More of what’s going around, including another round of layoffs at Everyday Health in Asheville. Here we go:

-Gas prices have dropped at the gas station on my street. Regular is now $2.34 a gallon at Enmark, down from $2.69 at the Hurricane Harvey impact.

-Everyday Health in Asheville, formerly known as Doctor Directory, laid off 20 additional employees last week in a third round of layoffs over the past nine months or so. A group of eight employees was laid off last December, and another 11 were let go in June. Another layoff may hit before the end of the year. The layoffs come after 0nline giant Ziff Davis acquired Everyday Health last year. New York-based Everyday Health acquired Asheville start-up Doctor Directory for $65 million three years ago. It was said to be the biggest tech company deal of its kind in Western North Carolina when it was announced in 2014. DoctorDirectory employed 80 people in downtown Asheville at the time.

-Alexandria Bordas, a reporter covering education and social issues, recently started work for the Asheville Citizen-Times. Bordas formerly worked as a newspaper reporter in California. Her hiring comes just as the newspaper laid off two employees, including entertainment reporter Hayley Benton.

-The city of Asheville wants to buy 339 pairs of Carhartt carpenter jeans, as well as a bunch of other clothes.

-The city of Asheville wants to buy sound, light and theater equipment for the US Cellular Center.

Patton Avenue Pet Company is hiring at its downtown location.

-Hobnail Trekking Co., an adventure travel outfitter based in Nashville, will conduct its
“Everest Base Camp Trek Experience” presentation in Asheville at Diamond Brand Outdoors’ “Sherpa Night” on Tuesday, Oct. 17, according to a press release. More:

The free event is co-sponsored by Sherpa Adventure Gear, an international apparel company founded in Kathmandu, and Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville’s most-tenured outdoor retailer.
“When most people hear the words ‘Mt. Everest,’ they think of adventurers attempting to climb the world’s tallest mountain at the risk of their lives,” says Mark Johnson, Hobnail Trekking Co. owner. “But we deal only with trekking to Everest Base Camp, not climbing the mountain. The trek is an iconic, life-changing experience that is within reach of many people, both financially and physically. No mountaineering experience is required; this is just an awe-inspiring hike through the most revered mountain range on the planet.”
Dawa Jangbu Lama, an Everest region Sherpa and longtime trekking guide who serves as Hobnail Trekking Company’s director of Nepali operations, will be a speaker during the event and will be available to answer questions.

-No Evil Foods’ newly redesigned Comrade Cluck ‘No-Chicken’ package recently won a 2017 NEXTY Award in the “Best New Packaging Innovation,” according to a press release. More:

The NEXTY Awards, presented during New Hope Network’s Natural Products Expo take place bi-annually and recognize progressive, innovative, inspiring and trustworthy products in the natural products industry.
No Evil Foods are the makers of “Plant Meat,” a plant-based, vegan, non-GMO and largely organic meat alternative made with simple, pronounceable ingredients. The products provide consumers with the taste and textural experience of eating meat, without the environmental impact or influence on animal welfare. No Evil Foods’ entire line of Plant Meats received new packaging; a colorful, bold and compostable upgrade from the previous butcher paper design.
The company won the award for their Comrade Cluck ‘No-Chicken’ package. The kraft carton features a bandana-wearing revolutionary chicken; the new mascot of No Evil Foods, along with sustainability facts and a unique fold out design that re-creates the feeling of unwrapping the original butcher paper wrapper. The new craft-beer inspired box design is more durable and eye-catching than previous packaging and is also 100 percent compostable, even in home composting systems.

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