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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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Asheville Outlets Official Store Announcement

Asheville Outlets Rendering

The new Asheville Outlets have finally started to reveal the stores that will be part of the 75 storefront outlet. Opening May 1st, 2015. Asheville Outlets is slowly releasing the full list, so watch this space from now until March 20th, when we will have a full list.

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Sky Lanes Undergoing Serious Renovations

sky lanes asheville

Sky Lanes, the popular bowling alley on Patton Avenue is undergoing some serious renovations. The alley was purchased by a group of local investors in February 2015, and the new owners are bringing some much needed updates to the 1963 bowling alley. We can't release too many details, but we are thrilled to share a few tidbits that we learned. 

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Fermentation Vessels Arrive at New Belgium Site

The construction at the New Belgium site in the River Arts District is coming along well. For those that have been following along, the first vessels arrived a few weeks ago. New Belgium has officially started hiring staff for their new location, and we've been seeing major changes happening along the French Broad River as the building keeps growing. This morning, the first fermentation vessels were transported from their laying spot in Candler, to the New Belgium site. We have some photos of the happenings, and if you are interested in seeing the construction progress, check out the photos below.

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Dupont Brothers Play Altamont Theatre March 11

The Dupont Brothers

Zack and Sam are two brothers are reunited after years of geographical separation by a resonant collaboration in music, forming The Dupont Brothers. Blending the contemplative winters of the northeast with the solitary beauty of south western desert, the Burlington, Vermont based indie-folk duo has truly honed in on their kindred songwriting synergy.

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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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