Shop local-ish

It’s impossible to walk in downtown Asheville without receiving the message loud and clear: This city supports its local businesses. Locally based brands like Spicewalla, Roots Hummus and Buchi Kombucha appear regularly on store shelves. Stickers promoting Go Local Asheville (formerly the Asheville Grown Business Alliance), a locally focused economic alliance, adorn window fronts. A […]

What’s new in food: Jazzy Vegetarian kicks off a new season

Hendersonville-based television host Laura Theodore explores easy vegan recipes in the upcoming season of Jazzy Vegetarian. Also in this week’s food news, Madison County chef and author Susi Gott Seguret releases a new book of culinary quotations, NC State University’s EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems hosts the 2021 Regional Agritourism Seminar in Waynesville, Jeter Mountain Farm rolls out a new indoor play area and more.

New Black-owned businesses populate The Block

Over the past year, the addition of such Black-owned businesses as the Noir Collective collaborative shop, Jawbreaking fashion store, Asheville Iridescence Yoga and Sole82 sneaker boutique has suggested a renaissance for the former Black Wall Street. Yet in a rapidly changing city where obstacles for minority entrepreneurs remain rampant, sustaining that growth could prove challenging.

Improving with age: Visionary restaurate­urs, architects and designers work to rejuvenate Asheville’s old buildings

As Asheville began reimagining itself over the last 20 years, its dense urban core of older yet viable structures has allowed local, independent restaurants and breweries to obtain affordable — if somewhat decrepit — spaces for their ventures along with opportunities for architects and designers to transform them.

What’s new in food: Cider trails, barbecue book, beaucoup wine and burgers on the Broad

Turning lemons into lemonade is a tried-and-true solution to a challenging situation. Turning apples into hard cider is increasingly a formula for adult-beverage business success in North Carolina, the seventh-largest apple growing state in the country. With the recent creation of the NC Cider Trail at cidernc.com, the N.C. Cider Association aims to guide cider […]

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