HEATING UP: Hopey & Co. co-owner Danette Hopey shows off a new brick oven intended for the pizza parlor that will open in July at 45 S. French Broad Ave. as part of the grocery's expansion.

Businesses at 45 S. French Broad Ave. unveil big changes

“We don’t add anything until we find out that people in the community really want it,” says Hopey & Co. co-owner Danette Hopey. The expansion into the renovated space, she says, will include the addition of a stone-baked pizza parlor, butcher shop, espresso and fresh juice bars, ice cream shopette, bakery and a glass-enclosed wine room.

FOOD CORNER: Asheville Food Park, slated to open in June across from Carrier Park, will feature parking for three food trucks, local art, food carts, a bonfire area and a full bar.

Asheville Food Park to offer year-round food destinatio­n, social space

The floods of 2004 brought 8 feet of water into the building — previously a bar built in 1948 — sealing its fate after already being shuttered for five years. Slowly, the space hobbled back into the world of commerce as a small produce stand, but it’s now being primed to return to its former glory as a social hub, family gathering place and food spot.

REWARDS OF MOTHERHOOD: Deerpark at Biltmore Estate is one of several Asheville restaurants offering special meals for Mother's Day. Deerpark will offer a Mother's Day brunch buffet 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that day.

Small Bites: What to do for Mother’s Day

Asheville moms are a diverse bunch, but it’s likely most would agree that a whole day dedicated to honoring and pampering them is an OK thing. For many, that might mean being treated to brunch, lunch or dinner at a local eatery. But Asheville is the current holder of the Travel + Leisure magazine title of America’s No. 1 Quirkiest Town, so for others it could translate to something completely different.

READY FOR BUSINESS: Asheville's first Publix supermarket opens Wednesday, April 29, on Hendersonville Road.

In photos: A sneak peek at the new Publix supermarke­t

At 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, Florida-based supermarket chain Publix will open its 1,101st store — and first Asheville location — at 1830 Hendersonville Road. During a media preview of the 50,000-square-foot store on Tuesday, some of the store’s approximately 150 employees offered guided tours of the facility’s departments and samples of its products.