"Chickens are a perfect starting point for anyone who wants to be more connected to their food," says Justin Rhodes, creator of Asheville's newest chicken-raising film tutorial. Photo of key film contributors from Justin Rhodes' Kickstarter page

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng campaigns

Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise startup capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. This week: self-reliance through chickens, new adventures at Firestorm Books and a re-published Tarot classic.

Photo of In Blue product from In Blue Leather Goods' Etsy page

Asheville’s In Blue Leather Goods profiled by Southern Living

Designer, entrepreneur and all-around leather accessory guru Mary Lynn Schroeder was featured in Southern Living’s March 2015 issue for her success with company In Blue Leather Goods. In Blue specializes in handmade leather journals and other accessories, and the company just launched its own online store at shop.inbluehandmade.com/. “I started making small purses and skirts […]

WNC students to compete at statewide Poetry Out Loud competition

Several area students including, Sophia Mosby of A.C. Reynolds High School, Christian Gentry of Tuscola High School and Savannah Peters of Smoky Mountain High, have advanced to participate in a state-wide Poetry Out Loud competition in Greensboro on Saturday, March 7. A total of 27 competitors from high schools across North Carolina will take the […]

TSAChoice met representatives from the Henderson County IT Department and United Way of Henderson County at the historic courthouse in Hendersonville to deliver the Walking for Charity Challenge winning certificate and a donation check for United Way.

Pictured, from left to right, are Chris Staton, Henderson County IT Department; Chris Chisholm, Henderson County IT Department; Daryl Williams, Henderson County IT Department; Melanie Matteson, Campaign Chair Manager, United Way of Henderson County; Becky Snyder, CGCIO, Henderson County IT Department; Dan Watts, President, TSAChoice; Anthony Knight, TSAChoice; Randal Duncan, Henderson County IT Department. Photo courtesy of TSAChoice

TSA Choice donates $500 to United Way of Henderson County on behalf of walking challenge winners

TSAChoice, a technology firm located in Asheville, issued a walking challenge to its customers in December 2014 “to promote healthy lifestyles.” The winning team, Henderson County IT Department, chose United Way of Henderson County as the beneficiary of the $500 stipend from TSAChoice. They won with a team member average of 9,559 steps per day. […]

Image of "glowga" courtesy of Hot Yoga Asheville

Hot Yoga Asheville celebrates 7 years with free classes, fundraiser

In celebration of seven years of “healthier, happier Western North Carolina residents,” Hot Yoga Asheville is offering a day of free classes on Sunday, March 1, and holding a fundraising event for local nonprofit HelpMate on Friday, March 13. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome new and curious people to our studio,” […]

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Eagle Street Coffee Emporium announces closure, schedules final farewell event

Eagle Street Coffee Emporium is permanently closing at the end of February, according a social media post by the company. “[We are] going out of business,” reads the café’s facebook page. “I’m sad to say it’s all over at the end of this month.” The owners are encouraging locals who have mugs at the storefront […]

Transition Asheville aims to launch local ‘time bank’ to augment monetary exchanges

Transition Asheville, an organization committed to harnessing “the pool of ingenuity, skills and determination in this community” in a bid to mitigate increasingly extractive economies, has scheduled a meeting to discuss the feasibility of Asheville’s first time bank. The concept, which replaces traditional monetary exchange with a swapping of personal aptitudes, will be explored in-depth […]

International pharmaceutical company to create 138 jobs at new Mills River facility

RAUMEDIC, Inc., an international medical and pharmaceutical supply company headquartered in Germany, has announced plans to locate its first US-based production facility and headquarters in Mills River. The company expects to invest $26.3 million in the town and to create 138 new jobs (with average annual salary at $55,419) over the next five years. Most […]

UPDATE: Biltmore Property Group plans ribbon cutting for new location, March 18

UPDATE: Biltmore Property Group has moved its ribbon cutting event to Wednesday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m. Here is the original article Xpress ran regarding the event: Biltmore Property Group, a full service property management firm for Western North Carolina, has planned a ribbon cutting celebration for their new retail location on Sweeten Creek Road. […]

Photo of member Jacob McDonald courtesy of Asheville Toastmasters

Asheville Toastmasters to host first round of international competition at March 5 meeting

The Asheville Toastmasters Club (#436) is taking part in the 2015 International Speech and Table Topics Contest. The first round, a local competition scheduled for the group’s meeting on Thursday, March 5, will see contestants presenting a five-to-seven minute speech, with all competitors speaking on the same prompt. Success at the club level advances members […]

USCC to host the WNC Home, Garden and Green Living Show, March 20-22

The US Cellular Center will host the the WNC Home, Garden and Green Living Show on the weekend of March 20-22. The event “will introduce industry partners in remodeling, construction, home-financing, kitchen and bath, vehicles and more … and will host a myriad of businesses showcasing products for the home, lawn, garden, and healthy living,” […]

Dulci Ellenberger, far right, performs regularly with her country motown quartet Sweet Claudette, but she's also ready to go solo with a brand new album in 2015. Photo courtesy of the band

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng campaigns

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features singer and guitarist Dulci Ellenberger’s debut solo effort, the 10-can percussion troupe’s upcoming collaboration with composer Andy Smith and a kid-friendly introduction to computer programming by inventor Dan Alich.

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Heating assistance available from Eblen Charities through March

Monetary assistance for heating is still available for households at or below 130 percent of poverty level through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, which is run by Eblen Charities in partnership with Buncombe County Department of Social Services. Successful applicants who use electricity, natural gas, wood or coal as their primary heat source are […]

First batch of Wicked Weed’s Red Angel series to debut online Feb. 28

Limited edition beer connoisseurs will want to prepare for the release of Wicked Weed’s Red Angel American Sour with Raspberries before noon on Feb. 28, when 150 cases of the brew will be released for pre-sale through the brewery’s website and facebook page. The raspberry concoction is the first of Wicked Weed’s annual Red Angel […]

Last year, the James Beard Foundation's "Best chef in the Southeast" award went to Ashley Christensen of Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh. This year, Asheville chefs John Fleer, Maherwan Irani and Katie Button are in the running for the region, which includes Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia in addition to our state. Image from jamesbeard.org

Trio of Asheville chefs make semifinals for ‘Best Chef in the Southeast’

Founded in honor of cookbook author, educator and American cuisine enthusiast James Beard, the James Beard Foundation’s mission is “to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage…” And three Asheville chefs — John Fleer of Rhubarb, Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani and MG Road and Katie Button of Nightbell and Curate — also have […]

Hendersonville Bike Symposium rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26

The second annual Hendersonville Bike Symposium has been rescheduled due to weather. The all-things-cycling event, which was originally planned for Thursday, Feb. 19, will now be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 6-9 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College’s TEDC building. More information from the hosts, Blue Ridge Bicycle Club: The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club […]