COMMUNITY SPACE: A bar and furnishings by local artisan Jake Dann and metalwork by the River Arts District's Iron Maiden Studios  are features of the decor at PennyCup Coffee Co.'s new café on Depot Street.

PennyCup Coffee Co. opens a cafe, tasting room

PennyCup Coffee Co. opened the doors to its brand-new Depot Street café and tasting room on Monday, June 29, providing the River Arts District with another community hangout space. The local, small-batch coffee-roasting company has grown rapidly since it launched two years ago and now supplies coffee to BattleCat Coffee Bar, Hole Doughnuts, Chai Pani, Earth Fare, Ben’s Penny […]

With about 10,000 members, private club Broadway's has become a downtown staple best known for its eclectic programming (from live bands to '80s-themed parties, karaoke and trivia) and an obsession with PBR. Memorabilia lines the bar's walls inside and out, along with red and blue paint to match the beer's logo. Photo of owner Ted Warner and his Captain Frederick Pabst mural by Kat McReynolds

Ted Warner, former Broadway’s owner and local nightlife influentia­l, exits the business

Warner finalized the sale of his Lexington Ave. bar to husband and wife team Khio and Mindy Dinh of Morganton after a serious heath scare cemented his decision to exit the industry. Although he’s divesting his involvement, Warner’s legacy in the local club scene remains significant.

NEW MOON: Modern day distillers in WNC are bringing the region's most-storied spirit into the 21st century. Photo by George Etheredge.

Bottled lightning: Appalachia­n moonshinin­g in the 21st century

Western North Carolina is now home to a growing number of craft distillers making legal moonshine. Blending traditional recipes with new technology and methods, these pioneers are bringing Appalachia’s most fabled and misunderstood product into the 21st century, changing cultural perceptions even as they adapt to shifting economic realities.