“People have been trying to describe what makes this town so special, and I think they always get it wrong. It truly is the people living here that make it what it is. This store would have never made it anywhere else. We have such a dedicated and passionate customer base that we owe our lives to.” - Marc McCloud, Owner, Orbit DVD
(Photo by Sarah Jones Decker)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Asheville, like many other cities, was filled with video rental stores. This trend didn’t persevere due to modern entertainment options such as Netflix and YouTube. Video stores have now disappeared from our local landscape except for the tried, the true, the only, Orbit DVD.
Making its start back in 2003 strictly as a video rental store, many people felt that Orbit DVD, like others, would simply bow out to tech. Lucky for us, they were wrong! When owner, Marc McCloud, felt the waves of the failing video store industry, he pivoted and transformed Orbit DVD into a multi-faceted storefront. Now, not only do they sell and rent videos, they also sell and rent video games, comics, books, and pop culture items.
Marc loves the local Asheville community and the fast friendships he has gained from it. When asked about being a part of our vibrant community, he replied, "...we will never be able to find another Asheville.” Be sure to stop in and say hello to Marc and the rest of the crew at Orbit DVD in West Asheville at 781 Haywood Rd.
Below are a few of the locally curated Scoops from the Dig Local Scoop Calendar this week! One Scoop for each day is displayed here, but much more can be seen on the Scoop Calendar every day. Find where to go and what to do, with Asheville’s free Dig Local App and DigLocal.com.
Monday, July 30
Have a story you want to tell or want to practice speaking in front of a crowd? Bring your 10 minute piece to David Joe Miller’s Spoken Word Open Mic night at Habitat Tavern and Commons. There’s no competition, so it’s a great place to bring out new material! This event has free admission and sign ups start at 6:30pm for the 7pm show so don’t be late!
Check out the rest of Monday’s Scoops here.
Tuesday, July 31
You’re a wizard Harry! Do you have what it takes to challenge your friends and others to a Harry Potter Trivia Night? If so, make your way to Craft Centric Taproom & Bottle Shop from 7-9pm! It's Harry Potter and J.K Rowling's birthday and they’re celebrating by giving away prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and even for best team name!
Check out the rest of Tuesday’s Scoops here.
Wednesday, August 1
If you’re feeling energetic on this hump day, Foot Rx is hosting a $5 5k! Registration is from 5:30pm right up until the race starts at 6:30pm. Run with your partner on this two loop, flat course and compete for the lowest combined time! Four-legged friends are welcome and all proceeds benefit the Asheville Humane Society!
Check out the rest of Wednesday’s Scoops here.
Thursday, August 2
It’s time again for Thirsty Thursday with your Beer City Tourists! Presented by Catawba Brewing and 105.9 The Mountain, enjoy $1 beers as they face off against the Columbia Fireflies! Also, make sure to check out our contest on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for a chance to win tickets to a game!
Check out the rest of Thursday’s Scoops here.
Friday, August 3
Get ready to get down at the 4th Annual LEAF Downtown Asheville, kicking off on Friday at 3pm and continuing all day on Saturday. This free festival takes place in the heart of Downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park. Enjoy great music, artists, family fun, Voices of Asheville, 5k and LEAF magic for free! Dig Local is proud to be a sponsor of this event, get involved here!
Check out the rest of Friday’s Scoops here.
Saturday, August 4
This Saturday marks the start of the 46th annual Village Art & Craft Fair. Held on Saturday from 10am-7pm and Sunday from 12pm-5pm at the Cathedral of All Souls in Historic Biltmore Village and with free admission offered, this is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss. New Morning Gallery will have a poster signing event for artist Daryl Slaton from 10am-4pm at their location. So make sure to stop by and see 120 exhibitors this weekend!
Check out the rest of Saturday’s Scoops here.
Sunday, August 5
Take it easy this Sunday with live music from 2pm-5pm at Burntshirt Vineyards. Ben Phan’s original music is a beautifully crafted blend of instrumental virtuosity, poignant lyrics, and haunting melodies. You couldn’t be listening to it at a more relaxing a beautiful venue either, the vineyards are absolutely breathtaking, so don’t miss out!
Check out the rest of Sunday’s Scoops here.
Again, for all of this week’s Scoops and more, visit our DigLocal.com or download the Dig Local App. Keep Digging Local!