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Dining in Asheville … with Friends

Dining in Asheville with Friends

Welcome back to Insider Asheville, a monthly feature here at AshevilleBlog. In this post, I examine the inherent problem related to dining on the town with friends. Actually, the inherent problem involves the types of friends you’re likely to have in this town and the chances of choosing a restaurant everyone will accept. In this true story, I’ve changed the names to protect the guilty.

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Last Food Truck Friday of 2014

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The last ‎Food Truck Friday of the year takes place on Friday, October 24

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Overheard in Asheville: SECU coming to Smokey Park

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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Asheville Outlets Aerial Construction Footage

Aerial Footage of Asheville Outlets Construction

We've got some neat insider footage of the construction happening at Asheville Outlets. The construction company sent a drone through the site to take footage of the progress. Specifically, they wanted to get some video of the beams that went up a couple of weeks ago. The beams will support what the company is calling galley roofs that will provide weather protection on each of the five concourses.

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How Locals Survive the Local Economy

Insider Asheville: How Locals Survive the Local Economy

In this issue of Insider Asheville, I shine some light on what the locals do to survive week to week when the minimum wage job isn’t enough to put food on the family table. You might think it involves government assistance or shoplifting, but you’d be wrong. Ashevillians are a proud bunch. We don’t just talk sustainability, we live it too.

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Asheville Comic Expo 2014

Asheville Comic Expo 2014

Can you fly? Do you have laser beams for eyes? Do metal claws jut out from your hands? No? None of that?  Well you my friend are in need of some excitement and I know of just the thing for you.  The Asheville Comic Expo returns to the US Cellular Center Saturday, September 20th for a day of AWESOME topped with AWESOME with a side of AWESOME.  Check out all the details in the press release below, and be sure to say hi to one of our amazing bloggers who will be running around with a camera.  See you there! 

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Diamond Brand to Host Groundbreaking for New South Asheville Store

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Diamond Brand, Asheville’s oldest outdoor gear shop, will celebrate its upcoming new retail store at Parkway Centre, at a festive groundbreaking event on September 25 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m on 1378 Hendersonville Road, Suite J, next door to the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Fresh Market and Liberty Bicycles. The public is invited to attend. The event is an opportunity for Diamond Brand’s devoted shoppers and newcomers to get acquainted with the new store location, while enjoying music, refreshments and special giveaway items.

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The 2014 NC Mountain State Fair is Back

The 2014 NC Mountain State Fair

The North Carolina Mountain State Fair is back y’all, and you know what that means.  DEEP FRIED EVERYTHING!!!

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Diamond Brand Recognized in Top 100 National Outdoor Retailers List

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Diamond Brand has been awarded a spot in the Top 100 Specialty Retailers 2014 list by Outdoor USA Magazine. As Western North Carolina’s first outdoor gear shop, Diamond Brand opened in 1964, specializing in gear for the Boy Scouts and the US military. Over the decades, Diamond Brand has grown to fit the ever-widening picture of the outdoor lifestyle. Diamond Brand features a diverse selection of suppliers like Patagonia and The North Face, as well as specialty items for paddlesports, hiking, camping, running and just kicking around town.

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Crowne Plaza Sticks Up for Employee

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I'll be honest, I've never worked in the service industry waiting tables. It's a job I know I would not be good at for various reasons, and if you do have this job, I admire your self control not to dump a pitcher of water on someones head on a daily basis. I do not have that control. I have, however, worked in medical offices having people demand and yell at me, rush, talk down, push me around and complain about me. In my case, the office manager would always get on my case about how the customer is always right no matter how they treated the staff.

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