Articles by: Jason Sandford

Asheville Kmart on Patton Avenue to close, Sun Soo moving to new spot

Asheville Kmart on Patton Avenue to close, Sun Soo moving to new spot

The Kmart closing, and the Sun Soo move, are set to happen at the end of the year.

by October 16, 2018 10 comments Asheville News
Asheville Downtown Commission votes against Biltmore Ave hotel project

Asheville Downtown Commission votes against Biltmore Ave hotel project

The hotel proposal moves on the Asheville Planning & Zoning Commission for review.

by October 16, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Downtown Asheville homeless issue topic of Thursday meeting

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Downtown Asheville homeless issue topic of Thursday meeting

Also, Little Jumbo cocktail bar has a new outdoor patio, and more.

by October 16, 2018 6 comments Asheville News
Word on the street: Asheville City Council prepared to hire Campbell as new city manager

Word on the street: Asheville City Council prepared to hire Campbell as new city manager

Asheville City Council has announced that it plans to meet on Wednesday to execute a contract to hire a new city manager.

by October 16, 2018 1 comment Asheville News
A photo from a slide show presentation by Joe Minicozzi showing the activity at Greenlife grocery store's loading dock.

Jeff Bezos, it’s Asheville calling: Fix your grocery store loading dock

The world’s richest man, and the grocery store chain he owns, was a hot topic of conversation during last week’s Asheville City Council meeting.

by October 13, 2018 5 comments Asheville News
Ambitious new Asheville culinary festival seeking sponsors, ideas

Ambitious new Asheville culinary festival seeking sponsors, ideas

The Asheville Independent Restaurants group is holding a forum on Nov. 7 to help folks know more about the new food festival.

by October 11, 2018 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Ashvegas celebrity sighting: Chef Sean Brock at Sovereign Remedies in Asheville

Ashvegas celebrity sighting: Chef Sean Brock at Sovereign Remedies in Asheville

Brock was in Highlands earlier this week to cook a special dinner in honor of another top chef.

by October 11, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Trader Joe’s in Asheville plans to expand store sales area

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Trader Joe’s in Asheville plans to expand store sales area

Also, the new Save Me The Waltz Bar in the basement of the S&W Building is planning to open later this month, and more.

by October 11, 2018 2 comments Asheville News
WNC Nature Center seeks crowdfunding support for red panda exhibit

WNC Nature Center seeks crowdfunding support for red panda exhibit

Construction of the habitat area has already started at the WNC Nature Center.

by October 10, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville City Council approves new Mainstay Suites hotel on Brevard Road

Asheville City Council approves new Mainstay Suites hotel on Brevard Road

Before her vote to approve the hotel, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer said City Council is struggling with the ongoing wave of hotel construction.

by October 10, 2018 2 comments Asheville News
New Biltmore Avenue hotel gets Asheville Planning & Zoning OK

New Biltmore Avenue hotel gets Asheville Planning & Zoning OK

In other action, an issue with a parking space at The Patton apartments threatens to derail that project.

by October 9, 2018 4 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Urban Orchard opens Asheville South Slope spot

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Urban Orchard opens Asheville South Slope spot

Also, PennyCup Coffee’s new north Asheville coffee shop is open, and much more.

by October 9, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
So You Think You Can Dance Live! arrives at Asheville’s US Cellular Center on Nov. 6

So You Think You Can Dance Live! arrives at Asheville’s US Cellular Center on Nov. 6

The touring show features contestants from Season 15 of the popular television show.

by October 9, 2018 0 comments Asheville events
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: HGTV producer to speak at AdClub WNC gathering

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: HGTV producer to speak at AdClub WNC gathering

Also, there’s new construction action on Carolina Lane at the site of a building collapse five years ago, and more.

by October 8, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Honor Flight

Blue Ridge Honor Flight celebrates Asheville-area Vietnam veterans

Family, friends and the public are invited to come out to the Asheville Regional Airport about 7 p.m. on Saturday for a welcome home party for the veterans.

by October 6, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
The historic Flatiron Building in Asheville was built in 1927./ photo by Jason Sandford

Developer: Hotel use is best way to preserve historic Flatiron Building in Asheville

The Flatiron Building has served as an office building in downtown Asheville since its opening in 1927.

by October 4, 2018 5 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Preservation crews will assess Asheville’s Basilica of St. Lawrence

