Plus, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC earns national recognition.
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🛫 AVL’s expansion is wheels up
An Allegiant plane at Asheville Regional Airport
Asheville Regional Airport is soaring to new heights.|Photo by AVLtoday
Asheville Regional Airport is the third busiest airport in the state and growing — literally. In August of last year, the airport broke ground on the most significant infrastructure project in its history, called AVL Forward.

The new terminal will be 150% larger than the current airport, bringing the number of gates from seven to 12. Last week, we put on our hard hats to take a look at the progress, and we’re bringing you with us.

Phase one

The new north concourse is expected to be completed by summer of 2025 and will include seven gates, six boarding bridges, a concession area, and restrooms (even for dogs). The steel framing on the building is complete, with interior finishing slated for November of this year.

Phase one also includes the northern expansion of the ticket lobby, a temporary TSA checkpoint, and the south baggage claim expansion.

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Take a gander at the progress on the north concourse.


Photo by AVLtoday

Phase two

Once work on the north concourse wraps up, phase two of the expansion will begin with the demolition of the south concourse to make way for:
  • A new lobby
  • A second-level concessions plaza
  • A permanent TSA checkpoint
  • An expanded ticket lobby and baggage claim area
This phase is expected to be complete by 2027.

Next up

After phase two wraps up, there’s still about a year of back-of-house work to do involving construction, demolition, and clean up before the $400 million project is complete.

With this physical growth, Asheville Regional Airport has seen record-breaking passenger numbers (surpassing two million), with economic growth and employment on the up-and-up as well.

To keep up with the milestones of this project, visit AVL Forward’s website. You can also find virtual tours that let you explore the renderings.
Monday, June 10
  • Mashup Mondays | Monday, June 10 | 8-11:15 p.m. | One World Brewing - West Asheville, 520 Haywood Rd., Asheville | $10 | Groove to a mix of soul, funk, R+B, and jazz with the JLloyd MashUp Band and special guests Jason Hite and Ben Hovey.
Tuesday, June 11
  • Hoops and Flow Arts Jam | Tuesday, June 11 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Pritchard Park, 67 Patton Ave., Asheville | Free | Dance, spin, groove, and show off your hula hooping skills as a live DJ pumps up the jams.
  • Creative Collage and Button Making | Tuesday, June 11 | 3-5 p.m. | Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Rd., Asheville | Free | Use old books and magazines from the library’s collection to create collages and buttons.
Wednesday, June 12
  • Cúrate Trips 2025 Open House | Wednesday, June 12 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Cúrate, 13 Biltmore Ave., Asheville | Free | Learn about the trips the restaurant is hosting next year, and get all your questions answered.
  • AVL Food Series: Chef Experience Dinner | Thursday, June 13 | 5:30-8 p.m. | The Mule at Devil’s Foot Beverage, 131 Sweeten Creek Rd. Asheville, Asheville | $98-$128 | Enjoy a specially crafted four-course menu from Chef Sam Etheridge and imbibe with Metro Wines.
Thursday, June 13
  • Date Night: Pizza, Calzones, and Stromboli | Thursday, June 13 | 5-7 p.m. | Conjure Craft Chocolate, 16 Glenn Willow Dr., Ste. 36, Arden | $95 | Let The Crunchy Baker guide you in shaping and baking pizza dough for pies, calzones, and stromboli.
Friday, June 14
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The 411 on low-intervention birth
a pregnant woman sits on a couch with a dog in her lap
Low-intervention birth at Mission Hospital means you also have access to the only Level III NICU in the region.|Photo provided by Mission Health
You’re having a baby — congratulations. If you’re looking for a hospital that marries a natural, unmedicated birth with the peace of mind of having advanced technology + specialists nearby, Mission Hospital’s low-intervention birth option offers:
  • Specially-trained nurses who provide natural pain relief methods and positioning support.
  • The choice of birthing balls, labor tubs + wireless fetal monitors.
  • An encouragement to use calming music and aromatherapy, and to have your midwife join, if desired.
  • Immediate access to emergency medical services, if needed.
News Notes
  • The public hearing and vote regarding rezoning for the 95-unit Haw Creek Meadows project has been moved for a third time. It will now be held at Asheville City Council’s Tuesday, July 23 meeting. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America presented the WNC chapter with a Growth Award for its leadership and high-quality programming. It’s the first time the 42-year-old chapter has received the honor. Learn how you can keep the growth going as a “Big” at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina.
  • Buncombe County recently hosted two fair housing training sessions as part of the county’s Fair Housing plan. If you couldn’t make it to the training, recordings + meeting materials are available online, covering topics like fair housing basics for housing advocates and the public.
  • AIGA Asheville is hosting its inaugural Design Community Dinner for local creative professionals to celebrate the design community and build new connections. Find tickets to enjoy a Mediterranean meal, music, and more on Tuesday, June 25 at The Loft at Twisted Laurel.
  • It’s that time of year when fawns are born and finding their footing. Find out what to do and what not to do if you see one out and about (especially if the doe isn’t around) with Edith Allen Wildlife Sanctuary’s resources. (WLOS)
  • NC leads the pack when it comes to people experiencing snake bites across the US. Learn how to sssstay ssssafe from the vipers and what to do if you’re bitten. (WCNC)
Featured Home
  • You had us at luxury custom. Completed in 2023 + fully furnished, this turnkey mountain retreat stands on two acres and lets you hike to Catawba Falls right from your backyard. Browse all 30+ photos here.*
  • What happens when you combine German engineering with the world’s most trusted name in hearing care? The biggest breakthrough in hearing technology in more than a decade: the Horizon hearing aid. (This is not your grandpa’s hearing device.) See if you qualify for a free trial.*
  • Woman-owned business Royal Highnies uses airy, 400-thread count Pima cotton to create luxury loungewear for the whole family. It all began with boxer shorts, and now, trademarked Highnies are sold in over 500 retailers — but you can snag free hats for Father’s Day exclusively online with code ROYALDADDY24.*
Local band rocks the big screen
ashes & arrows on stage at America's Got Talent auditions
Can we get a round of applause for this talented trio?|Photo by Trae Patton/NBC via 2024 NBCUniversal Media, LLC
We know that Asheville’s got talent. And Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, and Sofia Vergara think so too. Local band Ashes & Arrows auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” last week, singing their original song “Born to Love” and earning three yesses from the four judges (we’re side-eyeing you, Howie Mandel) and even a standing ovation from Cowell.

The country rock trio was “born from the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, and the Alps of Arrowtown, New Zealand,” and met at an Asheville open mic in 2021. The band has been releasing original music since 2022, with their newest single, “Wild Horses,” released last Friday, June 7.

To keep up with the band’s journey on “America’s Got Talent,” tune in to NBC on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. And if you’re itching to see Ashes & Arrows live, you’re in luck. The band is one of hundreds of artists set to take the stage at this year’s AVLFest.
The Buy
Cool off on National Iced Tea Day with refreshing peach iced tea from Oliver Pluff & Co. Plus, you can purchase by the pound.
The Wrap
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If you miss your elementary Scholastic Book Fair as much as I do, you’ll be happy to know that The Whale is here to fill that void with its Whaleastic Grown-Up Book Fair. Head to the West Asheville location on Saturday, June 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. for book + art vendors — plus, local authors will sign books every hour.
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