The New York Times crossword in this week’s Xpress is missing two clues; here they are
Downtown Market, Asheville’s newest indoor market located at 45 S. French Broad Ave., will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Jan. 8. The market will open at 10 a.m., with the Chamber’s big scissors arriving at noon to do the cutting. The rest of the afternoon, enjoy free food, craft demos, live music and, of course, shopping.
The long-awaited LAB will not debut on New Year’s Eve… but soon!
Sara Legatski outside her boutique, Parlour. Photos by Jonathan Welch
Reasons to go out post-New Year’s Eve festivities:
1) That whole “hair of the dog” theory.
2) It’s a new year and you should begin as you mean to continue (i.e. entertained)
3) Xpress’ Weekend on a Shoestring has a whole list of budget-friendly events ready for your perusal.
For Western North Carolina, 2009 showed no shortage of challenges and feats, setbacks and advancements, wins and losses. Like the rest of the nation, we struggled with a dismal economy, even as some old and new businesses managed to keep their heads above water. We withstood droughts, deluges and the biggest snowstorm in years. We […]
While Mountain Xpress continues to pump out our weekly print edition, we also put plenty of time and energy into our virtual presence on the Web. One fun aspect of the online world is the ability to track the number of comments and views we receive on what we post. Here's a quick look at […]
[Editor’s note: This roundup appeared in print, but a version was posted here that includes a few last-minute additions. Party on!] So long, 2009. We'll be sending you off in grand style — with champagne toasts and silly hats, with serious ceremony, with sparklers and slurry rounds of "Auld Lang Syne." Some of us might […]
A New Year's Eve party at the Asheville Civic Center should be quite the homecoming party for Sallie Ford. The Weaverville native (now hailing from Portland, Ore.) will open for the Avett Brothers, the Concord, N.C.-based band that dropped its first major-label album earlier this year to wide acclaim. Ford's just three years into her […]
Year's end is a time for reflection: in this case, looking back over 12 months' worth of Green Scene. Online, the most-viewed story was "Arsenic Found in Stream Near Progress Energy Plant" (Feb. 11). In print, the most recurring topic was the contamination at the old CTS plant on Mills Gap Road — from a […]
For restaurant owners, 2009 was a challenging year. So perhaps it's too soon to offer up a platitude that's actually true: It was supposed to be worse. Cash-strapped restaurateurs are unlikely to take much comfort in knowing they could have skirted even closer to failure, but the Asheville area's remarkable survival rate was a boon […]
For fair-weather hikers, winter is a time to hunker down around the fire perusing trail guides and gear catalogs while dreaming of spring. But for hardier souls, winter in the Southern Appalachians has its own rewards. A recent hike at The North Carolina Arboretum highlighted one of those seasonal pleasures: the winter berries whose vivid […]
Regarding your recent Xpress story about Tiger Woods and The Cliffs at High Carolina: I made this etching because, as we would drive by the "See what inspired me" billboards, my husband said that instead of the rolling mountains behind the image of Woods, he saw instead mountaintop removal and destruction. — Diane Strazzer Asheville
I drive. I bike. I walk. Bicycles are legally allowed on 99 percent of sidewalks. Pedestrians can cross streets at crosswalks against the light. Does this mean that a bike can act as a pedestrian and cross a street against a light, especially if there is no oncoming traffic? Legally, if the person is walking […]
"Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" — or, in my case, a secret Santa. On the morning of Sunday, Dec. 20, I tried to dig out my van (which was parallel parked on Page Avenue in downtown Asheville) from the foot-and-a-half of snow chunks pushed up by the snowplow. My only snow-removal tool was […]
I am a farmer of 25 acres with seven cows, a few goats and chickens. I am a vegetarian and plan to sell an older milk cow for meat this coming spring and bring sheep onto the farm as well. I take a strong interest in expanding the local food economy. In the debate for […]
New state legislation allows local municipalities to have greater control over the smoking policies in their own communities. The city of Asheville has talked about acting to ban smoking in public parks, a policy that was formerly pre-empted by state law. This potential policy would help to protect the health of our youth and adults […]
I was just curious as to what has happened in this great country of ours. I remember those carefree days of my youth when the biggest thing you had to worry about was being home before dark. We were told to stay away from strangers. When we did something wrong we were punished, and yes, […]