HEATING UP: Hopey & Co. co-owner Danette Hopey shows off a new brick oven intended for the pizza parlor that will open in July at 45 S. French Broad Ave. as part of the grocery's expansion.

Businesses at 45 S. French Broad Ave. unveil big changes

“We don’t add anything until we find out that people in the community really want it,” says Hopey & Co. co-owner Danette Hopey. The expansion into the renovated space, she says, will include the addition of a stone-baked pizza parlor, butcher shop, espresso and fresh juice bars, ice cream shopette, bakery and a glass-enclosed wine room.

To First Bank, regarding the Downtown Market

The Neighborhood Associations of South French Broad Avenue and West End Clingman Avenue respectfully request that you reconsider your plan to foreclose on the building located at 45 S. French Broad Ave. and consider negotiation of other options that preserve and support the unique mix of neighborhood uses. The opening of the Downtown Market by […]

From First Bank, regarding the Downtown Market

Please be assured that First Bank entered the Asheville market with the acquisition of the Bank of Asheville with the express intent of becoming an integral part of the economy and community. First Bank, as a community bank leader in North Carolina, sees value in the Asheville area, the people, the businesses and the other […]

Downtown Asheville depends on us

Reports of the Downtown Market closing have been greatly exaggerated. A plucky group of 25 artists, craftspeople and antique dealers have banded together to keep the central core of the market open until First Bank or the successful bidder acquires the building later this month. The building did not go dark on July 1 as […]

The Downtown Market is closing

The owners of the Downtown Market, a business and vendor space on 45 S. French Broad Ave., have announced that their mortgage is being foreclosed and that the Downtown Market Consignment, home to over 70 vendors, will be closing June 30.

The fate of the other businesses leasing space at the market, including Amazing Savings Grocery, hi~fi Coffee Bar and Pho Fusion, remains unclear, but co-owner Bobby Potts remains hopeful that First Bank, The Bank of Asheville Branch, will work with current tenants to keep their leases.