Sunday, March 29, 2009
I stopped by Ananda Hair Studio in Asheville North Carolina with the Flip Video Camera and started shooting away, no notice, just on the spot action. As usual, the gang was cutting hair and styling like pros. This is one of the top hair studios in Asheville owned and operated by Larry himself (top photo), and is a favorite of many of my friends. Stop by and check it out sometime. He has a few great offers for first timers, repeat clients, etc. On the walls of the studio you will see some paintings and artwork from local Asheville Artists as well.
What I liked most about "Max" is that he carefully schemed the scene, waited for the band to take a break, climbed up on the seat, and started drumming away. It wasn't but 30 seconds and he had the crowd cheering. His mom was like "should I get him down?". I pulled out the Flip HD Cam and said "NO!". Great time at Phil Mechanic Studios in Asheville. I just call it Art Heaven with many levels and rooms of Art. See Video of Max playing the drums on www.YouTube.com/AskAsheville
Terra Diva was one of the local boutiques in Asheville North Carolina that joined in on this great event called PUSH Asheville Fashion. Aaron Funk and Sonia Lida Hendrix were the main organizers and did such a fabulous job! Thank you.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
New York Viewing will be Monday March 23 rd from 2pm - 8pm at 2352 8th Avenue in Manhattan, New York NY 10027
Asheville Viewing and Homegoing will be Thurday March 26 th at Tridestone Missionary Baptist Church at 100 Carroll Avenue in Asheville North Carolina 28801. 1 pm for the viewing and 2 pm for the funeral.
Please make plans to come to one or both of these.
Friday, March 20, 2009
As always, all the featured wine and beer will be offered with a 10% discount.
We hope to see you Saturday!
Back in December, we posted an article about the Deaverview Apartments in West Asheville. Click HERE to view it. Last night we received this comment below and wanted to see if anyone else in the community has information about these situations. Or, feel free to post your experience whether good or bad about the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville. Please comment. Thank you.
Lets hope that either the Housing Authority goes under new management completely so that the people in here are treated like human beings or better yet, plow over the whole dang thing and rebuild. The apartments are falling apart, and good luck getting the HACA to help you in any other way other than to ignore you. I used to live in there when I was in a rough place last year, and moved out VERY quickly afterwards...and it wasn't the people LIVING in there, but the people in charge! Put it this way, the cable co. doesn't even want to continue providing service here....the place is a dump. Trash everywhere, and the smell on certain nights smells like raw sewage...I pity ANYONE who gets stuck in this rat hole even for 1 day. The people, for the most part, are VERY nice...kept to themselves and watched out for each other. If it wasn't for the way the owners treated the residents, it wouldn't be all that bad. In fact, they have a part of the lease that says they can go into your apartment at any time they want, whenever they want, if they deem it necessary. Not to mention that the maintenance is 90% (if not more) male, and some of these residents are young females. Seems a little, well wrong, that a grown man can go into a female's house (even with them not there) and "fix" things. Honestly, it disgusts me...I am VERY happy I am out of there and was only stuck there for a short period of time. For those who have to move in there...say goodbye to a few things... 1-your privacy, 2-your self respect. HACA, you can get mad about what I have written, I could care less. I just wish more people had the GUTS to speak up against what is REALLY going on, because maybe then there would be what they say... "Each Development strives to offer a safe and unique environment for its residents by fostering personal and professional development and growth." Treating the residents like a lower class citizen does NOT foster personal development and growth. For any resident of ANY HACA development, don't let HACA bully you into staying quiet. Stand up for what is right, stand up for yourselves. The more we speak up, the faster things will change!
