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 for a Monday:

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is coming to 182 Merrimon Ave., according to building permits. That’s a location near the Harris Teeter on Merrimon.

The Unicorn Ball at the Grey Eagle over the weekend was apparently quite the party.

-The first annual “Sounds for Recovery Benefit Concert” will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 at First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St., in downtown Asheville. More:

The concert will feature local musicians Malcolm Holcombe, George Terry, Io Trio, and Aaron Price, with more to be announced. In addition, we will feature the widely acclaimed “Hello My Name Is…” project by Douglas Lail, which is a moving collection of portraits and personal recovery stories. Following the concert, we will have a candle light procession to Pack Square Park for a short vigil. The event’s net proceeds will benefit three of Buncombe County’s treatment court programs: Veteran’s Treatment Court, Sobriety Court, and Adult Drug Treatment Court. Event tickets can be purchased online for $35 by going to: Ticket price includes an event t-shirt to commemorate the evening. For more information contact Stacy Workman or James Lewis at 828-232-5059.

-The Junior League of Asheville has announced that it has sold its historic downtown headquarters at 29 Biltmore Ave. and moved to 409 Executive Park. The property sold for $875,000 on July 14, according to property records. The new owner is 29 Biltmore LLC. Alex Quarrier of Berkley Capital Advisors was the registered agent. More from the Junior League:

The JLA bought the property at 29 Biltmore in 1984, before downtown became the vibrant community and destination it is today. The new office and meeting space will provide wheelchair accessibility, updated administrative and meeting space, and parking for members attending meetings. …

When the JLA purchased 29 Biltmore Avenue, downtown Asheville had suffered from years of urban blight. The Junior League of Asheville bought the building to invest in a downtown that the organization believed in and wanted to see revitalized. Today of course, downtown Asheville is one of the top tourist destinations in the country and is home to a robust business community and vibrant art scene. reports that Moog Music Inc. in Asheville recently announced that it would begin a full production run of the Minimoog Model D, which it stopped producing in 1981, and that Trent Reznor is the owner of the first Minimoog in the new run. The Model D was the first Minimoog instrument made available to the public and was built between 1970 and 1980. It was a precursor to the popular Minimoog Voyager synthesizer that was discontinued last year.

ASAP’s Local Food Experience will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Highland Brewing Company Event Center. More:

Attendees can expect local food tastings and plates or dishes from Buxton Hall Barbecue, Ultimate Ice Cream, Looking Glass Creamery, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Sunburst Trout Farms, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Waynesville Soda Jerks, Imladris Farm, Green River Picklers, HomeGrown, and more. There will be family friendly activities, and a silent auction offering exclusive local food experiences, including farm stays, winery tours, private dinners, and more.

Tickets for the Local Food Experience are $20, with $10 reduced price tickets for children 12 and under available at the door. Highland beer will be sold separately. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Silent auction items are previewed at ASAP’s website. All proceeds will benefit ASAP. The event will be held at Highland’s Event Center, located at 12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803.

Walmart, the largest grocer in the U.S., will launch its free online grocery pickup service at three Asheville-area stores on Wednesday, Aug. 10, according to a press release. More on Walmart’s online grocery service, which will be available at its Airport Road supercenter in Arden, its Bleachery Boulevard supercenter in east Asheville and its Northridge Commons Parkway supercenter in Weaverville:

The free service enables customers to order groceries online and pick them up at their local Walmart store without even leaving their cars.

Walmart’s grocery pickup service features 30,000 items with more than 90 percent of customers choosing to add fresh meat, dairy or produce to their baskets. Other top items selected by grocery pickup shoppers include after school snacks, diapers and large dog food bags. Select stores also offer top selling seasonal items, currently including Back to School supplies. All items are priced at the same low prices customers find in their local Walmart store.

How it Works

· Order and Choose a Pickup Time: Customers visit online or through the Walmart Grocery mobile app, enter their zip codes to select a local store and begin creating their shopping lists. During checkout, they select a time to pick up their orders.
· Personal Grocery Shoppers Fill the Basket: Highly-trained personal shoppers carefully select the freshest produce, meats and other items each customer requested.
· Pick Up and Go: Once a customer arrives at the pickup location, there will be reserved parking spaces marked in orange, and a designated number to call to alert an associate. An associate will quickly retrieve the prepared order and load it into the customer’s car. Walmart grocery pick up is a free service, requiring a minimum order of only $30.

Jason Sandford

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

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  1. luther blissett August 9, 2016

    “The new owner is 29 Biltmore LLC. Alex Quarrier of Berkley Capital Advisors was the registered agent.”

    They’re brokers, not owners. Either it’s been transferred into an LLC before being sold on, or it’s been sold and the new owner is using the LLC to hide it. Maybe a bit of… journalism is required?

  2. Big Al August 9, 2016

    My first year here, JLA had an awesome second-hand store there. I found two good-as-new business suits that fit me (which ain’t easy, lemme tell ya) and were $20 each. I am not anti-gentrification, but I do bemoan the loss of a few things downtown due to improved economics. The JLA store, the store that sold all teak furniture, the hot dog stand where the Aloft hotel now stands (although the increased parking and Black Bird restautant sorta make up for that), it all made downtown more exotic. Now it’s just kinda ho-hum and full of loud drunks.

  3. Murphy August 8, 2016

    Any idea what’s planned for the JL space…

    1. Murphy August 8, 2016

      isn’t that where Van Dyke Gallery is now… are they leaving?


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