In many ways, Jacob Blankenship is a typical 23-year-old: He likes video games and anime, and he works part time at Pizza Hut. But one look at Blankenship’s sketchbook reveals that beneath his affable façade lies a talented and focused artistic soul.
Firestorm Books & Coffee is back. And though the doors are currently open — the coffee flowing and the pages turning, the 7-year-old cooperative will host its official grand opening celebration on Sunday, July 12.
YogaFest organizers hope to make Asheville a yogic destination by offering the premier yoga festival in the Southeast. Festival director Mike Hiers plans to create “a boutique, intimate and serious yoga festival that maintains the beauty and flavor of Asheville.”
Dozens of canning breweries from around the country will be at the Friday and Saturday, July 17-18 event; there’s running, paddling, riding and dirt-jumping and live music. Presumably any of those activities can be accompanied by a canned adult beverage.
Mediation promotes wellness by helping people resolve conflicts and relieve stress. The nonprofit Mediation Center serving WNC counties offers a safe and neutral environment for people in conflict to discover and agree to their own settlements.
Days ago, the chef arrived in Bristol Bay, Alaska and agreed to take Xpress’ entire readership along for a sockeye salmon sourcing adventure by sharing updates and photographs of his trip. Here is his final check-in.
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.
Born from Asheville Community Theatre’s desire to attract a wider audience, this competitive runway show sees 40 local designers vying for titles in four zany categories: tape, nature, inflatables and Christmas in July.
The Market Place chef William Dissen is traveling to Bristol Bay, Alaska, and he’s agreed to take Xpress’ entire readership along for the ride by sharing updates and photographs of “one of the most sustainable fisheries on the planet.”
In February 2015, Hendersonville resident and acoustic guitarist Eric Congdon suffered a severe concussion after another driver ran a stop sign and struck his vehicle. Though he had been playing guitar for more than 30 years, when he picked up his instrument after the accident, he found it was impossible for him to play.
Our waterways have become increasingly popular with outdoor enthusiasts in the past few years. While local excursion providers, rental shops and retailers adjust to meet growing demand, increased development along the Asheville section of the French Broad River suggests recreational use of the river will stay strong for years to come.
A new, specialized stent is saving the lives of stroke victims. If utilized within 3 hours of a stroke, the device can pull out clots in 80 to 90 percent of cases—an improvement over the previous success rate of 40 to 50 percent.
A WNC mental-health agency faced tough questions earlier this week about its decision to limit its publicly funded services to a select group of providers. Western North Carolina’s lead mental-health agency, Smoky Mountain LME/MCO, held a community forum Tuesday, June 23, that packed Asheville’s First Baptist Church. After a brief presentation by agency staff, a question-and-answer segment […]
Surrounded by Leicester’s stretch of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shady Place’s cattle drink water from pure mountain springs and eat grass, hay, and corn produced on-site. The animals are raised by hand and treated like pets by the entire family, including the Morgans’ sons Nathanael and Eli.
Tricia Fogle was inspired to create her up-and-coming business, Life of Energy Retreats, in order to share her knowledge of alternative and holistic health methods and provide a refreshing, full-service retreat space where participants can relax their bodies and refresh their minds.