Here’s more of what’s going around:

Archetype Brewing in West Asheville has announced that it is opening a second location. They’re taking over the former Habitat Tavern and Commons space on Broadway Street just north of downtown

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has opened up a unique wedding venue. The venue is the conservancy’s Community Farm, a 135-acre working farm in the Alexander community about 20 minutes north of downtown Asheville. The location includes a renovated farmhouse and an event space, as well as a farm focused on conservation programs. There are beautiful mountain views, too. Weddings and events at the farm “will directly benefit the Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy’s conservation, education programs and our efforts to safeguard important habitat, clean water, farmland and places to play,” according to a press release. The organization wants to be a venue for “environmentally focused couples looking to have their wedding on a one-of-a-kind property.”

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors voted recently to shut down two aging coal-fired power plants: the Paradise power plant in Muhlenberg County, Ky., and the Bull Run coal plant in Anderson County, Tenn. The TVA, which provides flood control and electricity to the rural Tennessee Valley, owns and operates four hydroelectric dams in Western North Carolina and provides services to Avery, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, McDowell and Watauga counties. TVA board members said their decision was based on economics. The old coal plants are costly and unreliable, and a wave of cheap natural gas and renewable energy would save money, they reasoned. The decision came despite pressure from President Donald Trump to keep the coal-fired plants up and running.

A blow dry and beauty bar is coming to the South Slope. No address has been announced, but follow @blownawayasheville for updates.

The Canarchy craft beer collective remake of the former Lexington Avenue Brewery space on North Lexington Avenue is coming right along. They should be opening in spring. The collective plans to offer a steady stream of unique, collaborative beers through their partnership. Canarchy officially includes Oskar BluesCigar CityPerrin BrewingSquatters Craft BeersWasatch Brewery,Deep Ellum Brewing and Three Weavers Brewing. They also promise to collaborate with Asheville craft brewers. A new restaurant will produce plenty of delicious food, while a full bar will satisfy non-beer drinkers.

The publishers of Oh! Woman, A WNC Woman Publication have announced they will no longer be publishing a print magazine. “We are now in week two of trying to move forward with deciding where we are going with the magazine,” reads a Feb. 12 post on Facebook.

The Collaborative is the name for the buildings located at 121 Sweeten Creek Road that will be renovated and turned into mixed-use office, retail and warehouse space, according to construction permits. That’s the location of Hopey & Co, which announced a few days ago that after 22 years, it was closing the doors to its store there. “The new property owners want to open a store of their own,” Hopey & Co. wrote on Instagram/Twitter.

The WNC Nature Center has officially opened its new red panda habitat space. It’s home to Leafa and Phoenix. Red pandas, which are related to skunks and weasels, are an endangered species that was once native to the Southern Appalachians.

An old car wash on Sweeten Creek Road is being demolished to make room for more parking for the Haiku I Do wedding and event venue at 26 Sweeten Creek Road.

The first Smoky Mountain Elk Fest is coming this September and is “designed to offer education and celebration of all things elk and of the outdoors in general,” the Smoky Mountain News reports.

The second Connect Beyond the Page festival has been announced. The April 5-7 conference brings together musicians, writers, filmmakers, social activists and media personalities for a series of inspiring talks and performances.

In case you missed itPolitico profiled U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows of Western North Carolina last month and describes him as a powerful “Trump whisperer.”

Have you heard of FairBnB? FairBnB is described as movement that “seeks to encourage vacation rentals that comply with the principles of a fair, non-extractive and collaborative economy, according to one description.”

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  1. Will Asheville Improv Collective be having shows at Archetype like they did at Habitat?

    I hope so, cuz Fleetwood’s event space is just too small.

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