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Asheville Harry Potter Alliance

Asheville Harry Potter Alliance

The name is confusing to some, if not most. Harry Potter Alliance? “What do you do, sit around and talk about Harry Potter all the time?” Well…no. Not really. Actually, not much at all.

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Caleb Johnson Wins American Idol

Caleb Johnson wins American Idol!

It has been a long road, but tonight crowned Asheville's very own Caleb Johnson the winner for the 13th season of the hit reality television show American Idol! Since the season premiered January 15th

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Asheville City Market Guides

Asheville City Market Guides

Everyone loves a good market, be it a tailgate, farmers, or city market. With the weather turning and market season ramping up, we decided to give you a local market guide. Exact products and vendors may vary from market to market, but expect great local produce and products to be available at all locations. Most markets open in April, but please check out each markets website for exact opening dates.

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Free Comic Book Day May 3rd 2014

Free Comic Book Day is almost here!

Free comic book day is soon upon us! Tomorrow, all Asheville comic book shops - including Pastimes in Weaverville, Hero Hunters in Candler, and Comic Envy on Tunnel Road will open their doors to adori

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International TableTop Day 2014

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How long has it been since you have played a board game? Growing up, it was a family tradition to sit down and have a board game night about once every two weeks. I remember playing the classic games - Yahtzee, Monopoly, Connect 4, Mousetrap, Trouble, Sorry! and more. As I grew older the tradition happened less and less, and eventually stopped. Recently I started getting my husband interested in board games. Having grown up only playing Monopoly, he never had the same pleasant association that I did with board games - he viewed them as a boring chore, instead of an entertaining media free form of fun.

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Asheville Community Children’s Chorus Auditions

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The Asheville Community Children's Chorus will be holding auditions starting March 27 - April 6th in search of new members. The chorus is open to any/all children living in/around the Asheville community, who are ages 9-14, and have an interest in singing. The Asheville Community Children's Chorus puts on concerts of their own throughout the year and also provides many performance opportunities for its members around our community. 

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Historic Biltmore Village Welcomes 3 New Merchants

Historic Biltmore Village Welcomes 3 New Merchants

Catawba Brewing Company’s Tasting Room located at 63 Brook Street, Asheville NC, 28803 held it’s grand opening celebrations Feb. 22. The event, that was open to the public, included the release of a new, commemorative beer, music, and limited edition promotional gear.  The new beer, called Brewtal Double IPA, is the creation of Catawba’s Head Brewer, Kevin Sondey.   Dubbed a “big beer for a big beer city”, Brewtal weighs in at 8.8 percent ABV and showcases the brilliant citrus notes of the Mandarina Bavaria hop variety.  Says Sondey, “I wanted someone to be able to come to Catawba and have something different than what’s available everywhere else.  Brewtal Double IPA was made specifically for our Asheville location’s opening, and exemplifies the wide variety of styles we will continue to make for our home market.”  Catawba’s new location will also allow them to feature entertainment groups.  

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Hibbett Sports Coming to Weaverville

Coming to Weaverville

A new sporting good retailer is coming to the Asheville area. Hibbett Sports is a retailer specializing in footwear, equipment, and apparel. I don't know about you, but I am thrilled that an alternative to Dick's Sporting Goods is coming to town. Occupying on average 8,000 sq feet of retail space, Hibbett's will offer an alternative place to shop when searching for sporting items in the football, baseball, basketball, and soccer world. 

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Goodbye Biltmore Square Mall

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Today marks the official close of the Biltmore Square Mall. Although this mall always seemed out of place in Asheville, it was a beautiful structure that many are sad to see go, despite the fact that the mall has been dead for quite some time. The mall, originally built in 1989 has floundered since its conception due to a number of reasons including poor planning, infrastructure, high prices, and the direct competition of The Asheville Mall only a few exits away. 

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SURPRISE: Asheville Mall Renovation 2014

Asheville Mall Renovation

We've written pieces before about the Asheville Mall, and despite our misgivings about shopping there during the holiday season, the CBL owned mall is a go to spot for many in the city. However, there have been many changes afoot recently. The popular European fashion store H&M was announced at the end of 2013, with plans of opening sometime in 2014. This writer recently found out that New York & Company, a popular clothing store that sits on the same wing as Old Navy and Sears, is closing at the end of January, along with the popular FYE. Dairy Queen and Subway have also recently left the food court, leaving some to wonder what on earth is happening.

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