The tourism industry already brings in $2.3 billion annually to Buncombe County. That’s up from roughly $183 million 30 years ago. But to continue to grow local visitation, government officials and business owners need to “anticipate trends that are shaping the future,” says Mike Konzen, a leading global consultant.
About 150 community leaders gathered Dec. 11 to discuss Asheville’s strengths as a tourism destination, learn about new projects in the works, and share ideas for the future.
“When we pass by people on the river they’re like, ‘Wow, I’ve never even seen anything like that,” says Will Evert, co-founder of French Broad Boatworks. He’s talking about a new line of high-end, wooden drift boats that he and his business partner, Jason Brownlee, have started handcrafting at their Asheville shop.
After an eight-month delay, New Belgium Brewing will resume site work this November on its Asheville location along Craven Street in the River Arts District.
As the local creative sector gains financial clout, tensions loom between art as a business, an economic-development tool and a means of personal expression.
During a meeting that lasted almost to midnight, Asheville City Council approved New Belgium’s brewery in the River District. Council also approved funding for sidewalk improvements and a study of alternate truck routes to address concerns of some residents about the traffic the business will bring. (Pictured: City Clerk Maggie Burleson swears in all those who wanted to speak at the public hearing. Photo by Max Cooper)
Even as the holidays come barreling toward us, some folks around the globe fear the mythical planet Nibiru may be doing the same and will trigger some unspecified cataclysm on Dec. 21. Notwithstanding the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, however, local agencies seem focused on preparing for more realistic potential threats. Although it may not be the end of the world, Western North Carolina does remain vulnerable to a wide range of natural and human-made catastrophes, including floods, blizzards, fires and even nuclear accidents.
Officials from New Belgium Brewing Co. are in town today, July 25, to unveil preliminary designs for their new $175 million brewing facility that’s going to be built on Craven Street in the River Arts District.
A long-standing problem at the intersection of Roberts Street and Clingman Avenue in the River Arts District may need more work.
For a limited time, you can “run away to the circus, and be home in time for dinner” right here in Asheville
Simple, ingredient-driven food by the water (plus wine and beer, too)? It’s coming. Nate Allen, co-owner and chef of Knife & Fork in Spruce Pine, N.C., has announced that he will be the restaurant consultant for Matt Logan’s new RAD waterfront venture.
The exhibit, which celebrates motherhood, opens on Friday, May 11. Image of “Best Kept Secrets” by Peggy DeBell.
The rumors were true. New Belgium Brewing Company has chosen Asheville to be the home of their second brewery and distribution center.
The food trucks keep rollin’ on, a new one set to open on April 4th according to the sign on the truck
The Asheville Public (or TAP) hosts its soft opening this weekend in the River Arts District, in the former location of the Silver Dollar. The official opening date is Monday, Dec. 19.
The Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts has a new entryway.
Ten trees arrived at the Wedge Brewery, their roots wrapped in burlaped balls of dirt, on the the back of a flatbed truck. “They look kind of funny up there, on the truck,” said Julia McAffee of Chicago who was there to drink beer, not plant trees. “I had no idea people did things like […]
As we’ve recently said, the RAD is getting rather, well, rad. With the addition of several new restaurants joining an ever-burgeoning food and entertainment scene, there’s plenty to do in east-West Asheville.
Xpress photographer Chris Wood was on hand to capture the goings-on in the district on the fairly busy Thursday night before Memorial Day Weekend. View the slideshow after the jump.
Restaurants are springing up everywhere. Xpress brings you the latest in Asheville food news.