Business Buzz: 3/1/23

March 1, 2023


  • When you shop at the Asheville Habitat ReStores, you support more than Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and affordable housing. You also have the opportunity to contribute to the work of a wide range of non-profit organizations meeting myriad community needs. In 2022, thanks to the generosity of shoppers who chose to “round up” at the registers, $24,627 was raised and donated to 10 local non-profits and 2 Habitat for Humanity disaster response efforts. 2022 beneficiaries were: BeLoved Asheville, MLK Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County, All Souls Counseling Center, Habitat for Humanity’s Ukraine Emergency Response, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, Blue Ridge Pride, Woodson Branch Nature School, Sistas Caring 4 Sistas, Asheville P.E.A.K. Academy, Eblen Charities, ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters, and Habitat for Humanity of Florida: Disaster Relief (Hurricane Ian). Learn more about Asheville Habitat.


  • Chestnut has brought back Brunch every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 2:30 PM. Brunch starters include: From the Pastry department – Hot off the Presses Beignets and our famous Enormous Cinnamon Bun (that can also be found at our sister restaurant, Corner Kitchen). Did you know we hand cut potatoes for french fries and roll our own tater tots? The french fries will be served poutine-style with lobster and the tots will be mixed with pimento cheese. Nom Nom. And finally, for a healthier choice, our house-made Gluten Free Granola Parfait, and house-smoked Smoked Salmon Toast. Entrees include: Nicoise Salad, Shashuka, Vegan Root Vegetable Hash, Kobe Brunch Burger, Crow’s Famous Chicken & Waffles, Southern Shrimp & Grits & a Grilled Filet Steak Benedict. Learn more here.


  • Show And Tale Creative is opening his first portrait studio at Refinery Creator Space in the South Slope area of Downtown Asheville, and will have a grand opening celebration Friday, March 3rd, from 4:30-8 PM. DSSOLVR Brewery will provide beer, and he will be unveiling their new collection, Crowns&Thrones. Crowns&Thrones is a celebration of local woodlands, an often overlooked but beautiful and integral part of the vast ecosystem of the outdoors. This collection is meant to inspire, bring awareness of the threats these precious woodlands face, and highlight the parallels shared by these majestic forests and Black life, as told through the lens of a Black landscape photographer. Learn more.
  • Asheville Community Theatre has 3 upcoming shows! Tanglewood Youth Theatre presents Honk Jr., The Autumn Players present Hay Fever, and a special event in 35below called AMBROSE! (The Dumb Doctor). Honk Jr. is a musical adaptation of the beloved fable, “The Ugly Duckling.” This Tanglewood Youth Production Class culminating performance of Honk Jr., by Anthony Drewe and George Styles, features a youth cast of 8-13-year-olds! Performances are Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 6:30 pm and Sunday, March 19, 2023, at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $5.00 for youth (ages 3-17) and $12.00 for adults and are available online at, over the phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office. 
  • The Magnetic Theatre presents the regional premiere of Fish by Cyndi Williams, running April 14th through April 29th, 2023. Fish is written by Cyndi Williams and directed by Ashleigh Goff, with Evan Eckstrom, Morgan Miller, and Lilly Mills rounding out the cast.  The show opens April 14th and runs through April 29th, with performances at 7:30 pm Thursdays through Saturdays and at 4:00 pm on Sundays.  Fish contains adult themes; discretion is advised. For tickets and more information, click here.
  • At UNC Asheville Athletic’s ‘Our Turn To Play’ event on April 25th, folks can hear from JoAnn Scott. The event will feature a cocktail hour, meal, and speaker with all proceeds from the event going to fund scholarships for female student-athletes.  We have individual tickets for sale using this LINK and sponsorship opportunities.  The sponsorship opportunity would consist of a 1,500 commitment that comes with: 1 Table with 7 seats at Dinner, Female Student-Athlete seated at your table, Name Recognition on the Table and Logo Recognition on the Video Board during the Event. 


  • Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn, Inc. announced that global brand and business executive Susan Aplin has joined the company as its Co-CEO and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors.  Aplin will co-lead the company with Founder and Co-CEO Ginger Frank.  Aplin assumes day-to-day leadership of the company, overseeing Strategy & Planning, Operations and Production, Finance & Accounting, Sourcing, and Growth Management, and will also chair the Board of Directors.  Frank will oversee Product Design and Development, Brand and Creative, and the Customer Experience.  Frank will serve as Vice Chairwoman of the Board. Aplin is a seasoned CEO and business leader who brings over 30 years of business experience, including retail, wholesale, and e-commerce, product development & design, supply chain, operations, sustainability, sourcing, merchandising, and entrepreneurship in public and private sectors. She has held executive roles in large global brands and key management roles taking start-ups to exit; these roles include key executive roles at Williams Sonoma, Inc., The Gap, Bambeco, The Sports Authority, Staples, BillMeLater, and The World Trade Center Institute. Read more. The company also recently secured $3M in funding. Read more here.
  • Regional affordable housing non-profit Mountain Housing Opportunities (MHO) welcomes Victor “Vic” Anderson to the organization as its new Chief Financial Officer. Anderson will lead MHO’s financial strategy and guide day-to-day fiscal operations, including oversight of MHO’s Loan Fund. Anderson brings more than 25 years of financial and human resources leadership to his new role at MHO. Most recently, Vic served as the Director of Finance for the United Way of the Mid-South in Memphis, TN. He has extensive experience in the non-profit and public sectors and brings a passion for serving the community within and outside of his professional roles. He is an active Rotarian and is the past-president of the Memphis Central Rotary Club. Vic is also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1990-2000. Vic holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis, a Master of Business Operational Management from the University of Arkansas, and a Bachelor of Science from Jackson State University. Learn more