Business Buzz: 3/27/20

March 27, 2020

If you need a break from COVID coverage, look no further. Today in Business Buzz, there’s news on education, music, art, donation opportunities, and more.


  • Local artist Philip DeAngelo, who creates colorful, minimalist landscapes using lots of texture, has had to close his studio in the River Arts District. Art-lovers can still browse his creations on his new website and make gift card purchases online.
  • While you’re practicing social distancing and staying close to home, remember that one of the most important things we can do for our communities is also one of the easiest: completing the 2020 Census. Did you know Census participation helps bring more resources for essential services like public education, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), health care, infrastructure improvements and more into our county? Join us in doing your part by completing your Census as soon as possible.


  • In just fifteen years, the number of students enrolled in North Carolina’s colleges and universities increased by 30%. With this rising number of students, there has also grown a need for widespread information on colleges and higher academic options available in North Carolina. In order to help address this need, has curated a guide for students looking to continue their education in the state as well as a guide to acquiring financial aid. Check out their Guide to Colleges in North Carolina for more info.

Just For Fun  

  • Off the Wagon Dueling Piano Bar will perform a live show tonight (Friday, March 27th) on Facebook at 9pm to entertain the community for at least a little bit, and take their minds off the news.


  • In preparation for an increase in patient volumes related to COVID-19, Pardee UNC Health is asking community organizations, corporations and individuals to donate much-needed medical supplies to help protect their health care workers. These supplies include surgical masks, N95 masks, goggles or safety glasses, face shields, gloves, shoe covers, Lysol and disinfectant spray, Clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer. Donations can be dropped off at the Pardee Hospital Foundation building located at 561 Fleming Street in Hendersonville. Please call ahead at 828-233-2700  so that staff can arrange for effective social-distancing measures when retrieving your donation.


  • Longtime local business and lifestyle publication Capital at Play has a new publisher at the helm: Anne Obolensky of AO Publishing recently purchased the company from her cousins, the Morgans. Anne brings to the magazine extensive experience in publishing, marketing, and public relations, both domestically and internationally, as well as a heart for Western North Carolina, where her roots stretch back for generations. Founder Oby Morgan remains with the magazine as a  consultant, and advertising executives Katrina and David Morgan will continue to manage sales accounts. The advertising and editorial teams will also remain in place.


  • Friday Staffing Services is still filling positions and trying to get people working ASAP! If you are interested, call their office at 828-684-8700 for more information. They will be holding virtual interviews for all candidates.