City Information – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:55:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 Mercy Urgent Care Announces New Location in Burnsville http://ashevilleblog.com/mercy-urgent-care-announces-new-location-burnsville/ http://ashevilleblog.com/mercy-urgent-care-announces-new-location-burnsville/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 16:34:17 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11736 Yancey County Will Be Home to 6th Mercy Urgent Care Location in WNC

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Yancey County Will Be Home to 6th Mercy Urgent Care Location in WNC

Mercy Urgent Care is pleased to announce its newest location in Burnsville, opening on Friday, August 31, at 9 am. For residents and visitors of Yancey County and the surrounding area, this new facility means that high-quality, affordable and convenient medical care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries will be just minutes (instead of an hour) away. Patients in Yancey County will now have access to walk-in care at a fraction of the cost of an ER visit. 

Mercy Urgent Care is excited to bring healthcare and support to the community by partnering with Yancey County who received a $50,000 economic development grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Rural Infrastructure Authority. To officially mark the opening of Mercy’s new Burnsville location, the Burnsville/Yancey County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 11, from 4 to 6 pm.

“As a longtime native and resident of Yancey County, I am very grateful and take great pride in the opportunity to serve the community that has meant so much to me throughout the years,” said Sara Greer, a Mercy nurse practitioner joining the Burnsville team. “The opening of the new Mercy Urgent Care facility in Burnsville will be a great asset and resource for our town. I am truly excited to be able to work with and for the wonderful people, employers and families of Burnsville and surrounding areas.”

Mercy Urgent Care Burnsville, at 41 Charlie Brown Road, will be the sixth Western North Carolina location for the nonprofit organization headquartered in Asheville. “Because Burnsville is such a small community nestled in the mountains, people have not had options for a full range of healthcare,” said Sister Peggy Verstege, the Mercy Urgent Care Mission Effectiveness Coordinator and Burnsville native. “But as small as it may be, we are planning to bring compassionate, affordable care and new growth to the people of Yancey County.”

In addition to services for individuals and families, Mercy Urgent Care Burnsville will offer workplace-related healthcare services through its Mercy Occupational Medicine division. Employers in or near Yancey County can take advantage of a wide array services, from workplace screening and testing to workplace incident management. Mercy Occupational Medicine offers board-certified physicians and licensed, highly-trained personnel to meet the needs of businesses and their employees. 

“Mercy Urgent Care is excited to bring our long history of excellence in healthcare to Burnsville,” noted Medical Director Dr. Elizabeth McCarty. “We look forward to serving the community for all their urgent care and occupational medicine needs.” 

Known for its compassionate and affordable care, Mercy helps your family, friends and neighbors recover from injury and illness and get back to a healthy life. A committed community partner in the areas it serves, Mercy is a certified North Carolina Best Employer and a proud living wage employer.

Mercy Urgent Care was founded in Asheville in 1985 as an outreach of the Sisters of Mercy, an international religious institute of Roman Catholic women, begun in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland. Committed to sacredness of life, human dignity, mercy, justice, service and excellence, Mercy Urgent Care believes everyone should have access to convenient, affordable and high-quality healthcare. The Sisters of Mercy have served WNC since 1900, operating the former St. Joseph’s Hospital for nearly 100 years before its sale to Mission in 1998.

Supporting the residents and visitors of Western North Carolina is a top priority, and to do this effectively, Mercy Urgent Care, as an independent provider, accepts most major insurances including Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina; offers a self-pay option for those without insurance, with simple, tiered “fee for service” pricing; and has a Compassionate Care financial assistance program for qualifying patients.

Mercy Urgent Care has served more than one million patients in Western North Carolina. Donations to not-for-profit Mercy Urgent Care’s Catherine McAuley Mercy Foundation enable care throughout WNC in Brevard, Weaverville, three Asheville locations, and now Burnsville – providing more than a half-million dollars in charity care locally as well as sending medical teams and supplies internationally. More information about the organization and all locations can be found at www.mercyurgentcare.org.