March 19, 2009 10:50 PM
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Many of us in Asheville know Darnell personally. He grew up in Asheville, went to Asheville High School, and was looking forward to a Football scholarship. Things happened, his opportunity started decreasing, and he ended up trying to hustle to survive. After several years of running around Asheville, Streets ended up in prison for a few years. When he was released, less than a year ago, he had nothing but aspiring dreams of getting "out of this bad life and mentality" and getting "his music" on the charts. He used to brag that "nobody has the hip-hop that is coming from my heart", simply encouraging himself with the wording and rhymes he had written (He had books filled with his work). Darnell was about to enter Life on Life's Terms, a residential support and life rehabilitation center run by Matt Bacoate and David Perry, on Flint Street in Asheville when a "bigger and better" opportunity arose. Like many of us would have done, he took it. Streets had many hopes and dreams that were soon smothered and choked by circumstances. He was considered a "leader" by many who know and have met him. He has family and many friends in the Asheville North Carolina community including his best friend "Gudda".
"I promised you i would ride or die for you until death do us part. But it happened so soon and so fast right before my very eyes. I tried to control you at that moment but it was too late. Though your dead your not gone from my heart, mind and soul. I ride for you forever. I love you. I just wish you wouldnt have left me the way you did. We had plans for our life. You took our life away. It was going to be ok. I held you down and we accepted each others faults and saw the real in each other. You always told me you could tell we were meant for each other through our eyes and you knew I was real. You f... with Luck and he told you it was destined in the stars. Why Honey? Why did you leave us? I have you in my heart for eternity. I try to stay strong because you told me if anything happened to you, dont cry. But how can i hold it inside honey? When i close my eyes at any moment of my day i just see that very moment where you took your life away. I told you please don't do this. I see it, but think its a bad dream and i'm waiting for you to wake me up from it. Prince Tut misses you too. His ears are still ringing from the shots. He lays in your T-shirt everynight. He misses you. We miss you. But i'll make this Muga as you say and keep my head up high. We fly high right? I tell myself everything you've told me to recite in the mirror 20 times a day. You're my angel. I love you."
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
NextCare clinic wait times decrease 50 percent due to new programs
WAHOO service allows patients to check in online, wait in the comfort of their own home
We Care Specialist program provides personalized attention to each patient
PHOENIX (March 16, 2009) – NextCare Urgent Care rolled out two innovative programs last week to increase patient comfort and convenience. The new “Wait At Home Or Office” service, known as “WAHOO,” and the “We Care Specialist” program were implemented to decrease clinic wait times and provide patients with increased personalized attention and care. Results from the first week demonstrate wait times are down by more than 50 percent, while patient satisfaction remains high.
Jesi Trentham has a passion for paint. After nearly thirty years of painting professionally, she still takes pride in a freshly painted, well done room. Both the process of painting and the resulting transformation please her. She has worked in mansions, churches, restaurants, bars, paper mills and power plants. She has also worked on motorcycles, cars, signs, furniture and theatrical sets. She has done new construction, repaints, restorations, renovations, designs, decorations and murals. Not only does she have a knowledge of a wide variety of materials, but she has mastered many different brushes and techniques and solved many ever present problems. She has worked with talented, creative people and for imaginative clients that have let her play in their homes and businesses. They have often become part of each other’s lives.Jesi’s husband, Hawg, has utilized his excellent eye for combining color and texture to their work. Using the inherent qualities of the surfaces, the input of their clients, and considering the necessity of maintenance, the two have discovered “natural” finishes that compliment the spaces. Their work is not limited to the two dimensional functionality of paint. They boldly investigate new vistas and stretch boundaries. “Samples is a collection designed to show techniques and ideas for paint and to inspire you to challenge us,” Jesi said. Laura Decker grew up in Asheville, and has seen the city mature into a hub of creativity and diversity. She has always been intrigued by the artistry of painting and design, and over the past ten years, has developed and applied her abilities into becoming a successful interior finisher. Laura has attended Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and Otis College of Art and Design in California. She graduated from UNC-A this December, and is excited to now have the time to incorporate an artistic quality into her trade. “I really enjoy working with bold colors. What I love the most about my job, is the tremendous transformation that can occur. The right wall and trim colors can give new life to existing accessories, artwork and furniture,” Laura says. “I am delighted to have this opportunity to display a wide range of painting techniques and finishes that can be used in any home or business. One thing I would like to emphasize about the techniques in this show is that they can be mixed and matched. Most techniques can be tweaked to fit an individual’s style. One person may find a softer look appealing, while someone else might want to incorporate lots of shading and texture. Either way, we can achieve the look that best complements the client’s taste.”
