Making Dreams a Reality: Wishbone Tiny HomesTiny homes come true.

That’s the motto of Teal Brown, co-owner and builder at Wishbone Tiny Homes in West Asheville.

“A lot of people dream about having a tiny home,” he said. “And we’re making these dreams possible.”

And in recent years, the small structures have become popular in the city and greater Western North Carolina.

“For one thing, the mentality of a tiny home really fits in this area, and that’s because a lot of people here believe ‘less is more,’” Brown said. “Another component, which I think is the real driver, is that people are looking for more affordable options, whether they’re wanting a primary or second home.”

With an increasing interest in folks relocating to Asheville and surrounding towns, there’s a great need for open lots, atop a red-hot real estate market in the existing home markets. According to Brown, with a median home in Asheville hovering around $235,000, a turnkey tiny home can run around $150,000.

“You see more people, and more of the workforce, building tiny homes behind existing homes or on small lots because it’s more cost effective,” he said. “With a tiny home, there’s a significant savings on the front end, all as you’re able to still capture the functionality of a regular-sized home. These tiny homes are also built to be very efficient, which means energy costs are very low, as they’re easy to heat and cool.”

Tiny homes are a popular option in Asheville.

Tiny homes are a popular option in Asheville.

In recent decades, Western North Carolina has become a destination for retirees and second home owners. But, as the popularity of the region has skyrocketed, so has the growing demographic of young families looking to also plant roots in Southern Appalachia.

“People are looking for an affordable second home that’s easy to maintain when they’re not there,” Brown said. “And there’s this across-the-spectrum growth in tiny homes for all the housing needs here.”

Originally from Asheville, Brown was raised in the building industry, working alongside his father who also found himself in the trade. When he was in high school, Brown took carpentry and cabinet making courses, something he continued to hone and dig deeper into as he entered adulthood.

“I guess you could say building is in my blood,” Brown smiled.

Initially, Brown pursued a successful career as a musician. But he soon returned to building, which offered him the best of both worlds: artistic creativity and financial stability.

“Building has a little more structure, and yet still allows me to create,” Brown said. “Doing tiny homes requires a lot of creative problem solving, and I really enjoy solving the space and energy solutions.”

 

“With a tiny home, there’s a significant savings on the front end, all as you’re able to still capture the functionality of a regular-sized home.” —Teal Brown, Wishbone Tiny Homes

 

When meeting with a client, Brown taps into Wishbone’s keen sense of tailored service, especially in terms of tiny homes that bring about the essence of a person, couple or family.

“These homes are very personal in a lot of ways,” he said. “They distill down what people want and need in their lives to such a small scale. You really get to know people, their personal lives. And as a builder, you have to offer the sensibility and patience to want to understand people at that level.”

And as the spotlight brightens on Western North Carolina, Brown himself enjoys the shifting physical and societal landscape. “I love these mountains,” he said. “I’ve traveled quite a bit, and there are a lot of nice places, but what Western North Carolina has is very unique and serene, with such a beautiful vibe. Even though I grew up here, it feels like a new city every year. There are so many new and interesting people coming in who are adding great energy and ideas to Asheville.”

Wishbone Tiny Homes aims to build sustainable structures and also sustainable relationships with local nonprofits.

Wishbone Tiny Homes aims to build sustainable structures and also sustainable relationships with local nonprofits.

 

This post is adapted from our annual Welcome to Western North Carolina magazine. Click here to read more online, or click here to order your own free copy.

 

Commercial Property Showcase: 633 Merrimon Avenue in Asheville, NC 28804

The perfect spot to reach college students, luxury home owners, and everyone in between!

$11,500/month | CPE#: 487106

Have you been wondering what will go into the former Atlanta Bread Company location on Merrimon Avenue in north Asheville? We have, too. So, why don’t you tell us? The space is available for lease, and we would love to see what you do with it.

The prime north Asheville location sits at the corner of Merrimon Avenue and Edgewood Road—perfect for a number of different kinds of businesses. A First Citizens Bank is across the street, with a CVS situated cattycorner. Across in the other direction is a busy shopping center that includes a number of eateries, retail, and service businesses. Below the space, an additional several businesses operate on the lower level. Turn one way down Edgewood and you can easily spot college students mulling about UNC Asheville for their afternoon studies. Turn the other way, and you quickly enter the historic and elite Grove Park community.

