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Local Radio Station WPVM Experiences Hostile Takeover

WPVM radio

Since 2003, 103.7 WPVM has been a commercial free, listener supported, volunteer based radio station. Known as the the progressive voice of the mountains, this registered non-profit was founded to provide independent media to the Asheville community. Formerly licensed to the Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN), the station was an integral part of MAIN’s alternative media vision to enable citizens to financially support non-corporate news, music, and public affairs programming. As of May 8th, 2015, an FCC transfer of the station was complete which means that WPVM is now operating as its own not-for-profit-entity.

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Local Business Spotlight: Lolo

Lolo

Asheville is home to thousands of locally owned, independent businesses that often run on a shoestring budget. Oftentimes, the business owner is also the bookkeeper, employee, janitor, and customer service rep, which does not leave a lot of time or brainpower for keeping up with a loyalty program. This is where Lolo steps in.

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Take a Trip South with Lafayette’s Cajun and Creole Food

I visited Lafayette restaurant, the newest child of the Bouchon family, last weekend, during their opening week.  Chef Tref Hundertmark brings some of his experience in cooking in New Orleans to bear in the kitchen, and did a fairly good job on his work. However, I recommend this restaurant with some reservations about the dishes and with the hopes that he will take note of some of the items I found lacking.

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Asheville Startup MobRocket T-Minus 1 Day Until Launch

MobRocket

A local startup is gearing up to blast off May 20th, 2015. MobRocket, brainchild of David Bentley is launching out of the gate with one pursuit in mind: take down popular deals website Groupon. Since its inception in 2008,  Groupon has been helping businesses reach new customers by using their deals related online platform. The premise behind the popular website is that consumers purchase a product at a significantly reduced price. The vendors pay Groupon to promote the deal, and a portion of the profits for the sale in exchange for placing the product in front of customers. The sales giant reaches businesses in over 500 worldwide markets, and is currently valued at over $1 billion dollars.

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Hunting for Good Food? Try the Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian

Carolina Cup and Ingredients
I was invited last Thursday to a media dinner at The Red Stag Grill, located inside the Grand Bohemian Hotel near Biltmore Village and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. The dinner was to showcase some new menu offerings from their new chef, Scott Ostrander.

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Biltmore 15k/5k Race A Local Tradition For A Good Cause

Biltmore Estate

Runners mark your calendars! The Kiwanis Club of Asheville presents the 18th Annual Kiwanis 15k/5k Classic Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at 7:15 am upon the grounds of Asheville's very own Biltmore Estate. This race draws all levels of competitors every year from across the region, and never fails to thrill onlookers as runners post fast times and battle it out from the starting gun to exciting kicks to the finish tape. Thanks to the efforts of race organizers, sponsors, and the support of local businesses, this race offers a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience year after year. The race attracts a positive influx of traffic into the local economy, and supports the good work of the Kiwanis Charities.

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Asheville Wine & Food Festival’s “Amuse” Does Not Disappoint

Asheville's seventh annual Wine and Food Festival had its first phases of its culinary competition on Friday, May 1st, with "Amuse." At this pre-festival event, five chefs and six mixologists were to take an ingredient or two from an amusement park or circus and use it as inspiration to produce bite-sized original dishes. The winners of this competition will go on to compete at the Grand Tasting and Elixir later this summer.

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3rd Annual Franny’s FARM FEST Saturday, June 6, 2015

Popular music festival returns to celebrate local talent, food, beer, recreation and independent businesses. Local Flavor AVL and New Mountain AVL are sponsoring the event to benefit FOOD CONNECTION & WildSouth. 

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Burial is Appropriate Action for “Cajun-inspired” Food

On Sundays, in an odd tradition for a beer purveyor, Asheville's Burial Brewery hosts brunches. I sampled their 'Cajun-inspired' offerings recently.

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Asheville Publix Sneak Peek

Sushi at Asheville Publix

April 29th, 2015 at 7 am Publix will open doors to Asheville for the very first time. The store located at 1830 Hendersonville road in South Asheville will be the 1,101th store in the country. Citizens have been eagerly awaiting the much loved native Florida grocery store, and several are wondering if the store will live up to the hype. We got a sneak peek at the new store this morning that we are eager to share with our readers. 

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