Asheville throwbacks

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

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8 thoughts on “Asheville throwbacks

  1. ashevillain7

    Seriously someone said the Joli Rouge!? LOL! Anything that started and ended in the 2000’s is not a throwback!

    How about Max’s Celebrity Deli?

    What about the hot dog place (Weiner Works?) that used to be roughly where the Tunnel Road Ingles gas station is? Also, Merrimon Twin Theater, Insbrook Twin and the Asheville Mall Theater. The video game arcade upstairs at the mall. Pedro’s Porch in Biltmore. The first El Chapala near Beaver Lake. The Krispy Kreme, Frank’s Roman Pizza triangle. Lunar Mountain Caboose. Alternative Pub. The mini golf course on Patton behind Denny’s. The mini golf course on Tunnel Road behind Waffle House. Smoking room downstairs at BeHereNow.

    The absolute best 2 for last:
    1. The Blue Rags at BeHereNow (best Asheville shows ever!).
    2. Rio Burrito (hasn’t been that long but it feels like ages)

  2. Piffy!

    Did anyone mention the green door?

    I’m almost certain someone prolly did, but i really cant read all those hash marks and whatnot.

  3. brebro

    I miss the Dreamland Drive-in that became the flea market that became the Lowe’s on S. Tunnel Rd.

  4. ashevillein

    Why is the Indian at Harry’s on the Hill a throwback… looks like it is still there to me

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