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King of Sweets Leaves Asheville Mall

King of Sweets

The Asheville Mall has been under an increasing amount of pressure, with the opening date of Asheville Outlets a mere few days away. We've reported recently that Banana Republic has left the mall to open a storefront at the Outlets. Before European H&M moved in, popular retailer Abercrombie & Fitch closed their doors and has been recently announced to be a part of the Outlets as well.

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Tasty Beverage Company Opens on South Slope

Tasty Beverage Company

Tasty Beverage Company, a bottle shop based out of Raleigh, opened the doors to their Asheville location on Thursday evening. I dropped by Friday morning to check out the space and was quite impressed with their space and selection. 

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Bonfire Barbecue Set to Open in West Asheville

Bonfire Barbecue

Jeffrey Barcelona is an Asheville native that will be bringing barbecue to the citizens of west Asheville on May 1st. "We've been thinking of doing this for a few years," Barcelona explains, pointing to himself and his wife while sitting in a booth at the quickly progressing Bonfire Barbecue location on Patton Avenue. "We moved to Portland Oregon for a few years, and started up a food truck." Their food truck, which served fried chicken became wildly popular, voted one of the top 10 food trucks in Portland, and appeared on Food Network. Shortly after that, the couple sold the truck and moved back home to Asheville, explaining that it was much easier to start up a business when surrounded by friends and family. 

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A Taste of Catawba’s New Brewery

catawba brewing flight

Beer has been flowing at Catawba's new south slope tasting room since their soft opening on Tuesday, but I decided to head over for the grand opening on Friday April 3rd, which included specialty beers, live music, and a food truck.

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Sanctuary Brewing Supports Animals, Comes to Hendersonville

sanctuary brewing

A new brewery is coming to town - except this time, Asheville isn't the location. Sanctuary Brewing Company will be located in the heart of downtown Hendersonville, Asheville's southern neighbor. Located a mere thirty minutes from beer city, Sanctuary Brewing will be a drinking destination for residents of Asheville, Hendersonville, Flat Rock, Horse Shoe, and beyond. 

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Bon Vivant Co Grand Opening April 30th

bon vivant

Bon Vivant Co. is holding an open house to celebrate their joining the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.  Open since August 2014, Bon Vivant Co. is a new take on traditional antique and consignment stores; specializes in fine consignment, art, antiques, vintage items, and local original works.  

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Bikini Clad Baristas Wanted for Beach Themed Coffee Shop

Bikini Coffee Shop

Asheville is about to get yet another coffee shop. This one, however, will come with a unique twist. Unlike other coffee shops in the area, Hottie Coffee will be a drive through location, with a bright beach theme. There is one aspect of this new business that has locals wondering how it will hold up. Hottie Coffee is now hiring, and requesting that baristas be comfortable donning bikini and beach wear as a part of their everyday uniform. 

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Burial’s Backyard Barbecue with Buxton Hall Barbecue April 11

Burial Beer Company and Buxton Hall Barbecue

Saturday April 11 @ 2PM Burial will open their taproom but it won't be like every other Saturday. This marks the unveiling of their beer garden.

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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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