Articles by: Jason Sandford

Two Asheville moms - Bianca Gragg at left and Jeannie Curtis at right - have created the Colorful Pages Project to bring picture books written by people of color and featuring ethnically diverse characters into local schools. /photo courtesy of High Five Coffee

With Colorful Pages Project, two Asheville moms add more diversity to books in school

The Colorful Pages Project received a $5,000 Buncombe County Tipping Point grant last year.

by May 20, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
East Fork Pottery is holding a seconds sale on Sunday at New Belgium's brewery space on Craven Street. /photo courtesy of East Fork Pottery

4 things to know about East Fork Pottery’s seconds sale Sunday at New Belgium

First thing to know: all sales are final.

by May 18, 2019 0 comments Asheville events
David Crosby

Second annual Songsmith Gathering in Brevard features David Crosby

The festival is a benefit for the Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania.

by May 17, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Asheville Regional Airport update: 3 new flights, 2 new parking lot shuttles

Asheville Regional Airport update: 3 new flights, 2 new parking lot shuttles

Airport passenger traffic is already up a whopping 45 percent for January through March of this year over last.

by May 16, 2019 5 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hemp Sheet

Ashvegas Hemp Sheet: Asheville Hemp Farms grand opening, more

Also, here’s some guidance on whether it is legal for craft brewers to mix industrial hemp products with their alcoholic beverages.

by May 15, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Bernie Sanders

6 things to know about the Bernie Sanders rally in Asheville Friday

One of the big issues will be parking. Read on for details about paid on-site parking, as well as a free shuttle bus.

by May 15, 2019 6 comments Asheville News
Flatiron Building will not be a hotel, Asheville City Council indicates

Flatiron Building will not be a hotel, Asheville City Council indicates

City Council did not vote on the matter, but four council members indicated their opposition to the hotel plans, including Councilwoman Julie Mayfield, considered by many to be a swing vote on the issue.

by May 15, 2019 3 comments Asheville News
An architectural rendering of the proposed Jetti Rae's Seafood and Such restaurant being proposed for 144 Riverside Drive in the Asheville River Arts District.

New riverside restaurant, Jettie Rae’s, proposed for Asheville River Arts District

The riverside restaurant proposed for 144 Riverside Drive will welcome tubers and boaters who arrive from the French Broad River.

Passersby check out Bird electric scooters parked on the sidewalk along Biltmore Avenue on Oct. 25, the day the e-scooter company dropped about 200 of the scooters on Asheville city streets without first securing the proper city permissions. / photo by Jason Sandford

Status update: Bike-share and e-scooter pilot project taking shape in Asheville

Any program the city adopts, whether it’s e-scooters or e-bikes, should prioritize serving local residents over serving tourists, two Asheville Downtown Commission members said last week.

by May 13, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Favilla’s moving, Rendezvous opening soon, more

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Favilla’s moving, Rendezvous opening soon, more

Renovation work is continuing on the location of the new Riverside Rhapsody Beer Co. in Woodfin, and more.

by May 9, 2019 1 comment Asheville News
Ashvegas Hemp Sheet

Ashvegas Hemp Sheet: Liquefy, Asheville Hemp Farms open in West Asheville

The industrial hemp industry is booming, and the hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) industry is expected to be worth $7 billion by 2023, according to one estimate.

by May 8, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville Food Truck Showdown set for May 18 at WNC Ag Center

Asheville Food Truck Showdown set for May 18 at WNC Ag Center

The event will feature 18 local food trucks, and judges will award prizes in categories including Best Overall, People’s Choice, and VIP Taster’s Choice.

Asheville public health officials brace for possible measles outbreak

Asheville public health officials brace for possible measles outbreak

Measles spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing, and can live for up to two hours in the airspace where a person sick with measles has been.

by May 6, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Blue Ridge Honor Flight celebration set for Saturday at Asheville airport

Blue Ridge Honor Flight celebration set for Saturday at Asheville airport

The event will feature a special Music on the Fly performance by dynamic Asheville vocalist/guitarist Andrew Scotchie.

by May 1, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville entrepreneur JJ Apodoca of What's Your Mutt swabs Sammie's mouth for a DNA sample. /photo by Jason Sandford

Asheville entrepreneurs launch doggie DNA testing business, What’s Your Mutt

Genetic testing that can reveal some basic health and behavioral traits, which in turn can give dogs a voice, says JJ Apodaca.

by May 1, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Last call at Tressa’s as downtown Asheville nightclub closes after 22 years

Last call at Tressa’s as downtown Asheville nightclub closes after 22 years

Tressa’s opened in downtown Asheville when entertainment offerings were few and far between.

by April 30, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville singer-songwriters Anya Hinkle, left, and Alexa Rose each won first place in their respective categories of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at the Merlefest music festival in Wilkesboro this past weekend. Hinkle won first place in the bluegrass category for her song "Ballad of Zona Abston," while Rose won first place in the general category for her song, "Medicine for Living." /photo by Martin Anderson

