-Josh Dorfman who has led efforts to boost entrepreneurship in Asheville under the auspices of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce the past four years, has announced he’s joining The Collider in Asheville to foster “climate entrepreneurship and innovation” there. Dorfman will become the new CEO of The Collider at the end of April. “Our vision is to be the best in the world at developing, training, and funding climate data entrepreneurs,” Dorfman has been successful in spotlighting local entrepreneurs through Venture Asheville, as well as attracting new resources such as angel investment to help small businesses grow. Dorfman’s move makes sense in that before he began working with Asheville economic developers, he was himself a green economy entrepreneur, author and media personality known as the Lazy Environmentalist.
-MTN Merch, a clothing and gift shop, is planning to move into vacant retail space at the corner of North Lexington Avenue and Walnut Street in the Tyler Building.
-UNC Asheville men’s basketball coach Nick McDevitt is leaving to take a new job as head coach of Middle Tennessee State University men’s basketball team. McDevitt had a long and successful tenure as both an assistant coach and head coach of the basketball team.
-Early Girl Eatery has been sold to the owners of the Blackbird Restaurant in town, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.
-12 Bones South will close its Sweeten Creek Road location at the end of the year and open in a new Hendersonville Road location, where it also plans to open a new brewery, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.
-Knife and Fork owner Chef Nate Allen has announced that he’s closing his beloved Spruce Pine restaurant at the end of March. Allen received national acclaim for the food he’s been serving at Knife and Fork for the past nine years.
-Simple Cafe and Juice Bar is coming to the Haywood Road space most recently occupied by Sub Grasso, as well as a series of eateries going back to Pinapple Jack’s.
-The Hops & Vines space on Haywood Road in West Asheville is up for lease.
-A Buncombe County judge on Monday ordered the release of more videos in the police beating of an Asheville resident. Attorneys for the city of Asheville had asked for the release of additional police body cam videos, arguing that the more transparency the better regarding Asheville Police Department Officer Chris Hickman’s beating of resident Johnnie Rush last August. Hickman’s lawyer may appeal that decision, a move that would halt the video release. Right now, eight new videos are scheduled for release on Monday.
-In case you missed it: A crowd estimated at between 5,000 to 6,000 people participated in last Saturday’s March for Our Lives event in Asheville to call for an end to school shootings and increased gun control measures.
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