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Andy Woodhull Valentine’s Day Comedy Show

Comedian to Poke Fun at Dating and Relationships for Valentine’s Day Comedy Show 

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Goodbye Biltmore Square Mall

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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Big Changes for South Asheville

I used to avoid South Asheville at all cost. After moving to the south side a couple years ago, I have grown very fond and extremely comfortable here. Biltmore Park has grown and flourished into its own little community. Further, inviting big city names to become a part of our town. Dining with Metro favorites such as P.F. Changs and Brixx. Luxury hotel rooms in the Hilton. Education in town, instead of abroad with Western Carolina University. Specialty Shopping with REI and Orvis are here, now.

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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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Make a local nonprofit SMILE when shopping online

Asheville is very conscious about shopping local and supporting our local business owners and economy. However, not everyone shops local all the time - I am sure some of our residents may not shop local at all. Many people shop online to take advantage of great discounts and savings. If you are like me, your go-to website for price comparison and purchases is Amazon.com. This holiday season, don't feel guilty about shopping online when the situation calls for it, because now even when you shop through Amazon a portion of your purchases can support a local nonprofit. 

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Top 10 Reasons To Avoid The Asheville Mall This Holiday Season

In this issue of Insider Asheville, a monthly feature here at AshevilleBlog, I drop a deuce on the corporate entities that feed off the good people of Asheville. Don’t get me wrong; the big box and little box stores at the Mall aren’t all bad. Most aren't even evil. The Mall employs a lot of people, even if they are mostly minimum-wage jobs, and the Mall management only occasionally practices racial profiling.

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The Redcoats Are Coming!

1268416_473425669431761_1203475236_oThe Redcoats Are Coming! to the Asheville music scene. This rock band is the brainchild of  guitarist Bucky McCann. Joining Bucky are Sam Frame on drums, Brandon Lowery on vocals, and Lee White on bass. We got a sneak peek of what they have to offer the Asheville music scene, and rock music enthusiasts get ready as The Redcoats are sure to please your rock n' roll soul.

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Barnaroo at Franny’s Farm 2013

Asheville Barnaroo, established in 2009, is back this year and is being hosted at Franny's Farm in Leicester, North Carolina. Starting November 1st and going until November 3rd, this barn based camping festival is fun for all ages.

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