This Week’s Business Buzz: 1/25/19

January 25, 2019

A new guide on family friendly workplace strategies was released by Family Forward NC. Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM), Bounty & Soul, and the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) are collaborating on a new program to address food insecurity and related health risks. And Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe and Downtown Books & News have a new majority owner, Gretchen Horn.


  • Teague Campbell is pleased to announce that William A. Bulfer from the Asheville office has been selected to the 2019 North Carolina Super Lawyers List. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in North Carolina. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
  • Pardee UNC Health Care physicians Chris Parsons, M.D., and James M. Radford, M.D., have been named among the Best Doctors in America® for 2017-2018. The prestigious recognition marks the second and eighth times, respectively, that Drs. Parsons and Radford have earned this honor.


  • After 37 years, treasured businesses in downtown Asheville are getting a new owner who shares its founder’s vision for diversity, inclusion, and commitment to the city. Seventeen-year veteran employee Gretchen Horn is the new majority owner of Renaissance Bookfarm, Inc., which owns Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe and Downtown Books & News. Emöke B’Racz will remain as founder and minority owner. The transition ensures that both bookstores will stay in Asheville, and it renews the business’ commitment to a vibrant local economy.
  • The 42nd annual Appalachian Studies Conference will return to Asheville for the first time in 27 years with “AppalachA’ville: Engage. Sustain. Innovate,” at UNC Asheville from March 14-17, 2019. Co-hosted by UNC Asheville and Mars Hill University, the conference will include plenary sessions and panels for registrants only, as well as numerous public events on Saturday, March 16, including a keynote address by award-winning Appalachian fiction writers Lee Smith, Ron Rash and Wiley Cash.
  • Friends of the Smokies announced Thursday that the organization will continue funding to temporarily reopen Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, N.C. on weekends through President’s Day, Monday, February 18, if needed due to a continuation of the partial government shutdown.
  • Roost Home Watch has earned accreditation from the National Home Watch Association. The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada ( Home Watch is a service that “keeps an eye on things” at your vacation or primary home while you are not in residence.


  • Struck-by incidents and falls caused the largest number of work-related deaths in the Tar Heel state in 2018, based on preliminary information released today by the state Department of Labor. Struck-by incidents accounted for 14 work-related deaths while falls accounted for nine. There were 39 work-related fatalities that fell under the jurisdiction of the NCDOL’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Division in 2018, one less than in 2017.


  • The Flat Rock Park & Recreation Foundation announces Tracey Daniels as the new Director of Development. Maurean Adams retires after five years of serving the Foundation Board. Adams played an integral role in bringing the Park at Flat Rock to life. Tracey Daniels has more than twenty-five years of experience in public relations, marketing, community outreach, and programming. She also serves as social media and website consultant for the Town of Tryon Tourism Board.
  • AdventHealth Medical Group Ear, Nose & Throat at Hendersonville is excited to welcome Marlee Colligan, PA-C to their team of compassionate care providers. Colligan is NCCPA board certified and has more than five years of direct patient care experience.


  • Tukit Tour Co. is looking for drivers/tour guides with flexible schedules to not only drive an all electric Tuk Tuk, but to also serve as a tour guide as needed.  The Tuk Tuk has 6 passenger seating and is used for brewery / city tours. They will also be doing events and weddings renting by the hour, so they need drivers who have familiarity of Asheville, can create/tailor tours per a customers request, and who are excited to have fun and make money on this new adventure.  Must have a valid NC drivers license and a good driving record. Please call their office at 828-712-1800 or email your question or resume to
  • Friday Staffing is looking for a Machine Maintenance Apprentice, Assembly Technician, Quality Control Technician, Sorter/Inspector, and Floor Technician. For more information, call Angela Paskus at 828-684-8700 or go to
  • Ramsey Higgins of Acupuncture Integrative Medicine is offering $75 off new patients until 1/31/19. Call 828-773-2435 to subscribe.


  • A new guide for employers aims to create more family-friendly workplaces across North Carolina to help employers attract and retain talent and to improve health and well-being for children—the state’s future workforce. The Guide to Family Forward Workplaces, released today by the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF), provides tools for employers of all sizes with practical tips for selecting and implementing 16 family-friendly workplace practices such as flexible scheduling, accommodations for pregnant workers, and paid parental leave. To help create the guide, NCECF worked with an advisory council of prominent business leaders, community leaders and health experts and gathered input from more than 1,000 employers throughout the state.
  • Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM), Bounty & Soul, and the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) are collaborating on a new program to address food insecurity and related health risks. The three not-for-profit organizations are working collaboratively to bring Bounty & Soul’s mobile food markets and educational programming to ABCCM sites in 2019. The first of these weekly markets will launch in January at ABCCM’s Hominy Valley Crisis Center, which is co-located with the MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler at 1914 Smokey Park Highway in Candler, NC.
  • Pardee UNC Health Care employees presented a $1,500 donation to the American Red Cross Greater Carolinas Region. Pardee team members raised $750 to benefit community members severely impacted by flooding and mudslides in 2018. The Pardee Team Member Emergency Loan Fund matched this gift, bringing the total donation to $1,500.


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