Business Buzz: 11/15/23

November 15, 2023


  • Tanger, a leading operator of upscale open-air shopping centers, has acquired its 38th shopping center, Asheville Outlets. The acquisition, valued at $70 million in an all-cash, off-market transaction, aligns with Tanger’s external growth strategy. Asheville Outlets is a 386,000-square-foot open-air shopping center, 98% leased, featuring a diverse mix of brands. Tanger plans strategic enhancements, including re-merchandising and improving food and beverage offerings. The center’s location in a popular tourist market, proximity to attractions, and vibrant local scene contribute to its growth potential. Tanger will officially transition the center to become Tanger Outlets Asheville in January 2024, implementing operational improvements and community-centric initiatives. For more information, visit


  • Eblen Charities, in collaboration with Ingles Markets and other sponsors, is hosting “Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving” on November 22, 2023, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Ingles on 780 Hendersonville Road in Asheville. This event aims to provide a full Thanksgiving meal to 800 families in the community. Sponsors include Ingles Markets, Allen Tate / Beverly-Hanks, Duke Energy, iHeartMedia, Pratt and Whitney, and WLOS. The initiative encourages community members to reflect on their blessings and offers an opportunity to support those in need by donating at or texting THANKSGIVING to 345345.
  • Spread holiday cheer by sponsoring gifts for kids and adults in need in Buncombe County. The Adult Wish Tree and Foster Care Wish Tree programs allow community members to fulfill holiday wishes for adults and children facing challenges. To sponsor a child in foster care, visit the provided link, select a person to sponsor, and receive a wish list for drop-off. The Adult Wish Tree similarly enables sponsorship for adults and adults with disabilities; click the link, choose a person to sponsor, and receive instructions. Health and Human Services expresses gratitude for the community’s generosity, emphasizing that sponsors are not just providing gifts but showing individuals that they matter. For questions, contact the provided numbers and emails. This holiday season, make a meaningful impact by bringing joy to those who need extra care. Read more.


  • Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn, known for its gourmet all-natural popcorn in unique flavors, is launching in 30 Whole Foods Markets in Florida, in partnership with KeHE, a major North American distributor. Four SKUs, including Salted Caramel, Pimento Cheese, Parmesan & Black Pepper, and Poppy Mix market bags, are now available in Whole Foods. These gluten-free options are part of Poppy’s everyday favorites. Poppy is extending its strong presence at Whole Foods in the South, with existing locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. The company, based in Western North Carolina, emphasizes its commitment to using high-quality, all-natural ingredients. Poppy’s CEO, Ginger Frank, expresses excitement about the partnership with Whole Foods in Florida and throughout the South, highlighting the brand’s dedication to creating popcorn happiness with the best all-natural ingredients. The company continues to craft every batch in Western North Carolina. To learn more, visit


  • The Asheville Symphony’s “American Portraits” Masterworks performance on November 18, 2023, features a star-studded lineup. Jennifer Higdon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, will attend and present her newly commissioned piece, “Cold Mountain Suite.” The suite, inspired by Higdon’s award-winning opera based on Charles Frazier’s novel, is intimately tied to Western North Carolina. Higdon will participate in rehearsals, coach the orchestra, and join pre-concert lectures. The program includes Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” featuring narrator Bryan Terrell Clark, known for roles in Broadway hits like “Hamilton.” The concert concludes with William Levi Dawson’s “Negro Folk Symphony,” a transformative work based on Black spirituals. Simon Woods, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, will also be in attendance. The concert promises to be educational and moving, celebrating the creativity of the Asheville Symphony. A private reception offers donors and patrons the chance to meet Higdon and Woods. “Masterworks 3: American Portraits” takes place at the First Baptist Church of Asheville on November 18, 2023, with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person. Get tickets here.


  • Hemingway’s Cuba, the rooftop Cuban restaurant on the 4th floor of Cambria Downtown Asheville, introduces its latest addition – the Hemingway’s Winter Cabanas. These unique repurposed greenhouses offer a cozy and stylish space for guests to enjoy the winter season while taking in breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Winter Cabanas feature mid-century modern meets upscale lodge aesthetics and provide a warm setting for dining and lounging. Guests can indulge in DIY S’mores or capture memories with the polaroid camera package. The menu includes seasonal craft cocktails and a “Cozy Cups” menu with warm beverage options.The Winter Cabanas aim to enhance the rooftop terrace experience, offering two distinct experiences: The Lounge Cabana for drinks and appetizers, and The Dining Cabana for a more substantial dining experience in a private setting. Meredith Bodkin, Director of Food & Beverage at FIRC Group, emphasizes the commitment to providing an exceptional dining experience. Hemingway’s Winter Cabanas are currently booking for December on Opentable, catering to locals and visitors seeking a unique Cuban-inspired dining experience in downtown Asheville. For reservations and more information, visit or Opentable. Embrace the warmth, charm, and natural beauty of Hemingway’s Winter Cabanas for a memorable dining experience. Learn more.