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Asheville Mall Losing More Stores

Inside Asheville Mall

The Asheville Mall, located on 3 South Tunnel Road, has been experiencing a high number of turnover in recent years. We've seen a large amount of stores come and go, and there have been plenty of rumors flying about what store is closing next. Don't worry, we already found out that Sears is not going away any time soon. Last year, Asheville Mall underwent it's biggest 'renovation' in years, where several stores relocated, and European fashion clothing store H&M moved in. While I am sure the mall anticipated this would be an impressive new draw for shoppers, it seems like other stores continue to struggle. 

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Bonfire Barbecue Set to Open in West Asheville

Bonfire Barbecue

Jeffrey Barcelona is an Asheville native that will be bringing barbecue to the citizens of west Asheville on May 1st. "We've been thinking of doing this for a few years," Barcelona explains, pointing to himself and his wife while sitting in a booth at the quickly progressing Bonfire Barbecue location on Patton Avenue. "We moved to Portland Oregon for a few years, and started up a food truck." Their food truck, which served fried chicken became wildly popular, voted one of the top 10 food trucks in Portland, and appeared on Food Network. Shortly after that, the couple sold the truck and moved back home to Asheville, explaining that it was much easier to start up a business when surrounded by friends and family. 

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Overheard in Asheville: Sears Leaving Asheville Mall

The rumor mill is alive and well, this time targeting the Asheville Mall. The mall on Tunnel Road is reported to be undergoing some extensive renovations in the near future, much to the delight of local shoppers. Until this year, Asheville Mall has not experienced any competition, but with the opening of the new Asheville Outlets May 2nd, the CBL owned property may be feeling pressured to step up their game. 

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Sanctuary Brewing Supports Animals, Comes to Hendersonville

sanctuary brewing

A new brewery is coming to town - except this time, Asheville isn't the location. Sanctuary Brewing Company will be located in the heart of downtown Hendersonville, Asheville's southern neighbor. Located a mere thirty minutes from beer city, Sanctuary Brewing will be a drinking destination for residents of Asheville, Hendersonville, Flat Rock, Horse Shoe, and beyond. 

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Bon Vivant Co Grand Opening April 30th

bon vivant

Bon Vivant Co. is holding an open house to celebrate their joining the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.  Open since August 2014, Bon Vivant Co. is a new take on traditional antique and consignment stores; specializes in fine consignment, art, antiques, vintage items, and local original works.  

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Bikini Clad Baristas Wanted for Beach Themed Coffee Shop

Bikini Coffee Shop

Asheville is about to get yet another coffee shop. This one, however, will come with a unique twist. Unlike other coffee shops in the area, Hottie Coffee will be a drive through location, with a bright beach theme. There is one aspect of this new business that has locals wondering how it will hold up. Hottie Coffee is now hiring, and requesting that baristas be comfortable donning bikini and beach wear as a part of their everyday uniform. 

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Blackberg Creative Studio Opens on Asheville’s South Slope

blackberry creative studio

A new business is coming to 120 Coxe Ave on Asheville's quickly growing South Slope. Neighbor to Vortex Doughnuts, Wicked Weed, and Twin Leaf Brewery, the new BlackBerg Creative Studio offers customers something other then beer and food. BlackBerg caters to the creative types that are always on the look for new and different crafts. The brainchild of Stephanie Mergelsberg, this new spot is a hybrid of craft store, classroom space, and studio space open to anyone with a project to use. 

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Wicked Weed Brewing Facility in Candler

Wicked Weed

Have you heard? Wicked Weed, Asheville's booming 2 and a half year old brewery is opening yet another facility. In 2013, Wicked Weed first opened the doors to their flagship facility downtown Asheville. In October 2014, they announced the opening of their Funkitorium, home all of all things sour. This secondary location is on Coxe Ave. Recently, the quickly rising stars acquired land out in Candler, a hop and a skip from downtown. There is a building that has been sitting vacant and unfinished since 2008, nestled snuggly in what most would refer to as Candler's business district off of Sardis Road. 

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Katuah Market Closing March 31st

Katuah Market

Katuah Market first opened in Biltmore Village in February of 2013. Owner John Swann is a successful businessman, having worked at Earth Fare, and started Greenlife Grocery downtown Asheville, which became so successful it was eventually acquired by Whole Foods Market. Faithful friends and customers of Greenlife were excited to have another locally owned health store open in Asheville. Sadly, Katuah Market is slated to close March 31st, 2015. Below is the statement from the company.

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Benefit For Chicken Rescue and Sanctuary at Katuah Market

Chicken Rescue and Sanctuary

Katuah Market and the Asheville Vegan Society are hosting a vegan fundraiser event to benefit the Chicken Rescue & Sanctuary on Sunday, March 29th from 4-6pm at Katuah Market located in Biltmore Station at 2 Hendersonville Road. 

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