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AMOS Announces New Executive Director http://ashevilleblog.com/amos-announces-new-executive-director/ http://ashevilleblog.com/amos-announces-new-executive-director/#respond Wed, 25 Jul 2018 16:50:53 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11744 Amanda Bryant Takes the Helm as Museum Continues to Grow

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Amanda Bryant Takes the Helm as Museum Continues to Grow

Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) has completed its search for a new Executive Director and is pleased to announce Amanda Bryant has accepted the position. Ms. Bryant has been serving as Interim Executive Director since April. Her leadership has allowed daily museum operations to continue seamlessly during the transition period and she has proven her skill and resolve in managing the day-to-day functions as well as helping shape a strategic plan for the museum’s future.

“We were fortunate to have Ms. Bryant step in as Interim Director and are immensely pleased to have her permanently fill the role after a national search,” said Matthew Maultsby, President of the Board of AMOS. “She’s a strong leader with the background AMOS needs to achieve its goals of expansion as an educational resource to schools and families, and continued partnership development with Asheville industries, art community, and city and county entities.”

 In addition to her experience within the organization, Ms. Bryant’s strong relationships in the community and her commitment to the AMOS mission and vision will be key as the museum continues its growth.  She also brings a wealth of expertise in overseeing programs with city and county impacts that will help AMOS during its evolution into a flagship regional science museum.

 A Western North Carolina native who has lived and worked in both Washington, DC and Asheville for the past 12 years, Ms. Bryant most recently served as a Strategic Communications Executive at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) External Affairs. She brings extensive experience from that role as well as her role at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Her work at both agencies has given her a solid science background, along with crucial organizational and communications skills.

 “To be given the opportunity to grow the museum into a showcase of science, technology, and innovation is extremely gratifying. I’m honored to work with an incredible team who is transforming AMOS into the attraction that locals and tourist alike put on their must experience list while also leading the conversation on how we attract more science and technology professionals to our diverse area and support workforce development through STEM education.”

 Ms. Bryant also holds a degree in education and communications – a tremendous advantage as AMOS plans to expand its educational offerings, including camps and at-school and afterschool programs. She and her husband, Brandon, live in North Asheville with their six-year-old daughter, Charlee, and their dog, Tag.

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Wayfinding banners help support River Arts District vitality during RADTIP construction http://ashevilleblog.com/wayfinding-banners-help-support-river-arts-district-vitality-radtip-construction/ http://ashevilleblog.com/wayfinding-banners-help-support-river-arts-district-vitality-radtip-construction/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:05:16 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11705 With the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) underway, the City of Asheville is helping to support businesses near RADTIP construction in a variety of ways.

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With the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) underway, the City of Asheville is helping to support businesses near RADTIP construction in a variety of ways.

One way to support the vitality of this business district is a $25,000 City-designated fund to help keep businesses open during RADTIP construction. The RAD Vitality Partnership is between the City of Asheville, the River Arts District Business Association and the River Arts District Artists Association. Explore Asheville is also hosting a website at www.explorerad.com as part of this partnership.

This work is being done as a collaboration. Members of the River Arts District Artists Association (RADA), the River Arts District Business Association (RADBA) and the City of Asheville meet monthly to review the needs of the district during construction.

The first priority for the district is installation of RAD wayfinding pole banner signs. Some 114 pole banner signs are being installed throughout the district as part of the collaboration. Area businesses raised more than $24,000 to support this initiative. The banners are designed to last through the construction project.

“The banners are helping with not only wayfinding but also beautification,” said Studio A artist Andrea Kulish, who designed the pole banners. “The banners show the breadth of artists in the district.”

The partnership will also fund a trolley for Second Saturdays and staff 14 Riverside Drive Arts and Culture Center every Saturday during the community-wide Summer of Glass extravaganza happening from now until mid-October.

“The traffic these efforts are generating has been really positive,” said 310 Art studio owner Nadine Charlsen. “We’ve had a lot more local people in the RAD.”

The collaboration between partners for this project is making an impact.

“This collaboration during RADTIP sends the message that we are open for business during construction,” said RADBA President Dave Campbell. “The community engagement has been fabulous for this project and everyone from artists, business owners, the City and other partners have all worked together.”

