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Historic Biltmore Village Welcomes 3 New Merchants

Catawba Brewing Company’s Tasting Room located at 63 Brook Street, Asheville NC, 28803 held it’s grand opening celebrations Feb. 22. The event, that was open to the public, included the release of a new, commemorative beer, music, and limited edition promotional gear.  The new beer, called Brewtal Double IPA, is the creation of Catawba’s Head Brewer, Kevin Sondey.   Dubbed a “big beer for a big beer city”, Brewtal weighs in at 8.8 percent ABV and showcases the brilliant citrus notes of the Mandarina Bavaria hop variety.  Says Sondey, “I wanted someone to be able to come to Catawba and have something different than what’s available everywhere else.  Brewtal Double IPA was made specifically for our Asheville location’s opening, and exemplifies the wide variety of styles we will continue to make for our home market.”  Catawba’s new location will also allow them to feature entertainment groups.  

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Purling Hiss at The Mothlight March 2 2014

The Purling Hiss sound is revered by discerning listeners for its devastational waves of guitar rock crashing atop sweet melodies and pile-driving rhythm tunes alike. These contrasts in the hands of Mike Polizze impact upon buzzing pleasure centers for each listener, more of them with every lick - people who like rock songs and like to sing along and don't mind a little dirt for their trouble, live or on record. In a best of both worlds scenario, you've got a hot "new" Hiss LP in one hand and a Hiss concert ticket in the other... and so it shall be! Purling Hiss announce a country-wide tour of the U.S.A. in March and the release of Dizzy Polizzy on April 22nd!

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Schoolhouse Rock! Live in Concert

Co-Founders Abby Felder and Robbie Jaeger announce the continuation of Asheville Creative Arts’ (ACA) 13/14 season with a fundraiser concert of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! (March 8 and 9 at the Asheville Masonic Temple) with proceeds to benefit their summer production of the musical version of EB White’s classic, CHARLOTTE’S WEB (July 17-27 at NC Stage as part of the Catalyst Series).

Building on the success of ACA’s inaugural production of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD presented in summer of 2013, and the Mobile Unit production of SLUG AND SNAIL offered for touring this fall, both productions in 2014 continue the company’s mission to bring professional and innovative works to audiences of all ages, from the young, to the young at heart.

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Hibbett Sports Coming to Weaverville

A new sporting good retailer is coming to the Asheville area. Hibbett Sports is a retailer specializing in footwear, equipment, and apparel. I don't know about you, but I am thrilled that an alternative to Dick's Sporting Goods is coming to town. Occupying on average 8,000 sq feet of retail space, Hibbett's will offer an alternative place to shop when searching for sporting items in the football, baseball, basketball, and soccer world. 

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Interview with the Wilhelm Brothers

Chris Schieman speaks with Chris Wilhelm of the Wilhelm Brothers about life on the road and what’s next for this up and coming indie/folk /rock band from Asheville. The Wilhelm Brothers play extensively throughout the United States and right here in Asheville. For more information on this talented duo visit their website: www.thewilhelmbrothers.com. Link to download the entire podcast & take with you on the go: http://kiwi6.com/file/yo7fnighhn

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Fast Food Valentine’s Day Meals

Admit it - Valentines Day is overrated. If you are like Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother, maybe you believe Valentines Day was once a long forgotten holiday called Desperation Day. Perhaps are you like some of my friends who believe that Valentines Day is essentially a corporate holiday of greed that companies like Hallmark use to boost sales during slow winter months. Whatever the reason, you are not a fan of this 'lovers holiday'. Why waste all that time planning and agonizing over the perfect gift and making reservations at a fancy restaurants that require both shirts and shoes for service?

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Quick and Healthy Homemade Mayonnaise

For weeks i have been searching and trying out homemade mayo recipes. Trying to replace the over-processed, GMO-laden goop in the stores in a healthy way that tastes great took a bit of doing, but I finally found the perfect proportions and oil to use, and all you need is a blender or food processor and about five minutes.

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Andy Woodhull Valentine’s Day Comedy Show

Comedian to Poke Fun at Dating and Relationships for Valentine’s Day Comedy Show 

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STEREOSPREAD tonight at LAB

Lexington Avenue Brewery, known locally as “The Lab,” will be hosting a night of soaring synthpop Thursday, Feb. 6, featuring music from Stereospread, OddSTAR, and Divine Love Mission. Fans of bands such as Depeche Mode, Postal Service, Owl City, Goldfrapp, Beach House, Chvrches, or m83 will be right at home at this exciting show.

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Goodbye Biltmore Square Mall

Today marks the official close of the Biltmore Square Mall. Although this mall always seemed out of place in Asheville, it was a beautiful structure that many are sad to see go, despite the fact that the mall has been dead for quite some time. The mall, originally built in 1989 has floundered since its conception due to a number of reasons including poor planning, infrastructure, high prices, and the direct competition of The Asheville Mall only a few exits away. 

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