An article published last month in Governing magazine examined 191 cities around the country, comparing average hourly wages with each city’s cost of living. The analysis included big cities like New York, Miami and Los Angeles, as well as smaller cities like Asheville. Xpress sifted through the numbers to find out how Asheville compares with the rest of the country.
From the Get It! Guide: Julie Osburne traveled the country as a busker — exchanging goods and skills with those she met. That gave her the idea to found the sharing economy website, Exchange Tree.
Over breakfast at the Beard House in Greenwich Village, James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro announced the final nominees for the 25th annual James Beard awards.
Among the list of names was Asheville’s own John Fleer, chef at Rhubarb, downtown’s upscale farm-to-table eatery.
The Buncombe County Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control Financing Authority will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 31, to consider the approval of financing new machinery for the Plasticard-Locktech International facility at 605 Sweeten Creek Road. The meeting will be held at noon at 46 Valley Street in downtown Asheville.
Local bike shop Youngblood Bicycles has teamed up with national campaign My City Bikes to launch an interactive, Asheville-centric bike app — Asheville Bikes.
On March 18, Wicked Weed brews flowed from taps set up in a Candler parking lot — the future home to the local brewery’s new, 40,000-square-foot production facility. The groundbreaking celebration began at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, with an afterparty at the Funkatorium, home to Wicked Weed’s barrel-aged sour beers.
At the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners’ March 17 retreat, the Planning Department gave two separate presentations, each containing proposed actions to be discussed at future meetings.
Innovation Brewing in Sylva reveals its legal fight over conflicting language with a much bigger company — Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The small Sylva brewer received nationwide support following the dispute, sparking both a petition and a GoFundMe page for the microbrewery’s legal fees. The petition has already reached 3,500 signatures.
“The Waffle-Off Championship is considered the most important event on Earth,” writes the Blueridge-Asheville Movement & FlowArts Society. The ultimate goal of the event — a waffle brunch, potluck and cook-off — is “to answer the most important question of all time: Who makes the best waffles in the universe?!” The BAMFS is dedicated to supporting the flow-arts, […]
Unless you’re looking to get pinched, St. Patrick’s Day is the day for wearing green. Green shirts, green shoes, green pants — even green hair.
So put on your fake green mustache, break out your Flogging Molly tee and indulge in St. Patrick’s Day events around the area, celebrating Appalachia’s Scots-Irish heritage — and the slightly offensive stereotype of booze-loving, beer-slamming bar-goers stomping the beat for a fiddle-fronted band.
Ten years ago this month, downtown Asheville’s The Lobster Trap first opened its doors.
Beginning today, the restaurant and bar will be celebrating its anniversary, offering special deals, drinks and dishes, to thank loyal customers and the city of Asheville for the last decade of development.
On Monday, March 9, The News & Observer posted a story on Durham’s new living wage certification program — titled the Durham Living Wage Project, citing Asheville’s Just Economics as its model.
Beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, residents will get to shake hands with the growers responsible for the region’s farm-to-table cuisine, learning more about CSA programs and products. Afterward, fairgoers will gather at Early Girl Eatery for a buffet-style dinner of small portion local foods.
This weekend, The French Broad Food Co-op will host a Truckload Sale, the organization’s first of what it hopes to make an annual affair. The Truckload Sale, hosted at the co-op’s 90 Biltmore Ave. address, won’t appeal to only grocery-shoppers. Three other local organizations will attend the start-of-spring sale, attracting more attention and supporting important community causes. The grocery co-op will […]
From the Asheville Humane Society: Asheville, NC – Asheville Humane Society has received a $15,000 grant from Best Friends Animal Society to help spay/neuter and vaccinate Buncombe County Cats who live or play outdoors. Spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations are free to all owners or caretakers of cats who spend time outside. Services are provided at […]
To show local animals you care today, all you have to do is dine out.
More than 60 local restaurants will donate 15 percent of their proceeds from Tuesday, March 10, to Asheville Humane Society for the nonprofit’s annual “Dine to be Kind” fundraiser. Funds raised at the event support the organization’s ongoing efforts to make Buncombe County a no-kill community. Click this story for a list of participating businesses.
From the Folk Heritage Committee: The Folk Heritage Committee, which produces the annual events Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, announces that it will present a mini-Shindig on the Green during the Southern Conference (SoCon) OverTime event at the Grove Arcade, this Friday, March 6th, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. […]
On March 22, Bright Blessings of Asheville, a nonprofit serving the homeless children and families of Western North Carolina, will be sponsored for one day only by the Texas Roadhouse in South Asheville. Print this notice (or call the number below for a flyer), show it with your meal, and Texas Roadhouse will donate 10 percent of your […]
At the March 3 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, row after row of young attendees equipped with swim goggles waited to hear news on the Zeugner Center pool and the promise of a new aquatic facility.
And they didn’t have to wait long for their questions to be answered.
At its March 3 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners plans to hear four rezoning requests — three near Weaverville and one in Swannanoa.
From the Get It! Guide: Pulling a child out of traditional school or deciding to homeschool from the start can seem daunting . But local experts say there are many ways resources to help parents navigate their options, including homeschool networks right in Asheville.