Designed as a business district development exercise, both RADBA and RADA are working together for the benefit of the district.

“In the past, the district hasn’t always come together. But this has been a great opportunity to use this partnership to bring everyone together for the greater good for the River Arts District,” said River Arts District Artist Association (RADA) President Chalkley Matlack.

The pole banner initiative has the potential to evolve as a method to support businesses past RADTIP construction.

“The opportunity to build the wayfinding component for the RAD at a time that will influence the permanent wayfinding is really exciting,” said Curve Studio owner Pattiy Torno.

About RADTIP

The River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) is a City of Asheville multi-modal transportation project that includes the installation of sidewalks, street trees, public art, bike lanes and greenways in the River Arts District, adjacent to the French Broad River.

For more information about the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project visit the RADTIP project webpage on the City of Asheville website.

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Uber & Lyft Resume Service At Asheville Airport http://ashevilleblog.com/uber-lyft-return-asheville-airport/ http://ashevilleblog.com/uber-lyft-return-asheville-airport/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:48:18 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11688 Announcement from the Asheville Regional Airport:

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Announcement from the Asheville Regional Airport:

The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority (GARAA) is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to return rideshare services to the airport.  The airport is in the process of amending its ground transportation operating procedures to allow rideshare companies to pick up in a designated pick up area.  Uber and Lyft have agreed to this operating requirement and have resumed operations in the interim until the final changes have been made.

“We have been working diligently with rideshare organizations to establish a mutually agreeable solution at the airport that would be equitable for all,” said Lew Bleiweis, GARAA Executive Director.  “Travelers prefer ground transportation choices, and the Authority is pleased that a solution has been established that is returning more choice of ground transportation providers at the airport.”

“We are pleased to announce with the Asheville Regional Airport that we have reached a mutually satisfactory agreement and are thrilled to be resuming operations. We are looking forward to building off this partnership to provide great service to all of those looking for affordable, reliable transportation options to or from the airport,” said Michael Black, Uber Technologies, Inc. General Manager. 

“As our airport continues to grow, it is our obligation to manage ground transportation in a responsible manner,” said Bleiweis.  “Our goal is to remove vehicular traffic from the front curb to improve safety for all travelers; and we are required to administer equitable procedures with all ground transportation providers – whether they are taxis, shuttles, limos or rideshare.  The new changes to our procedures will help us accomplish this safety measure, and also provide a suitable pick-up area for rideshare drivers.”

The rideshare pick-up area is located past the north end of the airport terminal. The pick-up area for all other ground transportation (taxis, for-hire and shuttles) is located at the south end of the airport terminal, near baggage claim.  All ground transportation providers pay operating fees.

Further info: https://flyavl.com/article/uber-lyft-have-resumed-service-avl

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Career Fair Announced for January 17 http://ashevilleblog.com/career-fair-announced-january-17/ http://ashevilleblog.com/career-fair-announced-january-17/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:09:27 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11375 Area residents will have many opportunities to advance their career at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s 12th Annual Homecoming Career Fair. The region’s largest annual career fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Davis Event Center at the WNC Agriculture Center in Fletcher.

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Area residents will have many opportunities to advance their career at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s 12th Annual Homecoming Career Fair. The region’s largest annual career fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Davis Event Center at the WNC Agriculture Center in Fletcher.

The participating companies are looking to hire for over 10,000 positions available around Western North Carolina in 2018. With more than 125 employers and job seeker resources slated to attend, the popular career fair will showcase regional employment opportunities in growth industries, including advanced manufacturing, health care services, technology, financial services, and hospitality. 

“Our region has experienced significant job growth over the last several years and our unemployment continues to be the lowest in the State of North Carolina,” said Terry Collins, Chair of the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board and Employee Human Resource Manager, Current powered by GE. “Employers in the region are aggressively searching for talent.  The 12th Annual Homecoming Career Fair is an excellent opportunity for job seekers to find a great job.  Mountain area Workforce Development Board is honored to join the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Coalition of Asheville-Buncombe, over 120 employers in our region along with many workforce partners in offering Western North Carolina’s largest annual career fair.”   