Asheville musicians snag top honors in Merlefest 2019 songwriting contest

First-place winners took home a $600 cash prize and were award performances at Merlefest, which draws tens of thousands of fans each year to Wilkesboro.

by April 29, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue to sell Leicester property

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue to sell Leicester property

Brother Wolf plans two hold two community forums to address concerns, with the first one set for Monday (April 29) at Highland Brewing.

by April 28, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville real estate market update, first quarter 2019: no longer a seller’s market

Asheville real estate market update, first quarter 2019: no longer a seller’s market

The median home sale price in city of Asheville was $295,000 in first quarter 2019, a 2.5 percent decrease compared to first quarter of last year.

by April 27, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville architect Peter Alberice of MHAworks Asheville shows renderings of a mixed-use project planned for downtown called Create 82 Broadway. /photo by Jason Sandford

7 Asheville development projects to track

One project, called Create 82 Broadway, calls for the construction of a 7-story building to house 24 condos, 150 hotel rooms, retail and office space.

by April 24, 2019 6 comments Asheville News
Asheville entrepreneur Kimmel is downsizing; here’s how you can buy his art, home decor

Asheville entrepreneur Kimmel is downsizing; here’s how you can buy his art, home decor

Joe W. Kimmel is selling off an array of fine art and home furnishings in the Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco, Mission and other styles.

by April 23, 2019 1 comment Asheville News
Asheville Music School’s big benefit show Thursday spotlights The Beatles’ ‘Revolver

Asheville Music School’s big benefit show Thursday spotlights The Beatles’ ‘Revolver

The event includes a number of musical performances, as well as a silent auctions. Proceeds benefit Asheville Music School and its growing outreach and scholarship programs.

Asheville’s Hotel Arras affiliates with Kimpton Hotels, a top boutique brand

Asheville’s Hotel Arras affiliates with Kimpton Hotels, a top boutique brand

The bottom line is that the power that the Kimpton brand brings will elevate The Arras, especially as the competition for the hotel dollar continues to increase in Asheville.

by April 17, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas celebrity spotting: Bill Murray at The Mothlight in West Asheville

Ashvegas celebrity spotting: Bill Murray at The Mothlight in West Asheville

Bill Murray, co-owner of the Charleston RiverDogs, may have been in town to watch his team play the Asheville Tourists earlier this week.

Brandon Audette of One World Brewing has created the Phazed fest to celebrate two of his passions: craft beer and electronic music. /photo by Jason Sandford

Phazed fest combines craft beer, electronic music at One World in West Asheville

In Plain Sight and BomBassic headline the musical offerings, while special beer offerings will be available from Burial Beer, Fonta Flora, Zillicoah and much more.

by April 9, 2019 0 comments Asheville events
Megan Bell, a contestant on Season 19 of "The Bachelor," announced her engagement via Instagram back in February. She's planning to get married in Asheville. /photo via @meganelizabethbell on Instagram

Megan Bell, former ‘The Bachelor’ contestant, planning Asheville wedding

The bride-to-be is working with Asheville wedding planner Shay Brown on her upcoming nuptials.

by April 4, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Asheville GreenWorks Trashion Show set for April 27

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Asheville GreenWorks Trashion Show set for April 27

Also, Asheville artist Jenna E. Jaffe will celebrate the opening of her new art exhibition with a Friday reception, and more.

by April 3, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville water line breaks continue to affect homes, businesses; city officials apologize for communication breakdown

Asheville water line breaks continue to affect homes, businesses; city officials apologize for communication breakdown

City officials said Tuesday that the issue of discolored water in its system should be resolved by Friday.

by April 2, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Xpand Fest, the one-day free music festival on the Asheville South Slope, enters its third year with a big lineup. Asheville band Window Cat performed on the Coxe Avenue stage at last year's event./ photo by David Simchock

Xpand Fest 2019 announces line-up for June event: Dynamo, The Get Right Band, April B & The Cool, more

Other Asheville bands featured at Xpand Fest this year include: Emma’s Lounge, Sirius. B, The Snozzberries, The Digs, Eleanor Underhill & Friends, Upland Drive and more.

by April 2, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Blue Ridge Hiking Co. to open retail shop in downtown Asheville

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Blue Ridge Hiking Co. to open retail shop in downtown Asheville

Also, a new restaurant called Harvest Pizzeria is planned for the Asheville South Slope, and more.

by April 1, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Tina & Her Pony

For Asheville’s Tina and Her Pony, music helps soothe worldly pains

Tina & Her Pony are set to play their indy Appalachian folks music at Ambrose West at 7 p.m. on Friday, with Laura Blackley opening.

by March 28, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Shanghai Dumpling House planned for downtown Asheville

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Shanghai Dumpling House planned for downtown Asheville

Also, the White Labs Fermentation Festival is set for May 26 at its Charlotte Street location, and more.

by March 27, 2019 1 comment Asheville News
The new Family Lodge hotel building approved for Biltmore Avenue is shown here at center between the Wild Wing Cafe restaurant at left and a new luxury condominium building, which is currently under construction, at right.

