Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Publix opens Wednesday in south Asheville


More of what’s going around:

-Nepal relief: Chai Pani restaurant is donating 10 percent of sales today to Nepal relief. Details:

A call to action…
Travelers the world over (and many of us here at Chai Pani) have been embraced by the majestic mountains and gentle people of Nepal. Today Nepal is suffering and they need our help. Let’s come together in solidarity with Nepal and send them some much needed support. The Indian army has named its aid effort in Nepal ‘Operation Maitri’ or friendship. On this Tuesday April 28th, Chai Pani will sponsor ‘Operation Maitri’, collecting the profit from the day’s sales in Asheville and Atlanta and we’ll donate it to in the name of ‘Operation Maitri’ to help fund the rescue and aid operations needed now. We invite the service industry worldwide to participate. Please join us, lets all do our part to help.

-Publix opens: Asheville’s first Publix is set to open Wednesday.

-Tasty Beverage opens: Tasty Beverage, a new beer store on Coxe Avenue along Asheville’s South Slope, officially opened on Friday.

-Dining Out for Life: Is Thursday. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the WNC AIDS Project.

-Asheville Wordfest: Is this weekend, May 1 and 2, at the Lenoir-Rhyne University campus in Asheville.

-Walk A Mile: The 6th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event hosted by Our Voice is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday in Pack Square Park. A bunch of dudes slip on women’s heels and parade around town to march against rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. Registration is at 10 a.m. the day of the event, and the walk begins at 11. This year’s event includes family friendly activities, food trucks, music, awards and more! For information about individual or team registration, or to learn how you can sponsor or donate to the event, go to or call 828-252-0562.

-Ramp festival: The annual American Legion Ramp Festival in Waynesville is Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

-Job fair: There are 70 open jobs looking to be filled at this upcoming job fair. Press release:

Friday Staffing is holding a Career Fair on Saturday, May 9th, from 9 to 3 pm, with over 70 open positions for jobs in the Asheville area. The Career Fair will be held at 1944 Hendersonville Road, Suite A, Asheville, NC 28803. The jobs available are full time positions, with benefits, in manufacturing, warehouse or industrial settings, with some administrative, accounting, and customer service positions also available.

While experience is preferred, it is not always required, although those with previous manufacturing experience are strongly encouraged to attend. Open shift availability is a plus, with many 10- and 12-hour shifts, swing shifts, and rotating shifts available.

Those interested in attending the Career Fair can pre-register online at, with the opportunity to apply to dozens of companies at once. On the day of the Career Fair, all applicants have the chance to be interviewed and matched to the opportunity that best meets their interest and skills.

For more information on the Career Fair, call 828-684-8700.

-Midwifery fundraiser: Here are the details from loyal reader Sonya:

Join us at The Millroom (66 Ashland Ave., Asheville, NC) where we will launch the Mountain Walk & Boogie for Midwives! We will begin check in for our walk at 2:00pm and make a loop around Pritchard Park. We will return to The Millroom for great music from Laura Blackley, David Earl Tomlinson, and The Jamboogie Band! There will be a cash bar and you may place orders for food from Asheville Pizza and Brewing or The Real Food Truck. There is an extensive silent auction and exciting door prizes. We will celebrate the amazing pro-midwifery community together until 7:00pm!


Tickets are $15/person or $50/family. Tickets purchased by 4/25 include an NC Friends of Midwives t-shirt (one per person, 4 per family). This fundraiser fuels the work of NCFOM to improve access to care in out of hospital births by licensing Certified Professional Midwives in NC.”

-Colburn Earth Science Museum fundraiser: Here are the details, from loyal reader Jon:

Spring is in the air and that means it’s time for the Colburn Earth Science Museum’s annual Under the Stars party. This year guests will truly be under the stars at one of the coolest outdoor venues in the area, The Boathouse Riverside Pavilion in the River Arts District. Last year’s Under the Stars party was organized by the Asheville Affiliates and was so successful The Colburn is establishing the fundraiser as an annual event.

