West Asheville, NC — Support local businesses and artisans by shopping local this holiday season. On Saturday, December 12th businesses in the Haywood Road area of West Asheville host a fun filled local shopping day, from noon to 8 pm.

Over 50 businesses and artisans are participating in this Shop West Asheville day, organized by the West Asheville Business Association. Day-of-sales and holiday specials make this an excellent day to get your shopping done. Live music and a visit from Santa provide activities for all ages.

Enter the raffle drawing for gift baskets containing valuable goods and services at each participating business. The more places you visit, the more chances you have to win. Keep an eye out for decorated windows. Vote online for your favorite at

Artists’ Markets will be setup in several West Asheville locations featuring local art and crafts for one-of-a-kind gifts. Markets are located at: ShaoLin Kung Fu of Asheville, 619-A Haywood Road; West Asheville Yoga, 602 Haywood Road; and the 2nd Saturday Artist Market in Domino Lane, behind Harvest Records, 415 Haywood Road.

Four venues provide a variety of music throughout the day. At the Westville Pub from 12-2 pm enjoy the music of Daniel Barber, 2-4 pm Frenchie & George, 4-6 pm Custard Pie, 6-8 pm Peace Jones; at The Rocket Club from 3-5 pm Aaron LaFalce, 5-7 pm The Vince Junior Band, Swamp and Roll; Tollivers Crossing from 2-4 pm Dave Desmelik, 4-6 pm Jennifer Worthen, 6-8 pm Michael Gemme; and Asheville Music and Art hosts music teachers performing Christmas and other music.

Enjoy classic holiday carols sung by carolers from West Asheville churches at various locations and visit with Santa throughout the day at Pastabilities.

For up to date information and additional details including a list of specials offered that day, visit Shop West Asheville.


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Asheville’s Howard Street Handmade 6/20

Howard Street Handmade! East West Asheville Craft Love

Host: Short Street Cakes
Sat Jun 20 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on The Corner of Haywood Road and Howard Street, next to the cake shop on 227 Haywood Road in West Asheville
Contact Info: 828-505-4822 or email:

Introducing the fourth monthly Howard Street Handmade Market! This month we have about half returning vendors, and half new.

(I have heard delicious stories about Short Street Cakes, people driving in from out of town for their baking, etc)

Skinny Legs and All and WSNB rock the Westville Pub

Last night, the Southern Fried Blues Society sponsored a fundraiser for the bands to help them travel to Memphis, TN in February to attend the International Blues Challenge. WSNB won the local SFBS competition to be in the competition, Skinny Legs and All is the nominated band to attend the Youth Showcase. The Westville Pub was filled with music lovers, friends, and family – and they enjoyed a fantastic show put on by both the bands. The silent auction displayed beautiful art, clothing, and jewelry. Those who donated money to the fund were given raffle tickets and took home t-shirts, Cd’s, gift certificates, and even a bucket of Moon Pies! Everyone who came out to support the bands had a great time – and the servers and bartenders at the Westville Pub kept the beer and food flowing. Thanks to Peggy Ratusz and everyone at the Blues Society for planning the event! There will be another fundraiser in January – so keep posted and please come out and see these fantastic bands!

Deaverview Apartments in West Asheville NC

What used to be a drug crazed war going on in these housing projects, seems to be toned down over the last year or so. What is the future of these 2-Story Townhouses which are low income housing projects? A big development is making way right next store to these so are they going to attempt to blend it in, or will the developers eventually acquire these… or will the City start investing and make these nice condos on the affordable housing side… or will they just eventually get another facelift?

Please, check those Asheville bridges and overpasses!

Quick pic of the State crew out working on this bridge overpass in West Asheville on Brevard Road on I-240. From what I heard there was a distressed kitten stuck up under the overpass… (just kidding). I am glad they send crews out regularly to check these overpasses. Of course Westgate gets checked very frequently, and it should. The Westgate bridge has some elevation on it and two of my kids are scared to death of it after several bridges collapsed around the country. What is the term for “bridge phobia” anyway?