On July 19, the Asheville Planning and Zoning Commission approved a rezoning request against the recommendation of city staff that would allow two properties on Maxwell Street to serve as short-term vacation rental properties.
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Small bites: Feasting for FEAST
Feasting for FEAST fundraiser will help organizers educate more local youths on the wonders of fresh, homegrown veggies. Meanwhile, Hops & Vines is offering a cider making class, and Thirsty Monk, Table and Wicked Weed have planned specialty food and beer events.
Letter writer: Do Ashevilleans really support local?
“I was, and am, extremely saddened by the closing of Katuah [Market] and have the utmost respect and appreciation to Swann for creating such a meaningful and healthy place…. But I am not convinced that it’s due to people not willing to purchase locally.”
Katuah Market to open in Biltmore Village this summer
The 11,000-square-foot, natural-food store is the project of John Swann, a former owner of Greenlife.
Down and out in aisle one
Last year, we Ashevilleans saw the corporate takeover of our beloved Greenlife. While some seem to not mind the change, many of us disliked the lowered quality and diminished local options and ran away to Earth Fare. Well, now we are facing an even worse corporate takeover of Earth Fare. Talk about dark, deep holes! […]
New hours at Whole Foods neglect early-morning customers
This morning, I stopped by Greenlife Grocery, more accurately known as Whole Foods, to grab a coffee and muffin on my way to work. It was 7:30 a.m., a time when Greenlife is always bustling. When I tried the door, it was locked. Just then, a Greenlife employee walked by. "The store's closed?" I asked. […]
Local flavors will continue to define Greenlife
Greenlife Grocery appreciates the feedback about the change in our opening hours. We are sorry for any inconvenience. We know that, for many people, the morning routine is an important part of the day. The decision to open the store later resulted by unanimous vote of the Greenlife leadership team (not a corporate edict) because […]
Marc Hunt has a vision for Asheville
I am writing to endorse Marc Hunt in his bid for Asheville City Council. Marc’s many years of business, nonprofit management and community-service experience will bring much practical value to Council. His deep commitment to his community will bring value to the whole city. Marc has a long and successful record of business and organizational […]
Nice work if you can get it
In response to Robert Thatcher's letter in the May 4 Xpress, “Wholly Satisfied with Whole Foods”: In an economy in which there are far fewer jobs than there are people looking for them, it makes little sense to simply tell such people to "get a living-wage job." You might as well tell them to move […]
Give me liberty? Give me a break
I once thought of myself as having a libertarian streak, but if it means that my views are aligned with those of Robert Thatcher and John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, then I probably do not [“Wholly Satisfied with Whole Foods,” May 4 Xpress]. To say that there is no political consensus on global warming […]
Beyond the Shirley Temple
Sometimes it seems like Asheville’s all about the booze. We’re Beer City, USA, after all. But where to sip something special sans suds? Asheville has a large selection of drinkable treats that are alcohol-free. Buchi Kombucha is a perfect example of how locally focused and healthy Asheville can be as a whole. The fermented-tea drink […]
A portable taste of Asheville
This town is long on charm, but short on souvenirs. But if you’re looking for a taste of Asheville that you can take home with you, we're practically up to our eyeballs in locally made mustard, jams, hot sauce and chocolates. Here are just a few of our favorite things. Many of these foods are […]
Wholly satisfied with Whole Foods
I read Lance Hardcastle's attack letter several weeks ago, and I wanted to write in to give my wholehearted support to the new, improved Greenlife [“Whole Foods: The Bigger the Worse?” March 30 Xpress]. Personally, I was very excited when I heard Whole Foods was taking over the Asheville location. They are making some great […]
Seventh annual Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers Festival returns this Saturday, April 2
This two-part event begins with a bread tasting and sale at the Greenlife Grocery in downtown Asheville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by hands-on workshops and lectures from noon until 6 p.m.
—Photo by Jonathan Welch
Whole Foods: The bigger the worse?
Whole Foods Market of Austin,Texas, recently bought Greenlife Grocery’s two stores for about $15 million. When one reads the literature about Whole Foods, it is easy to lose count of the smaller, organic, green local food markets this $8 billion dollar, multinational corporation has bought out. I, for instance, didn't know that the $1 billion, […]
Thank you for being a customer of Greenlife Grocery, and thank you for your comments. The first thing I want to assure you is that Greenlife's quality standards in prepared foods remain steadfast: All products in our stores are made without the use of preservatives, chemicals, hydrogenated fats or artificial flavorings, colors or sweeteners. With […]
Truck crashes into Greenlife, no one injured
A truck crashed into Greenlife grocery around 1:30 p.m. today when it rolled out of park and back into the entrance. No one was injured, and the store is still open for business using its side door. According to the Asheville Police Department, there are no charges yet in the accident.
Photo by David Forbes
Farmers market time is here. Here are two of the many places where you can find fresh, local food this weekend.
The Greenlife saga continues
The confirmed buyout of Greenlife by Whole Foods marks yet another controversy in the store’s relatively short life.
True: Whole Foods buying Greenlife Grocery
The rumors are true: Texas-based Whole Foods is buying the Asheville and Chattanooga Greenlife groceries. Here’s the complete press release:
The Gospel According to Jerry
An expert is a person from more than 50 miles away with a briefcase. Recently the city of Asheville hired a group of experts called Goody Clancy all the way from Boston, Mass., to tell us what we should do with our downtown in order to appease our no-growth activists. It seems like we go […]