Under the Stars will be held on Thursday, May 21st from 6-10 pm. Attendees will enjoy the sounds of live music by Red Dirt Revelators, while savoring food from top area restaurants and beer from both Catawba Brewing Company and one of Asheville’s newest breweries, Bhramari Brewhouse. There will also be a silent auction with items from local businesses that will raise funds for the museum.

The Colburn has begun an exciting transition to a general science museum. There are plans to move to a more visible and accessible location in the heart of downtown Asheville at the Callen Center. This event will be the first opportunity for the public to be involved with gathering support and raising funds for the capital campaign and to support The Colburn’s science education programming.

Tickets for the event are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and include beer, wine, food, and entertainment. Advance tickets are available for purchase either by visiting the Colburn Earth Science Museum in person, or by purchasing online at:

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Unaffiliated Voter May 3, 2015 - 8:30 am

yep, AVL is becoming more corporate in spite of itself…

AVL LVR May 1, 2015 - 10:33 am

I will add that Publix has better customer service. On opening day, they all seemed to greet me and took my groceries to the car (for each customer). There were a lot of samples and they promoted the grand opening well (anyone else see the advertising truck drive around). I hope Ingles learns from them and does as good or better when they open the Enka Ingles. I’m glad Ingles is trying with the remodel sales.

Also, I think the red and yellow indicates sales which of course Ingles has as good of sales as Publix.

Another advantage of Publix is the name. Publix represents the public not just the Ingle family (also Publix is employee owned not serfs working for the lord of the manor), though with the Ingle name on the building their “good” family name is on the line (family-controlled is better than just a corporation). American Owned sign helped put out Food Lion which of course is foreign-owned. Ingles needs to find or create an advantage to exploit and take on Publix (may we one day see an Ingles in Lakeland, Florida?)

smytty May 2, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Well, Ingles customer service is historically bad. Not a resounding endorsement.

AVL LVR April 30, 2015 - 9:17 am

I checked out the new Publix yesterday. Ingles is MUCH better. Ingles is spacious and bright/cheerful, but the new Publix is dark like a cave and everything is cramped together (Depts. seem to be thrown to together- poor layout). Just as the building is weird on the outside with the weird triangle roof, it is even weirder on the inside. You have to walk all around the café to get to the next isle (hard to describe but just plain strange).

Publix vs. Ingles: 1. Publix has a better website and viewing the weekly flyer online is easier than at Ingles. 2. Green color is better than Ingles yellow and red (McDonalds) colors. Green is trendy (green energy connotations) and means fresh perhaps go (yellow and red are stop and cautious) 3. Ingles needs to redesign their sale signs 4. Ingles designs better stores (airy, spacious, bright, well-organized). I brought some people from out of town and we all agreed that Ingles looked a lot nicer than most grocery stores. 5. Ingles carries more products 6. Ingles is HQ in Asheville. On a long trip, the first Ingles I see, I know I’m close to home.

Overall, Ingles wins hands down. Shopping is a lot more pleasurable at Ingles.

Tiger April 30, 2015 - 11:25 am

Ingle’s and Publix have very nice stores.

Ingle’s newer stores are larger in size (65,000 to 80,000 square feet) than most Publix stores (45,000 to 55,000 square feet). Publix’s varying store sizes allows it to open quantities of quality stores in various markets.

Harry April 29, 2015 - 9:43 pm

WLOS reported that 100+ people were in line waiting for the new store to open. The stupidity of the average human is truly amazing.

Tiger April 30, 2015 - 11:27 am

One hundred customers may have found the wait worth it if they received free groceries.

Harry May 1, 2015 - 7:28 am

Somebody starts a rumor on Facebook about free food and they come a runnin? Kind of proves my point.

Nate April 30, 2015 - 11:39 am

Someone on Facebook posted that they were giving away $100 gift cards to the first 100 customers, which is more than enough incentive to stand in line for an hour or two. None of the articles about the opening mention gift cards, but the person who posted the rumor claimed it was on the Publix web site.

weavervilleman April 30, 2015 - 2:25 pm

if you didnt go, they gave out free samples and free green bags! Something ingles and other grocery stores dont do on opening day

Tiger April 29, 2015 - 9:51 am

Not only has Publix #1473 at Pinnacle Point opened for business today, Asheville Outlets opens Friday.

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