Business Buzz: 5/4/22

May 4, 2022


  • Zella’s Deli is officially open for business in Downtown Asheville. Serving traditional New York Deli style sandwiches, meats and cheeses, Zella’s is filling a gap in the Asheville restaurant scene. The family-owned business is named after co-owner Chef Michael Reppert’s family name: Maruzzella. His grandparents lived in Pelham, New York, right outside of the city for decades and Chef Reppert wanted to honor his family history, legacy. Chef Reppert is also co-owner and Chef of the Blackbird Restaurant. Other owners are John Tressler and Ivey Lamos, both associated with the Blackbird Restaurant as well as Imperial Life Cocktail Lounge. Located below Imperial Life at 48 College Street in the spot of the former street taco shop El Gallo, Zella’s is available for lunch Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and for lunch and dinner Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. -10 p.m. Zella’s offers a Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and opens back up for dinner from 5 – 8:30 p.m. Check out their website here.


  • From now until May 20, Kudzu Brands is encouraging Western North Carolina Minority-Owned Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations to apply for its $10K Brand Giveaway. Kudzu Brands’ $10K donation includes the agency’s proprietary Sprouts Brand Development, brand story development, logo, and marketing collateral development. Past winners include Literacy Together and the Children’s Council of Watauga County. The contest timeline, rules, and details will be announced on the agency’s social channels. Kudzu’s $10K Brand Giveaway relies on the influence of social media to determine the winner. Once finalists are chosen on May 20, they will need to use their social platforms to engage followers to vote them into the winner’s circle. The application, rules, and complete list of WNC counties permitted for entry are published on Kudzu Brands’ website.


  • Radius Chiropractic and College H.U.N.K.S. are hosting a Diaper Drive in partnership with Babies Need Bottoms Diaper Bank through May 31. The biggest needs are sizes 5-6, pull-ups 2/3T, pull-ups 4/5T, disposable wipes and rash cream, but all diapers are accepted. Just drop them off at Radius Chiropractic at 1011 Tunnel Road, Suite #110.


  • For the second time in two years, The RunnerBox has been included in “The Best Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms Who Run” by Runner’s World Magazine, an authority in the running community and an essential guide for everyone who runs. The honor of being named to the shortlist of 20 products was incredibly meaningful to The RunnerBox, a fully woman-owned company. COO Courteney Lowe said, “We are beyond thrilled to be named to this select list, especially given the collaborative nature of moms’ input in its creation. At The RunnerBox, we believe moms are superwomen that manage to fit the unimaginable into a day. While we cannot help with childcare, what we can do is save Mom time spent finding and buying items to fuel her run by providing a thoughtfully curated box of tried-and-true products.” Check out the list here. To learn more about The RunnerBox or to view their current offering of subscription and one-time gifts for moms, visit