Much like the colorful blooms dotting our landscape, Asheville has come alive this April. From our lively singles scene to all the famous folks who call Asheville home, there were a lot of reasons to celebrate the 828 this month. That’s why we are taking a look back at the month’s most popular topics that sparked dialogue + engagement for you, our dear readers.
Before we move into May, let’s take a brief look back at what Asheville was talking about in April.
Top conversations Why Asheville is great for singles When it comes to those of us who are looking for love, Asheville is a great place to be. That’s according to the folks at Money.com, who ranked us 5th on their list of the top 7 best cities in the country for singles. We got props for being fun, friendly, and affordable, as well as having great spots — including museums, breweries + restaurants — where you can meet other like-minded folks. And since nearly 17,500 of you checked it out, it’s clear it made you feel some type of way.
Famous folks from Asheville, NC We’re all fascinated by celebrities, and it just so happens that we have a fair number of them that are either from here or have made it their home. Over 17,700 of you dug into our list of famous people with ties to Asheville, which features everyone from best-selling novelist Charles Frazier to former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Brett Swain.
Asheville’s sister city: Dunkeld-Birnam, Scotland DYK Asheville has a sister (city) from another mister? Sister cities are long-term partnerships between 2 communities in 2 countries that work to cultivate international relationships while offering folks the opportunities to explore different cultures. Dunkeld-Birnam, which became one of Asheville’s sister cities in Aug. 2017, was chosen for its cultural + geographic similarities to Asheville. Almost 17,150 of you explored this piece (and probably started planning out your future visit).
Top clicked links New plans for Ghost Town in the Sky(Smoky Mountain News) Given how many of us have special memories of this shuttered theme park in neighboring Haywood County, it’s no wonder this update on its possible future was our top-clicked social post, with 1,840 of you clicking for more information.
Confusing numbers for vaccinated folks in Group 1 (Carolina Public Press) Many of us have followed group eligibility updates for the COVID-19 vaccination, and almost 300 of you clicked to uncover the mystery behind the 600,000 COVID-19 vaccines that were slated for healthcare workers but were administered to folks in Group 1 instead.
Closed ○ Charlotte Street Computers has closed after nearly two decades. The owners cited health issues + a new business idea that will help mothers. Today, Apr. 30 from 2-5 p.m. and May 1 from 11a.m.- 4 p.m. the store will have its goodbye sale. 💻 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Ashevillian ○ Asheville native Jacqueline Grant has been appointed a Superior Court judge in Judicial District 28 (Buncombe County) by Gov. Cooper. Grant was previously a lawyer in the Asheville area for over 25 years, as well as being the 124th president of the North Carolina Bar Association + a member of the Board of Governors.⚖️ (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Biz ○ Applications for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund open Mon., May 3. The $29 million fund offers up to $10 million per restaurant + $5 million per location. Funds do not have to be paid back if spent by Mar. 11, 2023. 💸 (WLOS)
Outdoors ○ More than 25 years ago, Robert Eidus set out to grow + protect natural ginseng by starting Eagle Feather Organic Farm in Marshall. Eidus practices and teaches sustainable agriculture, distributes ginseng roots, seeds + more. Learn more about his efforts here. 🌱 (Mountain Xpress)
Coronavirus ○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Services here. As of Thursday afternoon, 17,383 cases and 313 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. See more Buncombe County-specific info, including waitlist numbers and vaccines distributed, here.
Trending ○ Hotel Arras, the tallest building in downtown, will have to pay more than $400,000 worth of repairs due to a failure with its sprinkler system. There is significant water damage in multiple condo units + hotel rooms. The hotel + restaurants will remain fully operational. 💦 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Inbox ○ Next week, AVLtoday is switching over to a new mailing platform that will allow us to serve you better. Due to this transition, you might see us in your inbox a little later than usual on Mon., May 3 — but we’ll be back bright and early at 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Want to spread the love? Now’s a great time to remind your friends to subscribe to our daily newsletter.
Asked ○ Do you know who is serving up brunch or other tasty things for Mother’s Day in Asheville this year? Let us know here. 💖
Giveaway ○ ICYMI, we’re hosting a mom-umentalMother’s Day Giveaway in partnership with Biltmore Park Town Square, featuring a 2-night stay at Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park + more. Click hereto enter now through May 6. 🎉
Shop ○ What if we told you you can get non-toxic cleaning supplies *and* oat milk delivered to your front door? Thrive Market shoppers can find all their favorite brandsand have them delivered — plus,an extra25% off their first order + free joining gift. 📦 Ⓟ
Travel ○ Itching for a weekend getaway? Dollar Flight Club has your back. This smart platform analyzes flight data for you, finding the best deals for your trip. Think: Hawaii from $109 or Austin from $68 roundtrip. Try it for $1 if you sign up in the next 48 hours. 🛫Ⓟ
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Just in time for Mother’s Day, the shop will host a slew of local + indie craft, design + vintage finds. Their curated pop-up shop features over 50+ vendors, so it’s certain something will catch your eye. 💐
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YMCA of Western North Carolina offers hundreds of programs + classes | Photo provided
With the YMCA’s “Pay the Day” promotion, thesooner someone joins in May, the more money they save. Join on May 1 and get an entire month of membership for just $1, with no joining fee. Pay $5 on May 5 — and so on, through May 15.
From in-person classes to virtual programs, the Y offers a ton across its 7 locations. Kids learn what they can achieve + families can spend quality time together. Ⓟ