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 […]
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 […]
I have been hearing about the legislature voting to allow lots of digital billboards on the interstate highway. I am a ninth-grade student, 15 years old, and I have seen some of these signs and I don't like them. They are dangerous for anyone trying to read them while they are driving. Many people are […]
Nathan Strong is obviously a dyed-in-the-wool communist, so nothing I say is going to change his mind, but for the people who might be swayed I thought I should respond to his letter [“Green Capitalism Still Sucks,” March 30 Xpress]. What he forgets is that most people work simply and purely for the money they […]
Just Economics has been campaigning for an increase in minimum wage. Just Ecomics calls this increase a living wage. They have successfully pushed their policy into local law. Now contractors for our city must also pay their employees a living wage of $11.35 an hour (without benefits). The policy advocacy on their website states, “It […]
I feel compelled to point out the hypocrisy in the recent letter “Green Capitalism Still Sucks” [March 30 Xpress]. The reader decried the Asheville Grown Business Alliance for co-opting a "120-year-old anti-capitalist holiday" with its May 1 Big Love Fest downtown. I would be remiss not to point out that the celebration of a May […]
Local music lovers mark your calendars: Harvest Records announced today that it is taking over the space next door (the recently vacated Custom Boutique), and they’re throwing a party to celebrate.
As the owner of a small business and a tax-paying resident, I would like you to know that I do not support the way the city has gone about deciding how to prioritize the spending of our hard-earned tax dollars. Yes, I would like to see more parking, However, it seems that the city is […]
I have owned a downtown bead store, Beads and Beyond, for 27 years. The business is somewhere between retail and wholesale. I support the "Buy Local" [campaign] and feel I provide a service to the crafters in this area. Lately I have had a growing number of artists who complain about [my] prices. "I can […]
I currently work at Buchi and have never felt more at ease in a working relationship between a supervisor and myself than I do with Jeannine Buscher and Sarah Schomber, the owners of Buchi. I have always had complete confidence in voicing any concerns I have to them without fear of losing my job. They […]
Over the course of the 100 bloody years that it took the U.S. labor movement to win the eight-hour workday, labor militants struck, rioted and were executed for what was then seen as an overly radical demand that would destabilize industry and ruin the economy. Capitalism has undergone massive restructuring on a global scale, including […]
There are eight shopping days left, people. This is no time to rest on your laurels. Luckily, the opportunities to score cool, unique, local gifts are abundant this weekend.
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a new perk to its members — and hopefully a boon to cash-strapped consumers looking for deals.
For businesspeople who’d like to stave off the economic downturn (at least a bit), an upcoming program at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce just might be the ticket.
Despite the longest-running financial panic in the U.S. since the Great Depression, Asheville and its strong health-services and tourism sectors continue to see sustained economic growth, two economists said Thursday night.
No one knows who the unlucky person was that first stepped on a dog turd. After all, it probably happened 10,000 years or more ago, when wolves first began to appear at the margins of human settlement. But it’s not hard to imagine the expression on that person’s face. Even today, very few regularly encountered […]