Longtime local school employees are opening a new business in Mars Hill

Kendall and Brian Chandler worked for many years in education - Kendall as a teacher at Barnardsville Elementary and Brian as principal at West Buncombe Elementary.  Kendall now owns Quill and Honey, named after the couple's two youngest children.

MARS HILL – Mars Hill residents Kendall and Brian Chandler have worked for many years in local schools, but are now moving into second act after retiring from education.

The Chandlers opened a business in downtown Mars Hill, Quill and Honey, selling Kendall Chandler’s local, natural home and body products, including homemade soaps, as well as numerous other local products from about a dozen regional artisans.

Kendall Chandler taught in Buncombe County Schools for about 20 years and retired in June 2022. Her husband Brian Chandler was the principal at West Buncombe Elementary School and also retired in 2022.

“Since he retired last year, we were able to kind of do this together,” Chandler said. “It’s surreal and crazy and wonderful, and I love it, but not exactly what I expected my life to be, but better. It’s great.”

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