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Green Side Up Foundation holds fundraiser­s Jan. 30 – Feb. 4 to support child cancer patients

As we roll into 2016, it’s easy to neglect the resolutions for the new year many of us made a month ago. But for children and their families battling cancer and dealing with the side effects of treatment, giving up or forgetting isn’t an option. To assist these children and their families in their time […]

DINNER'S DONE: In partnership with Whole Foods across the Southeast, Smiling Hara Tempeh is releasing precooked, preseasoned products that cut down on meal prep time.

Small bites: Smiling Hara Tempeh’s multifacet­ed expansion

Smiling Hara Tempeh is bolstering its partnership with Whole Foods with the release of a new heat-and-eat product line in addition to opening a new factory; winter farmers markets are kicking off in Western North Carolina; MANNA FoodBank warehouse is sporting a new roof, thanks to several local businesses; and PennyCup Coffee Co. has a new downtown store.

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Buncombe #35 on list of bankruptcy rates by N.C. county

A recent analysis by Lexington Law ranks Buncombe County #35 on a list of N.C. counties by personal bankruptcy rates. With 14.16 bankruptcies per 10,000 residents from March 31, 2014 to March 31, 2015, Buncombe ranks worse than McDowell (#44) Henderson (#48), Transylvania (#60), Madison (#80) and Polk (#85) counties. Five other western counties — Avery (#90), […]

FIVE IN ONE: An annual fundraiser held by Town and Mountain Realty will help Homeward Bound, Helpmate, Caring for Children, Our VOICE and Western Carolina Rescue Ministries fight homelessness and other crises. This year, the realty firm aims to raise $20,000 to be split among the five organizations.

Town and Mountain Realty’s holiday party benefits five local nonprofits

WHAT: Town and Mountain Realty’s fourth annual Home for the Holidays fundraiser WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 20, 5-9:30 p.m. WHERE: The Orange Peel WHY: “Home for the Holidays is a great time for the whole family, with life-size Jenga, cornhole, face painting and a photo booth.” says Joy Lovoy, owner of host organization Town and Mountain […]

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Asheville florist joins elite team of designers for Rose Bowl Parade

Asheville florist Janet Frye is headed to California later this month to help arrange thousands of flowers on four floats designed by award-winning Charles Meier for the Rose Bowl Parade. Frye was personally invited in September to join a four-person team of florists to work a week preparing the floats for the nationally-televised New Year’s […]

IF YOU FEED THEM, WILL THEY COME?: Asheville's only Ethiopian restaurant, Addissae, is facing rough financial times a year after opeing downtown. Its owners are hoping a crowdfunding campaign will help keep the restaurant open through the winter.

Weathering the winter months: Addissae Ethiopian restaurant hopes for community support

Asheville’s first and only Ethiopian restaurant, Addissae, has fallen on hard times nearly a year after opening. The restaurant’s owners, Vicki Schomer and Neeraj Kebede, recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to elicit community support and help pay for the basic costs of rent, utilities, insurance and fees. “Recently we have depleted our resources and exhausted our […]

HOMECOMING: The staff of Mountain Housing Opportunities celebrated the grand opening of The Villas at Fallen Spruce Apartments along with their partners on the project and local and state representatives on Thursday, Dec. 3 with a tour of the facility and housingwarming fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Mountain Housing Opportunities.

Home, sweet home: Mountain Housing Opportunit­ies celebrates The Villas at Fallen Spruce Apartments

In its latest efforts to increase the availability of affordable housing, the nonprofit organization Mountain Housing Opportunities hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gift registry drive Thursday evening at its brand new apartment complex, The Villas at Fallen Spruce Apartments, just off New Leicester Highway. MHO staff, partner organizations, sponsors, local and state government officials were […]

SEASONINGS GREETINGS: With its abundance of local, handmade edibles, Blue Ridge Food Ventures' Holiday Market is ideal for foodies, small-business supporters and gift hunters alike.

Small bites: Blue Ridge Food Ventures Holiday Market

Blue Ridge Food Ventures is planning its annual holiday market, including a smorgasbord of locally made products that are ripe for gifting. Meanwhile, West Asheville gets a new ice cream joint; Chabad House celebrates the 10th iteration of its Chanukah Live celebration; Buxton Hall hosts a monthly night honoring lady bartenders; and Addison Farm Vineyards prepares to host its Handcrafted Christmas with shopping and refreshments.