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Preservation crews will assess Asheville’s Basilica of St. Lawrence

Also, there’s a big new economic development announcement for the Enka Commerce Park, and more.

by October 3, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
In painting, Asheville artist Nan Davis finds path to self-acceptance

In painting, Asheville artist Nan Davis finds path to self-acceptance

She worked for two decades as marketing manager for Asheville’s only milk processing plant, Milkco, before devoting her efforts to her art.

by October 2, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
Poverty Forum focuses on struggles of Western North Carolina women

Poverty Forum focuses on struggles of Western North Carolina women

One striking statistic: On average, 41.3 percent of single mothers in the six Western North Carolina counties served by Pisgah Legal Services live in poverty.

by October 2, 2018 1 comment Asheville events
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Asheville City Council set to interview manager semifinalists

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Asheville City Council set to interview manager semifinalists

Also, a new CBD dispensary on Merrimon Avenue has changed its name, and much more.

by September 28, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
The Weight Band, featuring former members of The Band, at Isis Music Hall on Friday

The Weight Band, featuring former members of The Band, at Isis Music Hall on Friday

The gig in West Asheville is The Weight Band’s only North Carolina stop on its current national tour.

by September 26, 2018 1 comment Asheville Music
Asheville Coffee Expo, under new ownership, returns Saturday

Asheville Coffee Expo, under new ownership, returns Saturday

This year’s event is will feature a familiar array of shops, sweets and more as Abby Dickinson plans for growth.

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Futurist to help Asheville chart economic development path

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Futurist to help Asheville chart economic development path

Also, balladeer Malcolm Holcombe has a new album out, and much more.

by September 25, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
North Carolina appeals court hears arguments in Asheville hotel lawsuit

North Carolina appeals court hears arguments in Asheville hotel lawsuit

A decision from the N.C. Court of Appeals could come later this year.

by September 24, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Two new downtown Asheville poke restaurants planned

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Two new downtown Asheville poke restaurants planned

Also, Asheville is getting a new CBD coffee bar, and more.

by September 24, 2018 3 comments Asheville News
WIN TIX To see Sarah McLachlan at the US Cellular Center in Asheville

WIN TIX To see Sarah McLachlan at the US Cellular Center in Asheville

The show is a benefit to support local pediatric cancer patients in the Asheville area.

by September 21, 2018 22 comments Asheville Music
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Asheville Van Life Rally, One World West grand opening, more

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Asheville Van Life Rally, One World West grand opening, more

Also, the new White Duck Taco restaurant has opened on Riverside Drive, and more.

by September 20, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
3 big reasons to visit HempX Asheville 2018

3 big reasons to visit HempX Asheville 2018

This year’s HempX Asheville is all about flower, not fiber.

by September 18, 2018 1 comment Asheville events
American Idol Caleb Johnson honors his Asheville roots with new single

American Idol Caleb Johnson honors his Asheville roots with new single

Johnson has just announced that he’ll be releasing a new album in February.

by September 18, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
Riverwoods subdivision plan

Riverwoods residential development on Asheville site once eyed as brewery location moves ahead

It’s big: 161 single-family homes,188 duplexes, 36 condos, 4 live-work spaces and up to 15,000 square feet of commercial space.

by September 17, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
The Med, Asheville’s longest-running downtown restaurant, sold to new owners

The Med, Asheville’s longest-running downtown restaurant, sold to new owners

The new owners say they plan to stay true to the roots of the classic diner.

The historic Flatiron Building in Asheville was built in 1927./ photo by Jason Sandford

Developer wants to buy historic Flatiron Building in Asheville, make it into hotel

The plans are in the earliest stages, but moving ahead.

by September 17, 2018 16 comments Asheville News
WIN TIX To see Jason Isbell at Asheville’s Memorial Stadium on Sept. 21

WIN TIX To see Jason Isbell at Asheville’s Memorial Stadium on Sept. 21

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit will play outdoors at Memorial Stadium, a rarity for the sports stadium.

by September 10, 2018 129 comments Asheville Music
The husband-and-wife duo 5j Barrow, performing a set at the Asheville Regional Airport in August as part of the Music on the Fly pop-up concert and podcast series. /photo by Jason Sandford

Chance encounter at Asheville airport connects small band, big festival

Woody Platt offered the duo a slot at this weekend’s Mountain Song Festival after seeing them performing at the Asheville Regional Airport’s monthly music series called Music on the Fly.

