Business Buzz: 2/2/24

February 2, 2024


  •, a specialist in WordPress solutions based in Asheville, NC, is celebrating its first anniversary with remarkable growth of 65%. Since its relaunch in January 2023, the company plans to expand its expert services regionally, aiming to be a leading WordPress support provider in the Southeast. Chris Kaminski, the company’s representative, expressed gratitude to clients, the team, and the community. The company’s commitment goes beyond technological advancement, focusing on community support and job creation. Known for providing customized, high-quality solutions, is excited about regional expansion while continuing to uphold its commitment to community development. For more information, contact Chris Kaminski at or visit


  • The Magnetic Theatre in is hosting a staged reading of “This Dog Don’t Hunt” by Terri Van Zandt on February 9 and 10, 2024, at 35 Below. The play explores the challenges of growing up in a small town and confronting societal expectations. The performances feature Scott Cameron, Emily Dake, Kim Richardson, Alec Shull, Beverly Todd, and Kathleen Watson. The content includes adult language, discussions of sexuality, alcohol consumption, and anti-LGBTQIA+ slurs. The Magnetic Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been promoting live performance in Asheville for over a decade, focusing on developing and producing new works. For tickets, click here, and for inquiries, contact Katie Jones at
  • Mars Hill University will host the J. Elwood Roberts-Mars Hill University Choral Festival on February 9-10, 2024, celebrating its 75th anniversary. The festival includes 350 high school singers from across North Carolina. The highlight is the world premiere of “A Psalm of Triumph,” a new musical work by Lloyd Larson, during the concluding concert on February 10 at 3 p.m. in Moore Auditorium. Founded in 1949, the festival aims to enhance choral music in western North Carolina high schools. The festival choir, along with the Mars Hill University Choir, will perform the commissioned piece, published as part of the Mars Hill University Choral Series. Guest clinician Eric Nelson, professor of music at Emory University, will lead the festival. Admission to the concert is free. The event is part of the university’s effort to promote a community of singing envisioned by the festival’s founder, J. Elwood Roberts. Jubilate Music Group, in collaboration with Mars Hill, adds “A Psalm of Triumph” to the university’s choral series, with composer Lloyd Larson in attendance. Learn more.
  • Pet parents are invited to join Oskar Blues Brewery Taproom and TBS for The Stupid Pet Tricks Tour. Pet owners can bring their talented pets to the Taproom on Tuesday, February 13, from 4-8pm for the #MyStupidPetTrick audition. TBS will feature one trick per week on-air in the upcoming series “Stupid Pet Tricks,” hosted by Sarah Silverman. The event offers interactive opportunities to showcase pets on the pink carpet, enjoy pet-friendly photo moments, and receive special giveaways. Misfits Pizza will also be present. The 2024 Stupid Pet Tricks Tour is a free, public event. Learn more here.


  • Brett Fuhrman has been appointed as the permanent Head of School at Carolina Day School (CDS), effective immediately, following a seven-month search. Fuhrman, previously serving as Interim Head of School, was unanimously chosen by the CDS Board of Trustees due to his qualifications and extensive experience in executive leadership in education. With over 20 years of leadership experience, including roles as CFO and Interim HoS at CDS, Fuhrman’s strategic financial leadership has played a crucial role in overcoming challenges and restoring the school’s financial health. He expressed enthusiasm for continuing to foster a positive culture and delivering a comprehensive liberal arts education. Fuhrman will lead CDS in achieving current and near-term goals, including campus master planning, strategic branding, and academic positioning. The CDS community is invited to congratulate and support Fuhrman in his new role. CDS is an independent day school in Asheville, North Carolina, serving students from PK–12, including the nationally acclaimed Key School for children with dyslexia. For more information, visit