Tech – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:28:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 New Software Caters To Asheville Restaurants http://ashevilleblog.com/new-software-caters-asheville-restaurants/ http://ashevilleblog.com/new-software-caters-asheville-restaurants/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:04:48 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10816 January marks a new era in the digital world of dining reservations.

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January marks a new era in the digital world of dining reservations.

Over a dozen Asheville-based restaurants, and more to follow, have joined Reserve, the latest in hospitality technology.

“We are super excited about the ambitious, award-winning food scene in Asheville, and are thrilled to help support it,” said Lisa Ganz, Reserve Marketing Manager.

Launched in 2014, Reserve is aimed at better connecting restaurants with their guests through its table management software. The company also helps guests discover restaurants and book reservations through its app and website, Reserve.com.

The software is gaining steam across the nation serving over 500 top restaurants in high-profile culinary cities. Many restaurants in Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco have already made the switch.

Beginning January 2017, Asheville will become the next city on Reserve’s radar, much thanks to the efforts of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR).

As the country’s largest organization of independent restaurants, AIR brings restaurant owners together to discuss and implement solutions to better serve the flourishing food scene of Asheville.

AIR Asheville restaurants Ambrozia Bar & Bistro, The Blackbird, Blue Dream Curry, Chestnut, The Corner Kitchen, Curate, Limones, Nightbell, Plant, Posana, Rezaz, Rhubarb, Smoky Park Supper Club, and Zambra have all made the switch to Reserve.

By early Spring, the second wave of Asheville restaurants will switch over including Bhramari Brewing Company, Bouchon, Buffalo Nickel, Calypso, Chiesa, The Chop House, Copper Crown, JARGON and Pomodoros.

“Now that our initial footprint is in Asheville, we’re looking forward to building even deeper relationships with our current restaurant partners and fostering new partnerships with so many other amazing restaurants in the city,” Ganz said.

So, what’s the draw?

“Reserve is appealing because of its range of options and fee structure for restaurants,” said AIR board member Liz Button, of Heirloom Hospitality Group (HHG). “Reserve is only operating in select cities around the country, and we wanted to give them a reason to expand to Asheville. By teaming up with other independent restaurant owners, we could give them incentive beyond our world-class food scene.”

HHG curates and cultivates the nationally-acclaimed tapas restaurant Cúrate and its small plate sister restaurant Nightbell.

“Reserve’s flat fees for restaurants makes much more financial sense for small business owners,” Button said.

Button, who helped spearhead the Asheville movement, said the affordability for restaurants is just the appetizer of what makes this software appealing to the culinary community.

“Reserve allows us to get to know our guests better with a highly searchable database,” Button said.

The software features guest data across a restaurant or hospitality group that includes notes, guest profiles, contact info and dining preferences.

“We can share the information if we own more than one restaurant,” Button said. “For example, if you dine at Cúrate and tell them you’re gluten-free, we’ll know that when you make a reservation at Nightbell as well. Reserve also suggests dining options based on previous reservations a guest has made – similar to Netflix offering suggestions based on movies you liked.”

The partnership between Reserve and the Asheville culinary community is expected to increase as more restaurateurs begin to make the switch.

Visit Reserve.com for more information, and reserve your table today.

ABOUT AIR

The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association is a group of over 120 locally owned, independent restaurants that serve the flourishing food scene of the Asheville, NC. As the largest organization of independent restaurants in the country, AIR is dedicated to keeping Asheville’s food scene eclectic, authentic and flavorful. This diverse community of restaurants and restaurateurs range from large to small and fine to casual dining, each bringing their own personality and talents to our vibrant mountain city. For more information on AIR visit airasheville.org.

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5Point Adventure Film Festival Asheville Oct 6-8 http://ashevilleblog.com/5point-adventure-film-adventure-asheville-oct-6-8/ http://ashevilleblog.com/5point-adventure-film-adventure-asheville-oct-6-8/#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:54:00 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10581 Leading adventure film event 5Point Adventure Film Festival announces the full line-up for the concert-style film festival in Asheville, NC, taking place October 6-8, 2016.

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Three-Day Event Showcases Adventure Film World Premieres, Guest Speakers, Van Life Rally, Community Events, Dance Parties and more

Leading adventure film event 5Point Adventure Film Festival announces the full line-up for the concert-style film festival in Asheville, NC, taking place October 6-8, 2016.

