A cry for help

The 11th annual Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival started with a pub crawl and ended with a plea. On Sept. 5, three days after the one-night, one-day festival closed, festival producer Arts2People posted a message on Facebook asking for money. The note thanked everyone for supporting LAAFF before broaching financial problems. “I have to […]

Start LAAFFing even sooner

The biggest change for this year’s Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival is that, while it won’t keep its two-day format from last year (that expansion was special for the festival’s 10th anniversary), it will include a Saturday night component. And that new addition, the Pre-LAAFF-A-Thon Pub Crawl, is an adult oriented evening of music, […]

Small Bites: Laughing Mask Candies comes to Lexington

Laughing Mask Candies, a classic by-the-pound candy shop, recently opened on Lexington Avenue. Husband-and-wife proprietors Anna and Joshua Sachar stock Jelly Belly jelly beans in every imaginable flavor, classic hard candies and taffy, too. They also stock sweet-and-sour pops and jawbreakers, and suckers worthy of the Lollipop Guild’s head honcho — even if he’s into […]

Space race

Big changes are coming to downtown Asheville’s North Lexington and Rankin avenues, including new restaurants, office space, condos, galleries, a courtyard and a terrace, property owner John Lantzius reveals. The Lantzius family, key players in Asheville’s downtown revitalization since the late 1970s, own several properties in the area. In 2004, John’s sister, Dawn Lantzius, was […]