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PLACEMATS: Shoppers waiting in the checkout line at Harris Teeter at 136 Merrimon Ave. are offered the following placemats to stand on in order to keep safe social distance from fellow shoppers. Photo by Nicora Gangi
ENCOURAGING WORDS: A message from BlackBird Frame & Art, 365 Merrimon Ave. Photo by Nicora Gangi
DRIVE-THUR: Employees at Chick-fil-A at 170 Merrimon Ave. are dressed in gloves and masks as they take orders. Photo by Nicora Gangi
TIMEOUT: Access denied at Weaver Park, 200 Murdock Ave., as the City of Asheville enforces its stay home, stay safe mandate. Photo by Nicora Gangi
NOTHING TO SEE HERE: Inside the Asheville Mall, 3 Tunnel Road, shortly before its temporary closure on March 26. Photo by Nicora Gangi
NO SHOPPERS AROUND: “When I climbed to the top platform I alarmingly took in that emptiness,” says Nicora Gangi, who took this photo shortly before the Asheville Mall’s temporary closure on March 26.
CLOSED: Nicora Gangi created this collage from signs inside the Asheville Mall.
GROCERY RUN: Asheville resident Chris Schmidt prepares for a visit to the grocery store on Sunday, March 29. Photo by Chris Schmidt
SHOPPING GUIDELINES: A notice outside Trader Joe’s, 120 Merrimon Ave., providing shopping guidelines for residents during the COVID-19 health crisis. Photo by Chris Schmidt
LINE OUT THE DOOR: Standing six feet apart, residents wait in line outside Trader Joe’s, 120 Merrimon Ave. Photo by Chris Schmidt
NOTHING TO SEE HERE: ISIS Music Hall, 743 Haywood Road, displays an empty marquee on March 27. Photo by Amelia Rose Hes
MASKING THE COMMUNITY: Local residents Jen Murphy, left, and Sarah Legatski are members of Masks of Love – WNC. The group is sewing protective face masks for local health care workers. They met on Friday, March 27 inside Flora Botanical Living, 428 Haywood Road, which owner Melissa Thomas has donated as the organization’s transfer hub during the health crisis. Photo by Heather Rayburn
LEADING THE CHARGE: Dr. Carly Bohrer Brown is the main organizer behind Masks of Love – WNC. She and others met inside the group’s temporary transfer hub at Flora Botanical Living, 428 Haywood Road on Friday, March 27. Photo by Heather Rayburn
NO MORE DRUM CIRCLE: As of March 27, Pritchard Park, 67 Patton Ave., is temporarily closed. Photo by Virginia Daffron
DO NOT ENTER: Cones block the entry to The Omni Grove Park Inn, following its temporary closure on Thursday, March 26, following Buncombe County’s “stay home, stay safe” mandate. Photo by Thomas Calder
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Beaver Lake closes to the public during the COVID-19 health crisis. Photo by Chris Schmidt
SOAP AND ZOMBIES: A message from Moonlight Makers, 43 Rankin Ave. Photo by Rachael Bliss
DON’T PUSH THE BUTTON: Crosswalks throughout downtown display this temporary notice. Photo by Thomas Calder
CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: Signs taped to the Asheville City Fire Station door at 100 Court Plaza. Photo by Thomas Calder
END SCENE: The Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave., bids the city adieu…for now. Photo by Thomas Calder
EMPTY STAGE: The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., spreads some love. Photo by Thomas Calder
STAY STRONG: Old Europe Pastries, 13 Broadway St., promotes the #AshevilleStrong movement, which encourages residents to support local businesses by purchasing online gift cards. Photo by Thomas Calder
TAKE A BOW: NC Stage Co., 15 Stage Lane, signs off for now. Photo by Thomas Calder
STAY FASHIONABLE: A message from Hazel Twenty Boutique, 16 Patton Ave. Photo by Thomas Calder
INFORMED RESIDENTS: A signed taped at the entrance to Woodfin Apartments, 15 Woodfin St. Photo by Thomas Calder
UNTIL THEN: The Block Off Biltmore, 39 S. Market St., announces its temporary closure. Photo by Thomas Calder
TOBACCO AND GIFT SHOP: Wonderland, 33 Patton Ave., urges residents to keep their hands clean. Photo by Thomas Calder
MELLOW YELLOW: Cafe 64 announces its closure with a yellow hazmat cartoon. Photo by Thomas Calder
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About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist.
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