Life in our Foothills September 2020- The Nest
“This Nest is Best”
The Nest Artisan Market
By Macy Cochran
Ashley Menetre wasn’t always a small-town art shop owner. She is formerly an Atlanta resident who accidentally spent a weekend in the place where she would later call home.
“We moved our family up to Tryon because of the quality of life,” she says.
Now, when Ashley isn’t chasing around her son Miles or spending time with her husband Beau, she proudly owns The Nest in the center of downtown Tryon.
It began with the bud of creativity that blossoms in most of her family members, which is where Ashley gets her artistic genes. After attending the Art Institution of Atlanta for culinary, she realized that along the way, she fell in love with art more than she did with cooking.
“I love art and glass work, but I’m not a painter,” she says. Rather, she is a lover of observing all things creative and feeling that certain comfort and uniqueness of being in an artistic place.
Years later, she and her husband began searching for someplace in Black Mountain to settle with their kids. On their way up to house hunt, a snowstorm came through the area, trapping them in a rental house on Melrose Mountain in Tryon. One weekend was all it took for Ashley and her family to call Tryon their new home.
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