Asheville-based Avadim Technologies announced an expansion to Black Mountain. Company officials say the move will create 551 jobs and include $25 million in investments.

UPDATED: 551 jobs, $25 million in investment­s coming to Black Mountain

Asheville-based Avadim Technologies is expanding to Black Mountain in a move company officials say will create 551 jobs and bring more than $25 million in capital investment. Ben Teague, executive director of Economic Development Coalition, says it’s the largest single job announcement during his tenure, and possibly the largest in the history of Buncombe County. County […]

FLEA FOR ALL: Flea markets across Western North Carolina draw tens of thousands of residents each weekend in search of bargains, rare finds and a good time, creating micro economies and a strong sense of community among buyers and sellers. Photo by Cindy Kunst.

The people’s market: WNC flea markets offer culture, community and commoditie­s

Whether you’re hunting for a bargain or looking to make some extra cash, gathering with neighbors at a local flea market could be just the ticket. Flea market regulars say the connections that form between buyers and sellers are a unique aspect of the experience, and their value can equal or exceed the monetary rewards.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS:  Community healthcare partners joined ABCCM executive director Scott Rogers (center left) and Pharmacist/manager David Taylor (center right) to conduct the offcial ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Asheville Buncombe Community Pharmacy at the c3356 Comprehensive Care Center. Photo by Max Hunt

Asheville Buncombe Community Pharmacy aims to support free clinics with its profits

AB Community Pharmacy celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug.11. The pharmacy’s business model is unique: using profits from a retail community pharmacy, the operation will support the work of Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, which operates free health clinics staffed predominantly by volunteers that serve about half the county’s uninsured residents.

DOWN ON MAIN STREET: With housing options limited within Asheville city limits, current residents and newcomers to the mountains are increasingly looking towards the surrounding small towns and communities as a place to settle down or launch a new business. In response, towns across WNC are managing the opportunities, and challenges, that come with growth. Photo by Max Hunt

Main Street renaissanc­e: WNC’s small towns confront growth, change

Asheville may be a top dream destination for many folks, but for an increasing number of newcomers and old-timers alike, the No. 1 dream destination may be just down the road a ways. With the challenges of urbanization besetting Asheville, newcomers and locals alike are turning to surrounding towns and communities in search of cheaper […]

KNOWING THE RISK: Scam artists are constantly finding new, ingenious ways to exploit security loopholes and gain access to consumers’ personal information, from installing “skimmers” (pictured above) on unmanned points of transaction to hacking into financial databases. In turn, law enforcement and cyber security experts encourage consumers to protect themselves by being vigilant in knowing how and where scammers strike. Photo courtesy of the Asheville Police Department

Scamming, skimming and financial fraud in WNC

Today’s savvy scammers have a whole host of increasingly sophisticated techniques to quickly steal information and drain bank accounts. To combat these crimes, IT professionals, law enforcement personnel and government officials are encouraging consumers and businesses to remain vigilant at transaction points and take other steps to safeguard themselves from the threat of online hackers.

COMPUTERS OF YORE: Technology has advanced over the decades since the federal government started collecting and storing the world’s climate data. Before moving to the Federal Building, data was stored in the Grove Arcade. Here, National Climatic Data Center staff members Dale Lipe and Ray Ertzberger use the Film Optical Sensing Device for Input to Computers in the ‘60s. Photo courtesy of NOAA

Local climate science industry primed for takeoff

“There’s this treasure trove of information just sitting there that’s never really been very well mined, because in the past it’s been so complex to run computations against it,” explains Stephen Del Greco, chief of the Data Access Division at the National Centers for Environmental Information. A component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, […]

SPICING IT UP: Eliot and  Eva-Michelle Spicer are adding a new touch to an old family gem.

Spicer Greene Jewelers: Bringing new blood to an old family business

Wick & Greene Jewelers is in the midst of a facelift and name change. In August, it will reopen as Spicer Greene Jewelers. The new owners, Eva-Michelle and Elliot Spicer are currently in the midst of bringing the building’s art deco exterior to the store’s interior. “The furniture…the light fixture…we’re bringing it back to how it […]

Entrepreneur, author and speaker Josh Linkner delivered the keynote address at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting at the Omni Grove Park Inn on July 30. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Chamber celebrates strong year, recognizes member accomplish­ments

At the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting on June 30, area business folk mingled, munched and meditated as they considered the state of the local business community. Awards were given and a keynote address was heard. The Omni Grove Park Inn deftly managed the sold-out crowd, though filled parking decks presented some attendees with an opportunity for a brisk walk from surface lots to the ballroom.

BIG DREAMS: Adriana Chavela, publisher of the Spanish lifestyle magazine Hola Carolina, says, “The American dream is alive and well within the Western North Carolina Latino community."

Latino entreprene­urs gain ground in local business community

Although the overall numbers are still relatively small, there’s a growing desire in the local Hispanic community to own a business. Accordingly, Mountain BizWorks is now offering classes conducted in Spanish and designed to help potential business owners navigate the American entrepreneurial landscape. The local nonprofit also makes loans to promising startups and existing enterprises.

White Fawn Family Care Home, which serves mentally ill adults in Asheville, is owned by a company that incorporated itself as Nutz R Us. Photo by Frank Taylor / Carolina Public Press

From Carolina Public Press: Mentally ill sent to Nutz R Us, despite name, bad inspection­s

Nutz R Us, a Buncombe County company that incorporated under that name in 2008, operates assisted living facilities catering to mentally ill adults, according to a story filed by Frank Taylor, managing editor of Carolina Public Press. Multiple officials with state and local public health agencies have told Carolina Public Press that they find the […]

STREET SOLIDARITY: Andrew Fletcher addresses a collection of buskers and busking advocates outside of the U.S. Cellular Center prior to the city's Public Safety Committee meeting and forum. Photo by Max Hunt

Council members defer busking regulation­s at Public Safety Committee meeting

Asheville city staffers, downtown stakeholders and local buskers turned out in force for the city’s monthly Public Safety Committee meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss a city proposal for a pilot program regulating downtown public space. The meeting, which was preceded by a community forum with downtown stakeholders, came amid tensions over pilot program, which would add regulations to several […]