Business Buzz: 12/14/21

December 14, 2021


  • The Asheville Downtown Association has announced the winners of its annual Downtown Holiday Windows Contest. Judge’s scored on creativity, originality, use of merchandise and the WOW factor. The winners are:
    • Best in Show: Madam Clutterbuckets Neurodiverse Universe
    • WOW Factor: Dog & Pony Show
    • Best Use of Merchandise: Fired Up! Creative Lounge and Mast General Store

Residents and visitors can view the windows by following along the Downtown Holiday Windows Walking Tour. A map of businesses can be found here.


  • Mother Earth Food has reached a significant milestone with a $750K grant for the ‘Mother Earth Food Hub Expansion Project’ from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP),  the largest amount of four grants awarded in the state and one of the largest amounts awarded in the grant’s history. The USDA’s $90.2 million investment in 203 projects across the country will strengthen and explore new market opportunities for local and regional food businesses. The grant supports Mother Earth Food’s already effective and far-reaching local food marketing and education program and will generate more customers, increase buying power to support local farmers and food artisans, and help move local communities towards a more sustainable future. Learn more about Mother Earth Food here.
  • The AdventHealth Hendersonville Foundation has received continued support from the Kenmure Fights Cancer program. This year the group continued its support for state-of-the-art cancer care at AdventHealth Hendersonville with its donation of $51,500.18 to the AdventHealth Hendersonville Foundation. This year’s donation is designated for the purchase of a Hologic LOCalizer wire-free guidance system. This technology is a wireless radio frequency identification (RFID) breast lesion localization system that enables precision and ease of use for breast surgery guidance. AdventHealth physicians will use it during mass or tumor removal surgeries to pinpoint a more precise area of tissue that should be removed. This means a less invasive surgery for the patient. Read more here.


  • Aeroflow Healthcare has welcomed accomplished medical device professional Kristy Sasser to their team as Director of Corporate Accounts. Harnessing her 20 years of sales and business development experience in the medical device industry, Sasser will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to ensure Aeroflow Healthcare’s growth in key markets. Sasser has an exceptional track record in driving results, developing new markets and building valuable customer relationships at the enterprise and c-suite levels. Prior to joining Aeroflow, Sasser spent nine years at Medela LLC, most recently as the National Account Manager representing the NICU & Maternity Care and Surgical & Wound Care Divisions where she was responsible for managing a portfolio of strategic IDN’s, GPO partnerships and critical contract portfolios. Learn more about Aeroflow here.
  • ​​AdventHealth Hendersonville has welcomed Lance Davis, MD, MPH to its team at AdventHealth Medical Group Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Medical Office Building. Dr. Davis is a board-certified Wound Specialist. He also has his board certifications in Family Medicine, and Preventative Medicine: Undersea/Hyperbaric Medicine. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Science and Biology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, where he also completed his Master of Public Health and Nutrition degree and earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree. He went on to complete his residency in Family Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Learn more here.


  • On Christmas Eve, two families will walk into their own fully decorated suite – complete with presents, a Christmas tree, holiday music, and hot chocolate – at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. The Irene Wortham Center and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel have teamed up again for a tradition of treating deserving families to a pampered 2-night hotel stay. This year, Young Professionals of Asheville will provide decorations for the rooms, and even an elf on the shelf, to make it a special, festive welcoming. The families are among the nearly 300 children and adults who rely on services provided by Irene Wortham Center. The local nonprofit offers people with developmental and/or socioeconomic challenges a host of critical services, including early learning care, adult day activities, employment help, and around-the-clock residential care. Learn more about IWC here.