Asheville Business News August – September 2012

This past month has been wonderful and September is going to be even better. We love being a part of the small and big business community that is based in Asheville NC. People are different. Some have a storefront here, while others have National and Worldwide clientele and audiences. Some have both. The World is much smaller now that online communications and social media has connected us so quickly and easily.

First, we would like to give a Big Shoutout to Pomodoros Cafe, Favilla’s New York Pizza, and Rollin’ Stone Pizza Company for winning 1st place in the recent Asheville Pizza Showdown 2012. Check out all of the Showdown Winners Here. Thanks to Tribe Management for the organization of this event, OX+CO for all of the incredible graphic design work, & Sign-A-Rama for the Banners and Stickers. A new event by their team is about to go public so stay tuned!

I was talking to a business owner today and he mentioned his eyesight problems. I immediately thought of The Optical Shoppe on Patton Ave in West Asheville, and that is where he is going next week. If you are in the market for contacts, eyeglasses etc; go by there and meet George and Jackie. This is where my family is going to start going as well.

Have you checked out Junk Recyclers yet? This is a great business model now based in the North Asheville Woodfin area. The Greenest and Cheapest junk removal service in town. Part of what I love about this place is they have a Regeneration Station also where they recycle and upcycle furniture. My favorite piece was a vintage green and white dining room table. So Sweet!!

I have also been by ReBath of WNC recently and they remodel your bathroom. I have some friends (Cari and Hannah) in the area who used this company and they said that the product and service is wonderful. This is  great option to get your bathroom remodeled quickly and more affordable.

Everybody should have insurance for one thing or another. Sean at Adam’s and Brown Insurance in South Asheville has been in the business for many years and he is pretty sure he could beat most of the quotes out there. Even if you have points on your license or other issues, he has companies that are flexible, affordable and can help.

Are you ladies looking for Curves? Well there is a great location run by Elaine in South Asheville / Arden NC. This is a proven weight loss, diet and exercise program for women of all ages.

A business center provides you with a wide range of tools and resources to help your business. PostNet 141 in South Asheville, right across the street from Five Guys Burgers, is a key stop for several of the businesses we are working with. Not only do they have all printing services, but they also have an in-house designer named Chelsey that is great. Private mailboxes, qr codes and many other services. These guys are a plus for any business.

What about a mechanic? Have you ever been stuck with vehicle problems? We all have. One of the 2 mechanics in the area that we have used for years and can vouch for is Jimmy’s Automotive. You can read more about them on our recent post “North Asheville – Auto Repair & Mechanic Central.” If you are looking to purchase a new or used vehicle in the Asheville and WNC area, please see Rob The Car Guy.

And RelyLocal in Asheville NC is now offering Social Media, Management and SEO services for businesses. If you own a company in the AVL area, you need to check this out! Can you believe some local businesses are paying $750 – $1500 a month for absolutely nothing?! Double the price for minimal work. Do not be another business that gets taken advantage of with friendly talk, little work, and a big bill to pay. Get in touch with Choya and he will show you top results reported each and every month.

Thanks Asheville! And remember to Keep It Funky!!!

Ok, who wants to pay for Asheville News? Get in line lol

After talking to WLOS News on Twitter, we have confirmed that the rumors of their website heading toward a Paywall System are not true. News 13 will remain a complimentary news service provider. Now as you can see below, the Asheville Citizen Times has gone in a different direction:

Since the Citizen Times went to a Paywall System and increased their home subscription rates, several people have voiced their concern and displeasure. One person from the Mountain Xpress, another news and community source in the area, posted this tweet on Twitter “RT @DonMak: My first experience with #Asheville Citizen-Times paywall Another local teacher who is known to be tech savvy mentioned how it was sad to see a local newspaper die. And then there was @RonFrankl and @wsavlcallme who straight out tweeted their condolences and hatred when they read the press release on the Asheville Citizen Times Ashvegas Blog:

Internet based information and distribution has been on the scene for years and the Citizen Times has definitely gotten involved, but when it comes to true social media, a blind eye and deaf ear seem to appear. They have done a bunch of “strategies” lately, even asking questions on Twitter; but not to interact, seeming as only an attempt to get people to their website. One person’s response to this was:

So what are you planning on doing for your Asheville News? Are you going to pay one of the pipers, or find your information somewhere else? Now we all know you can buy a cheap IP address changing program and “hack” into the system to get your news free forever, but that would be like stealing music online, and we do not do that!! Lol. The Asheville Citizen Times is offering 10 free articles per month, and their Ashvegas blog is still free, so it may be an okay combination deal.

And then there are the other Asheville News & Information sources that you may want to consider in the meantime before they file suit and start charging. Then one day we may all be forced to pay for news & info; the opposite direction of where this new media world is headed:

1. WLOS News 13

2. Mountain Xpress

3. Citizen Thymes

4. WNC Magazine

5. The Laurel of Asheville

6. And some bonus area humor: What Should AVL Call Me

Also, please keep up with our little tiny blog too… AskAsheville blog