The people’s market: WNC flea markets offer culture, community and commoditie­s

Whether you’re hunting for a bargain or looking to make some extra cash, gathering with neighbors at a local flea market could be just the ticket. Flea market regulars say the connections that form between buyers and sellers are a unique aspect of the experience, and their value can equal or exceed the monetary rewards.

Bringin’ it all back home: Asheville Grown ramps up for 2016 Go Local campaign

As new hotels and construction sites pop up across across the city seemingly every week and nationally-branded chains vie for retail space downtown, the local small business alliance known as Asheville Grown is reminding the Asheville community of the importance of keeping small, locally-owned businesses at the center of the city’s economic development plans.

Asheville Bioneers conclude third annual conference

As Lenoir-Rhyne University wrapped up its third annual Taste of Bioneers conference on Friday night, Nov. 21, the panel presentation “Scaling Solutions for Social Change” took center stage. Three local business leaders fueled discussions about the opportunities and the challenges Asheville-area businesses face as they seek to expand their organizations and contribute to community sustainability as […]

A thank you from the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Associatio­n

On behalf of the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the 2011 Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival. The Festival, held Oct. 7-9 once again brought thousands of visitors and tourists to the Valley and was a resounding success in every way. Numerous volunteers, local attendees and their guests, […]

Feathers come from birds

Feathers are obviously the new fashion trend. There were multiple vendors at Bele Chere selling feather hair extensions, feather hair clips, feather earrings, etc. I encourage everyone to do a little research as to where these feathers come from. Consumer awareness is especially important when animals are involved. — Kira Poteat Clyde

Common courtesy in a modern age

I own a cell phone, as do most of the readers of this publication. It is a modern convenience that I cannot imagine my life without. I also work in the service industry, waiting tables. In the 10 years I have been doing so I have witnessed the increase of cellphone use destroy the common […]

Restaurant merry-go-round

Black Mountain is a restaurant merry-go-round. In the short year that I have lived here, I have seen H.T. Papa's restaurant close; it is now a Chinese place. A coffee house on the edge of town closed — the lady who ran it left and opened her place in Old Fort (now I hear it […]

Muffin Republican­s, go home

We read Richard Thatcher's love-fest letter to the editor (regarding Whole Foods) with amusement [“Wholly Satisfied with Whole Foods,” May 4 Xpress]. Wow. We moved here from Atlanta to get away from pseudo-Republicans like you. If you don't want to support local Asheville businesses and be a part of the community, why don't you go […]