Some of what’s going around:
–Word on the street is that actor Woody Harrelson is looking to buy a house in Asheville. He’s visited Asheville before, most notably when Harrelson was in the area shooting the first Hunger Games movie.
–Ingles Markets Inc. has a new president and CEO, according to news reports. Jim Lanning, who has served as president of the Black Mountain-based grocery store chain, was promoted to the job last week. Robert P. Ingle II, the company’s board chairman, made the announcement.
-Lest there be any doubt about the fervor with which economic developers in Roanoke went to in trying ton convince Oregon-based Deschutes Brewing to locate a new East Coast brewery in their town, read this Roanoke Times editorial and the follow-up to it. The editorials make it clear that an economic development recruitment effort can play out over several year, and it doesn’t always turn simply on financial incentives. I think Buncombe County economic development officials could take a few pages from the Roanoke playbook here.
–Trade & Lore coffee shop on Wall Street in downtown Asheville is open. It is spacious and beautiful. Check it out.
-More word on the street: The Avett Brothers are shooting a music video in Asheville next week. Working with Asheville talent is nothing new for the Avetts, who have recorded at Echo Mountain Studios and worked with puppeteer Hobey Ford on a past video.