In addition to its great location and neighboring businesses, 633 Merrimon Avenue includes on-site parking and street signage. More than 700 square feet of patio space is included in the 6,048 square feet available for lease. The monthly lease price amounts to $22.82 per square foot. Gas heat and central air keep the space well conditioned throughout the year.

Ready to make the space your own? Let us help you Live the Life You Choose. Contact Beverly-Hanks associate Rick Tisdale for more information.

About North Asheville:

Nestled along Highway 25 (Merrimon Avenue and Weaverville Highway) between downtown Asheville and Weaverville, NC, north Asheville offers diverse real estate options. The historic neighborhoods of Montford and Grove Park (both on the National Register of Historic Places) offer stunning historic homes within walking distance of the bustle of downtown. Within walking or biking distance to downtown Asheville, north Asheville is a booming business district of its own, exploding with commerce, dining, and entertainment.

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We’re still a week away from 2017 Labor Day celebrations and the unofficial end of summer. But the office is already buzzing about changes in the air. Evenings are starting to cool a little faster, leaves are beginning to crunch underfoot, and we’re ready to start our countdown to one of the most treasured times in Western North Carolina—Oktoberfest!

As a craft beer hub, Asheville takes Oktoberfest seriously. Already, we’re seeing specialty brews being released in town. Soon, we’ll inevitably see more across the region. You don’t have to wait until scarf season to enjoy them. Throw on your crisp white capris and head to one of these 5 breweries to enjoy a crisp seasonal ale.

5 Asheville Breweries that are Already Serving Octoberfest Beers

Catawba Brewing Company – Festbier

Raise a stein to this authentic German-style lager. Brewed according to modern day Bavarian standards, the Festbier represents a lighter, more sessionable evolution of the classic Märzen style. Stay tuned for their seasonal King Don’s Pumpkin Ale on September 15.

South Slope: 32 Banks Avenue, Asheville | (828) 552-3934

Biltmore Village: 63 Brooks Street, Asheville | (828) 424-7290

catawbabrewing.com


French Broad Brewing Company – Zepptemberfest

French Broad’s annual fall seasonal, Zepptemberfest has been out less than a week, so you have a chance to get it while it’s hot! Or rather, while it’s perfectly chilled. The classic Oktoberfest beer balances a clean lager smoothness with a big malty body. Perfect for fall.

101 Fairview Road #D, Asheville | (828) 277-0222

frenchbroadbrewery.com


Highland Brewing Company – Clawhammer

Highland is known for their popular seasonal brews, and the Clawhammer Oktoberfest Lager is no exception. The Märzen-style lager is brewed with traditional German malt for a full-bodied taste and spicy finish. $1 from each pour benefits the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville | (828) 299-3370

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Hi-Wire Brewing – Zirkusfest

All the flavors you want in a rich Märzen (biscuits and honey, yum!) without the heavy finish. Try the Zirkusfest on tap today, or wait just a few days to catch the barrel-aged Sour Pumpkin Ale, as well—out in 375ml bottles this Saturday, September 1.

South Slope: 197 Hilliard Avenue, Asheville | (828) 738-2448

Biltmore Village: 2 Huntsman Place, Asheville (828) 738-2448

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New Belgium Brewing Company – Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin

If everything listed above still hasn’t piqued your interest, this beer will. Featuring habanero peppers and Saigon cinnamon, this spicy brew puts the “fun” back in pumpkin pie ales. You’ll enjoy it so much you won’t care about spelling.

21 Craven Street, Asheville | (828) 333-6900

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We’re excited to see more seasonal beers as they roll out! Have you spotted one that we missed? Share it with us in the comments below.

 

When you think of the historic mountain town of Burnsville, you may not immediately think of twenty-first century science and industry. But there are gigabytes of valuable information flowing discretely at lightning speed throughout the county.

Located 35 miles northeast of Asheville and 50 miles southwest of Boone, the friendly small town of Burnsville, NC has long been known for its arts and outdoor recreation opportunities. The town boasts more artists per capita than any other in the U.S. The internationally renowned Penland School of Crafts is located just minutes away, and the Parkway Playhouse serves as the state’s longest-running community theater.

