From left to right, local glass-blowing guru Ethan Murray and business owner Doug Landgraf are partnering to make Instant Karma a glass collector's haven. Photo by Libby Gamble

Instant Karma’s gonna get you

After nearly two decades of ownership by Debra Wells, Instant Karma, a 60s, hippie culture-inspired accessories shop on Lexington Avenue, is undergoing a transformation. New proprietor Doug Landgraf purchased the retail store several months ago and has been managing operations and reorganizing the space ever since. BETTER GET YOURSELF TOGETHER “Our big goal is to […]

JOBS ON TAP: Sierra Nevada is hiring for front-of-house, back-of-house and supervisory positions at its new taproom and restaurant, slated to open this winter. Photo by Thom O'Hearn

Sierra Nevada announces plans to hire 150 for taproom, restaurant

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River announced today that it’s readying for a major hiring push to staff its new taproom and restaurant. According to an email from the company’s beer ambassador, Bill Manlely, the Chico, Calif.-based brewery is seeking to fill at total of 150 slots. “We’re looking to add an additional 150 staff members in both front-of-the-house, back-of-the-house and […]

Grocery store wars: East Asheville Bi-Lo closing

After opening for business 30 years ago in east Asheville, Bi-Lo is closing its grocery store at 801 Fairview Road. The local closure comes as part of a decision by Jacksonville, Fla.-based parent company Bi-Lo Holdings to close 23 Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery stores across the country. Spokesman Brian Write told Supermarket News that the […]

ONE FOR THE TEAM: In addition to voting to approve new "innovation" districts, Asheville Council members honored the winning team — the local minor-league Tourists baseball team, which who won the 2014 South Atlantic League Championship. Tourists owner Brian DeWine, right of Mayor Esther Manheimer, posed with Council. (photo by Cameron Huntley)

Council approves new innovation districts

Today, Oct. 14, Asheville City Council approved the creation of three municipal service districts (MSD) as a way to finance redevelopment and infrastructural improvements. The three MSDs — what city officials are calling “innovation districts” — will be in the River Arts District, the South Slope Extension and Charlotte Street Corridor. “The areas that have been selected have the opportunity […]

Filling vacant positions has been a struggle for the city of Asheville, according to development services director Shannon Tuch, who says that economic growth has increased demand for development specialists across the state. Photo by John Coutlakis

Permit pileup: Following the paper trail for Asheville’s growing food economy

Nicknames like “Beer City USA,” “Foodtopia” and “Paris of the South” all acknowledge Asheville’s increasing significance as a food and drink haven. But for city development officials, keeping pace with the permitting needs of a burgeoning food industry has been a hard bite to swallow. THE RESTAURATEUR’S HOLY GRAIL A certificate of occupancy must be […]

Jeff Lacker (right), president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Josh Dorfman (left), director of entrepreneurial development at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, shared moderating duties at Wednesday's roundtable, which drew nearly 20 locals. Photo by Kat McReynolds

Tech talk: the Federal Reserve holds an Asheville roundtable

Several representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond gathered in an A-B Tech classroom Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8, to host a discussion among local business owners. “This has been a fascinating visit for us,” said bank president Jeff Lacker. “It’s a really unique part of our district and country.” The bank serves the Federal Reserve’s […]

From left to right, Selina, Maya and Carla bring three generations of salt-seeking to their Arden facility. Photo by Kat McReynolds

Motherhood and livelihood: Asheville women juggle multiple roles

Women-owned businesses are on the rise, both nationally and in North Carolina. Locally, women owned 29.3 percent of Asheville’s 12,773 businesses, putting the city above both national and state averages (28.8 percent and 28.2 percent, respectively). Xpress profiles four local women who’ve brought the mother-child dynamic into their self-run enterprises.

MAPLES AND MANGOES: A successful CSC campaign could help 5th Sun Specialties grow its product line, which already includes mango habañero hot sauce, maple cajun spice tortilla chips and peach mango salsa. Photo courtesy of 5th Sun Specialties

Financing fiesta

Community Sourced Capital is poised to become a household name within entrepreneurial hubs like Asheville. At least that’s what Carol Peppe-Hewitt, founder of Slow Money NC and CSC’s North Carolina local connector, is hoping. The community lending guru is hard at work promoting CSC’s latest campaign by Asheville’s own 5th Sun Specialties. Asheville residents who […]