This Week’s Business Buzz: 12/7/18

December 7, 2018

Before heading to the Christmas Jam, Warren Haynes carved out time from his busy schedule to join Asheville Habitat for the construction start of Curry Court, a brand new neighborhood in Candler. In other news, the UNCA Asheville Music Department performed for White House visitors in D.C., and Franny’s Farmacy just opened up a new location in Hendersonville.


  • Congratulations to Blue Ridge Orthodontics. Their Asheville location has won the American Institute of Architecture NC Award. They will celebrate December 10th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the award-winning location.
  • Gardner-Webb University’s online nursing programs have achieved national recognition., an education information website, ranked the GWU Hunt School of Nursing (HSON) as No. 9 in the country.
  • Gardner-Webb University sent its largest delegation in recent years to compete in the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) conference held recently in Atlanta, Ga. Model United Nations (UN) events for students are a simulation of real-life UN meetings. Garret Allen won the Best Delegate Award for the International Court of Justice, which is perhaps the most intensive committee at SRMUN, said Dr. Casey Delehanty, assistant professor of global studies and adviser for the group.


  • Officials with Pardee UNC Health Care announced today that they activated their emergency operation plan (EOP) on Dec. 4 in preparation for the impending inclement weather forecasted to hit the region this weekend. In addition to staffing plans to address a potential increase in patient volumes, Pardee reports having essential supplies, equipment, medications, food and water to self-sustain operations for an extended period of time. The hospital has also prepared sleeping accommodations for team members to stay at the hospital while working during the inclement weather period.
  • The Asheville Singers, UNC Asheville’s student vocal ensemble, performed for visitors to the White House in the East Room on Dec. 3, 2018 and as part of the same trip, provided musical entertainment for injured soldiers at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D.C. This was the choir’s 11th year of holiday season performances at the White House. The Asheville Singers are directed by UNC Asheville Music Department Chair, Professor Melodie Galloway.


  • The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce it has been awarded grant of $20,000 by the Community Foundation of Henderson County. The grant will be used towards the construction of the Tot Lot Playground at the Park at Flat Rock.
  • Big news for Franny’s Original Farmacy. The CBD store opened its second location in Hendersonville on December 6th, and is Hendersonville’s first CBD store.


  • The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that Dr. Caitlyn M. Sun has joined the firm’s intellectual property practice group as a Patent Agent. Dr. Sun will work with the firm’s intellectual property team preparing and prosecuting patent applications before the United States Patent Office.  Before joining the firm, Dr. Sun was a member of a chemical engineering research group at Northwestern University followed by a bioengineering research group at Stanford University. In these roles, she primarily focused on analytical chemistry, biotechnology, and quality control in the biopharmaceutical industry.


  • Friday Staffing is looking for a Milling and Lathe Machine Operator, Laborer, Medical Collecotr, Material Handler, Dishwasher, Warehouse Worker, Order Puller, and Coldform Operator. For more information, call Angela Paskus at 828-684-8700 or go to


  • In keeping with tradition, Warren Haynes will again carve out time in his busy schedule to join Asheville Habitat homeowners, volunteers and supporters at a Habitat home site. This year, he’ll help Habitat celebrate the construction start of Curry Court, a brand new neighborhood in Candler, and the 2018 Christmas Jam House, the first home to be built there.
  • The Diana Wortham Theatre announces the 2019 Y.E.S. Emerging Artists Fund, a program to support young performers by providing scholarships for graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in the performing arts. A limited number of Emerging Artists Fund scholarships beginning at $1,000 each will be awarded to finalists during a special concert on May 4, 2019 by Jonathan Scales Fourchestra at the Diana Wortham Theatre.
  • Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort rallied to raise money this fall for local cancer support groups. On Friday, Harrah’s Cherokee presented a check for $4,840 to Cherokee Cancer Support Group Operations. A donation of $2,465 was also made to Swain County Cancer Support.