“Burnsville is kind of a cool place to be,” said Jamie McMahan, Yancey County Planner. “Our outdoor recreation has always been some of the best you’ll find on the east coast.” The town is located among some of the highest mountains in Western North Carolina—and in the eastern U.S., for that matter. The area is full of choice spots for hiking, camping, and picnicking. Nearby fly fishing is also some of the best in the region.

Downtown Burnsville businesses certainly capitalize on the arts and outdoors, but local merchants are have branched out to represent businesses across the board. “The retail merchants that you’ll find on Main Street are 100% independent retailers, from antique stores to breweries to pubs, restaurants, galleries, toy stores,” said McMahon. “All do a very thriving business, making it a sort of a very pedestrian friendly, very walkable, very energetic place downtown.”

“But most recently, we’ve actually had sort of a tech surge,” said McMahon. “Yancey County is the only county in North Carolina to have 100% connectivity by fiber to the home. So no matter wherever you live in our rocky terrain here in Yancey County (because we’re pretty mountainous), you can be served with up to a full gig of service by fiber connection.” That connection makes a big difference to residents, visitors, and growing industries alike.

“We attract a lot of people who’ve moved here recently, or visitors, who really are interested in that tech connection,” said McMahon. “They can work from home remotely. So, you get the best of both worlds—the scenic beauty, and you’re connected at the highest speed that you want to be connected.”

Yancey County’s fiber connections and ideal location have started attracting science and engineering ventures to the area. For one, the Bare Dark Sky Observatory, located at the Mayland Earth to Sky Park, just celebrated its grand opening in June 2017. Sitting at an elevation of 2,736 feet with 360-degree views, the observatory is the only internationally designated dark sky park in the southeast. “And we also own the largest publicly owned telescope in the southeastern United States,” said McMahon, “so that’s kind of a cool thing.”

The county is responding in kind by supporting additional education and training. “We’ve just opened the on-spot advanced manufacturing school at Mayland Community College here, which teaches mechatronics, robotics, [and] advanced engineering,” said McMahon. The college is committed to the economic development of the three counties it serves, and graduates of the program are prepared for a variety of twenty-first century careers.

Despite its small-town veneer, Burnsville is refreshing its position as a twenty-first century business destination. With reliable fiber internet connections, a growing population of engineering graduates, and unique scientific opportunities inspired by the area’s ideal location, the area is playing host to a growing number of innovative ventures. Will your business be next?

Main Street Burnsville is home to a wide variety of independent businesses

See the progress and excitement of Burnsville for yourself! Read more about Burnsville, see more photos, or search for homes in the area, from our Beverly-Hanks Burnsville community page. Contact your NAI Beverly-Hanks agent for more information about available commercial space near Burnsville, NC.

 

It all started with 12 lunches.

“I was painting trim underneath this desk in this office building,” Jeremiah Jackson said. “And the secretary was complaining about how they couldn’t get 12 meals made and delivered there. So, I popped my head up and said, ‘I can do it.’”

And it was this simple interaction in 2013 that led to Jackson creating the Farm-to-Fender food truck in Asheville. Jackson, with an extensive culinary background as an executive chef, was working construction and landscaping to pay the bills. He wasn’t finding his ideal outlet for his passion of food and cooking. But, with that small start of 12 lunches, his orders and customers spiraled out from there. Now he has two food trucks, the catering company, and a café of the same name.

“After that, I’d get another gig, and from those events, I’d book more jobs,” Jackson said. “Every time we were feeding people, the people wanted more. And that’s when we decided to start the food truck.”

 

“This is an eccentric area with all kinds of different people interested in different things, and food trucks provide that kind of atmosphere.” —Chris Cogswell

 

Over the last few years, dozens of food trucks have sprung up in Asheville and greater Western North Carolina. Parked at local breweries, sporting events, outdoor music venues, or simply at some open lot around the corner, these mobile hotspots are a growing trend in the culinary scene, one that seemingly has no end in sight.

