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Jim & Tammy Faye’s son Jay Bakker to kick off LGBT-friendly Christian conference in Asheville

Organizers of “Out to the Nations Transformational Conference” will kick off this year’s event with a message of inclusivity for Christians from controversial religious speaker, Jay Bakker. As a teen, Jay saw Christian leaders walk away from his TV-evangelist parents Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in the 1980s. Today, Jay, who is pastor of the […]

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Yoga fusion: Sonya Costello co-teaches a yoga and chocolate workshop for women

Like proverbial peanut butter and jelly, yoga pairs perfectly with other healing modalities, according to several local yoga teachers. With countless yoga classes being offered daily in studios and public spaces around Asheville and Western North Carolina, these creative yogis are diversifying. Xpress talked with five yoga teachers who have infused their yoga classes with […]

CHANGING HANDS: After 19 years in the compounding pharmacy business, Mike Robers, left, and Bill Cheek, right, sold the prescription part of their business so they can devote themselves full time to the supplement side of their business.

Nature’s Pharmacy sells compounding prescription business to Asheville Compounding Pharmacy

Nature’s Pharmacy sold the compounding prescription portion of its business to Asheville Compounding Pharmacy on March 16. It will continue to sell supplements, consisting of vitamins and minerals, homeopathic remedies and herbals, according to Bill Cheek, co-owner of the store with Mike Rogers for 19 years. It will remain at the same location at 752 […]

The French Broad Co-Op, which is held downtown on Wednesdays, is one of several regional farmers markets that accepts payment through food assistance programs such as EBT.

Welcome to spring: Here’s where to find your neighborho­od tailgate market

Most area markets will be starting up in the next few weeks, though a few — including the Asheville City Market, the WNC Farmers Market and the Jackson County Farmers Market — are open year-round. With the help of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Xpress is providing a roundup of regional markets, including markets accepting food assistance programs.

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EPA clarifies Southside Village status

The 74 homes in Southside Village are not part of the CTS of Asheville Superfund site next door, say several residents of the gated community off Mills Gap Road. In two recent letters, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency backs up that assessment, saying it “does not believe contamination associated with the CTS of Asheville Superfund Site poses unacceptable risk to residents of SSV.”

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Theater review: Private Lives

Once upon a time, before the fast-paced world of entertainment we’re accustomed to, there was Noël Coward. His plays were the height of upper crust British humor, depicting high society and often sinking to the lowest depths of humanity (thereby mocking the stereotype). Coward’s style and wit became the forbear of early cinema and the […]