The leading adventure film festival, which was founded in 2008 by former Climbing Magazine owner, Julie Kennedy, and founder of outdoor brand Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, offers audiences a taste of adventure through the lens, with a compelling program of more than 50 short films, panel discussions, community events, parties and more during the three-day event. The regional festival has become a highlight on the Southern adventure film industry calendar and this year’s film program includes Ace and The Desert Dog by Brendon Leonard and Forest WoodwardUni-SadersWhen We Were Knights by Anson Fogel, Trail to KazbegiRole Reversal among others. During the three-day event visiting guest speakers and panelists will include author and professional adventurer, Brendan LeonardJimmy Agnew, unicycle guru, larger-than-life character, Ultraromance, Editor-in-Chief of Bike Mag, Brice Minnigh, In Between Swims podcast host, Jeff McIntyre, and filmmakers Thomas WoodsonJoey Schusler, and Forest Woodward. 

Local female adventure and outdoor recreation legends will join a panel and live podcast recording, including Ky DelaneyShanna PowellAnne RiddleTracy Hopkins, and Anna Levesque.  Also in the lineup of local special guests, emcee, Brett McCall, yoga instructor, Joe Taft, local filmmakers Dumaine Babcock and Tommy Penick, and former Asheville City Councilman, Marc Hunt. The full festival schedule and program is below.

Other festival highlights include starting the weekend with the signature Van Life Rally and kick-off party Thursday, October 6, 2016, 4-10pm at The Salvage Station.  Other events include a group trail run, yoga class, tours of Sierra Nevada Brewery, VIP parties, poetry readings, live music, demos, clinics, and workshops, and presentations with special guests.  New for 2016 at 5Point Asheville will be discounted tickets and passes for attendees of the Overland Expo East and Beer City Beatdown events happening in Asheville for the weekend.

Tickets are priced at $10 for youths, $20 regular and $60 VIP, and can be purchased at http://5pointfilm.org/tickets or at the US Cellular Center box office.  Details on the schedule of events and how to be involved are available here.

“The community of Asheville has embraced 5Point Adventure Film Festival for the last two years, and we are excited to amp it up for 2016 with an increased number of community events,” said Micah Pulleyn, National Events Director of 5Point Film. “We are also focused on inspiring young adventurers through our Youth Film Program and doing more outreach in the schools, hoping to engage more with the next generation.”

ASHEVILLE 2016 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY OCTOBER 6

2PM Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour

We ask that people arrive 15 minutes prior to their tour time.  Please call the tour desk and reserve a spot–be sure to mention you’re with 5Point Film Fest.  Closed toes shoes a must.

Sierra Nevada
100 Sierra Nevada Way, Fletcher, NC 28732

FREE

3PM French Broad Litter Floatilla
A river cleanup with Mountain True’s Riverkeeper, hosted by ENO & Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine with support from Southern Raft Supply and NRS. Register here.

4-10PM Van Life Rally with Prestige Subaru, Ujoint Offroad 

with Prestige Subaru, Ujoint Offroad, demos with NRS, SUP yoga with Mind, Body Paddle, live music from the Pleasure Chest, food trucks, 5Point merchandise, local craft beer, 5Point ticket giveaways, and over 50 livable vehicles on display at the Salvage Station.

Live music from East Coast Dirt & Pleasure Chest

Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr.

FREE

FRIDAY OCTOBER 7

2PM Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour

We ask that people arrive 15 minutes prior to their tour time.  Please call the tour desk and reserve a spot–be sure to mention you’re with 5Point Film Fest.  Closed toes shoes a must.

Sierra Nevada
100 Sierra Nevada Way, Fletcher, NC 28732

FREE

4-5PM Freedom of Dedication
Outdoor yoga practice with Joe Taft, all levels welcome.
Bring your own mat.
Location TBD

5 – 7PM KICKOFF PARTY
Live music from Jane Kramer, games + activities with Outdoor Research, gear giveaway with Industry Nine, NRS, YETI, local craft beer, & unveiling of collaborative lobby installation with local elementary schools.

