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Local Earth Skills School Featured on National Geographic Channel

Wild Abundance Essentials Program

How far do you have to go to get-back-to-the-land? The National Geographic Channel’s new series, “Live Free or Die,” examines a growing movement of people living in radical harmony with nature. The show profiles individuals who forage wild food, fashion clothing from animal hides, and live in shelters built of forest debris. National Geographic describes the series as an exploration of “America’s most remote subculture,” but if you live near Asheville, NC this emerging movement is not so far away. 

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Local Business Spotlight: Hero Hunter Comics

hero hunter comics

So you're on the west side of town and you have a comic book emergency, what do you do? You don't want to drive to Tunnel road or Woodfin, and everybody knows that comic shop in Candler is only open every other Tuesday from 4:08p.m. to 4:14p.m. right? Not according to Will Hessling, the man who took over ownership of Hero Hunter Comics back in August of 2013. For almost two years now the Candler comic store has been open five days a week and most days eight hours a day, but the short hours rumor still lingers.

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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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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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Adventure Center of Asheville and Asheville Greenworks Green Adventure Service Day

Asheville Adventure Center

Participate in an Asheville Greenworks service project at the Adventure Center of Asheville and receive   50% off that day to climb the Asheville Treetops Adventure Park, or zip the KidZip or the Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures.

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Biltmore Property Group Opens New Retail Location

Biltmore Property Group

Biltmore Property Group has just put the finishing touches on a new retail location conveniently located to Historic Biltmore Village. 55 Sweeten Creek Road is the latest construction project to add to the BPG portfolio.

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Local Flavor AVL Benefit Concert for Food Connection at the Altamont Theatre

Local Flavor AVL Food Connection

Local Flavor AVL Benefit Concert for Food Connection at the Altamont Theatre

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Vortex Doughnuts: Redux

Vortex Doughnuts

If you have been reading my reviews, you might remember I visited Vortex during opening week. To recap, I was not the most impressed with their heavy, greasy cake doughnuts but vowed to visit them again for a taste of their yeast, the gold standard of basic doughnut craftsmanship. I took that opportunity again recently.

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