Information on participating employers is listed online at www.HomecomingJobFair.com. A mobile map is available for use at the event to easily locate employer booth locations. 

As an added benefit, the career fair will include two on-site professional development seminars sponsored by AARP for area job seekers on employment law with a focus on age-inclusion and on technology.

Career seekers are encouraged to bring resumes for distribution, as many employers will accept applications at the event. 

“The annual Homecoming Career Fair remains a key recruiting event that matches our skilled workforce with high quality opportunities in many of our region’s top companies. We are always impressed with the caliber of the metro area employers, diversity of career opportunities and experienced talent that make this a successful event,” stated Ben Teague, Executive Director of the Economic Development Coalition that hosts the career fair.

The Economic Development Coalition is grateful to its generous sponsors and partners that provided support for the 12th Annual Homecoming Career Fair. Sponsors include Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, Montreat College Adult and Graduate Studies, Asheville Radio Group, Duke Energy, MB Haynes Corporation, Chik-fil-a Merrimon Avenue, Hawthorne Residential Partners, Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, Aeroflow Healthcare, iHeart Media, Bojangles of WNC and Reich, LLC.

For additional career seeker resources, visit www.homecomingjobfair.com.

The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment.  The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and over 80 private investors through AVL 5×5: Vision 2020. Visit www.ashevillechamber.org/economic-development. Learn more about AVL 5×5: Vision 2020 at www.asheville5x5.com.

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with over 1,700 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Chamber is home to the Asheville Visitor Center that welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. To get active in the Chamber, visit ashevillechamber.org.

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How Would the Great Charlton Heston Fare in Today’s Cinema Industry? http://ashevilleblog.com/great-charlton-heston-fare-todays-cinema-industry/ http://ashevilleblog.com/great-charlton-heston-fare-todays-cinema-industry/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:05:12 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11366  

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Charlton Heston is one of the most legendary actors of all time, and the man who died in 2008 at the age of 84 had starred in an astonishing 100 films in his distinguished career. As one of the most decorated actors in Hollywood, Heston was one of the main go-to stars for production companies in the 1950s. He is known for his exceptional performances in The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, but how would the former Asheville Community Theatre manager fare in the modern age of film? Here we discuss some of Heston’s finest work, and think about how it could be different in today’s cinema.

1950s Work

Prior to making a name for himself in Hollywood, Heston and his wife decided to manage a theatre in Asheville, North Carolina in 1947. At the time, the two of them wanted to make it on the stage and perhaps hadn’t envisioned how successful Heston would later become. The theatre also thrived, and is one of the top locations in Asheville to visit to this day. Of course, the city is also famous for its musical roots, and the annual Christmas Jam and other unmissable events. Heston’s time in Asheville turned out to be short-lived, as a year after moving there in 1948 he returned to New York to work on Broadway, in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Heston’s breakthrough movie in Hollywood was Dark City in 1950. The film noir directed by William Dieterle centred on a group of hustlers taking a man for $5000 in a poker game. A lot of the action in the legendary actor’s debut silver screen performance took place in bricks-and-mortar casinos, but if Heston were around to star in a modern-day version of the film the poker elements could take place online. Even prestigious venues like the Hippodrome Casino have branched out to cater for online clients now as well. It may be hard to replicate the dark and gripping feel of Dark City using an online format, though. A Heston film from the 50s which could be spruced up for the 21st century is The Naked Jungle. The 1954 film from Byron Haskin saw Heston as a cocoa plantation owner faced with a plague of army ants. Now imagine that classic recreated for the modern day, but this time the protagonist is wearing virtual reality headgear like the Oculus Rift, and battling against hackers in a virtual jungle. That could make for quite an interesting premise.

