Business Buzz: 7/26/23

July 26, 2023


  • Many people have been introduced to a new perspective of Asheville thanks to Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours – which celebrates its five-year anniversary this month! Guests not only report enjoying the scenic views and ambiance of Asheville’s rooftop bars, but also the snippets of the city’s history, architecture, and culture experienced while on the tours. It all started with a dream from a recently retired U.S. Postal Service employee. Sharing the rich history of Asheville while showcasing handcrafted drinks from the rooftops was a captivating idea for Kaye Bentley. And she knew that Asheville’s warm hospitality and thriving small business community would provide a welcoming and memorable setting for such an endeavor. Bentley has since been recognized by a multitude of publications and organizations. With a dedicated team of seven knowledgeable locals passionate about their city, Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours not only takes pride in introducing visitors to the community and deepening local’s knowledge of the place they call home, but also actively engages with and contributes to it. As a certified Just Economics WNC Living Wage Certified employer, the company ensures fair compensation, fostering an average staff tenure of four years. Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours Founder and Owner Kaye Bentley is happy to respond to media inquiries. To reach her, please call 828.774.7785 or email


  • North Carolina Stage Company has announced its 2023-24 Season! “Six plays that illuminate our shared human experience challenge the status quo, and inspire the best in each of us,” running from September 1, 2023 through May 19, 2024 at 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville. Season Passes are on sale now at! Single tickets will go on sale on August 1st. The season opens on September 1 with Pulitzer Prize Finalist What the Constitution Means to Me by playwright/actor Heidi Schrek. In this hilarious, hopeful, and achingly human new play, Heidi resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives. The show will close September 24. Full information about the season, show dates, season passes, tickets, and content advisories can be found at
  • Mercy Urgent Care is gearing up for its 2023 Golf Classic fundraiser, taking place Thursday, Sept. 21, at Reems Creek Golf Club, 36 Pink Fox Cove Road in Weaverville, North Carolina. Proceeds from the event benefit the Catherine McAuley MERCY Foundation, providing important humanitarian work locally in Western North Carolina through Mercy Urgent Care’s Compassionate Care program. Check-in for the fundraiser event begins at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost to participate is $150 per person and includes lunch, drinks and one mulligan. Red tees, additional mulligans and tickets to a 50/50 raffle will be available for purchase at the event. New for 2023 is a chance to win $50,000 in the hole-in-one contest. Mercy Urgent Care is still seeking a Title Sponsor for the event, which includes branding rights to the $50,000 hole-in-one contest, the opportunity to speak at the awards ceremony, inclusion in all marketing materials, tee signage and tickets for 16 golfers with benefits. Other sponsorship levels are also available. Learn more at, or contact Business Development Manager Jon Medin by calling (828) 252-3443 or emailing
  • Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers (AMCHC) is expanding to a full-service office at its Dell Fell location in downtown Asheville at 77 McDowell Street. Along with their current services; primary care, and behavioral health, AMCHC will also be able to provide pediatric, women’s health, dental services, and other enabling services to the community. On Saturday, August 19th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., AMCHC will be hosting a healthcare fair and ribbon-cutting ceremony. During this event, AMCHC will provide free back-to-school and sports physicals, health education, blood pressure, and glucose screenings, dental health education, and other exciting services to the community. This event is open to the public. Community businesses and members are encouraged to make donations such as food, backpacks, giveaway items, etc., and/or hosting a table to display and talk about the services your organization provides. Learn more.
  • Join Legacy of Hope International on Saturday, August 12 from 9am – 12pm as they take a S.T.A.N.D. and “Educate to Empower while Elevating those most at risk,” at STAND The Fifth Annual Anti-Trafficking Summit at the Asheville First Church of the Nazarene. This year they will be joined by: Dr. MarieAnne Thomas is the Founder of My Name, My Voice and the Subject Matter Expert for Legacy of Hope International. As the keynote speaker, Dr. Thomas and her sons provide a unique perspective on what human trafficking is and what it looks like, as they are survivors of human trafficking themselves; John Van Arman, the Founder of Third Talk will be discussing the reality of what happens when kids and families have experience pornography; and Brendon Journey is the CEO of Legacy of Hope International and the Founder of Safety Parties. She will provide training on the importance of Safety Parties and how to keep our families (kids) safe. Learn more and get tickets.


  • To meet the growing needs of AdventHealth Hendersonville’s Women’s health care offerings, AdventHealth has shared they are growing their Women’s Health team with the addition of Victoria Delestowicz, MSN, ARNP, CNM. She is a certified nurse midwife and has a passion for using her education and experience to provide safe, quality care with compassion. Delestowicz has more than 30 years of experience working in women’s health. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, and then went on to earn her Master of Nursing with a Specialty Midwifery concentration from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Learn more.
  • AdventHealth is excited to welcome Christian Johnson, PA-C to its team at AdventHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at Brevard. Johnson is caring for patients alongside Sven T. Jonsson, MD. The addition of Johnson expands the access to primary care for people living in and near Transylvania County. Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and went on to earn his Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. Johnson started his career in health care by serving with the Henderson County Rescue Squad. He is familiar with the AdventHealth Hendersonville community, and excited to be joining a team that is dedicated to providing compassionate care to patients and their families.“Christian is a welcome addition to our team caring for people in Brevard and the surrounding community who have been reaching out for more access to the whole-person care AdventHealth provides,” explains Christy Sneller, MBA, Vice President for Physician Services at AdventHealth Hendersonville. AdventHealth Medical Group offers whole-person care at its Family Medicine office located at 123 E Main Street, UNIT 102, Brevard, NC. Learn more..


  • MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Center) is seeking nominations for volunteers to join its Institutional Review Board as part of the non-profit academic medical center’s newly launched Human Research Protections Program. An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee comprised of scientists, medical doctors, philosophers, and community members who may represent people that would participate as subjects in research studies. The IRB requires researchers to conduct their studies ethically, protect the rights and welfare of human subjects, and adhere to federal regulations and state and local laws. Volunteers for MAHEC’s first Institutional Review Board will serve a three-year term, meeting monthly for two hours (virtually if necessary) to evaluate social and behavioral research, review applications and protocols, participate in meetings, and contribute to discussions and subcommittees. The expected time commitment is up to eight hours per month. Diversity in age, gender, race, profession, and affiliation is desired. Find details here about the federally regulated membership requirements. Submit nominations here by August 4.