GLOBAL VILLAGE: Larry and Kheng Lee call their store, Lee's Asian Market, the "mini-Chinatown of Asheville."

Around the world: Asheville’s ethnic grocers offer a global culinary tour

While oversized, stinky fruit and gunpowder tea may not be on everyone’s weekly grocery list, many Ashevilleans are happy they don’t have to travel far from home to find them. Whether you have a hankering for some dragonfruit, are starting an alternative diet or just want to try a new recipe you found on the Internet, local specialty […]

Air quality April 27

Update: Silver Mine fire causing code orange air quality conditions in Asheville, burn ban in effect

Updated press release from North Carolina Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources: Air quality officials have issued an advisory for air pollution in western North Carolina on Thursday and Friday as smoke from a wildfire near Hot Springs drifts downwind. Residents north of Asheville could experience unhealthy air quality, depending on wind directions. A 1,500-acre wildfire […]

Catherine Hunter offers Gypsy Gold a drink of water before his Friday night shift pulling a carriage in downtown Asheville last year. Photo by Virginia Daffron

City Council puts horse-drawn carriage tours out to pasture

Asheville City Council voted to put horse-drawn carriage tours out to pasture with its repeal of an ordinance that permitted commercial carriages downtown. At its April 26 meeting, Council also approved a franchise license that will allow Asheville’s only current carriage operator, Catherine Hunter, to continue operating her business for two years.