Friday, September 19, 2008


Temptations was built after I moved away from Asheville, so I've never been to the establishment. It sounds like a fun place, from the way it looks on the outside and how their official web site describeds itself:
Temptations opened in October of 2005 as a Martini Bar and Café. Since then we have undergone many changes and developments. In 2006 we converted our basement into a dance club and thus the Red Room was born. Featuring the best loc
Js, the Red Room has quickly become a staple in Asheville’s nightlife scene. In 2007 we added a stage to the upstairs, and began hosting live music events featuring the best in local musicians and national acts.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Door Of Perception (Or The Door To Nowhere)

This is one of Asheville's quirks that make it one of the greatest cities on Earth. My brother pointed this out to me, so kudos to him for noticing this treasure. It's a door suspended on the second story of a building near a metal ladder. It is located in an alley between Broadway and Market Streets, near the Mellow Mushroom.

You have to ask yourself, is this a residence? Does someone live here? Does a person really crawl up a ladder to leave/return to home each day/night?

Do you know the story with the door in mid-air? Let us know by commenting on this post.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Chicken Alley Apartment

Judging by the number of posts I've made about this tiny piece of real estate, it comes as no shock that I love Chicken Alley. Somewhere around here I have a 35mm slide of the yellow and black "KID" tag being created. It's been there for close to 5 years now.

The gentleman behind the door is the lucky resident of that hidden little apartment downtown.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

An Old Office Door Near Chicken Alley

This is in the alley behind the back loading dock of Lark Books.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Whiskey Tavern

This is on the corner of Broadway and Woodfin Streets, across from Home Trust Bank

Sunday, June 22, 2008

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

This is one place I wish I could have visited during daylight hours. Their web site certainly has me convinced it's a place worth checking out.

French Broad Luscious Chocolates is a small, family-run company. Not including our two little boys, whom we haven't yet conscripted for duty, we are two, husband and wife. Sam and Max are a long way off from being allowed to handle chocolate; we grown-ups have a hard enough time not eating our profits! We share responsibility for every aspect of our little operation, making each small batch with our own, um, four hands.

Every batch of hand- mixed, -scooped, -dipped and -decorated truffles is certified organic by our fellow crusaders for a better world of eats, North Carolina Crop Improvement Association. The certification process is rigorous, requiring that we use only certified organic ingredients, with very few exceptions (for more info on the rules, check out our ingredients page), and maintain impeccable cleanliness in our operation.

Being certified is no small task, especially when considered aside another primary company directive: to be part of the local business community. We dance the very complicated dance between concern for our local and regional economies and availability of certified organic ingredients. Sometimes we must look beyond Appalachia for stuff that is best grown right here. Even if our neighbors grow an abundant supply of delicious organic raspberries, if they're not certified, we cannot use them for our certified organic Fresh Raspberry truffles. Them's the rules. Undeterred, we will continuously strive to localize our efforts whenever possible. Note: if you see an ingredient listed that you think we could source locally, let us know!

Chocolate, and all things made from cacao, is an inevitably international food, unless you live in the tropics. It is a testament to the effects of globalization at which few of us would scoff. A world without chocolate is no world we want to live in. And so it goes with the vanilla bean, tea, coffee, and too many other things we have come to take for granted. What that means for an ecologically minded company like ours is that we must find our supplies from people who share our concern for fair trade, even if they must travel thousands of miles before they end their respective journeys in our mouths.

We are very proud of our what goes in our truffles, so check out our page devoted to ingredients.
-- French Broad Chocolate Lounge

10 South Lexington Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-4181
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Asheville Fish Company

As evident from the photo, this building is on the corner of Walnut and Broadway, across from the Mellow Mushroom.