Can you dig it?

According to the old saw, the only certainties are death and taxes. But in the West Asheville storefront shared by Bury Me Naturally and Farm Girl Garden Design, the sure things seem more like death and life. One company offers garden design and native flora; the other specializes in natural mortuary arrangements. All-natural gals: Bury […]

Look homeward, entreprene­ur

Carol Gearhart and her husband had years of experience running their own landscaping business in Pennsylvania. But when they retired and moved to Charleston, S.C., she found it impossible to just sit back and relax. Not simply a stay-at-home mom: Fully 50 percent of U.S. companies are now home-based. For local entrepreneur Susan Moses, soap […]

The Biz: WNC Business Briefs

Buying time: Concierge services liberate busy Ashevilleans Caped crusader: Former Asheville City Council member and current sustainability consultant Robin Cape will headline the Mountain BizWorks Women's Business Conference in May. Not enough time on your hands? Two new concierge services have emerged since the beginning of the year to help busy local folks get things […]

Buncombe County rolls out new discount drug card

Buncombe County residents (and even their pets) are now eligible for bigger discounts on prescription drugs, thanks to a new card issued by the county and the Florida-based Financial Marketing Concepts. Put it on the card: Martin Dettelbach of Financial Marketing Concepts Inc. stands with Buncombe County Commissioners chair David Gantt to announce the county's […]

Local nonprofit reviving Environmen­tal Quality Insititute

Thanks to some help from the Western North Carolina Alliance, a former UNCA environmental program and lab may re-emerge. The Environmental Quality Institute — closed in 2009 after budget cuts ousted it from campus — will be reborn as an Alliance program. Up and running: The Environmental Quality Institute expects to reopen this summer thanks […]

The Biz: WNC Business Briefs

An agreement signed by property owners in downtown Asheville's Eagle/Market Street district could lead to new development aimed at breathing new life into the historically African-American neighborhood known as The Block. Building consensus: The Block's revitalization may be back on track after an agreement signed by the neighborhood's property owners and major players. By Jonathan […]

Larchmont developmen­t applicatio­n

This is the Conditional Zoning request for the Larchmont development submitted by Mountain Housing Opportunities. The project proposes 60 residential rental units in two buildings and 71 parking spaces off East Larchmont on the east side of Merrimon Avenue and asks for zoning modifications for landscaping buffer, setback requirements and entrance location requirements. Click here […]

Buncombe Commission­ers

Commissioners may investigate problems at adult-care homes Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Feb. 16, 2010 meeting Conservation easements preserving Buncombe's heritage Commissioners to take turns leading opening prayers An influx of mental patients and elderly people from South Carolina is straining the county's budget and causing problems for other adult-care-home residents, an advisory committee told […]