We love sharing news of growth + change in Asheville, but sometimes we want to take a moment and focus on the things about our city that we love and hope will last. We asked y’all to tell us about the local things you hope never change. Read on to discover what readers want to stick around forever in our beloved city.
When you look this good, who would want anything to change? I Photo by @fairfortunephoto
“I hope the mountains don’t change.” — @bossnerdbrian
“The Art Deco buildings.” — @ashevillerooftopbartours
“My current rent price.” — @ted.kendrick
“Salvage station.” — @laysonderulo
“Nothing, keep changing and evolving Asheville!” — @asullivan315
“Shindig on the Green and Downtown After 5.” — @kelso5656
“We hope Rosettas Kitchen stays open forever and continues to offer the sliding scale everyone eats program!!!” — @frannysfarmacywnc
“Year pass at Biltmore Estate.” — @endesign_1
“Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe.” — @troop1120
“The mountain views. Delicious local food options, people.”
“Protests at Pack Square.” — @alisonpress
“The ability for artists to be able to live in Asheville.” — @jromagic
“The forest. Please stop new developments.” — @aprilmayapples
“The Bluegrass scene 🪕 💙” — @evansonofdad
“I hope the Fine Arts Theater and the Orange Peel never goes away.” — @ihavefaithinthefuture
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Evening on the Block | Fri., July 1 | 4 p.m. | Noir Collective, 39 S. Market St., Ste. C | Free | Explore artwork from local artists including Jenny Pickens, Elizabeth Ivey, and Micah Mackenzie and shop area local businesses. 🛍
Hole in the Sky | Thru Sun., July 2 | Times vary | Different Wrld, 701 Haywood Rd., Ste. 101 | Free | Browse one-of-a-kind art pieces at this fundraiser for Hole in the Sky, a DC-based DIY art collective. 🎨
Friday Market | Fri., July 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Bi-Lo, 205 NC-9, Black Mountain | Free | Grab fresh produce from nonprofit Bounty & Soul’s no-cost Drive-Thru market. 🥬
Grush’s Cajun Dino Grill | Fri., July 1-Sat., July 2 | 1 p.m. | Dssolvr, 63 N. Lexington Ave. | Free | Classic + new age Cajun fare for carnivores + veg-heads alike, including Smoked Chicken and Andouille Gumbo and Fried Shrimp or/Mushroom Po-Boys. 🍗
Save up to 50% during Enza Home’s July 4th Sale | Today-Tues., July 5 | 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Enza Home Furnishings & Mattress Gallery, 25 Long Shoals Rd. | Save up to 50% on select items, including furniture + decor, during the July 4th Sale. 🛋️ *
Daily Plate | Sat., July 2 | 6-8 p.m. | SLOUCH, 764 New Stock Rd., Weaverville | Free | An art opening for Knoxville, TN-based ceramic artist Blanket Fort Studio, whose pieces combine whimsy + function.
Let’s Craft! | Sat., July 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Baked Pie Company, 50 N. Merrimon Ave. Ste. 103 | Free | A community crafting event where fully vaccinated crafters work while snacking on pie. 🧶
“Christmas in July” Studio Sale and Craft Pop-Up | Sat., July 2 | 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. | Crucible Glassworks, 60 Clarks Chapel Rd., Weaverville | Free | Crucible Glassworks + Salvaterra Pottery will hold a sale on locally made glass art and pottery alongside an outdoor craft market featuring 10+ guest artists and local small businesses.
Memorial for Mini | Sun., July 3 | 5-7 p.m. | Getaway River Bar, 790 Riverside Dr. | Donation | A potluck-style cookout with hotdogs where the money goes to cover for the final medical expenses of the bar’s canine barback, Mini. 🐾
83º | Scattered thunderstorms | 53% chance of rain
Cheshire Books & Cat Café plans to open in Asheville this fall. Hailing itself as an “introvert nirvana,” the 100% woman-owned and operated business will feature adoptable cats, craft coffee, and gently used books in an inclusive space. That sounds pretty heavenly to us. 🐱
At its Wed., June 29 meeting, Asheville City Council approved its $216.9 million operating budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Included in the budget: salary increases for full-time city employees, public safety enhancements, and funds for addressing homelessness and equitable + affordable housing. Get more info. (WLOS)
$1.3 billion. That’s the amount that the 15.9 million visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway spent in 2021, according to a new National Park Service report. It found that visitor spending supported nearly 18,000 jobs in local economiesalong the Parkway. Dig into the numbers. 💸
The Big Craftyreturns to Asheville on Sun., July 10 from 12-7 p.m. at Pack Square Park. This twice-annual community arts bazaar festival features more than 150 independent artists, crafters, and makers. 🎨
Asheville has been recognized as the No. 1 City for Foodies in the US, according to Yelp. What makes our fare so special + delicious? Local and seasonal ingredients shine in our cuisine’s handcrafted blend of the American South + Appalachian flavors, plus our ever-growing roster of award-winning restaurants and chefs. ⭐
Chai Pani has been named the best restaurant in the US, according to The Indian Express. The international publication shouted out Chai Pani’s incredibly flavorful fare that’s suitable for both
carnivores + meatless eaters and modest prices.This news comes after the eatery’s recent James Beard win for the America’s Most Outstanding Restaurant. 🏆
Organizers for the Bears Bees + Brews Fest taking place in October are seeking volunteers. The family-friendly fest will focus on human-wildlife coexistence and needs volunteers experienced in fundraising, PR, event management, volunteer coordination, and more. Wanna take part?Email the team.
Itching for a getaway with your girls? You’ll want to add nearby Highlands (~85 miles from Asheville) to your list of locales. According to Southern Living magazine, it’s one of the South’s Best Girlfriend Getaways, on account of its small-town feel, majestic mountain views, and outdoor activities like hiking + fly-fishing. 🥾
Looking to level up your at-home margarita game? Ginger’s Revenge has offered upthree spicy margarita recipes using their own Black Cherry Thai Chili and Apricot Ghost Pepper beers as ingredients. Now that sounds like a party. 🔥
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It’s no surprise that OWL Bakery is one of our happy places. And while their standard offerings never disappoint, we get super pumped about their specials, the latest of which are these seasonal blueberry danishes.
Made with the essence of summertime’s mimosa flowers and garnished with crystallized lavender, they’re only available for a limited time — we’ll see you there.
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