Over the weekend, Twitter user Shameika Rene (@Mofochronicles) started the hastag #ashevillethrowbacks and soon folks around Asheville were wandering down virtual memory lane.
Based on the tweets and the times they reference, a reader can get an idea of when a tweeter moved to Asheville. Lots of folks using the hashtag (which morphed at some point to include #ashevillethrowback, #avlthrowback and #avlthrowbacks) grew up here (notice references to neighborhood and high school football).
Following is a transcription of many of those tweets. They’re still coming in on Twitter, so join the conversation (use #ashevillethrowbacks: it’s the most common). Or add your memories in the comment section below. Photos by Zen Sutherland.
@juneallison: #ashevillethrowback max and rosie’s + max’s coin trick. I miss that place!
@AVLCustomCloset: RT @flutterby47: #ashevillethrowback the *REAL* chuckie cheese on Tunnel Rd <
< OMG Many B-day parties there as kid!! #waybackwhen
@MadAnne1: RT @hopicecream: Regularly getting joints as tips in the drive thru working at The Hop #ashevillethrowback
@AVLCustomCloset: KISSCountry Radio cruisin’ RT @ashevillecash: #ashevillethrowbacks ..The big indian that stood out front of Harry’s on the Hill: Patton Ave
@DstarBeats: #ashevillethrowback when white people was really really scared of shiloh and all the other hoods
@procreatemedia: #ashevillethrowback drinkin with lincoln at alt pub. Green Door punk club.
@SocialLifeAvl: RT @flutterby47: #ashevillethrowback the *REAL* chuckie cheese on Tunnel Rd
@MONEYMANJONES: @DstarBeats the best #ashevillethrowback the strip & patton ave on Friday or Saturday #gunsshots&fights
@DeeSEvans: Dude . . I remember cool world! Smh RT @KLittle828: #Ashevillethrowback Cool World
@DstarBeats: #ashevillethrowback 985 west chapel rd! That house used to bump in Shiloh (my old address lol)
@juneallison: #ashevillethrowbacks Natural Mystic before it became the emerald lounge.
@DstarBeats: #ashevillethrowback when I had Shiloh pumpin wit da smoke and da work and beans! Had it all! Not no more so I’m not dry snitching lol
@ashevillecash: RT @MadAnne1: RT @hopicecream: Regularly getting joints as tips in the drive thru working at The Hop #ashevillethrowback
@DstarBeats: #ashevillethrowback larry’s shed!
@DstarBeats: #ashevillethrowback summer camp fights
@procreatemedia: #ashevillethrowbacks squashpile.
@zensutherland: Natural Mystic Parking RT: @juneallison #ashevillethrowbacks Natural Mystic before it became the emerald lounge. http://flic.kr/p/39ZqQ
@1FlyLilMama: #ashevillethrowbacks goombay
@hopicecream: @ashevillecash @MadAnne1 @SocialLifeAvl Thanks. Lot’s of good #ashevillethrowback memories of the old Hop…
@procreatemedia: #ashevillethrowback gatsbys. 45 Cherry.
@1FlyLilMama: #ashevillethrowbacks the icce lady in lee walker heights
@1FlyLilMama: #ashevillethrowbacks the vegetable truck hahahahaha
@AskAsheville: #Ashevillethrowback D Streets / King Tut RIP
@AskAsheville: RT @luvnME_someME: Was it called Prophet Art? @MiyaBailey #Ashevillethrowback
@AskAsheville: RT @MzKandyG: RT @BrynJamin3000: #AshevilleThrowBack stores actually being in the Biltmore Square mall
@1FlyLilMama: #ashevillethrowbacks summer nights in hillcrest and lee walker…smh…a mess
@AskAsheville: RT @dustyallison: First seeing the Avett Brothers play in Malaprop’s Cafe to a crowd of 4 or 5. #ashevillethrowback
@SocialLifeAvl: Come and get some of this fresh mountain air RT @Mofochronicles: Dang these #ashevillethrowbacks make me wanna go home for a visit lol
@1FlyLilMama: #ashevillethrowbacks my first @miyaBailey tatt!!
@DstarBeats: #ashevillethrowback when oaknoll was oaknoll!
@DstarBeats: #ashevillethrowback when my lil cuzin burned the woods on fire in oaknoll
@JakeFrankel: The Beaverdam Pool! #Ashevillethrowbacks #BeaverdamReprezent
@DstarBeats: #ashevillethrowback when that bankrobber was hidin out in oaknoll
@avlalterego: The rather seedy 240 Interstate motel near civic center (now luxury condos – lol) #ashevillethrowback
@JAR_E: That one time that Two Guys was actually open. #Ashevillethrowbacks
@soulreservoir: RT @ChantalSaunders: OMG Dreamland Drive In!!! #ashevillethrowbacks
@itswendylou: I miss Blue Moon Bakery, best pastries and turkey, provolone croissants #ashevillethrowbacks
@JAR-E: Count Clovis #Ashevillethrowbacks
@JAR-E: Non-existent West Asheville. #ashevillethrowbacks
@JAR-E: Mother India!!! #ashevillethrowbacks
@JAR-E: Dude ALWAYS smoking behind the counter at Broadway Video. #ashevillethrowbacks
@Mofochronicles: #ashevillethrowbacks the lil corner store on london rd I 4get the name of it bldg still there
@lesliesloan: Motherearth rolls mmmhmm RT @itswendylou: I miss Blue Moon Bakery, best pastries and turkey, provolone croissants #ashevillethrowbacks
@AskAsheville: http://youtube.com/askasheville RT @SocialLifeAvl: RT @LL91: #Ashevillethrowback Hillcrest Marching Band..
<@AskAsheville got video footage
@JAR_E: Hilarious spoken-word/poetry at Beanstreets open mic night. #ashevillethrowbacks
@andrewjfletcher: Vincent’s Ear. #AshevilleThrowbacks I was there the last night they were open.
@gordonsmith: Anyone miss Stone Soup? #ashevillethrowbacks
@alli_marshall: Stone Soup. Chickadees & Rye. What Do You Want. #ashevillethrowback
@gordonsmith: @mygothlaundry It’s been quiet for only 6 wks, but I miss The Hangover Journals. http://hangoverjournal.blogspot.com/ #ashevillethrowbacks
@zensutherland: portrait of woman who ran her Dry Good store on Haywood Rd in W.AVL #ashevillethrowbacks http://flic.kr/p/kMft #avlent
@revpictures: #ashevillethrowbacks Frank’s Pizza & Krispy Kreme in front of the Asheville Mall…
@rsulock: The Green Door on Carolina Lane #ashevillethrowbacks
@rsulock: Cafe Max and Rosie’s. I crave it sometimes #ashevillethrowbacks
@rsulock: Skate-A-Round USA. “Nasty Boys” 4 life (thanks Mizz Jackson) #ashevillethrowbacks
@rsulock: the @malaprops back porch. big sigh #ashevillethrowbacks
@sociallifeavl: #ashevillethrowbacks Alan’s Pawn Shop. When it was at the top of Patton.
@rsulock: I got my ears pierced at Brendles at the Innsbrook Mall #ashevillethrowbacks
@BetterTours: Also really miss Shangri-La Cafe. Still dream about the duck wraps. #avleats #ashevillethrowbacks
@The_Riz: @juneallison Be.Here.Now & Beanstreets! #ashevillethrowbacks