Asheville Business News May 2012

Lots of great businesses, large and small, in Asheville North Carolina. Here are a few recent highlights:

Derek at Asheville Diesel & Performance is a full service mechanic in the Woodfin area that works on all makes and models. We have been using this establishment for about a year now and both the preventive and repair work is great. Before heading out of town on a road trip; I usually stop by there for a quick 10 minute check up. An awesome running vehicle and peace of mind is what I get in return.

The Western North Carolina AIDS Project is dedicated to providing HIV related services to the people of WNC through client support, preventive education and outreach activities. Part of their yearly fundraising is an event called “Dining Out for Life” where over 100 Asheville area restaurants give 20% of all proceeds for one day. Pictured above is Peggy from WNCAP and Peggy from Rise N Shine Cafe.

In the market for a new vehicle? Robert Smith from Anderson Nissan is giving great deals and incentives to everyone, but even more to his cyber friends in the social media world. He also supports many local businesses in the Asheville community! You can find Rob Smith on his YouTube Channel, Blog, or on Twitter @RobTheCarGuy.

Asheville Musician Ben Hovey jams on the Trumpet and Keyboard, and at the same time! He is a music technologist and has done wonders for the musical atmosphere of many places in the area including The Marketplace Restaurant, the 151 Boutique Bar & Kitchen, the Grove Park Inn, & 5 Walnut Wine Bar. Also pictured above with Ben is another local music legend Kat Williams.

Bombs Away Cabaret and The Magnetic Field teamed up for a great show and fundraiser for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue recently. The skit was named “High Skirts: Illicitly Yours” and we had such a good time of entertainment and fun. Barbie Angell even did some awesome poetry for us! Thanks to these local businesses for getting involved with the non-profits in the community.

Curio Toy Store in downtown Asheville has lots of creative, wonderful items for children. The are located about 30 feet down from the “Iron” on Wall Street and Battery Park. Right in-between Frock Women’s Boutique and LaZoom Tours.

And… in Beer Business News… The 21st Amendment Brewery which is based in San Francisco California has announced plans to open up a brewery in Asheville North Carolina! MORE BEER FOR US!!! Their 1st tweet about it was “21st Amendment Brewery announces plans to build new production brewing facility in Asheville, NC.” and the next tweet said “I’m sorry that last tweet was suppose to say, the 21A plans to serve watermelon wheat today in their outdoor beer garden. autocorrectfail” so either they announced it prematurely on Twitter or they are teasing us!! Lol

Update: 5/7/12 Tony Kiss from the Asheville Citizen Times just tweeted “21st Ammendment Brewing in San Fran denies that is coming to Asheville after tweeting that they were. #avlbeer #ncbeer”

And talk about teasing… DO NOT MISS ABSFest, the Asheville Burlesque Festival coming May 25-27, 2012. Best entertainment festival of the year!! Pictured above is the Vaudevillian Revue Troupe!

The Asheville Business News Blog post is by Gary.. G Social Media

Asheville’s @FunkyVilleUSA does a “Funky Biz of the Week” shout-out and promotion on Twitter. The businesses chosen for the month of April 2012 were:

1) Tall Garys: @TallGarys is a fun and Funky lil cantina located in the heart of Asheville.. theres fun, food and great entertainment for all.. always some type of drink special going on.. Tall Garys is doing their part to promote and discover new Asheville local musical talent.. get discovered at Tall garys.. 4 College St. #FunkyBizOfTheWeek. 2) Tomato Jam Cafe: @TomatoJamCafe is located near the hospitals in Asheville.. if you havent discovered this little gem of a cafe you need to get busy and find it.. 379 Biltmore… You’ll enjoy getting to know the owners of this cute little place.. Its always nice to be on a first name basis with folks who provide a healthy and delicious lunch or breakfast for you..tell them FunkyVilleUSA highly recommends them for healthy and local food choices..Enjoy!! #FunkyBizOfTheWeek. 3) If you’ve lived in Asheville very long you probably have heard of Hop Ice Cream @HopIceCream .. if you havent you need to get there soon….They are always busy creating new and exciting flavors for their HomeMade Icecreams and desserts.. who’s ever heard of an icecream store with live entertainment???  of course we have one in Asheville…!!  Hop Ice Cream.. 640 Merrimon #FunkyBizOfTheWeek. 4) We are 8 hours away from that famous fishing hole the Atlantic Ocean and yet Blue Water Seafood @BlueH2oSeafood seems to come thru everyday with fresh and exciting new seafood dishes… Asheville’s own lil seafood joint with dishes that are big on flavor.. visit them today .. We know youll enjoy the funtimes and great food… 94 Charlotte St #FunkyBizOfTheWeek

New toy store coming to downtown Asheville – Curio

Curio is having a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, November 19th from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  Curio is located right off the 65th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade route in The Historic Miles Building at 2 Battery Park.  Join us and visit downtown Asheville’s newest destination for toys & accessories from Melissa & Doug, Hello Kitty, Alex Toys, Skip Hop, Star Wars, Hex Bugs, Pink Poppy, Jellycat & more!  We’ll be giving away lots of fun prizes like a huge $80 teddy bear from Melissa and Doug, free Hello Kitty items, stuffed animals from Jellycat, balloons and other great toys.  Get your Christmas shopping started and enjoy free gift wrapping, too.
About Curio:
Curio is downtown Asheville’s destination for toys & gifts for the cute & curious!  Visit Curio for gifts for newborns, nursery decor for expecting mothers, treats for grandkids & gifts for birthdays.  Curio stocks unique toys & gifts for the kid in all of us.  Curio is locally-owned and operated by husband and wife Orlando and Tiffany Hernandez.  Curio is located in The Historic Miles Building at 2 Battery Park Ave.  Please visit for the latest news about Curio and its brands.