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SURPRISE: Asheville Mall Renovation 2014

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-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….

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

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

Dark farm by Asheville Brewing Company

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Z-Burbia comes to Asheville

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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10 Must Do Fall Activities

linn-cove-viaduct1. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and photograph the foliage. Peak color this year is October 15th. One of the most often photographed places is the Linn Cove Viaduct, a bridge that wraps around Grandfather Mountain and gives you a breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Feast for FEAST and help children learn what’s good for them

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (8.21.13) – Feast for a good cause at the Grove Arcade on Sept. 12, 2013 by attending Feasting for FEAST, a fundraiser sponsored by Asheville Scene, the arts and culinary guide published by The Asheville Citizen-Times. More than a dozen area restaurants will provide tasty samples and Oskar Blues will donate the beer.  “This event provides an excellent opportunity to try a lot of Asheville’s top restaurants in one place,” FEAST Director Kate Justen said. “It’s always a great party.” Confirmed restaurants include Chorizo, MG Road, Everyday Gourmet, Farmers Daughter Catering, All Souls Pizza, Mayfel’s, Earth Fare, Laughing Seed Cafe, Sunny Point Cafe, The Junction, The Cantina, Ambrozia Bar and Bistro, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, and True Confections. The FEAST Board of Directors will also be preparing bites while Slow Food Asheville will provide non alcoholic refreshments. Doubletree Catering will prepare tastings for the VIP area.  The Scene VIP Lounge, hosted by Private Mountain Communities, will also have craft brew from Burial Beer Co., a mixology contest and more. This is the third Annual Feasting for FEAST event. “Each year the restaurants get a bit competitive,” Justen said. “All of them create delicious food, but there will be at least one restaurant …

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Last sales tax free holiday happening August 2-4

This article originally appeared in the Charlotte Observer Attention, North Carolina shoppers: The back-to-school sales tax holiday weekend, around for more than a decade, is ending. This coming weekend, Aug. 2-4, is the final year in North Carolina for the tax holiday, which provides shoppers with discounts on everything from computers to backpacks to clothing. There’s no change to South Carolina’s sales tax holiday, which is also the same weekend. North Carolina’s change comes as part of a major tax reform measure signed into law last week by Gov. Pat McCrory. The tax overhaul includes a provision to eliminate the state’s back-to-school, tax-free weekend beginning in 2014. Also going away next year is the annual tax holiday for Energy Star-rated appliances. North Carolina lawmakers and opponents of the sales tax holiday said the state lost millions on the weekend. North Carolina lost an estimated $13.6 million in tax revenue during last year’s sales tax holiday, according to the N.C. Department of Revenue. But that state revenue loss has been shoppers’ gain. Retailers have been big fans of the tax holiday since it was launched in 2002. For some retailers, the annual event is the second-most profitable weekend of the year …

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Filbert – Missing Dog

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