EAT YOUR ART OUT: After a year of growing her artisan popcorn business in Asheville, owner Ginger Frank is ready to party down. Her family-friendly anniversary event will include plenty of popcorn samples and live entertainment for all ages. Plus, supporters can visit Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn's Merrimon Avenue shop leading up to the event for extra freebies.

Small bites: Poppy Handcrafte­d Popcorn celebrates one year

Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn is offering fans free popcorn and more during the company’s first anniversary celebration. Meanwhile Standard Pizza Co., has a new downtown location; Asheville’s gluten-less population convenes for an educational event; Black Mountain Ciderworks is throwing a Halloween bash and Bomba is rolling out a multi-cultural menu.

The Hop Ice Cream Café is a mecca for the pint-sized. Parents dig the desserts, too. Photo by Jonathan Welch

Family-friendly fare

When you’ve had it up to here and there’s nary a baby sitter in sight, there are a few options to feed the kids and blow off a little steam at the same time. If nothing else, these places certainly won’t bat an eye if your rugrat seems to be in a slightly, er, exuberant […]