“It’s putting high-quality, restaurant-style food out of a tin can,” said Chris Cogswell, co-owner of the Appalachian Chic food truck. “This is an eccentric area with all kinds of different people interested in different things, and food trucks provide that kind of atmosphere—from deli sandwiches to carnival food to every kind of ethnic cuisine you could imagine.”

“Every truck has their own personality,” Jackson added. “You’re tasting the personality of that chef and of the distinct and delicious cuisines.”

Cogswell estimated that since he launched his truck almost two years ago, there have been about 20 or so new vehicles on the scene. And with a city as welcoming and collaborative as Asheville, the saying “the more, the merrier” really does ring true, especially in terms of the farm-to-table movement.

“All of our ingredients are locally sourced, with everything made from scratch,” Cogswell said. “The influences with our sandwiches are southern-rooted, with our meats and veggies coming from farms around the area.”

With a name like Farm-to-Fender, Jackson also procures his ingredients (milk, cream, peppers, meats, potatoes, etc.) from local farms and producers.

Asheville’s Food Truck Frenzy: Meals on Wheels

El Kimchi co-owner Don Lee (right) and his food truck crew, which includes his wife (left).

“When you’re talking to me or any other of these executive chefs in these food trucks, you’re learning about that farmer and their products that we directly talk with,” he said. “And with that, you’re only three steps away from where your food comes from, and not thousands of miles away and shipped here in a freezer container.”

A mainstay in the Asheville food truck scene is El Kimchi, which is Korean-style barbecue with a Mexican flair (tacos, burritos, quesadillas). Bouncing around the city almost everyday, El Kimchi is in demand, and probably somewhere nearby.

“Our mission is that the customers like what we’re doing, that maybe it’s something new that they’ve never tried before,” said El Kimchi co-owner Don Lee. “People here are interested in trying new things, and they like it, which makes us very happy.”

Lee moved to Asheville from Seoul, South Korea, 11 years ago. His daughter had been an international exchange student in Western North Carolina, and Lee and his wife fell in love with the area.

“We just found the mountains here such a beautiful place,” Lee said. “My wife was a chef back in Seoul, and I also worked in restaurants. When we came to Asheville, we decided to open the food truck and bring our favorite Korean foods to the people here.”

Though Cogswell grew up just down the road in Brevard, Jackson found his way to Asheville from a whirlwind culinary excursion around the world that included stops in Charleston, SC, and New Zealand.

“I like that I’m taking ingredients from my backyard and making food that people enjoy. It’s about sharing that love and passion with others,” Jackson said. “For all of us food truck owners and chefs, every day is an adventure. Those mornings you hit the road with the mountains right in front of you—it’s living your dream.”

Meals to-go from Farm-to-Fender (left) and Appalachian Chic (right).

 

This post is adapted from our annual Welcome to Western North Carolina magazine. Click here to read more online, or click here to order your own free copy.

 

Forty-eight years ago, a nation collectively huddled around their television sets to witness three men make one giant leap for mankind. In less than two weeks, the nation will again come together. This time, however, we will not be staring at screens, but will be in the grass, on the sidewalks, in our back yards, or anywhere where we can peer into the sky without obstruction.

The Great American Solar Eclipse is sweeping across the nation.

path of 2017 solar eclipse

From Oregon to South Carolina, millions of people will be witness to a once-in-a-generation astronomical event. A total solar eclipse has not been visible from the continental U.S. since 1979. It will not be seen in Western North Carolina again for another century.

The Earth is unique in that our moon is very nearly the exact right size, at the exact right distance, and inclined at the exactly right elliptical to periodically block the sun. When this happens, a penumbra of shadow passes over the planet, causing a partial eclipse. At the nexus of this shadow is the umbra, a very small spot (relatively speaking) where the sun is eclipsed in its entirety.

Image Copyright: alhovik / 123RF Stock Photo

While locations across all 48 contiguous states will experience a jaw-dropping partial eclipse, one narrow band of citizens will be able to see a 100% obstruction of the sun. Changes in the sky will begin around 1:00pm on Monday, August 21 and last until 4:00. The full eclipse will last up to two minutes and 40 seconds. When viewed safely with solar glasses, this rare occurrence allows you to view the sun’s chromosphere and corona, as well as stars and planets not normally visible during the day.

