Business Buzz: 7/6/22

July 6, 2022


  • Eblen Charities has received the 2021 Mission Health Partners Community Award for its work in supporting people in poverty in WNC. It was awarded at the Mission Health Partners Annual In-Person Provider meeting. Eblen Charities Executive Director Beth Russo said, “We are honored to receive this award. Our incredible staff and volunteers work diligently to meet people where they are, and to address community problems with pragmatic and timely solutions. We are humbled and grateful for this recognition.” The award was presented by Mission Health Partner’s medical director, Dr. Amy Russell, for Eblen’s work in serving at-risk community members. Dr. Russell noted that Eblen Charities is an organization they frequently turn to when looking for resources to help community members, and that Eblen responds with timeliness and creative solutions. Learn more about Eblen Charities.


  • In June of 2021, Archetype’s Pride/Progress flag was vandalized at the end of Pride month. The brewery took some time to create a response and decided to take action that would benefit others. From this idea sprung N0H8, a rotating beer series that donates proceeds to local non-profit organizations and charities fighting against hate, discrimination, and for social/ecnomic justice. The first rendition was a resounding success! Archetype has announced that it raised over $2000 for The Campaign for Southern Equality, which will support CSE in their work to build a South where LGBTQ people are equal in every sphere of life. Through the sale of beer and merchandise, N0H8 directly contributed to action instead of social media grandstanding. Archetype’s next release in the N0H8 series supports the people of Ukraine. This second rendition release is: N0H8 | Saison; a bright, peppery saison with a citrus hop twist jam-packed with flavors of lemon, lime, and lemon-lime and an aroma of bubble gum and fruity Belgian esters. N0H8 | Saison’s proceeds will directly benefit the World Central Kitchen, which is Chef Jose Andres’ non-profit that is feeding Ukrainian refugees fleeing the conflict zones in Ukraine and surrounding countries. Learn more about Archetype.


  • On Saturday, July 9, Provisions Mercantile will celebrate a 1-year anniversary of their store opening in Historic Biltmore Village. The anniversary will be the second store celebration for business owners, Heather and Matt Wright, who opened their flagship store on Haywood Road in West Asheville in late 2019. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 9, customers are invited to partake in refreshments, food, store-wide discounts, and shop the store’s beautiful inventory, including home accessories, gifts, local commodities, pillows, candles & more. Learn more about Provisions Mercantile.
  • The fresh and funny musical [title of show] opens next at Asheville Community Theatre. And yes, the name of the next show is actually [title of show]! A musical about its own making, [title of show] is a front-row seat to the magic and mess of creativity and collaboration. It runs July 15, 2022- August 7, 2022, with performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. Tickets are available online at, over the phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office.


  • Mountain Credit Union (MCU), along with the Southeast Regional Credit Union Schools (SRCUS), recently announced that Tanya Haskett, Vice President of Lending and Branch Administration, graduated from the Southeast CUNA Management School. This is a three-year program held on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Tanya’s career at Mountain Credit Union began in February 1999 as a Senior Member Service Representative. Before joining the Executive Team, she held several positions at MCU including in management, consumer lending, and mortgages.Since 1970, Southeast CUNA Management School has equipped graduates with the skills and knowledge to meet the leadership challenges that arise in the credit union industry. The curriculum develops students’ operational, managerial, and leadership abilities as they receive advanced academic instruction on a variety of topics including management, leadership, and financial analysis. Students also apply the knowledge gained from the on-site sessions to projects that require strategic analysis of their respective credit unions and research of relevant issues facing the credit union industry. Learn more about MCU