-A new restaurant called AUX Bar is coming to this Lexington Avenue location (once a taco shop, and most recently Creperie Bouree). Mike and Darlene Moore of the popular The Blind Pig, and Steve and Samantha Goff of Brinehaus Meat + Provisions (Steve Goff was formerly of King James Public House on Charlotte Street), are teaming up on the project. It will be called AUX Bar and will feature lunch, dinner, brunch and a late night menu of seasonally driven American food. The beautiful patio will be remade to include several wood-fired grills. The Goffs and the Moores will also be offering full catering services out of the space and an adjacent space that locals will remember as the beloved Vincent’s Ear bar, while continuing the popular supper club pop-up series. Can’t wait for this!
-Asheville actor Alphie Hyorth has a significant role in the awesome movie I, Tonya. Hyorth, who has been active on the local theater scene for years, plays the judge who hands Tonya a harsh sentence at the end of the movie. Hyorth and his wife, Tracy, worked as journalists in Louisiana before moving to Asheville in 1980s to launch a local newspaper and entertainment guide, “Out N About.”
-Hazel Twenty, Asheville’s mobile fashion boutique, is planning to open a brick and mortar location in the former Zest Jewelry location at the corner of Patton and Lexington avenues. Owner Lexi DiYeso has long held an interest in fashion. She’s also a part-time personal trainer. She transformed an old Fed Ex delivery truck into the mint green fashion boutique about four years ago. (Fun fact: DiYeso’s business is named after two things: one of her Great Danes and her soccer jersey number – she played soccer at the University of South Carolina.)
-WNC Sports Network will be broadcasting the Western Mountain Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament from Erwin High School beginning on Feb. 14, according to a news release. Canio Costanzo and Derwin Williams will announce the games from Erwin High School. Airtime on Feb. 14 begins at 3:15 p.m. with the first of four semi-final match-ups. The finals will be played on Feb. 16, with airtime set to begin at 5:45 p.m., according to the release. The WMAC is comprised of 3A and 4A schools in western North Carolina. Schools involved include Asheville, AC Reynolds, Enka, Erwin, North Buncombe, North Henderson, TC Roberson, Tuscola and West Henderson High Schools. WNCSN is the area’s only live audio streaming website focusing on high school sports. This year, WNCSN has broadcast over 40 games featuring teams from the WMAC, more than any local radio or TV station in the market, the release states.
-The Asheville Wedding Guide, a new publication from Gulfstream Communications, is scheduled to be published later this year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
-One of the funniest reddit threads I’ve read in awhile.
-Zagat names Susannah Gebhardt of OWL Bakery in West Asheville one of 15 Badass Female Chefs and Restaurateurs You Need to Know Around the U.S.
–Cantaria, presented by The Gay Men’s Choir of Asheville, will be held Feb. 10 at the Morris Hellenic Cultural Center on Cumberland Avenue in Asheville. Tickets cost $45.