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Marla Milling

Marla Milling

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Marla Hardee Milling is a full-time freelance writer living in a place often called the Paris of the South, Sante Fe of the East and Beer City U.S.A., but she just calls Asheville, N.C. home. The History Press in Charleston, S.C. published her first book, "Only in Asheville: An Eclectic History," in June 2015. Her second book, "Legends, Secrets and Mysteries of Asheville" will debut in June 2017.

She is a former news producer at WLOS-TV in Asheville and former Director of Communications at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C. More than 800 of her articles and essays have appeared in such publications as Luxury Living, American Style, NICHE, Charleston, Denver, WNC, Blue Ridge Country, Health, Smart Computing, PC Today, New Orleans Gourmet, and many others. Follow her on Twitter @marlamilling

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9°80° Sauce: Experience New Degrees of Flavor

Fresh ingredients. Incredible flavor combinations. Your tastebuds will thank you for introducing them to 9°80° Gourmet Sauce.

Bean and Goose: A Taste of Irish Chocolate

Time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish Chocolate! We take you straight to Ireland for some handcrafted delights from Bean and Goose.
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Barkley’s Mill: Put Some Grits in Your Fat Tuesday Feast

A craft farm in North Carolina makes grits like you've never tasted before. We'll tell you what makes the difference at Barkley's Mill.
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Atlas Coffee Club: Give a Daily Love Reminder

Combine your lover's love of coffee with a daily reminder of your devotion. You'll win her caffeinated heart with exotic blends from Atlas coffee.
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DRINKmaple: A New Way to Enjoy Your H20

Refreshing. Hydrating. And a subtle taste of maple. There's a way to tap into one of nature's masterpieces as you live a healthy lifestyle: DRINKmaple
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Stiff Salt Co.: Seriously Good Salt

Spice up your life, and your cooking, with some sensational salt from Stiff Salt company, including spicy sriracha blend.
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Three Jerks Jerky Adds Veri Veri Teriyaki to Its Roster of Filet Mignon Beef Jerky

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Toasted quinoa—a great new product from I Heart Quinoa that will keep your warm and energized during the cold days of winter.
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Southern Edge Shave: Cleaning Up for 2017

It's time to go a little old-school when it comes to creating a clean, fresh look with Southern Edge Shave's exquisite hand-crafted razors.
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Epicurean Cutting Boards For the Man’s Kitchen

Epicurean cutting boards are the perfect gift for the home or professional cook on your gift list.
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Darn Tough: Beg Santa For These Socks

If you want some top-notch socks that can handle any activity you participate in, you'll be blessed to open a gift of Darn Tough socks.
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Little Kernel: Big Taste in a Mini Snack

A handful of Little Kernel popcorn and you'll be a fan of this miniature popped corn that's not only great tasting, but good for you too.
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Need Supply Co: Turning 20 In Style

A 20-year anniversary deserves a big celebration and that’s exactly what Need Supply Company has done, finally opening its first brick and mortar location.
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The Crown of the Blue Ridge: Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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Woolrich X The Hillside: Bags Built for Life on the Move

The new Woolrich X The Hillside lineup includes a daypack, tote bag, backpack, briefcase, and weekender, all built ready to handle your active lifestyle.
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Manual Deals: Weekender Bag with Built-in Charger

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Sun’s Out, Grab Some New Boardshorts and Go!

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