A few months ago, a young woman opened a little business off of Haywood Rd in the small subdivision of West Asheville called “Small Terrain.” The shop has everything the urban backyard homesteader could need: chicken feed, gardening tools, herbs, beekeeping supplies, veggie gardening supplies, books, and workshops on backyard homesteading. Without it, there would only be one other place in town where I could obtain organic chicken feed.
The owner (who is always working the shop and is sweet as pie) was recently threatened by Urban Outfitters for “causing unfair competition and confusion amongst customers.” Apparently they own a gardening-themed store called “Terrain” in Pennsylvania (and by the looks of their website, one in Connecticut also). Honestly, I never heard of the store until this became public in Asheville, so had I not become so angry and bitter towards the company after all of this, it would have helped get their name out more than anything. To suggest that a small, local business in Asheville, North Carolina could possibly hurt their gigantic corporation is beyond me. They also threatened Amazing Savings, a grocery store where locals can get affordable organic produce that is on the verge of expiration. Read the full article here.
When UO opened a location downtown a few years ago and the locals retaliated, I didn’t really understand what the big deal was. Totally get it now. I guarantee UO never would have even known Small Terrain existed had they never opened a location here. Read Natalie’s story here, and go support her new name, “Villagers,” over at Facebook.
My favorite part about this, though, is the flyer she released for the name change:
Yes. F U, Urban Oufitters. F U very much.
So I have been a member of the YMCA for just over a year now and I decided to leave them a comment card thanking them for being so accepting and helpful and for offering so many different classes with great instructors. I told them that with their help I have lost over 60 lbs. One of the directors there actually called me and left me a message congratulating me and thanking me for saying how the staff and members have been like a second family to me, and she wants to get my story! I am so full of feels right now, I am just so thankful to be a part of a community that is so supportive, and I hope that I can inspire others within my own city.
A view of my backyard, typical morning here in West Asheville. Dixie announces that she’s laid an egg, Buckbeak is broody as usual. Kicked her butt out with a bag of ice shortly after.
So, this new biscuit place opened right down the road from my house…it is literally a 10 minute walk. Andrew and I are going to go there Sunday morning. I can’t decide between the “biscuit with mimosa fried chicken, sweet potato butter, sriracha slaw, and an over-easy egg” or biscuits w/ sweet potato coconut gravy. GET IT IN ME.
There is a giant ass fire going on in the River Arts District right now…the second one this week. I was driving down Patton and saw it from the highway, drove down there to see what was going on, but there were cop cars, ambulances, and fire trucks all over the road and I couldn’t get close. Just found this photo on the interweb. I am on the other side of West Aville and can smell it from my house…holy crap.