In Western North Carolina, Asheville and Hendersonville will experience a 99% eclipse around 2:30pm. Areas west and south of Waynesville will be in the path of the 100% eclipse. Jackson County, Swain County, and Graham County, located an hour west of Asheville, are all prime locations for viewing the total eclipse.

total solar eclipse over North Carolina on August 21, 2017

From lake fronts and mountaintops to town squares and city centers, there are plenty of places to watch the eclipse in WNC. However, if you are planning to go to locations with limited parking, like national parks and forests, be sure to plan ahead and get there early.

Here are a few WNC-area events for the Great American Solar Eclipse.


Cherokee’s Cultural Eclipse Celebration

WHEN: Sun. August 20, 2:00–9:00pm and Mon. August 21, 9:00am–7:00pm

The ancient Cherokees believed a giant frog that lived in the sky would swallow the sun, causing darkness to occur during the daytime. The Cherokees and other tribes would gather and fire guns, beat drums, and generally make noise so as to frighten the great frog away, making the sun shine brightly again. This two-day event will include the Warriors of AniKituhwa, Native American performances, storytelling, food vendors, and more. Admission is $25 each day for ages 6+ (includes a free pair of certified eclipse glasses).

Learn more: visitcherokeenc.com


Cashiers Eclipse Festival

WHEN: Mon. August 21, 10:00am–5:00pm

The Village Green in Cashiers lies directly in the path of totality and will experience darkness for 2:23 beginning at 2:36pm. Astronomy activities with eclipse tips and facts will be taking place throughout the day. Visitors can try several local food trucks, enjoy beer and wine, and buy sweet treats and ice cream. Yard games and a live music performance by Coconut Groove will entertain guests during the festivities. The U.S. Postal Service will be on site to sell and cancel commemorative solar eclipse stamps. Admission with donation.

Learn more: discoverjacksonnc.com/total-solar-eclipse


Highlands Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

WHEN: Mon. August 21, 10:00am

Highlands, North Carolina is the preeminent WNC location to view the 2017 eclipse. Check out events in the area for the entire week leading up to the big event. Their Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will start with Yoga in the Park and music by Tyler Kittle and Hurricane Creek Band. This festival is one of 30 eclipse parties hosted across North and South Carolina as part of the Carolina Solar Eclipse Party initiative. Protective eyewear is a MUST!

Learn more: highlandseclipsefest.com


The Total Solar Eclipse at Gorges State Park

WHEN: Sat. August 19–Mon. August 21

The Friends of Gorges State Park is sponsoring three days of family-friendly, fun activities leading up to the total solar eclipse. The park offers prime viewing spots and plans to make the event truly memorable. Enjoy live music, food trucks, ranger-led nature hikes, science discussions and demonstrations, face painting, and more. This festival is one of 30 eclipse parties hosted across North and South Carolina as part of the Carolina Solar Eclipse Party initiative. Free admission.

Learn more: friendsofgorges.org/eclipse-at-gorges


2017 Eclipse at Clingman’s Dome

WHEN: Mon. August 21

Clingmans Dome Trailhead parking area will be converted to a special ticketed event site for experiencing the eclipse with the assistance of experts, educational exhibits, and story tellers. NASA will be streaming live on location. Clingmans Dome Road will be closed on Sunday, August 20 and Monday, August 21 to accommodate the special event. This festival is one of 30 eclipse parties hosted across North and South Carolina as part of the Carolina Solar Eclipse Party initiative.

Tickets for the Clingmans Dome event are SOLD OUT. Any cancelled tickets will become available to the public again at recreation.gov.

Learn more: nps.gov/grsm


Downtown Sylva Eclipse Festival

WHEN: Mon. August 21, 11:00am–4:00pm

Sylva lies in the path of totality and will experience 1:47 of darkness. Festivities include live music from the Colby Deitz band and children’s activities from 11:00am–1:00pm. Don’t miss the planetary walk of the Solar System scaled to fit on Sylva’s Main Street. Adult events following the kids’ events will be held at Bridge Park. This festival is one of 30 eclipse parties hosted across North and South Carolina as part of the Carolina Solar Eclipse Party initiative. Free admission.

