APPETIZING: Lexington Avenue Brewery, a season donor for all 2015 Asheville Affiliates happy-hour fundraising events, will be one of many local food businesses providing appetizers for Some Like It Hot this weekend. Catawba Brewing Co. has donated the beer for each one of the four annual events since the initiative launched 16 years ago.

Small Bites: Some Like It Hot benefits The Hope Chest for Women

Some Like It Hot to benefit The Hope Chest for Women Local businesses are coming together this week to sponsor Some Like It Hot, a foodcentric fundraiser for breast and gynecological cancer support organization The Hope Chest for Women. A smorgasbord of appetizers provided by Asheville restaurants and caterers, desserts from area supermarkets, Catawba Brewing […]

Many members of the Pond Road community voiced their concern about the proposed reyclling facility’s truck traffic. These concerns are based on their experiences of frequently getting “run off the road” by vehicles (like the one pictured) that cross the center line at curves. Photo by Jim Coddington

Update: Regional Recycling Solutions responds to Pond Road neighbors’ concerns

In early June, Xpress reported on a controversial proposed recycling facility near Enka-Candler. On July 8, the Buncombe County Board of Adjustments will vote whether to approve the locally owned business that hopes to bring cleaner recycling practices to WNC. Read for updates from both RRS and the opposition.

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.

Photo by Daniel Stewart

WNC paddle sports on the rise: River use is up locally and nationally­; area retailers seeing more revenue

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.