U.S. Cellular Center’s Jan Davis Lobby
Sierra Nevada Beer
Live Music: Jane Kramer
FREE

7 – 10PM FILM PROGRAM I
These films will bring you to the edge of your seat, inspire you to live life to its fullest, and embrace your own definition of adventure!  Emcee Brett A. McCall is back, along with special guests, filmmakers, and live music

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Attention Parents: Strong language

Tickets $20

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8

9AM Group Run with Foot Rx
Warm up to the weekend with a group run through Asheville

Richmond Hill Park
FREE

10:00AM YOUTH ADVENTURE PROGRAM
These films are curated to appeal and inspire the next generation of adventurers. Following the films, we will gather outside for a unicycling demo with Jimmy Agnew & The Uni-Saders, community art activities, a free ice cream social, live music by Freewheelin’ Mamas

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Food and drink for purchase
FREE to all humans 12 and under
Adults: $10

11:30-1PM UNICYCLE CLINIC WITH Jimmy Agnew and the Uni-Saders

Join the Uni-Saders and learn to ride a unicycle while you enjoy free ice cream, and then hang out to experiment with music and art after the Youth Adventure Program!

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
FREE

12PM The Trail to Anywhere Bike Packing Demo
Bike Magazine editor Brice Minnigh and athlete/filmmaker Joey Schusler give a rundown of their Trail to Kazbegi bikepacking kits and balancing strategy. Refreshments provided by Second Gear and King Daddy’s.

Second Gear 
444 Haywood Rd, Asheville NC 28806

FREE

1PM Live Podcast Recording
+ Panel Discussion with In Between Swims
A conversation about women, diversity, and authenticity featuring some of the region’s most impressive female adventure athletes.

Aloft Asheville Downtown Hotel
51 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

FREE

2PM Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour

We ask that people arrive 15 minutes prior to their tour time.  Please call the tour desk and reserve a spot–be sure to mention you’re with 5Point Film Fest.  Closed toes shoes a must.

Sierra Nevada
100 Sierra Nevada Way, Fletcher, NC 28732

FREE

3-4PM Brendan Leonard Book Signing and Presentation
Come enjoy Semi-Rad’s Brendan Leonard as he gives a special presentation of his latest book  60 Meters to Anywhere.

Black Dome Mountain Sports
140 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805
FREE

5 – 7PM FRONT PORCH PARTY
Live music provided by Nimbus, fun with Prestige Subaru, local craft beer, art installations, activities & prizes with Outdoor Research, YETI coolers, NRS, and more!

US Cellular Center in front of the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
FREE

7 – 10PM FILM PROGRAM II
More films that will invite you to get after it, take that trip, tell someone you love them, and embrace fear to experience joy!  Be on the lookout for more special guests, filmmakers, and some exciting surprises!

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Attention Parents: Strong language

10PM AFTERPARTY

Official 5Point Afterparty with DJ AVX

Asheville Music Hall
55 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

SUNDAY OCTOBER 9

9AM Roaming Unicycles Clinic

Unicycling clinic and group ride with The Uni-Saders through downtown Asheville.

Roger McGuire Green
FREE

1-3PM Hair of the Dog Float Trip with French Broad Adventures, NRS, & YETI (limited spaces available)
*RSVP signup TBD
Location: TBD

More information on ticket sales, passes and volunteer opportunities is available at www.5pointfilm.com

5Point Regional Festivals: 5Point Adventure Film Festival has expanded its regional concert-style festival across the country, and 5Point is set to unveil more with future Midwest and Northeast locations to be announced for 2017 and 2018. In an effort to expand its mission of inspiring adventure and storytelling of all kinds, the non-profit creates a unique 5Point style show, rather than bring the Carbondale show on a tour. By creating regional hubs across the country, 5Point will inspire other communities and celebrate their local filmmakers, athletes, and artists, like 5Point has been doing to sell-out crowds for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region.

5Point Film Fund: 5Point is proud to be an industry leader with financial assistance for emerging filmmakers and thoughtful adventure stories through small monetary grants, mentorship, and a network of support. Over the last 5-years, 5Point has supported over 15 film projects, many of which have gone on to win awards, and tour in festivals and theaters all over the world. 5Point connects artists and filmmakers with opportunities to showcase their work, with outdoor industry funding, and to a network of creatives to form meaningful collaborations, a kind of support which is essential in finding, telling and sharing inspiring stories.

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5th Annual GeekOut Fan Arts Festival August 12-13th 2016 http://ashevilleblog.com/5th-annual-geekout-fan-arts-festival-august-12-13th-2016/ http://ashevilleblog.com/5th-annual-geekout-fan-arts-festival-august-12-13th-2016/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2016 15:33:20 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10396 GeekOut continues its perennial growth in the Asheville events scene, returning to downtown after three successful iterations at UNCA’s Sherrill Center. The relocation will offer more usable space for events and performances, and easier access to food and lodging.