Learn more: discoverjacksonnc.com


2017 Eclipse at PARI

WHEN: Mon. August 21

This is the first time a total solar eclipse has occurred at a site equipped with 26-meter radio telescopes.  No one knows what will be learned by pointing these giant instruments at the sun during totality, but scientists will be on hand to find out. This is one of 30 eclipse parties hosted across North and South Carolina as part of the Carolina Solar Eclipse Party initiative.

Tickets for the PARI event are SOLD OUT.

Learn more: pari.edu/things-to-do/2017-eclipse


Rosman Eclipse Viewing Event

WHEN: Mon. August 21, 8:00am–4:30pm

This family-friendly event will include live music, games, and concessions for both lunch and dinner. Tickets are $40 for adults, $25 for children 5–17. Proceeds will go to benefit Rosman High School.

Learn more: blueridgeparkwayevents.time.ly


Brevard College Eclipse Viewing Event

WHEN: Mon. August 21, 8:00am–5:00pm

The public is invited to view the eclipse on the Brevard College campus near the Porter Center. Eclipse viewing glasses will be available. Telescopes and other viewing devices can be set up.

Learn more: visitwaterfalls.com/eclipse


Eclipse Weekend @ BMC

WHEN: Fri. August 18–Mon. August 21

The Center will be hosting a post-festival season eclipse weekend. The event includes a concert by Lyle Lovett and His Large Band and a VIP viewing event that includes two iconic space movies, VIP Parking, PARI safety glasses, astronomy lectures, BBQ, and live music.

Learn more: brevardmusic.org/festival/eclipse


Solar Eclipse Party at Oskar Blues

WHEN: Mon. August 21, NOON–8:00pm

Enjoy live tunes all day, Oskar Blues CHUBwagon specials, bouncy house, special eclipse glasses for everyone, and maybe even a guest appearance by the Pisgah Thunder. No camping is available on site, by there are several locations nearby.

Learn more: facebook.com/events


Solar Eclipse Party at Harmon Field

WHEN: Mon. August 21, 11:00am–3:00pm

The Polk County Public Library and Polk County Early College Science Club are hosting a Solar Eclipse Party at Harmon Field in Tryon. This is a great opportunity to view the 99.77% obscuration of the sun as the moon passes between the sun and the earth. The celebration will include music, food crafts, and activities. This festival is one of 30 eclipse parties hosted across North and South Carolina as part of the Carolina Solar Eclipse Party initiative. The event is free and open to the public. Sun viewing glasses will be available at the event.

Learn more: polkschools.org/eclipse


The Arboretum’s (almost) Total Eclipse

WHEN: Mon. August 21, 8:00am–4:00pm

Avoid the traffic and crowds and enjoy the Arboretum’s 434 acres of trails and open garden spaces, perfect for viewing this once-in-a-lifetime event. The first 250 cars through the Arboretum gates will receive a free pair of solar eclipse glasses for the 99% eclipse. More will be on sale at the Connections Gallery gift shop.

Learn more: ncarboretum.org


Asheville’s Solar Eclipse Festival in Pack Square Park

WHEN: Mon. August 21, NOON–3:00pm

Join the target=”blank”Asheville Museum of Science, UNC Asheville, Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, and more for Asheville’s Solar Eclipse Festival. Bring the whole family and witness a spectacular solar eclipse while enjoying music, food, fun activities, and more. This festival is one of 30 eclipse parties hosted across North and South Carolina as part of the Carolina Solar Eclipse Party initiative. Satellite locations will be at Owen High School, North Buncombe High School, and TC Roberson High School. Free admission.

Learn more: ashevillescience.org/solar-eclipse


UNC Asheville’s Great American Eclipse

WHEN: Mon. August 21, 1:00–3:00pm

UNC Asheville faculty, staff, and students are invited to gather together on the Quad for an afternoon of eclipse watching on telescopes with sun funnels, listening to eclipse-inspired music, playing games, yoga, enjoying ice cream and other treats, and experiencing this great event together. For UNC Asheville faculty, staff, and students ONLY.

