Chasing ceeeeeese is funny, but this is serious. This is about the work YWCA does to empower women.

Empowering Women

Since 1906, women’s empowerment has been at the heart of the YWCA of Asheville’s work. The organization’s original charter in 1897 was to provide safe housing for working women. Today, the YW combines a programmatic history of women’s empowerment, a century of advocacy with and for women, and a passion for justice and equality into programs that change women’s lives and the lives of their families.

Women have held the leadership positions throughout the 103 year history of the organization. At the YWCA, all program directors and all board members are women. From a staffing perspective, the YW does not discriminate of the basis of sex; however, a review of our administrative staff, departmental directors and employees reflects the extensive efforts the YW makes to reach out to women and underrepresented groups when job opportunities arise. Our success at inclusion has lead to our being recognized as having one of the most visibly and intentionally diverse leadership teams in Asheville.

The YWCA Board of Directors pays great attention to power-building in historically disenfranchised groups of women as well as the generational transfer of leadership. We intentionally build the power of low-income women by hiring women who have been enrolled in our programs, and offering deeply discounted on-site child care and after school care. Specifically, to build up the power of low-income women, the YW has intentionally not incorporated a financial means needs test to access service. Instead, the YW has developed program entry avenues for low-income women that assure dignity and full participation. Many of our programs have advisory councils that intentionally seek out program participants so that they may have direct input into program decisions. Maintaining an environment that includes people from all walks of life creates challenges and risks, and we continually assess whether our programs successfully align with our mission.

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No Cheese

A shop dog's responsibilities are many and varied. One of them is assisting with clean up. We had about 50 people in the shop last night to taste sparkling wine from Saumur. There was cheese. We prepared, shall we say, the plates for washing. Success! Now, if we can just figure out how to get into the passenger cabin of a plane! We need another plan. This is the Chateau Saumur.

le chateau de saumur


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Three Graces Dairy cheeeeeeeeeeese coming out for the wine tasting today. Another chance! Strategy. It's all about strategy. A plan. We need a plan. We can do this. We took out a bag of sourdough last week. We can do this. Less than 2 hours. Keep you posted.

This is about the Three Graces Dairy: 

In antiquity the Three Graces brought beauty, mirth and hospitality to the Gods...
Our Three Graces - the goat, the sheep and the cow give us the exquisite milks
that are the source and inspiration for our French-style cheeses.
From soil to seed to grass to feed
From goat, sheep and cow to kid, lamb and calf
From milk to curd to cheese
Farmstead means it all happens on our farm!
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Trent Reznor

Open letter to Trent Reznor,

Dear Trent, Thank you for adopting retired racing greyhounds and for your efforts to raise funding for more to find homes. You are most awesome and we love Nine Inch Nails! Please stop by our store, Metro Wines (some of us greys are not totally retired but that is another story!) when you headline the New Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit from October 25 to 27. We found this clip about you. Also, we loved you in Social Network.  Your most devoted fans, Shop Dogs.



Trent Reznor, the frontman of Nine Inch Nails, who also scored the movie The Social Network.

He has put up rare band memorabilia on eBay to benefit two greyhound rescue organizations, Greyhound rescue and California Greyhound Adoption Promotion.

There are four bundles of Nine Inch Nails collectors items including, limited edition CDs, t-shirt protypes, tour posters and other swag, all signed by Trent Reznor.

Current bids are hovering just above $1,000 so get your bid in soon!

The 2011 auction page said: "Trent is an animal lover and longtime supporter of rescuing greyhounds and has created this auction specifically to help his friends continue their work in saving these animals’ lives. Reznor himself has adopted several greyhounds."

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Tres Francais

This is Erte. Look at that greyhound. You know, you really can be too thin!

Anyway, please come to the shop on Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm for French. Your Shop Dog, Cate

This is Erte. 



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What Shop Dogs do on Their Day Off

Sleep! "Sleep is the best meditation." Dalai Lama

This is me and Bandit meditating on our day off.


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Fat Dog Update

Really rainy here but we are excited to tell you that people still came in the shop!  In fact, a nice couple just came in and specifically requested to meet us! They even knew our names. How cool is that? From where we sit, I can see a hole on the shelf where two six packs of Fat Dog have sold.  I forgot to tell you that a really nice lady came in the shop and was so excited to see Fat Dog Oatmeal Stout here. She says she is from Adamstown, the home of Stoudts Fat Dog and there is only one other shop around Asheville that has the Fat Dog. She was pretty happy. Us too. Signed Bandit, Shop Dog. 

PS  This is Fat Dog!


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250 taste 6 wines at Grand Opening

Long night of shop doggin' last night. Over 250 visitors tasted 6 wines at Metro Wines Grand Opening last night! We worked the crowd but good. We made several valiant efforts to reach the 3 Graces Dairy Cheese on the party table but failed. But hope springs eternal! today is clean up and who knows what will happen. Keep you posted. Saw a lot of rose and cava go out the door. Stand by for party pix but for now:


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Welcome Asheville Humane Society!

We are so proud and honored to be part of supporting The Asheville Humane society. If you shop our store on Saturday, 10% of the proceeds of all the sales that day go to support the work at The Asheville Humane Society. Not every dog is as lucky as we were, finding a family and a forever home. So please come and shop. And visit The Asheville Society here: http://www.ashevillehumane.org.

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Our thoughts and prayers are still with Boston.


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Shelving continues

After a hard day of shelving wine and Fat Dog, Shop Dog Bandit crashes.


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Sign is Up!

We helped put the sign up today on the road!


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Brother Wolf Run Story AC-T

And here is the story about the Brother Wolf Run for The Paws 5K on Sunday. You can support Brother Wolf any day at Metro Wines where we will stock and sell Brother Wolf logo wine and beer glasses with ALL proceeds going to Brother Wolf. Asheville Citizen Times story here:http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013304040013


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Headed to Charlotte

Shop Dogs on the way to the big government building in Charlotte to see the man come from behind the curtain and give Metro Wines all official documents. Stand by for Grand Opening April 27, 2013!


Things got a little crazy with The Shop Dogs on the way back from Charlotte but we are official and will start stocking the shelves ASAP.



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Shop Dogs on their way to work at Metro Wines. Preparing for the parade, details TBA!! and the Grand Opening on April 27th.


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Metro Wines is coming!

We look forward to meeting you at Metro Wines!


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