I read so quickly that I practically devoured the article “Who’s Thirsty: West Asheville Poised for a Pub Explosion” [Xpress, July 5]. I was on the edge of my seat, hoping to hear news of a pub—or even better, a coffee shop—coming to my West Asheville neighborhood. But I got my hopes up for nothing.
There are two West Ashevilles. There is West-West Asheville, with the bakery, shops, co-op and soon-to-be multiple pubs. The one that gets all the attention.
Then there is East-West Asheville, just across the I-240 interchange as you head toward downtown. This is the busy and bustling community of neighborhoods off Michigan, Waynesville, Beverly, Longview and Hanover. There are families with young children, long-time residents, schools and churches. Tried-and-true establishments like B&B Pharmacy and Ace Appliance Co. It’s also home to Second Gear, Harvest Records, Blue Barnhouse and biodiesel.
We only lack one thing: a coffee shop. A community gathering place. A lounge to linger and share neighborhood news. Why does the other side of West Asheville get all the attention? Where is our entrepreneur to bring vision and a gathering place for our neighborhood? [Apologies] to The Rocket, but a nightclub is not the community center I had in mind.
Since moving to East-West Asheville five years ago, I’ve wanted to run a personal ad for a coffee shop entrepreneur. It reads something like this: ISO talk, dark and strong. Likes to linger over the paper on cool mornings or go on long walks. Enjoys getting together with good friends and neighbors. Cheap date, good companion. Long-term relationship desired.
Are you out there? Doesn’t someone want to invest in an area of West Asheville that actually needs a new establishment?
— Shelley Booth