Planet of the Apes and Action Work

Although Heston was one of the busiest actors in America in the 50s, during the next decade it was a while before he appeared in a big hit. The Ten Commandments in 1956 made him, while his turn in 1959’s Ben-Hur earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor. But after the William Wyler film it was nearly ten years before Heston starred in Planet of the Apes, one of the most iconic pictures of all time. The 1968 science fiction film from Franklin J. Schaffner saw Heston play an astronaut who ends up stranded on a strange planet where the apes rule over humans. The movie was so important, it was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry due to its cultural and historical significance. While we can only speculate about how other Heston films would be adapted for modern audiences, Planet of the Apes has been through two other incarnations since the original. The first remake was from Tim Burton in 2001, and the film led by Mark Wahlberg stayed fairly true to the source material. The 2011 reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Rupert Wyatt opted for a fresh approach and depicted the creation of the super-intelligent apes before they went on to take control of their own planet.

In the 1970s Heston’s career took a turn towards action, and he starred in a couple of disaster films. Earthquake in 1974 and Airport 1975 the following year were both successful hits. There have been plenty of disaster films for the modern age that Heston could have starred in if he was still around, or if he had been born in a different era of cinema. The end of the world films of today have focused on issues like global warming, but an even more up-to-date one could perhaps centre on a crash of the world’s economies caused by hackers.

There is no doubt that if Heston was born a few decades later he would still be one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. And it’s interesting to think what the modern-day versions of the classics that Heston appeared in would look like. Although we will never watch the late actor in anything new again, it may be nice to see some of his best films, like Ben-Hur, get re-released.

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Asheville Taxi Co. obtains “Uber Permit” http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-taxi-co-obtains-uber-permit/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-taxi-co-obtains-uber-permit/#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:47:26 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11274 Asheville Taxi Co., a local car service, has obtained a permit from the State of North Carolina to operate as a Transportation Network Company, also known as a “Rideshare” like multinationals Uber and Lyft. Passengers looking for a ride hail drivers in their own private vehicles through a smartphone app on their Android or iPhone device, are taken to their destination, and pay by credit card linked to their accounts. No cash or credit card present is necessary and a receipt showing the trip details is automatically emailed to the passenger and driver. TNCs have quickly become popular alternatives to traditional taxis and for hire car services due to their convenience and efficient service.

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Asheville Taxi Co., a local car service, has obtained a permit from the State of North Carolina to operate as a Transportation Network Company, also known as a “Rideshare” like multinationals Uber and Lyft. Passengers looking for a ride hail drivers in their own private vehicles through a smartphone app on their Android or iPhone device, are taken to their destination, and pay by credit card linked to their accounts. No cash or credit card present is necessary and a receipt showing the trip details is automatically emailed to the passenger and driver. TNCs have quickly become popular alternatives to traditional taxis and for hire car services due to their convenience and efficient service.

Owner Woodward McKee said “Its great to be able to offer such a flexible business model to both riders and drivers! It is a much more efficient way for us to operate and takes all the guesswork out of getting a ride! Asheville loves to support local businesses and we are delighted to provide a safe, friendly, convenient service.”

McKee emphasizes that their traditional service will continue to operate for passengers that prefer to call or text for a ride by calling or texting (828) 333-1976. The new service class, called “AVL Ride” is operating alongside Asheville Taxi, which has become a favorite local service in the four years since it was founded. Asheville Taxi also provides a number of community services such as delivering all food donations for the nonprofit Food Connection. AVL Taxi drivers have picked up tens of thousands of surplus meals from local restaurants and catered events and delivered the meals free of charge to local shelters who feed the hungry.  They also provide free transportation to for people who need rides to 12 step meetings. 

Traditional taxi services are hindered by a fixed number of cars, there is no way to provide the same service on a Saturday night as on a Tuesday morning with the same number of cars. The TNC model allows for instantaneously adding capacity during busy times and allows drivers to work whatever hours they choose.

If you would like to try the new service download the app from www.avltaxi.com! If you are interested in driving there is a link to apply on the site.

Author Bio:

Woodward McKee is the owner of Asheville Taxi Co, a lifelong resident of WNC and a devotee of all things AVL!


