Business Buzz: 6/13/23

June 13, 2023


Hammerhead Stoneworks recently installed a new mosaic on the campus of UNC Asheville. “Neptune Rising” is a mosaic floor installation in the sculpture garden at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Adjacent to Owen Hall, this mosaic tells the story of rising sea levels as a result of climate change, and the significant impact it is having on the rich cultural history of Venice, Italy. The artwork comments on humankind’s impact on the environment, and its impact on us. The 10’ x 10’ mosaic is a design inspired by the stone floors of Basilica San Marco, built in Venice almost 1000 years ago. Hammerhead Stoneworks is an Asheville-based company of premier stone masons specializing in highly creative and custom stone patios, walls, pathways, and steps for private residences in North and South Carolina. Learn more.


Asheville-based solar energy company Sugar Hollow Solar has been selected from a national pool of applicants to gain membership in industry group Amicus Solar Cooperative, a certified B corporation and Public Benefit Corporation. Following a rigorous business evaluation process, Sugar Hollow is the 75th member and 4th North Carolina solar provider to receive Amicus member-owner cooperative access. Admission into the Amicus Cooperative provides Sugar Hollow with access to leading industry knowledge, best-practice information sharing and competitive buying power. As a values-driven industry advocacy group, Amicus membership provides independent solar energy companies with access to the highest quality equipment, trusted supply partners and competitive pricing. “Becoming a member of the Amicus Solar Cooperative is a significant step for Sugar Hollow Solar, and a powerful endorsement of our business and values. This membership will enhance our operational effectiveness through collaboration with leading solar providers across the country, and enable us to continue to champion renewable energy in western North Carolina,” said Clary Franko, Chief Operating Officer at Sugar Hollow Solar. Learn more about Sugar Hollow Solar.


This summer, Buncombe County Recreation Services will be visiting county pools, parks, and community centers to provide free entertaining activities for anyone in the community. The fun includes yard games, pool activities, balls, and other activities for enjoyment. While the games can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of age–with something available for anyone–the programming is aimed at those 5 to 15 years of age. This is part of the CORE program (Community Outreach and Recreation Experiences) which seeks to provide fun to everyone in the community. Check out the list of activities here.


North Carolina Education Corps. is recruiting part-time reading tutors for Asheville City Schools. The anticipated start date would be August 28, 2023 and would be a commitment of 10-15 hours  each week. A High school diploma is required; some college is preferred. The rate of pay would be $20-$30/hour, commensurate with experience. Schools include Claxton Elementary, Dickson Elementary, Hall Fletcher Elementary, Jones Elementary, and Lucy S. Herring Elementary. The organization also hosts free Q & A Sessions on Thursdays at 12 pm EST. Anyone can register! Learn more and fill out an interest form.


Marla Tambellini, the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Explore Asheville, has decided to retire in the first quarter of 2024. “I am immensely grateful for and inspired by Marla’s dedication to this community,” said Vic Isley, President & CEO of Explore Asheville. “She will start her 29th year with Explore Asheville in July! I first met Marla back in 1995 and have been connected with her by the destination marketing industry throughout the years.” While her contributions are “innumerable,” Most recently, Marla was recognized in the 2020 Visit NC Winners Circle by Visit NC, an award given to people who have made significant and continuing contributions to the growth and success of North Carolina’s tourism industry. Read more.