Hector Romero sees his life in Asheville as no accident. “God had it in my path that we should come to Asheville,” he says. “My wife and I loved Asheville, and so we set our eyes here.” But his journey to the Paris of the South was neither quick nor easy. Romero, who won the […]
This year’s Go Topless rally, the bare-busted parade that annually turns Pritchard Park into Hooterville, has sent shock waves through our town that have reverberated all the way to Raleigh. Many people are beating their chests in outrage over this display of titillating torsos. My bosom buddy Boyle, the celebrated columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times, […]
Ben’s Tune Up and Veterans Helping Veterans WNC have partnered to present “Karaoke 4 a Cause,” a singing competition featuring Rolling Stones’ songs. Competitors will be judged by a panel of local celebrities and will be competing for a grand prize of a $500 recording session at Echo Mountain Recording Studio.
When Council discussed ideas for renovating Pritchard Park downtown AT A DATE WORKSESSION, then-Mayor Russ Martin suggested using a 1940s trolley as a central piece to the park
I truly enjoyed the last edition [Sept. 3] of Mountain Xpress. There was the sense of history, “been-there-done-that” and what it was and what it has become, but that is where my enjoyment ended. Asheville has become its own worst nightmare, becoming the land of wealthy bank accounts and Land Rovers. Although the aforementioned won’t realize it […]
Xpress rounds up this weekend’s outdoor activities. If you have an event or outdoor activity that you would like to see posted, just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KOLO Bike Park CX, Rock the Quarry 5k, Runway 5k, Colier Cove Nature Preserve Gand Opening, lots of great hiking meet-ups and Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race all happening this weekend!
A new report by a national liberal advocacy group takes aim at the proposed local I-26 connector project, calling it one of the top “highway boondoggles” in the country.
Supporters will celebrate the opening of Buncombe County’s newest public park this weekend.
If you’ve been looking for a midday food coma, fear not: King James Public House can to satisfy your gluttony. The Charlotte Street restaurant is now serving lunch seven days a week. The lunch menu features Chef Steven Goff’s duck French dip, fried chicken and crumpets with black pepper gravy as well as an assortment of po’ boys […]
I moved to Asheville in 1996 from Santa Barbara, Calif. We had a great drum circle community out there. Every Sunday at a park, down by the beach, from early afternoon until late in the night, we would gather and drum and dance and enjoy all the beauty there. I really missed the circle when […]
Remember when Stone Soup was the happening place to be seen eating lunch and the Gilberts greeted you with a smile every day with their homemade bread and soups? Remember when Wall Street was deserted (no foot traffic)? Self -Help Credit Union, with the help of Julian Price (and other donors) helped to rehab the […]
Clean Air Carolina and its MAHA initiative (Medical Advocates for Healthy Air) held an Asheville press conference Wednesday. Sept. 17, to highlight President Obama’s latest proposal to limit carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants — and the positive health impacts of the plan. Power plants are responsible for 52 percent of North Carolina’s carbon pollution. “Climate change […]
As an out-of-towner spending the month of August in Asheville, I was amazed at the friendliness of the people and the welcoming atmosphere of the city. And then the following event happened: I was driving in town, turning from Hilliard Avenue onto Coxe Avenue or Asheland Avenue, when the person behind me laid on his horn, […]
I am honored and thrilled to announce that The Culture High, the sequel to the award-winning documentary The Union, is set to be shown at Carmike 10 in Asheville on Monday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The Culture High explores the motives of cannabis prohibitions from cultural and political points of view. It features Snoop […]
Moving from a wasteland of vacant, dirty streets, partial demolitions, lifeless buildings, and adult bookstores and theaters to the “top 10” lists in just about every category is truly a miracle. But we did it.
Picking up where the previous BeerCity USA poll left off, USA Today is conducting an online poll to determine the nation’s “Best Beer Town.”
Does anyone remember the early 1990s in Asheville, a time when Bill Clinton was president, Jim Hunt the governor of North Carolina, and there wasn’t a parking or traffic problem at all? Mountain Xpress wouldn’t come into being until 1994, the year before Gannett Co. bought out the Asheville Citizen-Times. Fine cuisine? Mark Rosenstein had […]
For well over a century, Asheville has attracted creative people. So, whatever good deeds have been done in the recent past should be seen as growing out of the incredible mountains around us and as gifts from prior generations, the Cherokees and hard-scrabble Southern Appalachian settlers and Asheville’s new urbanists from the mid-19th century onward. […]
The one that got away.
As a 40-year resident of Asheville, it’s been fun reading the reminiscences. But so far I’ve seen no mention of the role of the French Broad Food Co-op, and that needs to be corrected. When the co-op moved to Biltmore Avenue in 1991, the street was still mostly boarded up. There was a pool hall […]
The Eastern Band of the Cherokee are working to overcome problems plaguing their community with a literal grassroots solution — a community garden kit program designed to encourage physical activity, increase access to healthy foods and promote family and agricultural traditions.