 

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2nd Annual Expo Madison March 11th, Mars Hill University http://ashevilleblog.com/2nd-annual-expo-madison-march-11th-mars-hill-university/ http://ashevilleblog.com/2nd-annual-expo-madison-march-11th-mars-hill-university/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:40:45 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10942  The second annual Madison County Business & Community Expo (EXPO Madison) takes place on Saturday, March 11, from 11 am to 3 pm, in the Chambers Gym at Mars Hill University

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SECOND ANNUAL EXPO MADISON SPOTLIGHTS LOCAL BUSINESS AND SERVICES, 11-3 SATURDAY, MARCH 11 AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY GYM

 The second annual Madison County Business & Community Expo (EXPO Madison) takes place on Saturday, March 11, from 11 am to 3 pm, in the Chambers Gym at Mars Hill University.

EXPO Madison showcases local businesses and organizations, industry professionals, public servants, and products and services for Madison County. The event features demonstrations, food, entertainment, and door prize drawings held throughout the day.

EXPO Madison is a growing collaboration between business, government, and non-profits, offering the best for Madison County plus more,” says Callie Wellendorf, owner of RiverDance B&B in Hot Springs. “Professional, inviting, family friendly, and not to be missed.”

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Asheville, Madison County is an area of rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, and home to many diverse businesses and services. EXPO Madison is an opportunity to visit the vendor booths and meet some of the people that make Madison County a special place to live and conduct business.

EXPO Madison is presented by the Madison County NC Chamber of Commerce, Mars Hill University, and Madison County Economic Development.

Along with 70 vendors, this year’s EXPO Madison Platinum Sponsors are:

  • Asheville Savings Bank
  • French Broad Adventures
  • Hot Springs Resort & Spa
  • Ingles Markets
  • Printpack Medical
  • RelyLocal Asheville
  • Advanced Super Abrasives

Gold Sponsors are:

  • Dennis Turner Landscaping
  • News Record & Sentinel
  • Norris Gentry
  • Notorious Coffee Roasting Company
  • Riverdance/The Lodge At Bear River
  • YMCA
  • Carolina Small Business Development Fund

EXPO Madison admission and parking is free to the public. Chambers Gym is located on the Mars Hill University Campus in downtown Mars Hill, at 100 Athletic Street.

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Historic Biltmore Village Welcomes 6 New Merchants http://ashevilleblog.com/historic-biltmore-village-welcomes-6-new-merchants/ http://ashevilleblog.com/historic-biltmore-village-welcomes-6-new-merchants/#respond Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:31:56 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10855 Mark Fields & Associates 

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Historic Biltmore Village is pleased to announce the addition of 6 new merchants

Mark Fields & Associates 

mfields2Mark Fields & Associates is a Boutique Luxury Real Estate Firm based in Asheville, North Carolina providing Real Estate services for buyers and sellers who are searching for or selling Luxury Homes, Luxury Real Estate and Unique Mountain Properties in our region.

Location: 20 Battery Park Ave, Suite #306

 

Pour Taproom

Pour TaproomHaving relocated from Haywood Road to Hendersonville Rd., Nate Tomforde brings this unique concept to the Village.  Here you will have the freedom to taste a wide selection of beer.  They also have 8 wines on tap. It’s like going to a wine and craft beer tasting every night here in the Village!  They are also offering a menu with a wide variety of choices including vegan and vegetarian choices with outside dining available.

Location: 2 Hendersonville Road

Casablanca Cigar Bar 

casablanca cigar storeThis new 73 seat bar with its Italian leather sofas and marble floors opened January 19th.  It’s one of the few places where you can sample and smoke some  amazing cigars and enjoy a drink.  There’s a climate-controlled humidor and a retail space with pipe tobacco and high-end accessories for cigar and pipe smokers.  Casablanca is a private club where you can buy a day or yearly passes.

Location: 18 Lodge Street

Nest Boutique & DIY Studio

nest boutique-1A brand new boutique that will showcase a collection of goods and items for the home and for you. Here you will find a beautiful collection of chic classic contemporary décor along with one of kind accessories for the woman in your life.

Location: 10 Biltmore Plaza

 

Joyrider Indoor Cycling Studio                                   

joy riderJoyrider is a high end high rhythm indoor cycling studio that delivers a full body workout that is intense and fun.  In just 45 minutes, you can rock out to your favorite music with your friends while getting an amazing workout. They will be opening this spring.

