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Overheard in Asheville: Bar of Soap Closed

Asheville's very favorite laundromat/pizzeria/bar hybrid, Bar of Soap, is officially out of business. According to sources we talked to today, the pizzeria inside - Del Viccios Italian, will remain in the building and operating. The bar and all of the brews it offers will also remain open to the public. As of January 29th, 2015, the laundromat side of things is officially closed. One wonders if the closing of the laundromat has any link to the closure of The Asheville Growler. The fill your own beer store (Asheville's first) closed in September 2014, for unspecified reasons. 

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Asheville Outlets: First 3 Stores Announcement

Asheville Outlets Rendering

If you have been following the Asheville Outlets saga, you know the basics by now. What was once the Biltmore Square Mall is now the new site for the not yet open Asheville Outlets. Some people feel that Asheville is not ready for outlet stores, while others are waiting for the Spring 2015 opening with baited breath. AshevilleBlog.com has brought you some sneak peek about the outlets previously, including an aerial view of the construction, and some behind the scenes fashion that will be offered by the outlet. 

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Nick Dittmeier and The Sawdusters

Nick Dittmeier and The Sawdusters

After a short break, Asheville Sessions is back! We've been busy filming some amazing bands that we cannot wait to show you in 2015. The first band to help us kick off the new year is Nick Dittmeier and The Sawdusters. These guys hail from Southern Indiana, and are affectionately referred to as alternative country. We met up with Zane, Nick, and Aaron during their last time in Asheville and set them up at an iconic spot in Asheville that is perfect for recording. They delighted us with a stripped down version of their song My Grey Suite off of their new album The Light of Day.

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Frommer’s Tourism Guide: You’ve got the wrong idea about Asheville

Asheville River Arts District Warehouse Studios

Asheville has been making top 10 lists for years, driving tourists to our fair city by the droves. As much as the locals complain about tourist season, people understand that tourism dollars are a crucial part of Asheville's annual budget. It always makes us feel warm fuzzes inside seeing the city we love top another list. When the reasons for being added to the list are grossly misleading, however, it can make those warm fuzzies turn into seeds of rage. 

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New Earth Muziq To Purchase Asheville Music Hall

Asheville Music Hall is now New Earth Musiq

New Earth MUZIQ is excited to announce the recent acquisition of Asheville Music Hall. To celebrate the grand opening of New Mountain Asheville’s new sister venue, New Earth MUZIQ will host a free “Time Machine Party” with Ben Lovett at Asheville Music Hall on Saturday, January 10th.

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Toy Drive for the Animals of Brother Wolf

dog wearing a santa hat

Almost as much a tradition as the holidays themselves, donation drives are in full swing this time of year. We love being able to give back to the community and support a variety of causes that directly impact the people of Asheville and Western North Carolina. Being the animal lovers that we are, the staff here at AshevilleBlog decided to help spread some holiday cheer and support a great local nonprofit all at the same time. Our elves have placed 7 boxes around town at local pet friendly businesses. On Christmas Eve we will collect all donations from each business, and drop the bounty off to the dogs and cats waiting for a new home at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. This way, our furred friends can share in the holiday joy with receiving their own presents on Christmas day!

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2015 Go Local Card & Brand New Website Launches

The Asheville Grown Go Local card is an initiative to raise money for Asheville City Schools while also encouraging residents of Asheville to shop local. AshevilleBlog participates in the Go Local card, so if you are interested in advertising with us, inquire about our great discounted rates and mention Go Local! Check out the press release about the 2014 discount card below:

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Halloween in Asheville: 2014

It's official,Halloween 2014 is upon us! If you are like me and are really bad about planning ahead for holidays, then you may be sitting at home and slowly building up to a panic attack as you wonder what to do tomorrow. Well, don't worry your pretty little head about what to do. There are a ton of family friendly and some not so family friendly events happening all over town tomorrow. Check out this list for where to go, get your costume ready (you do have a costume, right?)  and be ready to delight in some positively frightful fun!

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Asheville Sessions: Ha Ha Tonka

From the plains of Springfield, Missouri, this indie rock band made their Asheville debut at The Grey Eagle in the River Arts District. Ha Ha Tonka is a collective of four extremely talented young men playing soulful Ozark Mountain music with a mixture of college rock. The name Ha Ha Tonka is a nod to the boys Ozark pride, as Ha Ha Tonka is a state park in southwestern Missouri. When we caught up with them to record this session before their show at The Grey Eagle, we were instantly captivated by how harmoniously these guys worked together. It was almost effortless on their part, and it made the filming all that more natural. 

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Overheard in Asheville: SECU coming to Smokey Park

Along with rumors of a Target or Super Target going in next to the Lowes Home Improvement on Smokey Park Highway, we've been hearing whisperings of a new State Employees Credit Union Branch being built in that location as well. One staff writer wanted to find out more, and sent an inquiry to SECU about the potential new branch. This is what we learned:

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