Jason Sandford

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

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Here’s more of what’s going around, including the opening of a new poké restaurant in south Asheville. Here we go:

Yum Burrito Sushi & Poké is planning to open Wednesday in south Asheville. It’s located at 100 Julian Shoals Drive. Poké is a Hawaiin dish that usually includes raw fish mixed in with rice and vegetables.

-A new jazz bar is coming to downtown Asheville. Save Me The Waltz, slated to open this fall, will be designed as a stylish jazz bar and will feature jazz trios three nights a week in the former Ellington Underground space on Patton Avenue.

-Let’s talk about the weather. July 2018 was a wet one, with 6.58 inches of rain for the month. (The normal rainfall for July is about 4.31 inches.) The rainy weather continues the rainy trend we’ve seen all year. Folks will remember that May set a new rainfall record in Asheville, with 14.68 inches total, which beat the record rainfall of any month of the year since records started being kept in 1851. (The previous monthly rainfall record for Asheville was 13.75 inches set in August 1940.) (This paragraph was updated to correctly reflect that July 2018 was a rainy month but not the rainiest month on record, as I originally posted.)

-The heavy rain means that Asheville has already almost reached the average amount of rainfall that it sees in a year. The average annual rainfall in Asheville is 45.5 inches, and through July of this year, Asheville stands at 41.19 of recorded precipitation.

-The late summer months are tropical storm season, so Asheville is likely to see plenty more precipitation. Keep those coats and umbrellas handy.

-Asheville athlete Melissa Allen is working with a circus arts group to create a “strong woman” act that is also aimed at empowering women beyond just physical acts of strength. She’s launched a crowdfunding campaign seeking $10,000.

-The Admiral restaurant and Jargon restaurant, both on Haywood Road in West Asheville, have new chefs at the helm, Jonathan Ammons of Mountain Xpress reports.

-There’s a new food blogger in Asheville. They call themselves The Food Phantom.

Jack’s 47 is a mobile bar built into the back of a 1947 Dodge truck.

Mountain Xpress is entering its 25th year of publication.

-Local newspapers in North Carolina are making cuts to their print products, and they’re blaming President Trump’s tariffs. The Salisbury Post, a daily, has announced it will print just five days a week, the Greensboro News & Record reports. And The Robesonian has announced that it will drop its Sunday comics section due to higher newsprint costs associated with the tariffs, The Hill reports.

The Plow and Flute project is a proposed “vedic eco-village” in the Blue Ridge mountains, according to its website.

Jason Sandford

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

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  1. TypoPolice August 7, 2018

    Just a heads up, but that link in the Melissa Allen story goes to some random story on The Hill. Might wanna fix that.

    1. Jason Sandford August 8, 2018

      Thank you! Done!

  2. Jake Crouch August 7, 2018

    July 2013 was the wettest July on record for Asheville with 13.69″ at the airport and 12.13″ downtown. July 2018 was not a record.


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