Concept Camp is a weeklong spring break camp (running April 13-17, 2009) that provides a valuable opportunity for local children to engage in philosophical inquiry through meaningful artistic endeavors. This project incorporates the educational benefits of both the philosophy and art disciplines into a unified program. Our mission aims at a sincere encouragement of our community’s children to utilize critical thinking skills, by means of an innovative educational program. Each day of camp will have a theme which will incorporate a philosophy lesson and an art project. Themes will include: Ancient Philosophy – The kids will learn about Socrates, Plato & Aristotle and incorporate Greek Art: painting Plato’s Forms, what does justice look like, etc. Aesthetics – The kids will learn about Beardsley and Artist Intentionality & Art Era’s, i.e. Abstract Impressionism, Impressionism, Bauhaus; and incorporate things like holding a mock art contest to demonstrate the difficulties in judging and talking about art. They will learn about the Black Mountain Artists, they will interview local artists and participate in artistic demonstrations. They will learn to paint emotions, and create self portraits without using images of themselves. Sound exciting? It will be. Flood Gallery is looking to enroll children from 8 to 14 years old for this camp. Interested? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 828.254.2166. Call soon – limited space available.
Exhibition will remain up until April 28th. Until 3 years ago, Christopher Jones had never picked up a brush with any true intentions of doing anything other than painting a door jamb or touching up the scratches on his truck. A watercolor Jones did in high school still hangs in his Mother’s home. As he grew up, Jones learned through his family’s frequent moves that drawing caricatures was a great way to make friends. It was an easy icebreaker. He never really thought of it as art. Then Jones lost his younger brother, Ryan, to a congenital heart failure when Ryan was just 25 years old. Expression through art became Jones’ way to deal with the pain and sorrow from that loss. “I would take out my anger, anxiety or sadness on the canvass. It became the outlet I so desperately needed in order to heal,” he says. As with most artists, the creative process for Jones is an emotional encounter. It’s about the excitement of living in the moment, for the moment and the rush of the experience. “It’s the weight of the brush, the smell of the oil, the resistance of the paint and the sound of the bristles as they cross the canvas. The metallic snap of the shutter, the weight of the camera and the hollow pop of the flash is what stirs my soul.” says Jones. Somehow the art takes care of itself. . . Christopher Jones is a manager in the emergency department at Mission Hospital when he’s not making art. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Montreat College.
Welcome to Asheville Brews Cruise. Asheville’s brewing community is growing and we are here to give you an insider’s take on the best craft brewed beer that Asheville has to offer. Come join us on one of our evening cruises and taste the beers that make Asheville one of the craft beer hubs of the south east.
Whether you are a local or just visiting, Brews Cruise will provide you with a personalized tour and VIP treatment at three of Asheville’s finest breweries. Enjoy fresh samples of beer that are brimming with personality. From Pales to Porters, ESBs to IPAs, local favorites like Gaelic to Shiva, there will be a beer that fits your mood. So sit back, relax, enjoy the stops and the ride, because we are doing the driving. All this sampling will surely work up an appetite, so our last stop will provide you the opportunity to dine. Snacks and water will be provided in between tour stops for your convenience.
Pricing: $39 pp, $74 couple (inquire about Asheville local discount)
We require a minimum of 4 cruisers per trip, so we will take your reservation for any number of passengers, and contact you if the minimum passenger load has not been met. And remember, we do offer discounts for groups of 6 or more - contact us for more information.
