Walk any downtown Asheville street and you’re likely to encounter some quirky storefronts offering unusual products. Together, these “specialty shops” or boutiques, most of them locally owned businesses, are a key component of the city’s distinctive flavor, attracting thousands of tourists each year and helping fuel the economy.
Local farm-to-door produce delivery service Mother Earth Produce won big last night in the the Miller Lite Tap The Future small-business competition semifinals in Atlanta, taking first place among a pool of 30 contestants and bringing home a $20,000 award.
To many Western North Carolina residents, the region’s parks and recreational areas represent a chance to experience our state’s natural beauty and preserve its rich history. But what’s often overlooked is these attractions’ key role in bolstering local economies.
Any examination into heavy metal in Asheville runs into the inevitable gray area of what metal music is. And while this variety makes it difficult at times to tell who fits in where, one uniting and striking quality of Asheville’s metal scene is the joy its players take in their craft, regardless of material success.
Despite efforts to tweak the store model and cut costs, new competition in the past year from national brands like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods made it nearly impossible for Katuah Market to compete, says owner John Swann.
The James Beard Foundation has tapped Chef William Dissen of Asheville’s The Market Place Restaurant to helm a dinner event on March 22 at the James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Photo courtesy of William Dissen
The physical exertion that Asheville resident Kevin Johnson will endure during his 3,000 mile cross-country bicycle ride is nothing compared to what the animals in Brother Wolf’s “Help Me Heal” program have experienced. (Photo by Sharon Bell)
On Thursday, the student-run UNCA community health fair showcased a full floor of exhibits promoting community wellness for all age groups. This year’s offerings included more than 20 new vendors, both franchised businesses and local health staples. (Photo by Jackie Starkey)
Keep your holiday shopping dollars in the community with these deals at area independent businesses. Photo from Blog Asheville.
With local-food sales predicted to reach $7 billion this year, it makes sense for cities, counties, states and regions to focus on the local food company. To that end, the Appalachian Regional Commission is hosting a forum on the issue today and tomorrow, April 4, at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. As one participant noted via Twitter, “Sustainable farming only occurs when social responsibility, environmental stewardship and economic viability work together.”