by September 7, 2018 1 comment Asheville Music
2018 Asheville Goombay Festival returns this weekend

2018 Asheville Goombay Festival returns this weekend

The festival includes a Friday night tribute to Aretha Franklin.

by September 7, 2018 0 comments Asheville events
Asheville bus system staggered by July breakdowns

Asheville bus system staggered by July breakdowns

The Asheville bus system experienced a lost of 539.5 hours of service in the month of July because of bus breakdowns.

by September 6, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
WIN TIX To see Shawn Mullins w/ Jane Kramer, Jeff Thompson at Asheville Masonic Temple

WIN TIX To see Shawn Mullins w/ Jane Kramer, Jeff Thompson at Asheville Masonic Temple

Revelry: Unique Downtown Events is presenting the show in the intimate setting of the historic theater at The Asheville Masonic Temple.

by September 6, 2018 28 comments Asheville Music
Asheville officials prepare to put civic center naming rights up for bid

Asheville officials prepare to put civic center naming rights up for bid

What aspect of a new naming rights deal with Asheville city officials value more: the bottom line dollar amount, or establishing a partnership with a corporate entity that shares city values?

by September 5, 2018 2 comments Asheville News
Breaking down Asheville’s ambitious new food festival

Breaking down Asheville’s ambitious new food festival

One benefit of a big new Asheville food festival – drawing the attention of James Beard Award judges, who have yet to bestow an award on an Asheville food scene player.

by September 5, 2018 1 comment Asheville food and drink
Ashvegas celebrity sighting: New Orleans artist Ashley Longshore at Biltmore

Ashvegas celebrity sighting: New Orleans artist Ashley Longshore at Biltmore

Longshore’s unrelenting message of female empowerment has won her legions of fans.

Ben & Jerry's, now open on Haywood Street in downtown Asheville./ photo by Jason Sandford

New downtown Asheville chain, Ben & Jerry’s, arrives to little of past outrage

In 2015, a group of residents took to the streets out the newly opened Anthropologie store in downtown Asheville to call attention to the importance of supporting local independent stores.

by September 4, 2018 7 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Asheville area fall leaf color predictions are here

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Asheville area fall leaf color predictions are here

Also, the Continental Lounge restaurant opens on Friday, and more.

by August 30, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Asheville FM fundraiser set for Sept. 13

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Asheville FM fundraiser set for Sept. 13

Also, have you checked out the Sweet Cheesus food truck yet? And much more.

by August 30, 2018 2 comments Asheville News
Asheville culinary rock stars team up for new food festival

Asheville culinary rock stars team up for new food festival

Asheville tourism officials on Wednesday morning pledged $75,000 to festival organizers.

Mountain Medicine Festival to benefit Asheville environmental nonprofits

Mountain Medicine Festival to benefit Asheville environmental nonprofits

The event will be held Sept. 16 at the Wedge at Foundation location.

by August 28, 2018 0 comments Asheville events
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Bob Moog Foundation has new downtown Asheville location

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Bob Moog Foundation has new downtown Asheville location

The Bob Moog Foundation’s new space will also be home to its long-planned Moogseum, which it plans to open in 2019.

by August 28, 2018 0 comments Asheville News
Sarah McLachlan concert in Asheville to support children battling cancer

Sarah McLachlan concert in Asheville to support children battling cancer

The Asheville-based Green Side Up Foundation is hosting the show.

by August 27, 2018 0 comments Asheville Music
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Curate restaurant scoops mega Food & Wine honor

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Curate restaurant scoops mega Food & Wine honor

Also, the forthcoming The Continental Lounge is hiring, and more.

by August 22, 2018 2 comments Asheville News
WIN TIX to Mountain Song Festival, feat. Steep Canyon Rangers, Taj Mahal Trio, Robert Earl Keen

WIN TIX to Mountain Song Festival, feat. Steep Canyon Rangers, Taj Mahal Trio, Robert Earl Keen

The Steep Canyon Rangers host this annual festival, which benefits the Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County.

by August 22, 2018 51 comments Asheville Music
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: New West Asheville retail shops Garden Party, Roanline open

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: New West Asheville retail shops Garden Party, Roanline open

Also, the Miss Gay Latina Asheville pageant is set for Nov. 3, and much more.

by August 21, 2018 0 comments Asheville News