Not only would a brick-and-mortar location allow Smash Box Mobile Kitchen owners Ashley and Nestor Teran to serve more customers and grow their events business, but it would also accommodate an expansion of their Latin-inspired menu to include more complex dishes. Photo from the Terans' crowdfunding page

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a Smash Box’s expansion into a brick-and-mortar location, two locals’ efforts to empower citizens of Nepal to build resilient housing and The Village Potters’ new wood kiln project.

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.