Here’s more of what’s going around, including the sudden closure of the much-loved Edna’s of Asheville Restaurant and Coffee Shop on Merrimon Avenue in north Asheville:

-Edna’s coffee shop on Merrimon has closed. In a Wednesday Facebook post, the owners announced that, after six years, it was time to close the shop and move on. “Emotionally this is very difficult for us but we will remember all the beautiful good works and support Ednas brought to the community,” the owners wrote while thanking customers and staff for their support. (Thanks to loyal reader Rachel for the heads up.)

-The All Go West Music Festival is scheduled for June 16 and 17 in West Asheville, according to a press release. The free music festival will present more than 30 acts across five sound stages including: The Mothlight, Isis Music Hall, The Fortune Building, The Brew Pump and an outdoor main stage. All Go West 2018 will also include activities for kids, craft vendors, local beer and festival fare, local non-profits and handful of record label showcases, according to the release. All Go West Music Festival is free to the public. The event is now accepting sponsorship submissions. Email co-founder and co-director Arieh Samson at arieh.samson@gmail.com.

-UNC Asheville Assistant Professor  of History Darin Waters has been awarded the Old North State Award from N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper.

-K. Ray Bailey, the former long-time president of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, was recently awarded the I.E. Ready Award, the highest honor bestowed by the State Board of Colleges.

-Cookout has purchased the old Applebee’s on Hendersonville Road for $1. 8 million, according to property records.

-Check out Bounty and Soul in Black Mountain. The nonprofit provides fresh, free food markets full of fresh produce and whole grains, as well as nutrition education and health and wellness resources, to underserved communities in Buncombe and McDowell counties.

Ann-Lee Waite, an Asheville intuitive channeler, personal trainer, and self-styled “goddess trainer,” is launching anew radio show, “Yes We Can,” on WPVM 103.7 FM. The show will air from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesdays. She is also launching an offering of a three-month group immersion program starting March 26.

-Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the start of four new homes in its Arden neighborhood on Beale Road on March 2, according to a press release. Upon completion, Legacy Builders House #2 will be purchased by the Henson family, the Justice family will make Business Bungalow House #3 their home, the Harris family will buy the Wicked Weed House, and the Williams family will buy the house sponsored jointly by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Publix Supermarket Charities, and Pulliam Properties, according to the release. Here’s more:

Asheville Habitat has built over 300 single family homes in Buncombe County, and the neighborhood at Beale Road marks the first time Asheville Habitat has built in Arden. These four homes are part of a 21-house Habitat neighborhood on Jon Kraus Way. This parcel of land is already becoming a thriving neighborhood full of folks investing in their community by shopping locally, paying property taxes, and making mortgage payments to Habitat; payments that will help others become homeowners. In 35 years, with 300 new homes and 200 home repair projects completed, Asheville Habitat has helped 500 families build better futures on the foundation of stable and affordable housing.

4 Comments

  1. What could cookout do with an old applebees? Do you think they plan to relocate the tunnel road location?

    • Cook-Out’s in-house dining location on Patton Avenue is thriving every time I go there, so another in-house location will do well.

  2. Edna’s seemed to be doing well in it’s main location . . . I wonder if opening that second spot in the disaster food truck hug just over-extended them to the point they were no longer sustainable. Always a bummer to see a local business shut down.

  3. Hoping someone takes over that Edna’s location. Good coffee, nice place to hang out (or work), and seemed popular as a community meeting spot for groups. North Asheville needs all of the above!

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