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New AC Hotel Project Launches in Downtown Asheville

MHG-Tower, LLC, a development partnership including McKibbon Hotel Group of Gainesville, Georgia, and Glenn Wilcox, owner of Asheville’s BB&T building, has officially launched the new AC Hotel project at 10 Broadway in downtown Asheville. The project will include a new four-story parking deck with 336 spaces beneath a lifestyle hotel featuring 132 contemporary, upscale guestrooms designed to appeal to the unique desires of millennial mindset travelers.

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New Diamond Brand Outdoors Stores Opening in Asheville

Diamond Brand’s devoted shoppers can now enjoy the best of outdoor gear and holiday shopping at two very special stores in new Asheville locations. On Thursday, November 20th, Diamond Brand Outdoors will open at the Aloft Downtown Hotel, 51 Biltmore Avenue. A second Diamond Brand Outdoors will open on Friday, November 21st in South Asheville’s Biltmore Parkway Centre at 1378 Hendersonville Road next to Liberty Bicycles and The Fresh Market. Official Grand Opening events will take place the following week, December 5th at the South Asheville location and at the Aloft Downtown on December 11th.

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Jared the Galleria of Jewelry Opens in Asheville

A new jewelry store is opening in Asheville. If you've visited tunnel road lately and checked out the new Whole Foods across from the Asheville mall, you've noticed more than one building awaiting occupancy. On November 15th, Jared the Galleria of Jewelry will open its doors to Asheville residents for the first time. During the grand opening, you can enter to win a chance for a pair of 1 carat diamond earrings. The first 200 guests will receive a complimentary $100 gift from the store. Read the press release below for more information.

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Halloween in Asheville: 2014

It's official,Halloween 2014 is upon us! If you are like me and are really bad about planning ahead for holidays, then you may be sitting at home and slowly building up to a panic attack as you wonder what to do tomorrow. Well, don't worry your pretty little head about what to do. There are a ton of family friendly and some not so family friendly events happening all over town tomorrow. Check out this list for where to go, get your costume ready (you do have a costume, right?)  and be ready to delight in some positively frightful fun!

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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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Overheard in Asheville: Super Target on Smokey Park Highway

There has been construction happening next to the Lowes Home Improvement on Smokey Park, leading people to wonder what exactly will be filling in the now leveled land. Rumors have been flying, with residents guessing everything from a Wal-Mart, Golden Corral, or a two story Ingles complete with gas station. Many individuals have voiced their yearning and speculation that a Target would go in that spot. This staff writer decided to attempt to squelch at least one myth about what could be going there, and contacted the source directly. Here is what was found:

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Asheville Outlets Aerial Construction Footage

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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RiverLink announces the Comprehensive Creek Care program

RiverLink announces the Comprehensive Creek Care program, an approach to neighborhood creek care that approaches water quality improvements in a variety of ways. Neighborhoods, businesses, churches and other groups around Western North Carolina have already worked to improve water quality through RiverLink's Adopt-A-Stream program. RiverLink is now offering more tools for more improvements: litter cleanups, stormdrain marking, invasive species removal, and giving unnamed streams names.

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Things To Do In Asheville 9/20/14

Asheville is full of wonderful, geeky, quirky people. An eclectic collective of vibrant individuals, living in this city means that you are frequently prepared for the rather unique events that take place all year long. This weekend, prepare to geek out at the annual comic expo, float down the river dressed as a zombie, and rock out to the last Downtown After 5 of the year. 

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The 2014 NC Mountain State Fair is Back

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

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