More of what’s going around:
–Gas prices could increase by as much as 15 cents in North Carolina and South Carolina in coming days following a leak in a major pipeline that pumps gasoline into the mountains, reports CNN. Fill up, y’all.
-Hey Asheville, who is holding presidential debate watching parties? The first debate is coming up Sept. 26. Here’s the 2016 presidential debate sked.
–The Montford Bar is not for locals, folks. The bar got a ton of fawning praise after inviting media types out for free drinks and snacks, but a follow-up visit that a friend had really put it all in perspective. The bar, located atop the new Hyatt Place hotel at the corner of Haywood Street and Montford Avenue, is now charging people who aren’t staying at the hotel $8 to park. Eight dollars. To park. And you have to pay by credit card. After that, you ride the elevator up to the bar, which does indeed have sweet mountain views looking westward, and can order wine or cocktails that start at $11. The curt wait staff immediately demand a credit card for payment. Meanwhile, there is no respite from the blazing afternoon sun. It literally beats down on patrons like an alien death ray. There’s no hiding from it. Asheville folks, the Montford Bar is not for us.
-If you haven’t had enough Trump this week, Trump the Movie is showing Saturday, Sept. 17, at Grail Moviehouse. Here’s a link to the page about the film, including a ticket link.
–Sole Haven of Asheville, a new foot reflexology lounge, has opened at 1636 Hendersonville Road.
–The Aloft Asheville Downtown Live@Aloft series continues on Sept. 25th by featuring The Free Flow Band and benefitting the LEAF Foundation. The event goes from 5-8 p.m. The event is open to the public and a suggested $5 donation will benefit the LEAF Foundation. Guests can enjoy local craft brews, cocktails, light snacks and spectacular mountain views surrounding downtown Asheville, according to a press release.
-The brewing of Christmas Jam Pale Ale has begun, reports Asheville Pizza and Brewing. “Made with simcoe, galaxy, and cascade hops this pale ale will make your Christmas Jam 2016 incredible,” gushes a brewery post on Facebook.
–Ecusta Brewing Company in Transylvania County plans to celebrate its official grand opening on Oct. 8.