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Concerts, Costumes, Games, Fashion coming to downtown’s New Mountain venue for fifth annual GeekOut Fan Arts Festival

GeekOut continues its perennial growth in the Asheville events scene, returning to downtown after three successful iterations at UNCA’s Sherrill Center. The relocation will offer more usable space for events and performances, and easier access to food and lodging.

This year’s theme is “Indie, Meet Tech,” and puts a spotlight on art and performances that use technology with an electric flair to their aesthetic, from steampunk to cyberpunk and everything in-between. Special guests include electronic musicians RBTS WIN and Phutureprimitive.

GeekOut will also feature vendors and artists from across the Southeast, combat and stunt demonstrations, live-action role-playing, and costume contests in adult, children’s, and group categories. Attendees will be able to explore and pose with fan-built replicas of famous cars from Back to the FutureThe Blues Brothers, and Jurassic Park.

A new addition to the 2016 festival is the Cosplay Couture fashion show, where the talent of local fashion designers engages the energy and impact of pop-culture costumes. The show is organized by Asheville fashion show mainstay Ginger Wilde.

Festivities begin Friday evening with the popular GeekOut Promenade, where costumed fans of all ages will congregate at Prichard Park for photos, Pokemon catching, and revelry, before making their way to New Mountain where the 21+ fans will enjoy the return of Geektastic, a vaudeville-themed burlesque revue.

“GeekOut offers Asheville a chance to experience top-notch art & performances from around the country right next to fantastic local talent,” said GeekOut Program Director Janae Elisabeth. “With this shift to artistic focus, our guests are musicians, print and graphic artists, fashion designers, podcasters, technophiles, and geeks like us.”

After-hours events, which are for fans over 21, include the Geektastic revue on Friday and performances by RBTS WIN and Phutureprimitive on Saturday. Both shows are at New Mountain and begin at 10 PM. Saturday passes are $15 for adults and $5 for children 5-12, and Combo passes (which include the Saturday festival and  after-party) for $25.

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B Corp Hackathon to Put Local Businesses on Certification Fast Track http://ashevilleblog.com/b-corp-hackathon-to-put-local-businesses-on-certification-fast-track/ http://ashevilleblog.com/b-corp-hackathon-to-put-local-businesses-on-certification-fast-track/#respond Mon, 06 Jun 2016 15:36:31 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10153 The owners of area certified B Corporations (B Corps) and Mountain BizWorks have joined forces as the Asheville B Corp Network with one goal in mind: to make Western North Carolina a B Corp hub. To that end, they invite companies currently working toward certification or others interested in learning more about becoming a B Corp to their Fast Track Hackathon on June 21 at Deltec Homes from 3 to 5 pm. Attendees will work toward completing the B Impact Assessment—central to the certification process—and will be able to share and learn best practices with existing B Corps and representatives from the B Lab certifying agency. Deltec, WNC’s newest certified B Corp, will offer an optional tour of their facility from 2:30-3 pm before the event begins. A networking social will immediately follow the hackathon from 5:30 until 7 pm at New Belgium Brewing, also a proud B Corp engaged both locally and globally in the cause.

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Asheville B Corp Network invites area businesses with strong environmental or social performance to their June 21 event

The owners of area certified B Corporations (B Corps) and Mountain BizWorks have joined forces as the Asheville B Corp Network with one goal in mind: to make Western North Carolina a B Corp hub. To that end, they invite companies currently working toward certification or others interested in learning more about becoming a B Corp to their Fast Track Hackathon on June 21 at Deltec Homes from 3 to 5 pm. Attendees will work toward completing the B Impact Assessment—central to the certification process—and will be able to share and learn best practices with existing B Corps and representatives from the B Lab certifying agency. Deltec, WNC’s newest certified B Corp, will offer an optional tour of their facility from 2:30-3 pm before the event begins. A networking social will immediately follow the hackathon from 5:30 until 7 pm at New Belgium Brewing, also a proud B Corp engaged both locally and globally in the cause.

According to the nonprofit B Lab, B Corps are for-profit businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems. Currently, there are more than 1,600 Certified B Corps in 40 plus countries. With this event, and future happenings, Asheville B Corp Network aims to ensure WNC plays a role in growing this powerful community.

