The Biz: Feeling the crunch

Struggling to address an increased demand for services amid a funding crunch, Mountain BizWorks is conducting “an intensive review of our programs and finances,” board Chair Eileen McMinn reports. Most of the organization’s existing training programs will be phased out by the middle of next year. The downsized local nonprofit will focus its remaining resources […]

The Biz: The revolution will be printed

Back in February, President Barack Obama hailed 3-D printing as having “the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.” And now, Asheville area residents have affordable access to that innovative technology, which transforms digital designs into real-world objects. On Nov. 20, Mojo Coworking, in partnership with The Van Winkle Law Firm, unveiled the […]

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Openings Anjali Hot Yatra Yoga and Physical Therapy 780 Hendersonville Road, Suite 14, 785-1366 Iron Palm Bouldering 1636 Hendersonville Road, 575-2777 Junk Recyclers 26 Glendale Ave., 505-1108 Grand Opening Wednesday, Nov. 13 Studio A 344 Depot St., at Pink Dog Creative, 423-6459 Grand Opening Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 9-10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m, coinciding with the River Arts […]

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Openings: Amish Country Market & Deli, 171 Weaverville Road. 484-9343 Blue Kudzu Sake Company, 372 Depot St., Suites 50 & 60. 350-7790. Green Sage (third location), 70 Westgate Parkway. SCORE A Store for Fans, 104 Broadway St., Black Mountain. 669-8286 More Décor Fine Consignment, 50 N. Merrimon Ave., Suite 101. 255-3575 Sage Gourmet, […]

High-tech: Sen. Richard Burr toured Asheville’s Thermo Scientific facility on April 12, meeting with employees and hosting a town hall. photo by Max Cooper

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Sen. Richard Burr toured Asheville's Thermo Fisher Scientific facility April 12 and held a town hall-style meeting with plant employees. Burr praised the manufacturer’s innovative practices and ideas, specifically the Zero Landfill Initiative, which aims to eliminate sending material to the landfill by 2015. Burr said he shares Thermo Fisher’s goal of innovation, citing his […]

The Beat: Good words

a href=“”In the 2011 North Carolina Press Association awards, Mountain Xpress was honored in six different categories for various stories, projects and publications produced last year: • 1st place: News Feature Writing — In “Turf War” (July 19, 2011), one of a series of political analyses by Xpress news staff, Jake Frankel examined the political […]

Cheers: Gov. Bev Perdue raises a glass with Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman (left) and his son, Brian, who’ll help manage the Mills River facility. photo by Max Cooper

The Beat: No place like home

The Asheville area’s natural beauty and friendly beer culture lured Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to Mills River, despite bigger economic-incentive packages dangled by other suitors, says company founder Ken Grossman. A celebratory mood reigned Jan. 26 as company executives, local business leaders and elected officials gathered near the 90-acre site on the French Broad River, […]

Seeking commonality: Rep. Patrick McHenry told CIBO members that Asheville and his native Gastonia — the former now part of his 10th Congressional district — have in common the region’s loss of manufacturing jobs and the need to support small businesses. photo by Max Cooper

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On Nov. 10, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry held his first public event in Asheville since the N.C. General Assembly’s redistricting plan shifted most of the city to his 10th Congressional District. The Council of Independent Business Owners hosted McHenry at its monthly “power lunch” at Magnolia’s in downtown Asheville. The four-term Republican worked the crowd […]

Mandalas and arrests: Occupy Asheville demonstrators make a mandala from sand, pine cones and flower petals. Later, 24 demonstrators were arrested when they refused to leave the area near the Vance Monument after curfew. photos by Bill Rhodes

The Beat: Occupy Asheville conflicts continue

Amid increasing friction with the city, Occupy Asheville protesters have continued to register their dissatisfaction with “corporate dominance and government corruption,” as one of their official statements put it. After City Council denied the demonstrators' request for a permanent camping spot in Pack Square Park Oct. 25, about 60 people held an assembly on the […]

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	Asheville residents are passionate about their trees. 	So when a contractor cut down the mature trees blocking Wells Fargo’s new sign on Patton Avenue in West Asheville, Shannon Tuch , the city’s assistant planning director, says she heard “a lot of outrage from the community.” 	The felled trees included a 50-foot English oak that had […]

An Asheville regular: President Obama flew into Asheville Oct. 17 as the first stop on a North Carolina-Virginia bus tour. photo by Jonathan Welch

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a href=”“Four Occupy Asheville demonstrators, part of a "corporate clean-up crew," were arrested for trespassing Oct. 18 after picking up litter and wiping windows at the Merrill Lynch Building in downtown Asheville. The protesters went to work around 11 a.m. as about seven others observed, recorded and (via a bullhorn) commented on their activities. The […]

Did you vote? Volunteer Wilma Martineau at Stephens-Lee dispenses “I Voted” stickers to the few who cast ballots in Asheville’s Oct. 11 primary. photo by Jonathan Welch

The Beat: A prime event

On a rainy primary Tuesday, Asheville voters came out in record-low numbers, handing candidates Marc Hunt, Chris Pelly and Lael Gray the most votes while eliminating Tim Peck and TJ Thomasson from the City Council race. Only 10.07 percent of the city's 64,989 registered voters — a new low — showed up at the polls […]

photo by Jonathan Welch

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a href=“” Hunt leads pre-election fundraising among Council candidates The latest campaign-funding reports show that two candidates have raised more than $20,000 as of Oct. 4. Marc Hunt led the field with $22,946, but Mark Cates was close behind at $20,011. Some candidates had more than doubled their war chests since the last report in […]