A divided Asheville City Council approves 56-room hotel in downtown

During the public comment portion of Tuesday night’s meeting, no member of the public spoke against the project.

by March 26, 2019 6 comments Asheville News
With Connect Beyond, Asheville music maven curates a festival striving for connections

With Connect Beyond, Asheville music maven curates a festival striving for connections

Tickets are on sale now for the festival, which will be held from April 5-7 at venues across Asheville.

by March 26, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Looking for an Asheville restaurant job? Find it at this job fair Tuesday

Looking for an Asheville restaurant job? Find it at this job fair Tuesday

Asheville restaurants have struggled recently with filling open positions.

Lack of city support for new Asheville food fest is tough for organizers to swallow

Lack of city support for new Asheville food fest is tough for organizers to swallow

Chow Chow, a new signature food festival planned for mid-September, isn’t currently set for any in-kind support from the city of Asheville.

by March 24, 2019 3 comments Asheville News
Harrah’s making bid for Asheville civic center naming rights

Harrah’s making bid for Asheville civic center naming rights

Asheville civic center officials have three proposals from entities interested in the naming rights to what is now known as the U.S. Cellular Center.

by March 24, 2019 1 comment Asheville News
A new mixed-use development that would include a hotel, condos, retail and office space, as well as a special emphasis on displaying local art, is proposed for the parking lot space on Broadway Street adjacent to the Asheville Masonic Temple. /photo by Jason Sandford

Mixed-use development including hotel, condos and an art focus proposed for Broadway

The development will include six residential units reserved at affordable rental rates for “creatives,” an art gallery and art pieces by local artists.

by March 20, 2019 2 comments Asheville News
Discover the natural beauty around Asheville, and remember it needs protecting

Discover the natural beauty around Asheville, and remember it needs protecting

It’s spring, and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy some of the 450,000 acres of land protected by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and 22 more local land trusts in the state.

by March 19, 2019 0 comments Asheville events
Warren Haynes and the Asheville Symphony on Saturday at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. / Photo for Ashvegas.com by DAVID SIMCHOCK

Asheville Symphony and Southern rock alight in Haynes’ ‘Dreams’

It was a transcendent night.

by March 17, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Southern Conference basketball tournament arrives in Asheville with strong field

Southern Conference basketball tournament arrives in Asheville with strong field

This year’s men’s basketball tournament will be one of the most competitive ever, with four very strong teams in Wofford, Furman, UNC Greensboro and East Tennessee State University.

by March 6, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
VIDEO Premiere: Jane Kramer ‘Valley of the Bones’

VIDEO Premiere: Jane Kramer ‘Valley of the Bones’

“Valley of the Bones,” the name Kramer’s new album and its lead track, is part short-form documentary and part music video.

by March 1, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Comedian Hari Kondabolu to perform at the Orange Peel March 3

Comedian Hari Kondabolu to perform at the Orange Peel March 3

Kondabolu’s comedy is largely based on his genius ability to channel his heritage and upbringing into fodder that addresses racism and the current political climate.

by February 28, 2019 0 comments Asheville events
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Water outages planned for Asheville River Arts District

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Water outages planned for Asheville River Arts District

Local outfitters in the River Arts District have banded together to form the Asheville Riverfront Alliance as recreation increases along the French Broad River in Asheville.

by February 21, 2019 1 comment Asheville News
Ryan McClenny works on an axe-throwing lane at the new Axeville Throwing Club opening soon on New Leicester Highway./ photo by Jason Sandford

Axeville Throwing Club prepares to open in Asheville

Safety first, says the crew behind Axeville.

by February 21, 2019 1 comment Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Archetype Brewing to open downtown Asheville outpost

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Archetype Brewing to open downtown Asheville outpost

Also, a new blow out and beauty bar is coming to the South Slope, and more.

by February 14, 2019 1 comment Asheville News
In new book, Asheville bar owner breaks down a drinkery from concept to cocktail list

In new book, Asheville bar owner breaks down a drinkery from concept to cocktail list

“The Cocktail Bar: Notes for an Owner & Operator” is Chall Gray’s manual for bar ownership.

by February 5, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Ben & Jerry's, now open on Haywood Street in downtown Asheville./ photo by Jason Sandford

Ben and Jerry will be in Asheville scooping Ben & Jerry’s ice cream on Saturday

Company founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield will be serving up free scoops to celebrate the Asheville shop’s grand opening.

by February 5, 2019 3 comments Asheville News
The Asheville Downtown Census seeks info on local businesses, economy

The Asheville Downtown Census seeks info on local businesses, economy

Take the survey here.

by February 1, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
For Aubrey Eisenman & The Clydes, a new album and a refined sound

For Aubrey Eisenman & The Clydes, a new album and a refined sound

This Asheville musician, mom and former Marine is excited about a forthcoming new album.

by January 31, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music