“Our region is home to a great number of triple bottom line companies that maximize social and environmental impacts along with financial results,” says Peter Krull, president of B Corp Krull & Company, a local investment and financial planning firm. “The Asheville B Corp Network wants to help connect and certify these entrepreneurs and businesses so they can advance their efforts and gain the benefits of achieving B Corp certification.”

Local B Corp owners and members from the global B Lab team will be on hand to assist business owners in the certification process. A social following the hackathon at New Belgium Brewing’s new Liquid Center will provide networking opportunities and the chance to celebrate sustainable business in WNC. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is required. Deltec is located at 69 Bingham Road. To learn more about the Asheville B Corp Network and register, visit mountainbizworks.org/bcorps.

ABOUT MOUNTAIN BIZWORKS
Mountain BizWorks is a nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) helping small businesses in WNC start, grow, and thrive. They provide peer-to-peer business coaching and loans to businesses that may find it difficult to receive funding from banks and other traditional sources. By supporting entrepreneurs, the organization generates jobs and ensures economic resiliency in the region. For more information about their work, visit mountainbizworks.org or call (828) 253-2834.

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Asheville Welcomes Brewpon Beer App http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-welcomes-brewpon-beer-app/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-welcomes-brewpon-beer-app/#respond Sat, 19 Mar 2016 14:07:55 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=9857 Asheville loves beer. With over 30 breweries and new ones opening up daily, it can be nearly impossible to keep up with not only all of the beer related events that happen, but beers on tap as well. If you are new to the beer scene, the sheer number of options can be intimidating. What if there was an app to help guide you? Imagine an app that can tell you what beers are on tap; what breweries are near you; what beer events are happening; and allow you to create a beer list from brews that you are interested in or have tried and tell you where that beer was currently available locally. Does this all sound good to be true?

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Asheville loves beer. With over 30 breweries in the area and new ones opening up daily, it can be nearly impossible to keep up with not only all of the beer related events that happen, but beers on tap as well. If you are new to the beer scene, the sheer number of options can be intimidating. What if there was an app to help guide you? Imagine an app that can tell you what beers are on tap; what breweries are near you; what beer events are happening; and allow you to create a beer list from brews that you are interested in or have tried and tell you where that beer was currently available locally. Does this all sound too good to be true?

Enter Brewpon.

Launched March 15th, 2016, this local app is a craft beer enthusiasts dream. Users have the ability to download the app and browse breweries, pubs and grub, check out local beer events, find beer on tap, and more. Creator Tommy Green officially trademarked Brewpon on August 11, 2012 but the idea had been in the works four years prior. “I wanted an app that told me where my favorite beers were on tap and on special,” Green explains.

The app is free to download in both the Apple store and Google Play. Users can opt to create a profile to cater the app experience to their personal preference. Selecting the Near Me Now option shows breweries near you, including your distance from the brewery; last call time, and what time the kitchen closes, assuming food is served on site. Tapping on the brewery for more information yields a short description about the brewery, address, phone number food offerings, activities, and driving directions.

Users can search for local beers by selecting the Beer option, where users are taken to a list of available beers. A quick glance shows the name of the beer and brewery, along with the ABV and the type of beer. If the name of a beer catches your eye, you can select the entry and be taken to an in-depth page that gives a long description of the beer, and Brewpon will tell you where you can locally find that beer on tap.

For example, my app currently displays French Broad IPA, and lets me know that this particular brew is on tap at French Broad Brewing and Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria. I can choose to Tap To Track this beer, and it will now automatically display in the My Beers section of the app. Do you realize what this means, Cold Mountain fans? Finally you can track your beloved winter ale without blindly guessing which taproom still has a remaining keg or two.

Users can contribute to the Brewpon database by submitting beers on tap through the app, beer related events on the event calendar, and general questions or ideas by clicking on the Info option.

Even though the Brewpon app is only four days old, Green informs us that version 2.0 is already in the works. “It will be truly awesome,” Green confides. “We are looking forward to getting feedback from the Asheville community on what features they would like.”

Patrick Conant, the coder behind Brewpon, tells us: “It’s taken months of work to get here, but I am proud of what we’ve created – a comprehensive guide to the local beer scene, with an expanded focus on community events, news, specials, and podcasts! Built specifically for Asheville by locals!”

Download the Brewpon app for free through the Apple Store and Google Play today. Tell us your favorite feature the app has to offer in the comments.

