UNC Asheville Well-A-Bration 2014 set for Monday, Oct. 20

UNCA announces: UNC Asheville will host its fourth annual Well-A-Bration, celebrating healthful living and wellness, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20. The day-long celebration will feature cooking and exercise programs, health lab open houses, and the fifth annual student-run health fair. Well-a-Bration highlights that are free and open to the public include: […]

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Knoxville alt-weekly Metro Pulse ceases publication

According to WBIR TV, “Knoxville’s Metro Pulse alternative weekly newspaper is ceasing operations as of Wednesday afternoon, staff members told 10News.” The paper’s owner, the Knoxville News Sentinel, announced it is laying off 23 employees, according to WBIR. According to the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, “Based in Knoxville, Tenn., Metro Pulse began publishing in 1991 […]

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Echoview Farm, Riverbend Malt House, Fonta Flora create 1st ASAP-Certified Craft Beer

Echoview Fiber Mill announces: Estate Ale, a 100% Echoview Farm-grown beer brewed by Fonta Flora in collaboration with Riverbend Malt House is the first Appalachian-grown craft beer certified by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, to be released on November 8th.   The local beer movement in Asheville, “Beer City USA,” North Carolina just got more […]

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Wicked Weed, Pisgah, Fonta Flora win gold at Great American Beer Fest

This year’s Great American Beer Festival awarded gold medals to three WNC breweries: Black Mountain’s Pisgah Brewing in the chocolate beer category, Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewing Funkatorium in specialty honey beer, and Morganton’s Fonta Flora in the classic Irish-style dry stout category, according to the U.S. Brewers Association website. Pisgah won with its Chocolatized; Wicked […]


Highland Brewing to expand, investing $5 million, adding 15 jobs

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce announces: September 26th, 2014 Asheville, N.C. – In conjunction with the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), Highland Brewing Company announced expansion plans today to add 15 jobs and invest $5 million in new equipment and facilities over the next three years. The expansion, which includes tanks and a […]

Mission Health rated 23rd in top 100 social media friendly hospitals

An NurseJournal.org report shows Asheville Mission Health ranks 23rd most “social media friendly” hospital in the country, saying: Since social media is so important to hospitals, the staff at NurseJournal.org has once again gathered the latest social media stats for hospitals around the country. We evaluated over 800 hospitals this year, this time only pulling […]

Asheville groove, part 3: Cherishing our sense of place

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. […]

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Local funders wanted: Area chips & salsa maker seeks to expand

5th Sun Specialties chips, local maker of chips, salsas and hot sauces, is seeking additional capital to expand its operations. 5th Sun Specialties products can be found on local grocers’ shelves, such as Earth Fare, Greenlife, French Broad Food Co-op and West Village Market. The company’s owners, Michael and Adrienne Henzel, relocated to Asheville from […]