Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Here’s some of what’s going around:

-An Asheville woman is advertising her services as a “hangover nanny.” Contact Jillian if you’ve partied too hard the night before, and she’ll get the kids up, make them breakfast and entertain them “until you feel like being a parent again.”

-Down Dog Bar & Yoga Studio is the name of a proposed mixed-use business along Sweeten Creek Road that would include a yoga studio and an adjacent bar where dogs can roam free, according to construction permits.

-The Asheville Humane Society is planning on opening up a retail shop at 1425 Patton Ave., according to construction permits.

-Jeff Messer, an Asheville theater director and former talk radio show host, is seeking $3,000 in crowdfunding support for a 24-page comic called “The Adventures of Young Robin Hood.” Messer, who is producing the comic from a story and stage play co-authored with Robert Akers, wants to get the comic into the hands of public school libraries and teachers at little to no cost to the. The comic will be illustrated and lettered by first-time comic book artist Han Strawderman, who works as Phantomlight Design. “Based on the classic legend of Robin Hood, this all ages adventure features a teen age Robin Hood as he travels with his father, learning about life, responsibility and honor. These lessons shape him as the future champion of the oppressed,” reads part of the crowdfunding pitch.

-An updated housing report commissioned by the city of Asheville shows that housing costs continue to rise in Buncombe County and Asheville. Some 46 percent of renter households pay more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs. And 19 percent of renter households in Buncombe County pay more than 50 percent of their income on housing costs, according to the report. Rent costs are skyrocketing in Asheville. Rent has increased by 5.4 percent each year since 2014, according to the report. A renter paying $1,000 a month in 2014 is now paying $1,300 a month. Here’s the Bowen Report, updated August-September of 2019.

-The Roaring 2020s will get rolling in Asheville’s with a series of four exclusive Gatsby-theme parties at the Biltmore Estate in April. Single tickets cost $225, and VIP tickets are $495 apiece. Only VIP tickets are left. Each party, capped at 800 people, most dressed in period costumes, will be held outside on the South Terrace of the Biltmore Estate. Other highlights: flappers, fire-breathers and music by Post Modern Jukebox, which will cover modern pop songs in 1920s style.

-Word on the street: AutoCamp, a luxury camping outfitter that books Airstreams and tricked-out tents in beautiful California locations, is searching for a location in/around.

-Also on the glamping front: KOA Campgrounds are moving into the luxury camping market by upgrading portions of their locations around the country.

-The Buncombe County office of the U.S. Census is staffing up and is looking for workers. A spokeswoman says the office needs a pool of 2,600 applicants to work next year’s census by Dec. 1 of this year. So far, 650 have applied. Pay is $14 an hour, according to the spokeswoman. The work is part-time. Buncombe County during the last census had a 72 percent participation rate, and local officials have a goal of 80 percent participation for the 2020 census. Apply here for a census job.

-Sold! The old Tire Barn on Sweeten Creek Road in #Asheville, to a local chiropractor and her wife; cost was roughly half a million bucks; don’t know what might be in the works.

-The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority recently welcomed a new member to its board – James Poole, the GM of the new Foundry Hotel in downtown.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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