good. But it won't be as easy as it would be in a larger, more corporate-based city.

One good source for info about agencies in the area would be the folks at AAF Greenville (formerly known as the AD Club for the region). That, and call around to the agencies you find in the phone book (as suggested above).

Good luck!

(I'm mostly in real estate now, but have 20+ years background in graphic design.)
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