With her recently opened downtown restaurant, Esther Joseph evokes the flavors of her childhood on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.
As commercial rents rise ever higher in Asheville’s downtown, local business owners and other community members hope the area’s popularity won’t lead to increasing homogenization, the proliferation of national chains and the loss of the city’s unique character.
Adorn Salon & Boutique owner Rebecca Hecht has plans to bring a new convenience market to the downtown area.
In a way, upcycling is like the recycling we do with our cans and bottles: It also uses that concept of reusing and reducing waste material — but it’s not exactly cut from the same cloth.
Local development group Public Interest Projects is hoping to build 32 apartments and a new commercial space at 56 S. Lexington Avenue, a downtown property behind the Aloft Asheville Hotel.
At a kickoff party at The Orange Peel, the Asheville Downtown Association announced the summer 2014 lineup for the Downtown After 5 music series, followed by an electrifying performance from Empire Strikes Brass.
“For six years, residents and visitors of our fair city have come for chocolate and fellowship to French Broad Chocolate Lounge at 10 South Lexington Avenue. This, our original location, has served us very well, despite the building’s age and unique quirks. The summer of this year, 2014, will be our last in this spot! We have signed a 10 year lease to relocate French Broad Chocolate Lounge around the corner on Pack Square! This spring, we are renovating the first floor of the historic Legal Building, formally SunTrust Bank, to be our permanent home.”
The Dec. 5 cover story, “No Easy Answers: Lexington Avenue’s Uncertain Future,” which explored the state of affairs on the last, northern block of the street, proved to be aptly titled. Many readers responded. Here are their letters, along with Xpress’ response, links to the original story and a report on the followup meeting with Lexington Avenue retailers. (Photo of North Lexington Avenue by night by Max Cooper)
When Mountain Xpress hit the stands Dec. 5, few Lexington Avenue business owners found any holiday joy in the cover story, “No Easy Answers: Lexington Avenue’s Uncertain Future.” On Dec. 14, they met with newspaper staff to voice their concerns. (photos by Max Cooper)
The breakfast and lunch eatery, Biscuit Head Café and Provisions, will focus on jams, jellies, cat-head biscuits, house-made sodas and other decadent Southern staples.
AC Entertainment will not license the Moogfest name in 2013. Photo by Rich Orris.
Some business owners say violence and rents are on the rise on Lexington Avenue, one of Asheville most unique urban streets. This is the heart of a downtown district known for its independent spirit, quirky local business and an annual street feature celebrating the city’s diverse alternative cultures.
Crêperie Bouchon is muscling through some renovations again. A kitchen upgrade will bring all-you-can-eat mussel nights to the crêpe shop, which are already popular at its next-door parent restaurant, Bouchon French Bistro. The Crêperie has closed temporarily while the changes take place. Manager Jenn McGibbon says it’s hard to predict when the Crêperie will reopen. […]
Local musician Sparrow in red jeans, shrug and vintage hat.
As downtown Asheville’s beloved used book store reaches its 25th year in business, we look both backward and forward through its illustrious history. This is the first installment in a two-part series.