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Dog Days of Summer Pet Food Drive

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The Asheville Area Professional Pet Sitters Association and the PetGazette are coordinating a pet food drive and Dog Days of Summer Party, to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Universal Joint at 784 Haywood Road, (West) Asheville, North Carolina 28806.

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Behind the Scenes at Asheville Outlets Fashion

Behind the Scenes at Asheville Outlets Fashion

A staff writer and local photographer were able to get a behind the scenes look at what kind of fashion Asheville Outlets will be bringing to the area upon opening in 2015. Asheville Outlets, formerly the Biltmore Square Mall, is currently undergoing renovation and is slowly morphing into a destination shopping point. This will be the first outlet mall located in Asheville and are poised to provide a number of affordably priced stores, ranging from local vendors to national chains. With 325,000 square feet of shopping, there will be 75 stores offering a variety of product and affordability.

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Asheville Mobile Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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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

Overheard in Asheville: Cinebarre's Closing Day. Did they leave voluntarily?

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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Carolina Mountain Ribfest Returns as Carolina West Ribfest

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This July 11-13th the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center will once again host a RibFest . However, this year the festival sports a new name, new promoter and a new direction. Long a mainstay on the local summer festival scene, the Carolina Mountain RibFest is now the Carolina West RibFest and is being produced by AKA Entertainment & Media an event production company  based in Greensboro, NC. Local event producer John Patterson, the man who began the RibFest in 2007 has handed over the reins due to health concerns.

According to Allen McDavid, the president of AKA and producer of NC’s Premier Barbecue and Music Festivals series www.premierbbq.com , the new name is an integral part of transitioning the festival so that it will appeal to a broader audience. Says McDavid, “barbecue festivals generally follow the tired old formula of barbecue, cover bands and a children’s carnival.” The Carolina West RibFest will feature an expanded group of national barbecue teams and an eclectic mix of entertainment including 3 days of local, regional and national music acts on the main stage, Lucha Libre wrestling, a sideshow and saloon featuring can-can girls. McDavid adds, “There are few places where seven dollars can buy this amount of entertainment.” McDavid has tagged the RibFest with the slogan, “A different type of BBQ festival.”

The 2014 Carolina West RibFest will have six barbecue teams vying for awards but mainly will focus on satisfying the appetites of thousands of BBQ fans. This year’s line-up includes local purveyor Big Bad Wolf BBQ from Etowah, Big Boned BBQ (Charleston, SC), Camp 31 (Castleberry, Alabama), Porky Chicks (Farmington, Arkansas), Carolina Rib King (Moore, SC) and Florida Skin Bones (Arcadia, Florida). The judges panel will consist of folks from the event’s Facebook family, local chefs and foodies as well as local dignitaries including David Gantt, Chairman of the Buncombe County Commission.

Joining local musical acts like Underhill Rose and Circus Mutt will be national acts Moon Taxi and Jason McKinney. UIW Wrestling will showcase a diverse group of luchidores and the RibFest’s sideshow will be hosted by The Squidling Brothers from Philadelphia, PA. Rounding out the festival will be a marketplace, kids’ zone and the Shady Lady Saloon. New participants Leinenkugel beer and Cupcake Vineyards will provide product samples.

The Carolina West RibFest kicks off at 11 AM on July 11 and continue through July 13 at 8 PM. Admission for adults is $7 and children get in free. The event website has complete details - www.carolinawestribfest.com. Updates will come via Facebook - www.facebook.com/carolinawestribfest.

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Belk is leaving Biltmore Square

Belk is leaving Biltmore Square Mall

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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Where’s Waldo? In Reynold’s Village!

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FIND WALDO IN The Shops at Reynolds Village in North Asheville!

Things To Do In Asheville: 4th of July Edition

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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Things To Do In Asheville June 25th: Geek Edition

Things to Do in Asheville June 25th: Geek Edition
Including comic book signing with Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue Deconnick at Comic Envy!

As it is Wednesday, all I can think about is an overly excited camel belting out “hump daaaayyeee” across a rather boring office and how many others like myself are eagerly anticipating the weekend.  But who said Wednesday can’t be great.  Here are a few things making my Wednesday much more interesting than yours.

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Asheville Tag Office Closing Doors Friday, June 27, 2014

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

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