Hi-Fi Café owners Aaron Gibbs and Katie Baird have launched a crowdfunding campaign at GoFundMe.
Buncombe County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in North Carolina’s 100 counties. But other parts of Western North Carolina aren’t faring as well. On April 3, Carolina Public Press reported this news about one of WNC’s poorest counties — Graham. For the full story, go to carolinapublicpress.org. Story by Gwen Albers Billy Davis […]
The Council of Independent Business Owners has been called a lot of things over the years.
Few could argue that the nonprofit — whose members serve on such powerful public bodies as Asheville’s City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission, the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency’s board and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners — lacks influence. But how far does it reach? And does the group still have the kind of impact that it did in the past?
Last weekend more than 250 farmers and budding agricultural entrepreneurs gathered at Warren Wilson College for Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s 11th annual Business of Farming Conference. Photo by Josh O’Conner
I know you had limited space and couldn’t include all of my comments in the “Big ideas” article [“Big Ideas and Their Impact on the Community,” Jan. 8 Xpress], but I did want to mention one idea I spoke about in the late ’90s: Asheville and Buncombe County have potential to become hubs for eco-businesses, […]
Launched in March by Self-Help Credit Union’s western retail division, Carolina Mountains Credit Union, the Go Local Certificates of Deposit help small businesses like By Design Personalized Body Lotions and Creams, founded by Carolyn Burton.
Over 100 business leaders gathered at Pack’s Tavern Oct. 8 to honor several longtime staffers who were recently laid-off by the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Buncombe County Rep. Tim Moffitt has been ranked the second most business friendly legislator in the state by the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation.
Openings Hardcore Mamas fitness classes, Stone Bodyworks Studios, 25 Reed St. 808-3566. http://www.hardcoremamas.com. Trader Joe’s, 120 Merrimon Ave. 232-5078. http://www.traderjoes.com. Whist gift shop, 428-A Haywood Road. 252-5557. http://whistshop.com. Grand opening on Friday, Oct. 4. (Pictured, photo courtesy of Whist) Renovations and other changes Hank’s BBQ is now Tiger Bay Café, 373 Haywood Road. (Grand opening […]
The phrase her mother used to describe adoption was “unwanted children,” but as a young Erica Jourdan listened to the explanation on the staircase of her childhood home in Rhode Island, she knew how she would become a mother one day. “In my little 8-year-old head, I said 'I want to adopt,' and it just […]
A new $1-million office building in downtown Hendersonville aims to incubate green- and tech-minded businesses. Biz 611 features solar panels, a rainwater flush system and a living wall with edible plants.
Leaders from a wide cross section of Asheville businesses discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the region’s talent pool at a panel discussion Wednesday hosted by Leadership Asheville.
Openings Asheville Biologics and Orthopaedics, 172 Asheland Ave. 575-9841. ashevillebiologicsortho.com. Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen at The Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave. http://www.groveparkinn.com/edison. 252-2711 Closings Chef Mo’s, 900 Hendersonville Road. Relocations and other changes Native Kitchen and Social Pub has new hours. Visit nativesocialpub.com for details. 204 Whitson Ave., Swannanoa. 581-0480. (Pictured, photo by […]
Pull back the curtain on some of the more visible Asheville tech happenings in recent years — TEDxAsheville, Spark Tech Talk podcast, Asheville Green Drinks — and you’ll find the Oz-like figure of Ty Hallock , Web entrepreneur and constant generator of ideas.
Visit Sugar & Snow Gelato near the Grove Arcade and Blue Blaze Soda at the French Broad Food Co-op tailgate market.
Beyond the typical tanning salons, pawnshops and big-box stores, you will find other complexes that, like Stone Bowl Korean Restaurant or Liberty Bike’s, feature small, independently owned businesses with a flair for the unique. Call it manifest destiny, suburban style. By being accessible, original and part of a diverse cluster of storefronts, these local establishments ensure that the American strip mall may continue to thrive in today's fickle economy. (Pictured: Liberty Bikes owners Claudia and Mike Nix; photo by Max Cooper).
As far as fresh produce is concerned, Cera McGinn and Mallory McCoy want to see more people living hand to mouth — putting the seed in the ground and nurturing it until the last bite has been taken. The pair are co-owners of Ramble and Root, a consulting and installation service for do-it-yourself, organic vegetable landscaping.