-Noble Kava has moved from its Eagle Street location in downtown Asheville to Haywood Road in West Asheville, in the spot formerly held by a clothing shop called Get It, Kitten. It sounds like there’s another move in store after that. Here’s the Noble post on FB:
Moving day at the Kava Bar, I can’t express the sadness that I feel having to leave here, I came in this morning and Max, and Caleb were still here, they had been here all night reminiscing. I have tears coming my eyes every fifteen minutes or so, I have a strong urge just to sit here until the police remove me. This place has been my refuge from all the shit life throws at us for years, it’s my medication, my family, I can’t depend on my real family, but I can depend on you guys. Whatever happens we have to keep this family together, or I fear that I won’t be able to make it. Please guys let’s do our best to stay together through this move to West Asheville, and eventually Biltmore. I know we can do this if we stick together. You guys are my life blood, and I can’t survive without you. I love you guys, my family!
-Is Westville Pub still closed following a fire a couple of weeks ago? I haven’t been by to look lately.
-The Asheville Flyer for Kids, a monthly print publication full of games and puzzles aimed at kids, has ceased publication, but the characters such as Banjo the Whistlepig will live on in the pages of the Iwanna. More from the AFK newsletter:
Another thing that’s gone for now, you may have already noticed, is the monthly printed version of Asheville Flyer for Kids. It’s true. After three years of producing our paper every month, Publisher Tim Arem and Editor Stu Helm have decided to wrap-it-up, and we ceased printing AFK after the September 2015 issue
Tim and I have been dedicated to the printing our monthly kids paper for 3 years, which is 36 issues, which is 360,000 copies of fun, games, puzzles, prizes, fashion advice, coloring pages, Janupu, interviews, book reviews, and as our motto states “stuff to read while your parents do something completely boring.”
It’s been super-fun, we’ve made great friends along the way, hosted parties, given away $1,000’s of dollars worth of gift certificates and prizes to kids and families, and introduced a whole range of fun characters to the people of Asheville. I even got to dress up like a whistlepig, and be in the 2014 Holiday Parade! The good news is that Banjo and all of his friends will still be around, in the pages of our old friends, The IWANNA!
-A mindfulness workshop begins Sunday in Asheville. It’s led by Linda Hamilton. Check it out.
-Word on the street is that a wine bar is coming to Haywood Road, in the neighborhood of the new Haywood Comics and Firestorm Cafe locations.
-Sticking with Haywood Road, it looks like work has begun on the old Ingles-slash-Rush fitness center location at the corner of Haywood Road and Patton Avenue. A new Ace Hardware store has been planned for that location, 970 Haywood.
-Saga Communications aka the Asheville Radio Group recently launched a new country radio station that’s branded 105.5 The Outlaw. A press release says the station “is positioned as ‘Legends & The Young Guns’ featuring a mix of current and classic artists as well as a splash of Southern Rock. The format gives Asheville an in-market competitor to IHeart’s market leading 99.9 Kiss Country WKSF.”
-In other radio news, there’s this from ESPN Asheville:
ESPN Asheville, the area’s only sports station, can now be heard on another spot on your radio. The station is now broadcasting up to the minute scores, stats, and scuttlebutt at 97.3 FM.
The new signal will air the same programming heard on AM 1310 and 970, including “Mike & Mike in the Morning”, and “The Wise Guys”, Asheville’s daily live and local sports talk show hosted by Pat Ryan and Bill McClement from 3-6 pm.
-The BB&T building, Asheville’s tallest building, is set for a major makeover. The building has long been viewed as downright ugly, but in the 1980s, it was a major blight on downtown. Here’s a little history from an Asheville architectural survey:
In the mid-1980s, the Northwestern Bank Building, an eighteen-story steel-and-glass skyscraper at 1 Pack Square NW, was becoming a substantial eyesore. Erected in 1964-1965, the Mies van der Rohe-inspired office tower was the tallest building in western North Carolina and the largest downtown construction project in over thirty years. When it was built, the building dramatically changed the skyline of downtown, razing a full block of three- and four story early twentieth century commercial buildings to accommodate the new structure, which featured a paved plaza, 30 feet by 137 feet, lying in front of the building. The project also claimed the Langren Hotel, a prominent eight-story edifice erected in 1912 on the northeast corner of Biltmore Avenue and College Street, which was demolished for a multi-level parking garage. By 1985, however, the Northwestern Bank Building was suffering significantly from deferred maintenance with a leaking roof, failing window seals, unreliable elevators, and a loss of gas service. Deterioration of the boiler smokestack prevented the heating system from being fired, which, in turn, threatened a loss of the building’s occupancy permit. With vacancy rates at nearly twenty-five percent, the tower became a symbol of Asheville’s declining fortunes.