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Goombay Festival Returns September 9-11, 2016

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Western North Carolina’s YMI Cultural Center is proud to announce the return of the 36th Goombay Festival on September 9-11, 2016, at downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park. This year's event will be pay homage to Goombay Festival's history in Asheville, NC.

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Small Business Highlight: The Herbal Spectacle

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In early 2015, optician Katie Lauver decided to halt working in local eye care practices as the optical manager and pursue the Asheville dream: going into business for herself. While working, Katie noticed that a lot of clients were interested in supporting their eye health and prevent future issues. As a long term user of herbal medicine and natural remedies, Katie, who is certified by the American Board of Opticianry dreamed up a business in which herbal and natural remedies could work side by side with mainstream health care. 

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DANCECLUB Asheville, A New Dance Studio In Asheville

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DANCECLUB Asheville, a dance studio playground for adults! DANCECLUB Asheville (DCA) is a dance and pole fitness studio that encourages fun, uninhibited dancing in an environment free of intimidation. DCA will be opening it’s doors at the beginning of May to adults of all ages. The studio will offer a wide array of classes in pole dancing/fitness, jazz/funk, classic jazz, burlesque, high heels, modern, exercise dance, boot camp, and flexibility and conditioning. Students will have the option to try out one class at a time or become a member, similar to a gym, having full access to all classes. DCA is a one stop shop for fun, expression, and exercise.

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Gay Ole Opry Comes to Asheville April 25th to Benefit QORDS

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After five years of trailblazing queer country music, New York City’s Gay Ole Opry is hitting the road for the first time. Opry regulars The Paisley Fields and Karen & the Sorrows are heading South for a week­long tour, and they are coming to Asheville on Monday, April 25th. The show is at The Crow & Quill at 106 N Lexington Ave at 8:00 pm and door is a sliding scale from $5-­$10. They will be joined by Asheville’s Lillie Jean and Mawk Chunk and are especially thrilled that the night will benefit QORDS, a week­long overnight summer camp for queer and trans youth or youth of LGBTQ families, with special focus on youth in the South.

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Teen Trio Posh Hammer To Release 6 Track EP in May

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LISTEN: To first single, "Absolutely Everyone", HERE

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Local Artist Dreams Turn Reality With Help of Micro Loan

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Asheville has long been a mecca for free thinkers, entrepreneurs, and artists. Many move to our fair city in hopes of establishing a name for themselves and exposing their art to the eager public. With so many individuals living within Buncombe County alone, the opportunities to expand one's art and live the dream seems feasible, if not achievable.

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3rd Annual Food Truck Showdown April 2nd 2016

Rabbit Etouffee and Boudain Balls from Root Down Food Truck at the Food Truck Showdown

 

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Asheville Welcomes Brewpon Beer App

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Asheville loves beer. With over 30 breweries and new ones opening up daily, it can be nearly impossible to keep up with not only all of the beer related events that happen, but beers on tap as well. If you are new to the beer scene, the sheer number of options can be intimidating. What if there was an app to help guide you? Imagine an app that can tell you what beers are on tap; what breweries are near you; what beer events are happening; and allow you to create a beer list from brews that you are interested in or have tried and tell you where that beer was currently available locally. Does this all sound good to be true?

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Mother Earth News Fair Returns to Asheville in 2016

Mother Earth News

Clear a spot on your calendar! The Mother Earth News Fair is returning to Asheville, North Carolina this spring!

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Wicked Weed Tasting Room Delayed Opening

Wicked Weed

Last year Wicked Weed introduced Asheville citizens to their 40,000 square foot brewing facility in Candler, North Carolina. This new production facility was a vertical move to increase their distribution in Asheville, to support their large offering of beers. Wicked Weed proudly offers a minimum of 25 beers available at all times, taking an "ADD approach to brewing," chuckles Walt Dickinson. 

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