Learn more: eclipse.wp.unca.edu


Highland Brewing Company Rooftop Eclipse Viewing Party

WHEN: Mon. August 21, NOON–5:00pm

Witness the eclipse Beer City USA-style from one of Asheville’s newest rooftop bars. Bring your eclipse glasses, grab a pint, and watch from the rooftop deck at Highland Brewing Company or in the grassy meadow. Come early and stay as long as you want. The rooftop bar is for those 21 and older. The meadow is family-friendly. Free admission.

Learn more: highlandbrewing.com


Rock the Eclipse in Black Mountain

WHEN: Fri. August 18–Mon. August 21

Historic downtown Black Mountain will host events all weekend leading to the eclipse party on Monday. Festivities begin on Friday, August 18, with an outdoor movie on Black Mountain Avenue at dark. On Saturday, join in the evening Wine Walk beginning at the Merry Wine Market. The Monday afternoon eclipse party will begin at 1:00pm on Town Square and feature live music by Jordan Okrend. Black Mountain will experience a 98.9% eclipse.

Learn more: visitblackmountain.net/rock-the-eclipse


17 Solar Eclipse Celebrations in Asheville and across WNC

 

For additional eclipse viewing locations, like prime points along the Blue Ridge Parkway, check out exploreasheville.com and romanticasheville.com.

 

Know of additional solar eclipse events around Asheville? Share them with us in the comments.

 

Eclipse Image Copyright: andrewrybalko / 123RF Stock Photo

 

Commercial Property Showcase: 139 Cherry Street in Black Mountain, NC 28711

Imagine the possibilities for this prime retail space around the corner from the Old Depot!

$14.00/SF | CPE#: 486846

If you were going to open a shop in bustling downtown Black Mountain, what would you sell? The 20-plus-foot ceiling is the limit in this historic retail location!

Built in 1915, the building has been recently renovated to offer all new mechanical, plumbing, windows, and storefront. An insulated roof caps the 3,000-square-foot space. The unique open space also features refinished original wood floors, exposed brick, and architectural wood beams—all drawing your eye up to the grand 20-foot ceiling. Guests enter via a courtyard/garden off the street.

139 Cherry Street is located in downtown Black Mountain at the Corner of Cherry Street and Sutton Avenue. The building is catty corner to the Old Depot Arts & Crafts Center and just next door to the iconic Town Pump Tavern.

The building is available under a triple net (NNN) lease for $14.00 per square foot. It can be leased together with the lower level, which fronts onto Sutton Avenue with views of the train and preserved architectural features of the original carriage house.

Ready to make the space your own? Let us help you Live the Life You Choose. Contact NAI Beverly-Hanks associate Ryan Israel for more information.

About Black Mountain:

Black Mountain is often referred to as “the front porch of Western North Carolina.” The town of almost 8,000 residents has a vibrant but quaint commercial center and is noted for its cultural and recreational offerings. It’s a community that breathes with a particular kind of mountain energy, embracing both its natural surroundings and its tastefully configured, small-town urban core. Black Mountain prides itself on its sense of community and friendly atmosphere.

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The Sabbath is getting a little bit boozier for many across the state.

On June 30, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper signed a bill that quickly became known as the “Brunch Bill.” Among its several provisions, the legislation allows businesses, including grocery stores, restaurants, and bars, to begin serving alcohol at 10:00am on Sunday instead of the noontime start residents have known for years.

The bill also offers a big bump to the state’s 40 craft distilleries, whose on-site sales are heavily regulated by the ABC board. Now, people who tour distilleries can buy up to five bottles a year directly from the distillery, instead of just one. Distillers can also now buy a permit that allows them to offer 1/4-ounce samples at festivals and events. That can potentially make a big difference to local labels like Troy & Sons Whiskey and H&H Distillery.

While the bill is not without controversy, hospitality staff, restaurant owners, and brunch goers across the state and throughout Asheville have shown voluble support of the bill. Supporters have been using the #FreeTheMimosa hashtag across social media to show their support of the potential influx of revenue. Corner Kitchen co-owner Kevin Westmoreland had this to say in a recent opinion column:

“The Brunch Bill would allow North Carolinians and visitors alike to celebrate with a toast before noon, all while stimulating our local economies…..

