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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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Hyatt Announces Plans For Hyatt Place Asheville NC

Hyatt Place Coming Downtown Asheville

Hyatt-placeHyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced has that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Parks Hospitality Group for Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown NC. The hotel will be owned and managed by Parks Hospitality Group, and it is scheduled to open in 2015.

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Baby It’s Cold Outside….

Baby It's Cold Outside

Brrr! Baby, it’s cold outside! A no-Brainer, right?! Temps reading -1 degrees, dogs who don’t want to go for a walk-everything is frozen, cold, and coated in a white frost. You and I might be inside where it is safe and warm-at least warmer than if we were homeless. Like any other city Asheville does have a homeless population, and there are many great resources for those needing shelter and warmth in this excruciatingly cold temperatures. If you would like to volunteer to help the homeless men, women, and children stay warm, fed, and safe, here is a list of places you can contact to offer your hands and heart: AshevilleHomeless.com – when you enter the site click on the ‘Community Resource’ link for an entire list of local resources that you can volunteer at – in the cold or all year round.

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Open Hearts and Craft Beers

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Once upon a time, I had the pleasure of working with some of the best teachers in Asheville. I will spare you the long backstory (there are beers to be sipped). What I will tell you is that the school where we all worked closed shockingly and abruptly. The children we taught were left without a school. We, teachers, were left without our jobs and away from the children we loved so very much. Fast forward to now, 3 months later, and two of my former colleagues are in the beginning stages of opening up Open Hearts Village, a holistic and heart centered preschool, here in Asheville. There is no doubt that this school will make a huge and wonderful impact on the children of Asheville and on everyone involved. Ok, so what’s all this have to do with beer? We’re getting there. As you may know from past posts, I love the idea of mixing beers and making a positive difference. Well, children are our future, you know? What this school is attempting to create will be great for our future, for our kids. Be a part of that greatness. As we all know, schools cost money. And they …

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Dark Farm by Asheville Brewing Company

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Dark farm by Asheville Brewing Company

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Z-Burbia comes to Asheville

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Jake Bible, a local author. He has recently released his latest book, the first in a new zombie series. Z-Burbia has all the facets of a good zombie read you could ask for: zombies, shotguns, people armed to the teeth, and home owner's associations. This is Jake's first book set in Asheville, and he took the time out to tell us more about it. 

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