Business Buzz: 2/1/23

February 1, 2023


  • This Valentine’s Day, Brother Wolf is offering a Puppygram package that includes a miniature succulent from local business B.B. Barns, a delicious cupcake, personalized card, and 20 minutes of snuggle time with one of their rescued puppies. If you are interested in sharing the gift of sweet puppy kisses with your special someone this year, a limited number of Puppygrams are available at $175 with all proceeds going towards Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s life saving work for homeless animals in the WNC area. Learn more.
  • Aquila Theatre presents Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” — Friday, February 3, 2023, 8 p.m. at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. One of classic literature’s most beloved romantic comedies, this sharp social satire takes on the nuances of love and marriage in a way that transcends time — humorously skewering the hypocrisies and absurdities of the English class system, while putting women characters front and center. Box office: 828-257-4530 or Friday, Feb. 3, 2023 at 8 p.m. at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets: Regular $48; Student $43; Child $20; Student Rush day-of-show (with valid I.D.) $10. Box office: 828-257-4530. 
  • Aquila Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” — Saturday, February 4, 2023, 8 p.m. at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. A piece of advice from 44 B.C.: Beware the Ides of March. Fresh from his success on the battlefield, a triumphant Caesar returns to Rome a virtual dictator, prompting his close circle to decide that he must be stopped — through whatever means necessary. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023 at 8 p.m. at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets: Regular $48; Student $43; Child $20; Student Rush day-of-show (with valid I.D.) $10. Box office: 828-257-4530. Get tickets here.
  • Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont has announced the first-ever Tremont Writers Conference, an intensive five-day retreat for writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry coordinated in conjunction with Great Smoky Mountains Association. Applications to participate in the event may be submitted online now through April 30 at From Wednesday, October 25, through Sunday, October 29, a small group of selected writers will join renowned authors and professional park educators for a writers conference like no other, set on a lush, secluded campus nestled within America’s most visited national park. Participants will enjoy brainstorming and fine-tuning their work with award-winning author workshop leaders while also learning and writing in small groups throughout the day. 
  • The final line up of Art in the Heart artworks and experiences will be in Pack Square Plaza for February and early March 2023. To learn more about the artists and their projects, visit Members of the public from Buncombe County and beyond are invited to come to Pack Square Plaza, in the heart of downtown Asheville, and experience how these local artists have embraced the theme of social equity and inclusion. Art in the Heart is part of the engagement efforts surrounding the Pack Square Plaza Visioning and Improvements Project which will look at ways to make this public space a place that reflects Asheville’s diverse community and history. Community members are invited to view the installations and provide feedback by visiting the City’s engagement hub and answering a brief survey.


  • South College has promoted Dr. Danielle Kwasnik to serve as campus president for the institution’s Asheville, North Carolina, campus. Kwasnik has served as dean of academic and student services at the institution’s Atlanta campus since 2018, and has served in administrator and associate professor roles in post-secondary education for more than 25 years.  Kwasnik earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology, political science, and psychology from Gardner-Webb University, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Doctor of Education (EdD) from Nova Southeastern University. She succeeds Dr. Lisa Satterfield, who has served in the campus president role in since 2018.