*Information taken from the Asheville Brews Cruise website. Click HERE to shoot over there.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Phi Beta Lambda at AB Tech is announcing the launch of “Push Asheville Fashion,” a promotional campaign to support local businesses and designers at a not-for-profit event that will showcase the best local talent in Asheville along with an over the top Asheville runway fashion show. The show will take place March 27, 2009 starting at 9:00 pm at the renowned venue, The Garage at Biltmore, and will feature designers, boutique representatives, and musicians all of whom are locally based. Both local and regional press is invited to cover the event.
This is a positive event for Asheville, creating job opportunities for stylists, models and others involved in local fashion. Designers can show their collections on the modest budget of $120 and under per outfit. Travelers to Asheville will have a resource for supporting the local economy once a brochure is developed featuring local fashion boutiques. Local Ashevillians will have a fun event to attend that will showcase a performance by Asheville Dance Revolution and musical performances by Ras Brohan of Krystal Kind, Jen and the Juice, Afromotive members; Ryan Knowles and Jacob Keller in their group Plaza Real, local fashion, models, and a great foundation for networking.
The Garage at Biltmore - 101 Fairview Rd. Suite B. Asheville, NC 28803
Tressa, Terri and hundreds of people are preparing for this BIG All Star Blues Jam tomorrow (Sunday) evening. Club opens at 7pm, shows begin at 8pm. Everyone... you must be 21 (or older of course) with ID. Tressa's is located 28 Broadway Street Asheville NC 28801 (a few hundred feet down the hill from the BB&T building, right below Ananda Hair Studio, right above the Over Easy Cafe, right across from Finkelstein's Pawn Shop). Or if you have GPS, just set it and be there!
This is going to be a very good night people. I am talking about the finest Blues Artists in the region coming together to support the Suzanne Prince Foundation, which is a non-profit organization focusing on curing unique cancers.
Downstairs will be packed with shows, appearances, and live fun. Get your life on and come out and support this! Upstairs... there will be Silent Auction, Complimentary Buffet, and Complimentary Chair Massages... WOW! Tressa is trying to outdo herself yet AGAIN.
Tressa... thank you for everything you do in Asheville. The networking, giving so many bands so many opportunities, opening the community up to such a cool balanced world whether they are 21 or 70 years old... everyone is so chill! Shout out to Travis and Skull too! Even recently when I was talking to DJ Carlos Carmona (The Salsa DJ of Asheville), he mentioned that Tressa's was the first place to feature Salsa in the WNC area. Very Nice! You can visit Tressa's at http://www.tressas.com/, but you really need to come dance & shout the house down and fight cancer with us Tomorrow Night! $10 is the Suggested Donation, but freely give as you will and wish.
*Tressa's always supports safety and will assist you in calling a taxi cab, calling a friend, and finding a safe ride home. Please Do Not Drink & Drive! Thank You.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Costco has always been the preferred place for me to shop when it is accessible. Greenville South Carolina Costco is nice if I have to be out that direction for one reason or another, but when they come to Asheville... I am there! Check out this cool video I took of Costco in Greenville. Costco.com
Thursday, March 12, 2009
On Saturday, March 14th, from 1-3, Lark Labs is hosting a Plush Social with John Murphy, author of Stupid Sock Creatures.
* Learn how to sew a one-sock monster. (BYO sock!)
* Watch John race the clock to make a creature from scratch in 20 minutes.
* Bring in the creatures you’ve made for a special Show ‘N Tell.
* Meet John and his cast of creatures!
* Book signing and Q&A to follow the demos.
On Facebook? Invite your friends to this FREE, kid-friendly event:
Hope to see you there!
Asheville, NC 28801
Frock, the women's store of Asheville North Carolina is located right across from The Flying Frog Cafe on Battery Park Avenue, right below where the Flat Iron was, is, whatever, lol. Ladies... you need to stop by and check out the selection and vibe, nice. Actually met them first online... on Facebook to be exact. BeFrocked.com Took this info from the "About Us" page on Betsy's website...
