“For six years, residents and visitors of our fair city have come for chocolate and fellowship to French Broad Chocolate Lounge at 10 South Lexington Avenue. This, our original location, has served us very well, despite the building’s age and unique quirks. The summer of this year, 2014, will be our last in this spot! We have signed a 10 year lease to relocate French Broad Chocolate Lounge around the corner on Pack Square! This spring, we are renovating the first floor of the historic Legal Building, formally SunTrust Bank, to be our permanent home.”
To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Asheville’s 2014 Peace March and Rally began today around noon, starting at the St. James AME Church, winding through downtown to Pack Square and concluding with music and speeches.
Last Sunday, Oct. 21, the 10th annual Hard Lox Festival returned to Pack Square. The festival celebrates Jewish life in Asheville through food, music, dance and more. Pictured: Marty Gillen introduces Bandana Klezmer on the performance stage. (photos by Bill Rhodes)
(Photo by Bill Rhodes)
Asheville’s Hardlox Jewish Festival takes place on Sunday, Oct. 16.
About 100 people gathered in Pack Square Aug. 10 to rally for jobs.
Photos by Jerry Nelson, JourneyAmerica.org
The discovery of the deadly bat disease known as white-nose syndrome in more WNC counties doesn’t bode well for the future of many bat species here, according to biologists with state and federal wildlife agencies. In late January, a team of biologists conducting a bat inventory of a cave at Grandfather Mountain discovered a single […]
Buncombe County Board of Commissioners April 5, 2011 meeting Buncombe ranked N.C.’s 17th healthiest county Commissioners OK public-safety towers A standing-room-only crowd turned out for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners’ April 5 meeting; many were there to urge increased funding for URTV. The public-access channel can be seen on Charter Communications’ Channel 20 in […]
Kudos to the proposal for a Harris-Teeter grocery store at 136 Merrimon Ave. (on the corner of E. Chestnut and Merrimon). The site is the location of the former Deal Motor Cars; before that, there was a mansion built by George W. Pack — the same Pack of Pack Square and Pack Library. Mr. Pack, […]
A look at what’s been making headlines: Republicans get set to take over Raleigh; Crimes abound in WNC; New bathrooms on the way to Pack Square; Shuler votes “no” on health care repeal and more.
Walking the streets of Asheville on a cooling September afternoon, Joe Minicozzi points out parked cars bearing handicapped placards. Under state law, people with disabilities can park for free in unmetered on-street spaces; currently, the city doesn’t ticket or charge even those parking in metered spots. Minicozzi is executive director of the Asheville Downtown Association, […]
As temperatures cool down, campaign season has started heating up. In a recent online post, Xpress reported, "Buncombe GOP Fires First Video Salvo." The blog includes a video produced by the Buncombe County Republican Party in which Chair Chad Nesbitt asserts, “In order to defend ourselves against socialistic terrorism, we need to have a large […]
Two days after downtown Asheville was the scene of a two-and-a-half hour standoff between police and a man from South Carolina, big trucks arrived at the renovated Pack Memorial Library: “The Books Are Back,” Mountain Xpress staff photographer Jonathan Welch reported in a Thursday, Sept. 2 blog post. But earlier in the week… All’s well […]
Assessing the health of public art can be like approaching art itself: It’s all in how you look at it. Two speakers at the upcoming Public Art 360 conference, to be held later this month in Asheville, offer markedly different takes on the state of public art today and what should be done to encourage […]
You’d never know it from the kids splashing around the fountain or the young couples playing Frisbee on the lawn, but a decade ago, the 6.5 acres comprising downtown Asheville’s City/County Plaza was a mishmash of thoroughfares — three lanes of Patton Avenue traffic cut eastward past the Vance Monument, merging onto College Street — […]
In a presentation Monday morning, members of the conservancy said they have redesigned the site once reserved for a $2.5 million pavilion.
Pack Square Park got a green makeover today with the installation of nearly 18,000 square feet of sod. On Thursday, the park’s signature fountain will receive its crowning piece with the installation of a 20-foot-diameter brass ring.
The director of the Pack Square Park Conservancy said the board on Wednesday wrestled with questions concerning the park’s proposed $2.46 million pavilion.
The first phase of Asheville’s signature park is scheduled to be open in one month, after years of on-and-off construction work and the expenditure of millions in private donations and taxpayers’ dollars.
The board charged with overseeing the construction of the new $20 million Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville discussed dumping a planned $2.46 million park pavilion during its regular meeting Wednesday.
Asheville wants to end homelessness, right? That’s a noble cause, and I support the good intentions behind this effort. But if Asheville is ever going to achieve this lofty goal, we need to be honest about a few things first. 1) There’s a segment of Asheville’s homeless population that chooses it as a “lifestyle.” Take […]