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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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Asheville Mobile Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Stray Boots and Asheville Local Expert Bring you a Mobile Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Local expert and tour guide from Asheville Food Tours, Chris Ortwein, has worked with Stray Boots to bring a mobile adventure to Asheville: Downtown Asheville (https://www.strayboots.com/locations/asheville/asheville-downtown/). While exploring downtown, urban explorers are introduced to some of the coolest locations and stop into some of the quirky spots and local merchants that give Asheville its unique charm.  

Part scavenger hunt, part tour, the Stray Boots app guides players around Asheville to solve a series of challenges and trivia questions while earning points, taking fun photos, and learning about the culinary history and culture Downtown Asheville has to offer. Start with champagne and literary history at the Grove Arcade before indulging your sweet tooth at one of Asheville’s tastiest artisan chocolates shops. 

Through their iPhone and Android app, Stray Boots offers over 80 self-guided tours, in over 25 cities in 3 different countries (US, UK and Israel). The tours play out like a scavenger hunt; customers liken it to doing your own private Amazing Race. Until recently, all tours were created by the Stray Boots team, but they have now launched a tool for local experts to create their own tours, privately or publicly. One of their first locally generated tours is in Asheville, where local Chris Ortwein will receive 50% of the revenue from any of his tours sold.  

To participate in the fun:

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Overheard in Asheville: Cinebarre’s Closing Day

Today at 5 PM Cinebarre showed their last movie. Drinks were discounted 75% off, and the parking lot was full as locals packed into the theater, selling out every single showing available today. A mere week ago it was announced that Cinebarre would be closing down their Asheville location, currently in the Biltmore Square Mall/Asheville Outlets. The report was that it was not feasible for the theater to stay open during the renovation of the mall, and that they were considering re-opening in 2015 when construction was finished. It was mentioned that perhaps the theater would scout additional locations in Asheville to rebuild. Now, that all appears doubtful.

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Belk is leaving Biltmore Square

Many changes are coming about in Asheville, especially on Brevard road. Construction is well underway on the former Biltmore Square Mall as the Winter Construction company out of Atlanta has torn the roof off of the building and started demolishing the existing structures. The construction is making way for 75 new retail stores spanning 325,000 square feet of space. While all of this is happening, the anchor stores remain open and are reported to remain as a part of the mall during its transformation. Dillards Outlet, The Dollar Tree, Belk's, and Cinebarre are continuing to serve the Asheville community. 

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Things To Do In Asheville: 4th of July Edition

Wanting something to do on the 4th of July, but not sure where to go? We have a rundown of all of things happening in and around Asheville for Independence Day. Grab a cooler and some drinks, your friends, and be ready to have a good time. 

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Asheville Tag Office Closing Doors Friday, June 27, 2014

Asheville will have one less license plate agency location as of Friday, June 27th when the contract ends.

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