The story of
f r o c k
by Betsy Bradfield
In my eighth grade year, David Millard Junior High stood proudly atop a hill on Woodfin Street where Beverly Hanks Office Park currently sits on the now level site. Every school day, as the afternoon bell rang out its freedom to us students, my friends and I walked the few blocks up to Woolworth’s, went straight to our big red booth and ordered Cokes and french fries. This had less to do with a great thirst or hunger than it did with the point of being seen downtown. My eyes, in particular, were searching for a particular yellow MG Midget with big white dots painted on it…my crush of the year behind the wheel.
Memories of these times fuel my love for this town which I am fortunate enough to have called home since my birth. There are five generations of women in my family from my 96-year-old grandmother down to my two beautiful granddaughters…and we all still live here in Asheville!
I’ve had two businesses since my three children- Jenny, Stephen, and Laura- were school age. My first business was custom sewing and design for homes, and the second and more recent was jewelry design. My daughters and I have discussed the idea of a boutique a few times over the past few years, and I’m glad to have Jenny as my partner in this adventure. Our different ages and ideas blend perfectly to bring a little something for all who appreciate style and individuality.
I chose “frock” as the name because my grandaddy, Clovis, used to notice if I wore something other than worn out jeans and workboots (”brogans” to him). He’d say, “That’s a mighty pretty frock you’re wearin’ today.” His tendency to rarely speak--between chopping wood, playing checkers, cracking black walnuts, or smoking a pipe-- made those words all the sweeter. They made me feel like a girl…instead of the tomboy I was.
It’s funny how a life of random memories and events can lead to me putting everything I have into a new venture like this store, but it’s not just the past that led up to it. The future feels brighter and full of possibilities…meeting new people, learning new things (like Quickbooks!), and speaking a whole new vernacular…(at my first trade show, the vendors were saying things like 3-15, 4-15, etc. and it was the end of the day before I realized I’d just been saying, “yea, sure” to shipping dates). Before the store even opened, I had a room full of clothes, handbags, hangers, and mannekins at my house.
Another thing that means a lot to me is that my store is located in the historic Miles Building, which has fared a better fate than David Millard Junior High School. The new owners of my building have put their energy into seeing the original vision of the Miles family, which was to keep it a space for small retail businesses instead of more downtown condominiums. I’m proud to be part of that kind of preservation of Asheville’s heritage.
There’s a lot at frock…not just clothes, jewelry, belts, scarves and handbags, but all my hopes and wishes for everyone to feel good. Plus, I even get to look at Woolworth’s from the front window all day!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009 Time: 2:00pm - 6:30pm at Carrier Park on Amboy Rd. Asheville, NC
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Explore new trends in environmentally-friendly living and home design in “Green Revival” while learning how households are living large in smaller spaces in “Less Means More”. This month’s bonus eco-friendly home section is chock-full of ideas and resources everyone can use whether you live in a downtown loft, or cozy cabin in the woods.
In “Four Lanes to the Future”, writer Jess Clark dissects the concerns over the widening of US-19 from Interstate 26 to Boone. Learn more about how Madison, Yancey, and Mitchell counties are dealing with growth and its consequences.
Also in our March/April issue, travel to downtown Tryon where small-town allure melds perfectly with cosmopolitan convenience. The Dining Review heads to Spindale to sample creations of Chef Robin Healey at Restaurant M2 (M Squared), and join a Waynesville family for their Sunday supper of native Romanian dishes.
For information on this, or any past issues of WNC magazine, call 828-210-5030 or email email@example.com
- WNC magazine
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Asheville home builders discuss this project in Weaverville North Carolina (about 15 minutes North of Downtown Asheville), the current market, and some future ideas. Home is for sale at about $270k. You can email purchase inquiries to Serendipity58@charter.net. No listing inquiries please. Thank you.