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Asheville School of Film Student Film Screenings and Open House/Filmmaker Mixer http://ashevilleblog.com/9737-2/ http://ashevilleblog.com/9737-2/#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2016 01:06:39 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=9737 Don't miss your chance to view the Asheville School of Film's (ASoF's) recent student films at the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company on Merrimon Ave, Sunday March 6th, 2016, from 11 am- 12 Noon

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Don’t miss your chance to view the Asheville School of Film’s (ASoF’s) recent student films at the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company on Merrimon Ave, Sunday March 6th, 2016, from 11 am- 12 Noon. Congratulate the students for a job well done!  No fee or tickets are required, but patrons are encouraged to stay for lunch or a movie.

Asheville School of Film would also like to invite the Asheville community to their spring Open House and Filmmaker Mixer on Sunday, March 13th, 3 pm- 6 pm.  Join the school’s faculty and local film community as they mingle, socialize, and discuss upcoming classes.  Light snacks and beverages provided, but RSVP is requested via Facebook or ashevilleschooloffilm@gmail.com.

In addition to the routine Film 101, 201, and 301 courses, a Film Set Etiquette seminar will be held February 27th,  and include inside information critical to working with a production team on films.  High Concept Commercial Production, an 8 week course starting March 7th, will guide students through the actual production of a high quality commercial for a Asheville Distilling Company.   Location Sound Recording ON A BUDGET workshop, with Sid Williams and David Schmidt, will be March 19th, and will focus on the needs of independent filmmakers.  For teen filmmakers, during Spring Break, there will be Spring into Film- Youth Moviemaking Project, a 4 day course, starting March 29th.  The very unique and rare opportunity to Shoot  and Edit on Actual (Celluloid) Film, will be over a 4 day workshop, held April 2-3rd and 16-17th and allow participants the chance to work with 16 and 35 mm film, a rare and discipling experience.   ASoF is also pleased to collaborate with NYS3, (The New York Studio for Stage and Screen,The Meisner Acting Conservatory for the Southeast) to bring Closing the Chasm in Front and Behind the Camera, featuring KELLY MCGILLIS, April 30th-May 1st.  This interactive workshop will be a chance for student directors and actors to work together to understand each other’s roles and become more effective.

Details of all classes and deadlines for enrollment can be found on the website (ashevilleschooloffilm.com).  Students who have completed one course with Asheville School of Film will be eligible for future class discounts of 20%.

The Asheville School of Film is located at 45 S. French Broad Ave. Ste 120, Asheville, NC 28801.

Go online to www.ashevilleschooloffilm.com or call 1-844-AVL-FILM (285-3456) to request more information.

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Geek Haven ApeX Opens in Black Mountain http://ashevilleblog.com/geek-haven-apex-opens-in-black-mountain/ http://ashevilleblog.com/geek-haven-apex-opens-in-black-mountain/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:18:48 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=8941 Are you a geek? Have you ever been in an argument about who shot first? Do the majority of your shirts have fictional characters on them? Have you ever played video games for so long you developed thumb blisters? If so, we at the Asheville Blog have found your Shangri-La.

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Are you a geek? Have you ever been in an argument about who shot first? Do the majority of your shirts have fictional characters on them? Have you ever played video games for so long you developed thumb blisters? If so, we at the Asheville Blog have found your Shangri-La.

Open for about a month now, ApeX Game Lounge & Art Loft is located in Black Mountain, and has almost everything you need to silence the cries of your geekiness. Comic books, Pop! figures, action figures, posters, geeky clothes; there’s even a Star Wars foosball table. It needs a little TLC before being game-ready, but trust me, it is glorious. Then there are the video games; so many video games! From the original Nintendo console to the Xbox One and Playstation 4 along with practically any game you can imagine. All of this is ready to be played on flat screen televisions, or a wall sized projector screen for a low price per hour that includes two people.

Owner Daron James may be known to many adults as the guy who runs Diamond Thieves Body Piercing & Tattoo in Asheville, but in Black Mountain he’s all about the kids. By opening a sort of “video game museum” he’s hoping the younger generation learns a little more about the history of gaming. He’s also trying to keep them on task at school by offering free games to kids with the highest GPA’s.

