Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Ethiopian restaurant to open soon, parking deck demo starts, more

Jason Sandford

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

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More of what’s going around:

-Christmas Jam Art Show opens Friday: Proceeds of the Christmas Jam Art Show at Satellite Gallery in downtown Asheville go to Habitat For Humanity. The show features local and national artists. The Asheville artists are Joshua Marc Levy, Stuart Engel, David Oppenheimer and Drew Findley. The show opening goes from 3-7 p.m. on Friday.

-Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum returns: Brevard’s aluminum Christmas tree museum is back. Check out RomanticAsheville’s coverage.

-New Ethiopian restaurant opening soon: The owners of Addissae reported on Dec. 2 that they held their first private party and planned to start taking reservations in 7 to 10 days. That’s, like, now. Follow them on FB for updates.ghan_shan_2_2014_asheville

-New north Asheville restaurant coming along: The sign is up for Ghan Shan Station on Charlotte Street. Can’t wait for them to get open.

-Parking deck demo: Demolition is starting on this downtown Asheville parking deck at the corner of College and Broadway. The demolition work is scheduled to go through March, according to a permit posted at the property, and will affect downtown traffic with lane closures. A new parking structure and downtown hotel is planned to built here once demolition is finished in early 2015.


-New Chipotle restaurant coming along: Work is moving quickly on the new Chipotle on Hendersonville Road in south Asheville. They’re shooting for a Dec. 19 opening.

-New Elvis-in-Asheville record: reports that there’s a new CD coming next year of one of Elvis’s concerts in Asheville. Next year is the 40th anniversary of the Elvis show:

The Touchdown label has chosen the July 22nd 1975 show from Asheville for their next release.  Rare songs are outstanding in this show like “Memphis Tennessee”, or “Shake A Hand”, both complete, and the only known live version from “Why Me Lord” with which Elvis also takes over the part of J.D.Sumner and joins in the singing not as usual only the refrain. The whole show is stamped by a fantastic set list. The Fans, who also have Audience admissions of the King with pleasure have in the collection, will be inspired.

And here’s a great review of the Elvis show from

-Diamond Brand Grand opening: There’s a grand opening event on Thursday to celebrate Diamond Brand’s new store in the Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville. The event goes from 4-8 p.m., with a 5:30 ribbon-cutting. Diamond Brand recently opened two new stores – the one in downtown at Aloft, as well as one on at 1378 Hendersonville Road in Parkway Centre. The company also just moved its Frugal Backpacker store from south Asheville to Westgate Shopping Center.

-White Christmas in Asheville? Not likely, according to this AccuWeather long-range forecast.

-River Whyless record: The Asheville band River Whyless has announced it will release a new self-titled record on Jan. 20.

We spent 5 days at La La Land in Louisville KY with the amazing Kevin Ratterman and rather surprised ourselves with the finished product. It was our first time recording live to tape. It was our first time with someone else lending an outside ear. And it feels to us like the whole process brought new life to the band that we can’t wait to share with you. While we can’t quite give you any music yet, we wanted to share the news and let you know that we’ll be hitting the road in support of the release! Peep the album artwork and the tour dates below.

-Studio openings for John Nebraska: Here’s the info:

John Nebraska (aka Andy Levine) will be showing original art and hand finished prints in his studio in the Haw Creek area of Asheville, NC. 90 Alpine Way 28805 – There will be many styles, available for all budgets, (starting under $40, shipping included). Stop by for holiday mirth, art and refreshments. Phone orders are welcome. 718-757-9756. We look forward to seeing you and yours. On Dec. 20th we’ll do it again at the same times. More free cheese.

-Big Asheville City Council meeting tonight: Here’s the agenda for tonight’s Asheville City Council meeting. Lots of new developments on tap.

-Parsec Financial gets mention: Asheville’s Parsec Financial is listed as #16 on list of Top 50 Registered Financial Advisors.

-Climate change and Christmas trees: UNC-TV reports that scientists are studying the effects of climate change on Christmas trees grown in Western North Carolina.

-Mercedes commercial filmed in Asheville: Watch the Mercedes commercial here. Locations include Uncle Junebug’s store in downtown and the Blue Ridge Parkway in fall.


-Killer metalwork: I just really like Camille’s metalwork (rings and earrings and such) at Dirt Road Metals.

Jason Sandford

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

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  1. Cathy Arevian December 10, 2014

    Also featured in the Mercedes commercial – the fabulous “home of the parents” in North Asheville designed by David Way of Roost (!

  2. The king is not dead December 10, 2014

    Some sweet photos from the 1975 Elvis Show in Avl

    PS- the review above is from the 1955 show


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