More of what’s going around, including a big purchase by an Asheville land trust:
-The former Asheville Biscuitry building at 372 Merrimon sold this week to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for $1.1 million.
–Whistle Hop Brewing plans to open its taproom at 4 p.m. on Dec. 9. The brewery is located at 527 Old U.S. Highway 74. Just look for the red caboose. The brewery plans to have its Molasses Pumpkin Marzen, its kolsch, its South of the Border Porter, one saison and one IPA on tap. They’ll also have an Urban Orchard guest tap for cider drinkers.
-The Asheville Symphony Chorus Flash Sing happens this Saturday. It will start about 1 p.m. at Sam’s Club in Asheville. The group moves to the Airport Road Walmart, then the Asheville Mall. About 65 singers are participating this year.
-New Belgium Brewing is on the hunt for a new CEO. Former CEO Christine Perich left the Fort Collins-based company last month after one year in the top spot. She had been an employee at the craft brewery since 2000.
-Here are two beer dinners to check out:
Plant restaurant in Asheville is teaming up with Sanctuary Brewing and Smiling Hara Tempeh for a four-course beer dinner on Dec. 15.
Magpie Meat & Three restaurant in Brevard will be partnering with Blue Ghost Brewing Company of Fletcher to host a four-course beer dinner on Dec. 6.
The Beer Dinner will offer 4 courses, each paired with a beer from Blue Ghost Brewing Company. Each course will draw inspiration and flavors from different regions of the
-The Asheville Food Park and Market presents the “Holiday Fashion & Craft Bazaar” from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 10. Some of what visitors will find: ARTeries by Stina; Lex from HazelTwenty; Mount Inspiration Outdoor Apparel; Bohemian Road Crafts and more.
-Well Played, a “board game cafe,” is coming to Wall Street in downtown Asheville. Here’s the press release:
Well Played has announced the opening of Asheville’s first board game café at 58 Wall Street.
Growing in popularity nationally, board game cafés provide a comfortable and fun atmosphere for friends and family to connect and play board games while enjoying food and beverages.
Well Played will offer an impressive selection of more than 500 games, ranging from old classics like Sorry, Guess Who, and Battleship, to modern favorites including Catan, Pandemic, and Ticket to Ride. Employee “Gamemasters” will guide newcomers and experienced gamers alike through this entertainment and cafe experience. The Gamemasters will help customers choose and learn new games, or even remind them the rules of their favorite classics.
Well Played will also offer a wide variety of locally-sourced comfort snack foods, desserts, and beverages including craft beer, wine, and a full coffee program. The property is currently under construction with plans to open in early 2017.
“Asheville is a place where innovative ideas find success, and we are thrilled to bring our passion for board games to the vibrant city we call home,” co-founder Cortland Mercer said of the opening.
“At its heart,” he continued, “Well Played is a community gathering space perfect for friends, family, or a first date, and is dedicated to delivering meaningful face-to-face interaction in an increasingly digital world.”
Co-founder and noted Asheville historian Kevan Frazier adds “We see the café as a well-rounded complement to our downtown restaurant and bar scene. You can bring the kids in the afternoon, stop by after dinner for dessert, or start an evening out on the town with a game and a pint.”
About Well Played: Well Played is Asheville’s first board game café, opening its doors on 58 Wall Street in early 2017. Well Played will offer more than 500 gaming titles, as well as a robust selection of locally-sourced comfort food, desserts, beer, wine, and coffee.
That seems like a big check for SAHC to write, and nevermind it is a building that was purposely built as a restaurant and will require a lot of work to turn into what I assume is office space for them.
They’re not short of funds, though their assets are presumably heavily tied to the land that they’ve acquired in order to preserve it. Still, $32m in assets and $7-8m in donations and grants per year isn’t bad going. Their current office is in the Self-Help building on Wall Street.
The Dough building is one of those spaces that seemed cursed from the outset, perhaps because “left on Merrimon” coming from downtown is always going to be a pain.