In between asking names, explaining rules and prices, and joking around with the steady stream of teens and pre-teens walking in the store, he told me he was concerned that such a small town wouldn’t be open to receiving a store such as his. Ultimately, however, it might be better to be located in a small town setting. By most stores closing up around seven P.M. it forces kids to actually go outside, which is fine by Daron who explains “My biggest goal is resocialization.” By offering two-person pricing, and multi player consoles, he’s hoping kids learn to use technology, but also relearn how to actually talk and interact with each other while indulging in virtual worlds.

So Mom, Dad; when you are out wandering the streets and shops of Black Mountain, and you know your child is miserable, why not take them somewhere with games and comics while you’re at it? The kids will love it, and you might accidentally enjoy yourself as well. There’s also a very good chance you might run into the staff of the Asheville Blog. I have a very good feeling we will be there many, many times.

Check out the photos below for a glimpse of what ApeX has to offer

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EatsDrinks.com launches in Asheville http://ashevilleblog.com/eatsdrinks-com-launches-in-asheville/ http://ashevilleblog.com/eatsdrinks-com-launches-in-asheville/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:19:06 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=8635 Eatsdrinks.comA new website is changing the way you search for your next dining destination. Launched in 2015, EatsDrinks.com allows visitors to find exactly what they crave.

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Eatsdrinks.comA new website is changing the way you search for your next dining destination. Launched in 2015, EatsDrinks.com allows visitors to find exactly what they crave.

“The site really caters to you,” said Rick Bradham, president. “Asheville has so many wonderful choices when it comes to dining out, so we wanted to help visitors find exactly what they are looking for without all the hassles.”

Looking for farm-to-table dining with outdoor seating? Find it on EatsDrinks.

Searching for a spot to watch the big game with a craft beer and your furry friend? Find it on EatsDrinks.

This user-friendly site allows visitors to filter to their exact dining desires, connecting foodies to their fancies. Stop combing through website after website only to find they’re closed on Mondays. At EatsDrinks, there are hundreds of combinations to personalize your dining experience.  And best of all, it’s ad-free. That’s right folks–no pop-ups, no nonsense–just the delicious goods. EatsDrinks has hundreds of restaurant listings for Asheville, Savannah, Charleston, Memphis, Charlotte and more. The site features menus, maps, reviews and much more. We are adding new listings every day.  Find your flavor at http://www.eatsdrinks.com/

About

EatsDrinks is produced by Edgewater Media Group, Inc. Founded in 2015, EMG is based in the historic Jackson Building in Downtown Asheville. The company began with one vision: Promote the flourishing culinary scene of the south. EMG produces the popular Asheville Dining Guide, a premier publication for finding great restaurants in and around Asheville. In May 2015, the company launched EatsDrinks.com- a fun, new way to search for your favorite eats and drinks.

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AshevilleBoard.com Launches to Benefit Local Consumers and Businesses http://ashevilleblog.com/ashevilleboard-com-launches-to-benefit-local-consumers-and-businesses/ http://ashevilleblog.com/ashevilleboard-com-launches-to-benefit-local-consumers-and-businesses/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:01:45 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=8576 Finally, Asheville has its very own Board. Only the fourth city in the nation — after Waco, Texas, Amarillo, Texas, and Lawton, Oklahoma — to land the technology, AshevilleBoard.com is now online. With the Board, advertisers can take advantage of the Facebook app that works like a giant lottery ticket for area consumers and an income generator for local businesses.

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New technology represents first in Southeast for local tech company.

Finally, Asheville has its very own Board. Only the fourth city in the nation — after Waco, Texas, Amarillo, Texas, and Lawton, Oklahoma — to land the technology, AshevilleBoard.com is now online. With the Board, advertisers can take advantage of the Facebook app that works like a giant lottery ticket for area consumers and an income generator for local businesses.

“We’ve seen the Board prove to be extremely beneficial for advertisers in those other areas using it,” says AshevilleBoard.com owner Kristen King. “We are excited to bring this opportunity to both Asheville consumers and businesses.”

How it works: Visitors to the website click on an advertisement from a grid of active ads for a chance to win free prizes from local businesses. The prizes encourage visitors to click on ads that take them to the business’s website. Users can click as many ads as they like and they can win once per day.

Businesses buy blocks on an ad grid. Users register to open the grid and then click on any ad shown. But only one generates a prize. Click the lucky link and win a free prize. In addition, AshevilleBoard’s Facebook page gives away weekly gift cards to visitors.

