Business Buzz: 7/10/20

July 10, 2020

Local artist Ian Brownlee, with the help of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, painted a mural on 500 Biltmore Avenue, a building Asheville Habitat owns. The mural pays tribute to all health care workers on the frontlines of the pandemic to keep our community healthy.


  • More property data and information is now available on the Register of Deeds website. What started as a public information request, led to a data-heavy dashboard the public can now utilize to see who owns property in Buncombe County. This allows for citizens to see if the land owners surrounding them are people who live in the County, live in another state, or if the property is owned by a corporation; this data will be helpful for residents, elected officials, business owners, and others in need of property ownership records
  • The Wortham Center is launching a new summer series featuring an all-local lineup of musicians, storytellers and performers in outdoor settings during weekends in July and August. The series will kick off on Friday, July 17th, and each evening will have two shows: one at 6 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. Mandated safety precautions will be employed; attendance is limited to 25 seats per performance.  Get tickets at their website.
  • Need office supplies? Staples is offering two promotions exclusively for Asheville Chamber members. Right now, you can get 10% off your in-store purchase, and receive 20% your in-store order of $50+ from the Print and Marketing Service department.


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville welcomes Robin Allen, APRN-BC, FNP, to its team. Allen has been providing care as a certified family nurse practitioner since 2004 with a special focus in cardiology, emergency medicine and hospital services. She has also served as a registered nurse across a variety of specialties starting in 1983. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 855-774-LIFE (5433) or visit their website. Congrats!

Just For Fun 

  • Local artist Ian Brownlee, with the help of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, painted a mural on 500 Biltmore Avenue, a building Asheville Habitat owns. The mural pays tribute to all health care workers on the frontlines of the pandemic to keep our community healthy.
  • Riverlink has adapted their annual RiverFest and Anything That Floats parade into a brand-new event called Anything That Floats: French Broad in Wonderland. The new event is part summer event, part fundraiser. Registration includes entry to the event,  swag bag (5L dry bag ready for all your river adventures) filled with goodies, raffle ticket for awesome prizes, and ability to compete for prizes if you dress up or creatively dress up your float. The event will be from July 10th-31st to allow for social distancing.  Register here to float for a cause.


  • Highland’s Meadow is one of those Asheville summer traditions for locals and visitors alike. In an effort to remain compliant with new state and local pandemic guidance, the Meadow will reopen on Friday, July 10 as a family-friendly space that features a long list of new safety features and practices. Those include a host, new outdoor hand-washing stations, a touchless payment system with Arryved App, plexiglass shields at the container bar, and social-distanced seating circles that define space for different sized parties on the grass. There will be picnic tables and the campsite-like seating circles for folks to bring their own chairs and blankets.  Their summer hours are Mon-Thurs 3-9 PM, Fri-Sat 12-10 PM, Sunday 12-7 PM.
  • The Grove Arcade has officially reopened the outdoor artists market on Page Avenue this week. The Makers Market will abide by the same COVID-19 safety precautions as the indoor space, with artists maintaining 6-feet+ distance, and at the same time allowing one group per artist space at a time. There will also be signage encouraging sanitization, spatial awareness, and wearing a face-mask. Makers Market at Grove Arcade is open every day of the week, rain or shine, from 10am to 9pm. It is located at 1 Page Avenue, Asheville NC 28803. To apply to be an artist, secure a booking, or to view the schedule, visit


  • Kelly Services is hiring for a bookkeeper in Asheville. The successful candidate will assist with a variety of tax/accounting-related tasks including, but not limited to, the following: Preparation of personal, corporate, fiduciary and partnership tax returns, prepare property tax returns, working in accounting software to enter and review client data, participate in attest and audit engagements, participate in tax planning and basic tax research for various clients and special projects, and collaborate with fellow team members of the firm on other projects as needed.
  • Friday Staffing Services wants to match their clients to their perfect job. They have immediate openings for positions this week in Etowah, Arden, East Asheville, Weaverville, and more. No experience is necessary for many positions – just come with resume in hand. Remote interviews are also available. Visit their website to browse postings and apply.


  • After 35 years of service at Mountain Credit Union, Patty Idol has announced she will retire this September. After beginning her career with Mountain Credit Union in 1985 as the Branch Manager in Waynesville, Idol has been the President and CEO since 1999.  She has also fought tirelessly on behalf of credit unions and their members as an advocate at both the State Capitol in Raleigh, NC, and Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. She looks forward to spending more time with her family.


  • Next Tuesday, Buncombe County will host another Let’s Talk webinar to discuss prevention, perspectives, and realities of COVID-19 when it comes to our Latinx communities. We’ll be hearing about our migrant farm worker community here in WNC and will also be talking to those who have gone through the COVID-19 testing process and their experiences. Register in advance here. 
  • Throwing Bones, an Asheville-based national nonprofit focused on supporting individuals living with blood cancer through programming, education, and advocacy, will host a free webinar on exercise. The webinar will focus on how exercise can play an important role in cancer therapy. The webinar will be from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Monday, August 10th. Register in advance here.