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Many congratulations to one of my most favorite haunts, The Clingman Cafe who is celebrating it’s 4th anniversary as an essential part of the River Arts District by expanding their hours and their outdoor seating.  Hear more about this from Ashvegas Blog and Jason Sandford.

Here is why I love Clingman:

  • The food is fresh and phenomenal, particularly the grilled sourdough egg and cheese sandwich (with pepperoncinis and sriracha sauce if I get it my style, and they make it my style without any complaints) and the portabella sandwich for lunch.
  • The coffee is awesome and there’s a discount when you bring your own mug.
  • I see my friends there [period].
  • I get business done there.  Many a quick breakfast stop has turned into some marvelous collaboration by just waiting in line at Clingman Cafe.  It’s a think tank of sorts🙂
  • All the good River Arts District juice is found at the Cafe.  Wanna know who’s dating whom, which organizations are doing which good things, the new beer at the Wedge Brewery or the new theatre performance at The Magnetic Field, go to Clingman.
  • Most of all, the staff is rad: Trip, Carlos, Chad, Kelly, and all you folks make my day.

Directions and more info about Clingman Cafe.

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Planet Art is a new Gallery and Framing shop in the River Arts District, 375 Depot Street.  They have days of fun going on…check it out!


Local businesses get 20% off for life for attending/linking us to their websites. Also the yART sale on Saturday there are several options. Other than buying art, you can donate and 100% will go to the 3 charities, hang out and sell and get 100% of sale, or leave it with us and get 50% of the sale.  More Information.

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**PARKING: Parking will be challenging as the Glen Rock Depot lot is not complete.  Please look for parking signs, and come early.  Please car pool, bike or walk to event, if possible.  One lot will be available between the old Glen Rock Hotel and Green’s Market.  Otherwise, please park on the surrounding streets (Bartlett, Ralph and Depot) or park in the lot across from Pink Dog Creative (the big, brightly colored building) on Depot Street.**

If you’ve driven down Depot Street (past Clingman Café and the Soapy Dog ), you’ve likely noticed one of the newest neighbors in the River Arts District–the Glen Rock Depot, a 90,000 SF green building that includes 60 workforce apartments and two awesome businesses…with room for more!  This may be your only opportunity for tours of the lovely workforce apartments, interior courtyard with grey water catchment cistern and permeable pavers, and other green features, like FLS Energy’s designed and installed 60 hot water solar panel system.

Anchor tenant, The Magnetic Field, performance and coffee house and bar, resides in the southern most end of 372 Depot.  The Magnetic Field is owned by local producer Chall Gray.  It will be the only venue in the southeast that will focus on original theatre works.

West One Salon is moving from downtown Asheville to the Glen Rock Depot in November 2010.  West One Salon focuses on easy to maintain, effortless styles. After years of parking challenges, West One Salon owners decided it was time to find a location that would make visiting the salon easier for their clients.  When the owners read about Glen Rock Depot, a green building with plenty of parking in the vibrant River Arts District, they knew immediately it would be the perfect place for the salon.

372 Depot’s 60 workforce apartments were fully leased within 60 days, demonstrating the strong demand for workforce housing in Buncombe County.  The building also includes 3,000 SF of community space, 9,000 SF of commercial space, and 60 solar panels built and installed by FLS Energy www.FLSEnergy.com, providing solar thermal hot water to every residential unit.

Come on by and check it out with one of the tours during the Grand Opening on Thursday, December 2 from 3:30 – 7 p.m.

Grand Opening Schedule

4:00 p.m. sharp            Public Remarks and Ribbon Cutting (outdoors)

Including remarks from Mayor Bellamy and County Commissioner Bill Stanley, Representative Patsy Keever and YWCA Executive Director and County Commissioner Holly Jones

5:00-7:00 p.m.             Tours of 372 Depot and Refreshments at The Magnetic Field

Location:                    372 Depot Street, Asheville, NC 28801

See more images of the workforce apartments and development

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Hosting a visitor that wants a unique Asheville experience?  Or, have you and your friends and family ever wanted to work one-on-one in a River Arts District studio with a professional visual artist?  Here’s your chance.

Roots + Wings School of Art (RWSA) supports studio sessions with their rostered visual artists in their new River Arts District studio on Depot Street at Pink Dog Creative .  Unlike group art classes, with Custom Art Studio Sessions (CASS), participants work collaboratively with a RWSA visual artist exploring tools and techniques, making color and material choices, and sharing in the process of art-making together.  CASS are open to any age, families and groups of friends are welcome, and individualized sessions are also common.

For More Information or to Book Your Custom Art Studio Session, Call 828.545.4827.  See more images of the sessions.

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Courtesy of FLS Energy

The Glen Rock Depot is 65% completed and will have 60 workforce apartments and 9,000 square feet of commercial space in the historic River Arts District. It may be the first LEED-certified mixed use building in Asheville. Green features include: solar hot water, pervious pavers, rainwater collection, low VOC paints, Energy Star appliances, and a master recycling system. The location is also biking and walking friendly and is within 1.5 miles of Asheville Middle and Asheville High Schools, the YWCA, Mission Hospitals, A-B Tech Community College and downtown Asheville.

FLS Energy has just completed the installation of 60 hot water solar panels at the Glen Rock. Each panel system includes one solar hot water panel and a 40 to 50 gallon solar storage tank. FLS Energy owns the solar hot water systems and sells the energy needed to heat the water back to MHO at a rate less than the current prices for fossil fuels typically used to heat water. Estimates are that all 60 panels combined will create 588 billion BTUs per year.

The combined environmental benefits of using solar hot water panels include:
– 36 tons of carbon emissions saved each year
– The equivalent of planting 109 trees per year
– 9 cars off the road per year
– Annual equivalent of energy needs for 13 homes
-Dramatic decrease in energy bills
– Solar hot water is an abundant energy source and is locally available, reducing the dependence on foreign sources of fuel.
– Solar energy is free and silent. It doesn’t contribute to air pollution or global warming.

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Twice a year, every second weekend in June and November, Asheville’s River Arts District Artists open their studios to the public for two days of festivities known as the STUDIO STROLL.  Keep in mind that the arts are a huge economic engine in WNC.  Make a list of upcoming wedding, birthday, anniversary, and other gifts you need, and buy something while you stroll.  Love Asheville, Buy Local!

Visit 130 working artist studios and galleries in Asheville’s River Arts District. Painters, potters, sculptors, weavers, photographers, jewelers, woodworkers, great food & more……all in revitalized old factories and warehouses along the French Broad River, just minutes from downtown.  Download the Studio Guide before you go.

Open from 10am to 6 PM both Saturday & Sunday.

Demos and Activities are listed here.

Outdoor Cinema at the Wedge Brewery

Also, Saturday evening, 10 minutes after sunset, Wedge Brewery will be showing “Dead Again” for their outdoor cinema.  Bring your lawn chair, and grab a pint.

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