I’m very disappointed in your sparse coverage of Swannanoa in your “Spotlight on Small Towns” [Oct. 8, Xpress]. I was left wondering if Swannaoa boasts only the one business you mentioned and not much else going on.
Neighborhood Gathering Spot: Lake Tomahawk Park in Black Mountain made it to your list, but missing were: Owen Park in Swannanoa with a beautiful river that truly runs through it, ball fields, trails and Owen Pool.
Coffeehouse: Moments Café & Patisserie.
Breakfast Restaurant: The Breakfast Shoppe.
Sweets/Dessert Place: Moments Café & Patisserie and Eye Scream Parlour.
Hairstyling Salon: Changes; Unique Hair Styling.
Lunch and Dinner places: In addition to Native Kitchen, Okie Dokies Smokehouse, LaBamba Burrito Express, Athens Pizza, Chow Time Pizza and assorted fast-food places.
Neighborhood Gathering Spot: Eye Scream Parlour Music.
(Just some of the) Reasons to Live in Your Town:
1. Warren Wilson College (yes, it is in Swannanoa, despite an Asheville mailing address) and its many cultural and musical events.
2. Swannanoa River.
3. Welcome Table free weekly community lunches. Open to all.
4. Highway of Heroes and Blue Star Highway-designated route for processions taking fallen veterans to their final resting place at the Veteran Cemetery in Black Mountain.
5. Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) at swannanoafans.org, a group of concerned and involved Swannanoans who organize the huge community yard sale and the yearly Swannanoa Sweep community cleanup; maintain a Giving Garden; and work on community improvement projects, like adding bus shelters along U.S. Highway 70.
6. Swannanoa library in Grovemont and adjoining park.
7. Asheville Christian Academy in Swannanoa named as one of Top 50 Christian schools by thebestschools.org.
8. Affordability. After the latest “gotta live there” craze (currently West Asheville) is totally saturated with more businesses, traffic nightmares and unaffordable homes (Asheville and Black Mountain already are), watch for Swannanoa to become the newest “darling,” with easy access to Interstate 40, undeveloped strips along U.S. Highway 70 for businesses, tucked-away neighborhoods and communities like Grovemont, Bee Tree, Beacon Village and more.
9. An involved community, rich in heritage.
Please take a second look or visit us at swannanoafans.org.