“Other states that have extended alcohol sales on Sundays have noted restaurants and their staff earning considerably more taxable revenue per year; we believe the same would result in North Carolina. This is valuable additional revenue that would allow restaurants to hire more employees, employees to earn a better living and for each to better meet guest’s demands. It would also be a valuable source of revenue for local governments that can be used to improve the quality of life for all citizens.”

But the governor signing the recent bill into law didn’t mean that NC residents automatically saw changes in their hometowns. While the bill allows for the sale on a state level, it is up to local municipalities to approve the earlier alcohol sales for their communities.

The Brunch Bill so far has seen wide support across the state, especially from restaurant and business owners. It has been approved in Wilmington and passed unanimously in Charlotte. According to Blue Ridge Public Radio, Hendersonville was the first to pass the law locally, followed by Laurel Park and Mills River, also in Henderson County.

And for a city like Asheville—ripe with breweries, craft distilleries, and original cocktails of all kinds—that two-hour window could mean a big boost in revenue. But that doesn’t mean the change is guaranteed.

Regardless of the direction council will vote, several provisions of the bill are already in place. According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, “Retail and grocery stores and taprooms with the proper equipment are now allowed to fill growlers, or 32-ounce fillable cans, for to-go beer. To-go wine sales are also allowed under the new laws.”

The Brunch Bill provision is on the agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting. We still have several hours before we know how Council will vote. One thing is for certain: If they vote in favor, there are many throughout the city ready to toast to the change.

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Commercial Property Showcase: 66 Long Shoals Road in Arden, NC 28704

Going fast!—This is one of the few remaining development tracts along Long Shoals Road.

$1,850,000 | CPE#: 486983

These 2.85 acres have prime frontage along the highly trafficked Long Shoals Road in South Asheville. The property sits beside Groce Funeral Home and across from Lake Julian and Wild Wing Cafe’s Arden location. The back of the property butts up to TC Roberson High School. Go Rams!

For an investor or developer, the acreage offers one of the few remaining development tracts in this area of Long Shoals Road—an active and fast growing South Asheville location. The site is level with minimal site work needed for construction. It is primed and ready for development as a retail center or office park.

Let us help you Live the Life You Choose. Contact Beverly-Hanks associate Billy Taylor for more information.

About Arden:

In Arden and Mills River, there’s lots of room to roam—and you don’t have to go far to experience some of the finest facets of mountain life. Whether you are looking for an established neighborhood or new construction, Arden offers a variety of real estate choices. It’s just a few miles from the Asheville Regional Airport and right next door to some of the best spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Beverly-Hanks President Neal Hanks, Jr. recently delivered the Q2 2017 Real Estate Market Report. Watch the video below for his short report, or continue reading for a summation.

Q2 2017 Commercial Activity:

Sales in all commercial sectors were up significantly in Q2 2017 versus Q1 2017. Our Industrial and Office markets were both up more than 50% year over year, as well. There were 10 Industrial transactions across WNC for $17.5 million, compared to $12.0 million in transactions in Q2 2016. 20 Office transactions totaled $16.5 million, versus $9.0 million in Q2 2016.

The average sales price for commercial property rose to $1.2 million, compared to $998,000 this time last year. The median price per square foot stands at $111. Sales of multi-family properties dropped from 14 transactions in the first half of 2016 to four this year. The majority of US markets are also experiencing the cooling off of the multi-family market.

Total lease transactions (84) were slightly down year over year, but vacancies continue to drop and rents continue to rise in all categories. Currently, there are approximately 5,565 buildings in the Asheville market with a total rentable building area of 106,800,000 square feet.

Q2 2017 Residential Activity:

Right now the big news in Western North Carolina continues to be the extreme shortage of homes for sale under $300,000. This shortage is driving up home prices for modestly priced homes, causing them to appreciate more quickly than the region’s average.

Even so, the sales pace remains very strong. 2,447 homes sold during the last 90 days, making it the second strongest quarter in the past 10 years. It was also the first quarter in the last five years wherein the sales pace slipped back from a previous high (Q1 2017). Buncombe County’s median sales price continues to lead the region at $282,750, and Rutherford County is the most affordable at $170,000.

WNC Sales Pace Q2 2017

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