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.
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 […]
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 […]
Asheville’s second Food Truck Showdown is rolling into downtown. About a dozen mobile eateries will compete for the title of “Best Truck in Asheville” on Saturday, March 14. In addition to food, the family-friendly event offers face painting, a live DJ set and free puppy snuggles.
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. […]
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,” […]
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 […]
BEAT LIFE performances aim to further Asheville’s presence in electronic music by pairing live shows with professional learning and networking opportunities. The event’s latest incarnation spotlights the work of New Orleans-based hip-hop artist Amahl Abdul-Khaliq, also known as AF THE NAYSAYER.
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 […]
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 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. […]
Now in its third season of presenting childhood favorites through theater, ACA will employ puppetry by co-founder Abby Felder and the talent of professional actors to reveal the big bad wolf’s alibi in this “hilarious rock musical.”
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 […]
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,” […]
The free showcase featuring portraits and personal backstories of recovering addicts will be on display in Parish Hall at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village on Saturday, Feb. 28.
Renowned fiddler and Grand Ole Opry veteran Kate Lee, mandolin prodigy Forrest O’Connor and backing guitarist Jim Shirey had a productive post-holiday powwow, solidifying a handful of shiny new tunes for the contemporary folk duo’s February tour.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]