Business Buzz: June 19, 2024

June 19, 2024


  • Asheville’s hotels, The Radical and Zelda Dearest, owned by Hatteras Sky and Somera Capital East and operated by Lark Hotels, have received 2024 Griffin Awards from the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County (PSABC) in the Adaptive Reuse category. The awards recognize their outstanding contributions to historic preservation, with The Radical transforming a historic cereal factory into a vibrant art installation and boutique hotel, and Zelda Dearest revitalizing turn-of-the-century mansions into an intimate, themed boutique hotel inspired by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald’s artistic legacy. Read more.


  • The YWCA of Asheville faces significant financial challenges, influenced by economic pressures like COVID-19’s aftermath, inflation, shifting funding priorities, and urgent facility repairs. With a $650k deficit, the organization is restructuring finances, seeking alternative funding, and optimizing operations to ensure long-term sustainability. Temporary closure of their historic pool from June 28, 2024, coincides with retiring Aquatics Director Kitty Schmidt’s departure after 25 years of service. Despite challenges, the YWCA remains committed to its mission, seeking community support through donations and engagement to maintain vital services. Read more.


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville has been selected to join the nationwide Age-Friendly System-Wide Spread Collaborative, led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). This initiative, involving 30 US health systems, aims to advance evidence-based, high-quality care for older adults across all care settings. AdventHealth Hendersonville, recognized as a leader in Age-Friendly care since 2020, will expand its commitment to the 4M’s framework—What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility—ensuring equitable, comprehensive care for older adults throughout its system. Learn more.


  • The Linked4Life Foundation is launching several initiatives to support Asheville food and beverage workers’ mental health. They will debut the HOPE Bus, a reimagined food truck, at the “Mental Health is no Bull” event on July 4, featuring a mechanical bull. Additionally, an info session titled “Be a Mental Health Champion for the Food and Beverage Industry” is scheduled for June 25 at Bear’s Smokehouse on Coxe Avenue. Supported by establishments such as Asheville Pizza & Brewing, Chai Pani, Green Man Brewing/Green Man Eats!, Hi-Wire Brewing, Wicked Weed Brewing Funkatorium, and Chemist Spirits/Antidote, the Foundation aims to establish a peer network and provide up to six free counseling sessions per worker through a partnership with All Souls Counseling Center. Learn more.


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville has expanded its pediatric care options with the addition of Kristen Roach, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Roach brings over 25 years of experience in pediatric primary care, emphasizing whole-person health for children and adolescents in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She holds degrees from Ohio State University and is dedicated to patient-centered care, focusing on teaching children healthy lifestyles. Roach’s approach fosters strong connections with families, ensuring compassionate and effective care at AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatrics in Hendersonville. Learn more.
  • AdventHealth welcomes Dr. Colette A. Salm-Schmid, MD, FACS, to its team at AdventHealth Medical Group Breast Center in Asheville and Hendersonville, expanding access to advanced breast cancer care in Western North Carolina. Dr. Salm-Schmid, a board-certified surgeon and fellowship-trained breast surgeon with over 20 years of experience, focuses on patient-centered care and utilizes cutting-edge technologies for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Her commitment to empowering patients and delivering optimal outcomes underscores AdventHealth’s mission of holistic healing. Learn more.


  • Ernest has the perfect venue for your next meeting or small corporate event with our flexible meeting spaces for rent. Whether you’re hosting a corporate gathering, workshop, or a special presentation, our venues are equipped to meet your needs. The perfect place for teams who didn’t “come back to the office” but still need to have periodic in-person meetings. Enjoy modern amenities, professional ambiance, and customizable options to ensure your event is a success.  Easy to use A/V tech,  space to bring in lunch, lots of areas to work.  On site parking, right off the highway,  just South of downtown and right outside Biltmore Village. Visit to explore our versatile meeting spaces and start planning your next memorable event.