Ask Asheville has had the pleasure to network (and work) in these past few months with Melissa Chambers, Miss North Carolina 2008. Here Melissa is crowning Julie Tesh, the new Miss North Carolina 2009 just a few days ago.
Sunday, March 15, 2009 from 3:00pm - 10:00pm - JUBILEE! at 46 Wall St. Asheville North Carolina. Phone: is 8282751130 and Email: is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Salseros828 & LatinFactor
Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 8:30pm till Midnight at the ASHEVILLE BALLROOM
991 Sweeten Creek Rd Asheville, NC - Phone: 8283356849 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, March 2, 2009
Mark your calendars! The Blue Ridge Rollergirls are hosting a season kickoff party and art auction on Saturday, March 21st at Stella Blue in Asheville North Carolina. Festivities will commence at 9 pm and will feature a performance by 'Bombs Away Cabaret' and music by DJs Crick Nice and Adam Strange from GFE. There will be a silent auction of art donated by local artists and all proceeds will go to the production of the Blue Ridge Rollergirls' 2009 season.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
This has been our primary Asheville eyeglasses and sunglasses stop for years, and we plan on it staying that way. Janice, the Owner, has always been so personable, helpful and accomodating when it comes to choosing the right set of glasses. Thank you. You will also see Latoya in the video assisting a client that stopped by for a new set of LaFont eyeglasses. Dr. Bruce Pope is available as needed also. So many great brands of frames are available here. Watch the video and then stop by and see for yourself. LOptique.com
Maybe you have some questions about designing your own home from scratch, building green, building a very large home, or about the home building process. One of the local Asheville home builders that we have had the great opportunity to network with is having an open house, meeting and discussion at 33 Ballard Road in Weaverville North Carolina this coming Wednesday. The home (shown in the photo above) is a smaller home, with the daylight basement constructed as finished living area, giving this home a total of about 1900 cozy square feet. Asheville Custom Home Builders actually worked with the Investors, built exactly what they requested, and allowed them to complete certain phases of the project where they desired to add their personal touch.
The Town of Weaverville North Carolina and the surrounding neighborhood is beautiful with quick access to Asheville. This particular house is less than 15 minutes to downtown Asheville (about 1 minute to downtown Weaverville, 2 minutes to Weaverville shopping and about 3 minutes from the new North Wal-Mart Supercenter location coming real soon). Prime location people! There are 3 other lots available in this cul-de-sac that are ready to be built on. Asheville Custom Home Builders, LLC also has several other lots about 7 minutes North of these off of the Flat Creek exit in Weaverville. They also network with some great local Realtors in Asheville and the surrounding areas.
If you are interested in coming to this "Open House" to see the home shown or to just ask some home building and real estate questions, it is on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 33 Ballard Road in Weaverville NC from 5pm - 7pm. And please... do not worry about 5 salespeople ready to jump you either, as this company does not work that way. They believe in the actual General Contractor meeting with you face to face, answering questions, establishing a relationship, and moving forward if it is the proper fit. Nice! AshevilleCustomHomeBuilders.com
*Realtors may visit with notice, but not to solicit for properties or home listings please. Thank you. Investors may also visit to speak to Asheville Custom Home Builders, LLC about future development plans, etc.
Asheville Framing and Building has had a lot of problems with getting paid lately and has just requested a serious remedy and resolution. Please continue to keep AFB in mind as what they had planned on being their best year yet has turned into a nightmare (of many nights). AFB has always strongly supported the Asheville community and Worldwide Internet community. They have a company out of San Diego who was prepping their next market approach and some connections in NYC that are planning on assisting them in several other areas. But home base in Asheville is beating them up. They assisted ABandRE.com in getting started, so many of your local companies and people have benefited from their backround work and the many seeds they have planted. Not to mention all of their local supporters and friends... that are well needed in this time of crisis. Thank you to everyone who has responded, contributed information, and stand ready to help. Visit them at AshevilleFraming.com