Prizes range from gift certificates to coupons and BOGOs. The prizes convert website visitors into foot traffic for participating businesses. Early AshevilleBoard.com prizes include pizza slices from Mellow Mushroom, games at Tarheel Lanes and queso from The Cantina at Historic Biltmore Village.  asheville real estate

The site has a social dimension, too. Registered visitors can rate and leave comments about the businesses on the board. Anyone can go to the site and see how many times an ad has been clicked — an indication of popularity (which helps the advertiser see what they’re getting for their money). Advertisers get increased web traffic, Facebook likes, higher Google placement, and more overall foot traffic. And advertising rates are affordable even for small businesses.

AshevilleBoard replicates the model of WacoBoard and LawtonBoard, founded in 2007 at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Central Texas. The concept works best in small cities with lots of locally owned businesses. The launch of AshevilleBoard.com gives Asheville one more hedge in the competitive high-tech market.

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Local Business Spotlight: Lolo http://ashevilleblog.com/local-business-spotlight-lolo/ http://ashevilleblog.com/local-business-spotlight-lolo/#respond Wed, 27 May 2015 23:23:28 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=8486 Asheville is home to thousands of locally owned, independent businesses that often run on a shoestring budget. Oftentimes, the business owner is also the bookkeeper, employee, janitor, and customer service rep, which does not leave a lot of time or brainpower for keeping up with a loyalty program. This is where Lolo steps in.

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Asheville is home to thousands of locally owned, independent businesses that often run on a shoestring budget. Oftentimes, the business owner is also the bookkeeper, employee, janitor, and customer service rep, which does not leave a lot of time or brainpower for keeping up with a loyalty program. This is where Lolo steps in.

Locals Supporting Locals is the brainchild of Clark Harris and Matthew Simpson, a project that came to fruition in late 2013. Unlike traditional loyalty programs that require a physical card that you carry around, Lolo keeps track of your spending card free. How many cards do you have to earn rewards and discounts at other stores like Ingles Advantage, Harris Teeter VIP, and Bi-Lo Bonus cards? Keeping track of each physical card can be frustrating, and it is easy for you to forget to use your card at less frequently visited locations. With Lolo, none of this is a concern.

Users create a simple and secure profile at loloeffect.com. You are prompted to enter your debit card and/or frequently used credit card to your profile. The team at Lolo has created a secure platform that simply registers every time you use your electronic form of payment at a participating location and credits your account. Each initial transaction to a brand new partner gives you 10% of your purchase back, and 5% for every purchase after. You earn Lolo Asheville credit in form of ‘LoDough’, or points. Once you have LoDough in your account, you can cash in your dough for rewards or experiences at local establishments. For example, currently available in the Lolo Marketplace is the opportunity to Royal Treatment Brunch. Redeem 25 LoDough for a $32 brunch that includes one jar and two plates at King James Public House. Don’t have enough LoDough just yet? You can also cash in 5 LoDough for a $5 gift certificate to Asheville Sandwich Company.

“Lolo wants to help deepen customer relationships by offering things that you cannot get from big box stores,” Harris explains. “We want to reinforce current spending habits and encourage people to support local.” Lolo is a coalition loyalty program, and by working with independent, local businesses the Lolo team offers all the benefits of a loyalty program with none of the hassle to businesses. The platform is sophisticated but affordable, and pricing is based on performance so that businesses will not be paying for a service their customers may not be taking advantage of.

Lolo encourages interaction from their users – the more you interact with local businesses and spend, the more rewards you get. If you’ve racked up LoDough that you aren’t sure what to do with, Lolo offers the option to donate your LoDough to a local nonprofit. Unlike discount deals websites like Groupon, businesses don’t take a hit from dramatically lowered prices, and unlike traditional frequent buyer cards the rewards you earn don’t go outside of your local economy.

Lolo isn’t the only business in town that wants to stop entrepreneurs from paying too much to build a loyal customer base. MobRocket is a new local startup that aims to take down large deals based websites that hurt more then help small businesses. With such a strong loyalty to local entrepreneurs, Asheville offers consumers many different ways to support your local economy without feeling pressured to spend more than your budget allows. If you are someone who lives and works in Asheville, take advantage of all that Lolo has to offer.

Don’t currently live in Asheville? Lolo wants to hear from you! Shoutout in the comments where you live, and if you are interested in being a part of Locals Supporting Locals.

Visit http://loloeffect.com to learn more

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