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Longtime local school employees open new business in Mars Hill

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

MARS HILL – Mars Hill residents Kendall and Brian Chandler worked many years in local schools but now are transitioning into a second act after their retirement from education.

The Chandlers have opened up a business in downtown Mars Hill, Quill and Honey, selling Kendall Chandler’s local, natural, home and body products, including homemade soap, as well as a number of other locally sourced goods from roughly a dozen regional artisans.

Kendall Chandler taught in Buncombe County Schools for about 20 years and retired in June 2022. Her husband, Brian Chandler served as a principal at West Buncombe Elementary, and also retired in 2022.

“Because he retired this past 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 ever what I anticipated my life to be, but better. It’s great.”

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