Location: 14 Lodge Street

 

London District Art Studio
LONDON STUDIOS-1A hip, relaxed and inspiring retail gallery and home store where art and living collide. The London offers on-trend high-design, eclectic furnishings along with original contemporary fine art. Here you can also enjoy local coffee and baked goods while you visit the working studios of Leslie Rowland, internationally celebrated fine contemporary painter and Wade Oppliger, acclaimed seating designer.

Location: 8 London Road

 

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Grove Park is a Neighborhood with a Past, Present, and Future http://ashevilleblog.com/grove-park-neighborhood-past-present-future/ http://ashevilleblog.com/grove-park-neighborhood-past-present-future/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:23:09 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10845 The inviting Grove Park historic district, just northeast of downtown, is considered to be one of the finest neighborhoods in Asheville. Built primary a century ago, the community has its heart in the past, its spirit in the present, and its focus on the future.

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The inviting Grove Park historic district, just northeast of downtown, is considered to be one of the finest neighborhoods in Asheville. Built primary a century ago, the community has its heart in the past, its spirit in the present, and its focus on the future.

A Short History of Grove Park

Grove Park was the vision of Edwin Wiley Grove, a pharmaceutical magnate from St. Louis. It’s widely regarded as North Carolina’s first suburban neighborhood. The first lots were sold in 1909 in an area of curved streets, parks, and natural landscaping—an atmosphere still present today.

“This is pretty much the neighborhood as it was about a hundred years ago,” says Suzanne Escovitz, a Grove Park neighborhood resident. “The layout, the streets, a lot of the housing stock—it’s a good example of one of the first car suburbs in the United States.”

Like so many other historic Asheville residents, including another well-known “tourist”, Biltmore Estate owner George W. Vanderbilt, Grove was at once impressed with the scenery and the climate. The Vanderbilt’s estate, built in the late 1800’s on what was then the south end of town, led the way for Grove and others with similar visions to develop more areas. Along with other well-knowns like architect Richard Sharp Smith, Grove’s architectural planning shaped much of the look of north Asheville.

The Grove Park neighborhood achieved national status after being placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

In the Shadow of the Omni Grove Park Inn

Grove Park is tucked off of Charlotte Street in north Asheville. Much of the community sits just below the Omni Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, from which guests and visitors can look out to the city skyline.

Erected in 1913 by Grove’s son-in-law, Fred Seely, the Grove Park Inn on Sunset Mountain was another of Grove’s visions and instantly became the cornerstone of the neighborhood’s identity. The stunning building has played host to a number of American presidents, diplomats, and celebrities over the last century. Today, it has retained its status and is the epicenter for an annual national gingerbread house competition featured in press all across the United States.

“For me it’s a great place to go up and grab a bite, grab a glass of wine on the terrace,” says Suzanne about the Grove Park Inn. “I think it’s wonderful to have a place of prominence on the National Register in the heart of the neighborhood with the homes surrounding it.”

Historic Homes with a Vision of the Future

Photo Courtesy Beverly-Hanks
Photo Courtesy Beverly-Hanks

The Grove Park Historic District is significant to Western North Carolina for its collection of single-family homes that represent the design and construction practices of early twentieth century architecture.

“What makes it, I think, so unique among historic neighborhoods is [that] this is what it looked like pretty much 80 years ago. And in another 80 years—this is the important part—it’s still going to look like this,” says Suzanne.

Most of the development of the neighborhood occurred between 1908 and 1938, illustrating a number of styles including: Georgian, Colonial, Tudor, Bungalow, and Shingle. Many of the homes are sited on wooded parcels averaging half an acre, with occasional size variance where some owners having smartly assembled plots over time. Time-honored deed restrictions concerning setback and building costs have allowed the properties to relate well to each other and maintain a high degree of integrity.

According to Suzanne, “This is a neighborhood that we like to feel has a past, present, and a future to it.”

Learn More about Grove Park

Grove Park is a vibrant historic neighborhood. Read more about the Grove Park neighborhood, see more photos, or search for homes in the area from the Beverly-Hanks Grove Park community page

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