North Carolina breaks tourist-visits record in 2014

Governor Pat McCrory announced today that North Carolina tourism generated record visitor spending in 2014 with a total of $21.3 billion, a 5.4 percent increase over 2013. Additionally, tourism industry supported employment topped 200,000 jobs for the first time. From the press release: “Nearly 50 million people from across the United States visited North Carolina […]

Blue Ridge Biofuels expands into Catawba County, extends its service area

Blue Ridge Biofuels announced its plan to expand to Catawba County and move its production facility there. The company will keep its headquarters in Asheville. The expansion will allow Blue Ridge to increase its production and expand services to new areas such as Charlotte. The new facility will be housed in the Catawba County-Appalachian State […]

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New book details history of burley tobacco in WNC and east Tennessee

Burley tobacco revolutionized the industry in east Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Agricultural experts Billy Yeargin and Christopher Bickers take a nostalgic look at the historic rise of burley tobacco and its gradual decline in A History of Burley Tobacco in East Tennessee & Western North Carolina, published by The History Press. What started from two […]

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Asheville retro camper rentals opens for business

TC Retro Rentals, opening in May, is ready to rent vintage campers for festivals, weddings, weekend getaways and temporary mini-guest housing for out-of-town friends. The company, operated by Tom and Charlene Pagano, will deliver rental units to customers within 30 miles of Asheville. However, the rentals are not available for customers to tow themselves. “We […]


Folkmoot celebrates May Day with 32-year house-cleaning sale, music, dance

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Calling all WNC Collectors & Pickers Folkmoot organizers say, “After 32 years of collecting trinkets, old desks, unique chairs, foam mattresses, bed frames and used kitchen equipment, Folkmoot USA invites WNC collectors to the old Hazelwood School to cash in on our spring-cleaning fundraiser, Saturday, May 2nd, from 8a.m. […]

Handmade leather-maker In Blue Handmade wins $25,000 small business prize

After starting her business with one sewing machine in 2008, Mary Lynn Schroeder grew her enterprise, In Blue Handmade, to employ 10 “leather working magicians” today, she says. In Blue Handmade now ships a half-million dollars in goods annually. On April 21, FedEx awarded her the $25,000 grand prize in its Small Business Grant Contest. […]

Work of wood engravers from around the world on show, starting May 1

A traveling Smithsonian exhibit of will be on display in Asheville from May 1 through July 3 at Asheville BookWorks. The Wood Engravers’ Network Triennial Exhibition is the second juried exhibition sponsored by the Wood Engravers’ Network. Juror Joan Boudreau, curator of the Graphic Arts Collection at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History, […]

Hendersonville police seek information regarding April 15 armed robbery at CVS

The Hendersonville Police Department is currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred at CVS Pharmacy located at 2001 Spartanburg Highway on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 8 p.m. The suspect entered the business and stated he was there to drop off a prescription, according to the Police Department.  While at the drop off counter, the […]

New dinner/show venue, Crest Mountain, opens with April 15 ‘Canteen USO Tribute’

A new entertainment venue, the Crest Mountain Dinner Show, located 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, will bring mid-week entertainment and  concerts to locals and visitors. The venue is previeing two April preview events. The program includes buffet dinner catered by M7 (full bar available) and live music by local and regional performers, surrounded by panoramic […]

Finger-picking ‘Prairie Home Companion’ guitarist Pat Donohue to play Isis on April 15

Grammy winning finger-picking guitarist Pat Donohue from “A Prairie Home Companion” qill play at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, in the Mountain Spirit Acoustic series, on April 15 from 7-9 p.m. Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard. His renditions of blues, swing and R&B (and originals) echo the tones of Robert […]