This Week’s Business Buzz: 7/26/2019

July 26, 2019

Today, Center for Craft released the Broadway Cultural Gateway Report, a planning project that aims to reinvent Downtown’s North End into a cultural arts district. Applications for Buncombe County’s 2019 Tipping Point grants are officially open. And the YWCA of Asheville, Benne on Eagle, Rhubarb, The Rhu, Friday Services and Tryon International Equestrian Center are all hiring.


  • The South College School of Nursing has earned accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for both its bachelor’s and master’s degree level programs in nursing. South College, a private, regionally accredited institution, has been granted CCNE accreditation for five years after meeting all of the standards set forth by the organization. 


  • The Broadway Cultural Gateway Report, a planning project pioneered by the Center for Craft that aims to reinvent Downtown’s North End as a cultural district, has officially been released. Center for Craft spent nearly 18 months studying national best practices to develop a model for Asheville. Supported in part by a grant-funded partnership with UNC Asheville, the Center hired Asheville Design Center (ADC), a vanguard in local, community-driven design, as a key partner. View the full report here.
  • Buncombe County’s 2019 Tipping Point Grant Applications are open. Nonprofits looking for mini-grants of $5,000 per project have the opportunity to apply for funding that aims to work on affordable housing, clean energy, diverse community workforce, early childhood education, justice resource support or opioid awareness. 
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced that it will kick-off its annual Oktoberfest celebration with an expense-paid “royal wedding” at the festival for one lucky beer-loving couple. The celebration harkens back to the very first Oktoberfest, which was held in Munich in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The brewery is searching for an engaged couple whose love for craft beer matches their love for each other. A special panel of judges will select the couple to tie the knot on September 27, 2019 at Sierra Nevada’s brewery in Chico, California.


  • Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity will officially open its doors to shoppers at 10am for a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, August 24th. Located in the Weaverville Crossings shopping plaza (61 Weaver Blvd.) in the space previously occupied by ACE Hardware, the new ReStore will offer much of the same merchandise as the flagship Asheville store: gently used furniture, housewares, appliances, building supplies, art and more. There will be a donation drop-off lane and plenty of parking. Hours will be 10am-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday.


  • Thanks to the generosity of more than 2,000 local donors, the YMCA of Western North Carolina is able to fund more community programs than ever before. For the first time in the nonprofit’s 130-year history, the Y has raised more than $1 million in its annual giving campaign.


  • Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers (AMCHC) announced that bilingual pediatrician Alberto Luis León, M.D., has joined the Leicester Community Health Center, located at 711 New Leicester Highway. Dr. León has more than 40 years of experience as a pediatrician and is fluent in English and Spanish. He is now accepting new patients and all children are welcome.
  • The Board of Directors of Jewish Family Services of WNC, Inc. (JFS) is pleased to announce that Jessica Whitehill has been named Executive Director of JFS following the retirement of founding Executive Director Alison Gilreath. Whitehill joins JFS from Our VOICE, where she served as the Director of Philanthropy. Previously, she worked at Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) and the Asheville Jewish Community Center (JCC).
  • AdventHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at Mills River welcomes Cynthia Logan, MD.  Dr. Logan is board-certified in family medicine and is excited to care for her patients through whole-person care. Dr. Logan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology/premed and Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has more than 24 years of direct patient care ranging from the most rural of family practice setting to urgent care. 


  • The YWCA of Asheville is hiring a Development Coordinator for its Advancement Office. Check out more details at
  • Benne on Eagle, Rhubarb, and The Rhu are all hiring Back-of-House positions. The Rhu is looking for morning people-people! Line cooks for the cafe and Break Bakers for our in-house baking program needed. Benne on Eagle is trying to bring soul back to the Block. Line cooks for dinner and breakfast, dishwashers, and prep cooks all sought. Send your resume to or stop by in person between 11am and 3pm.
  • Rhubarb is seeking professional Line and Prep Cooks, Dishwashers, and Gardens Manager/Dessert Platers in a busy, upscale environment. More about these positions can be found here.
  • Friday Services is hiring several positions in the Asheville area including: General Laborer, Prep Shop Technician, Wiring Technician, Shipping Clerk, Chemistry Lab Tech, Composites Technician, Welder and more! They offer fair wages and comprehensive benefits. If you are looking for work, or looking to hire talent, give Friday Services a call today at (828) 684-8700, and discover why Fridays has been the premiere employment solutions provider in Western NC since 1980. 
  • Tryon International Equestrian Center is hiring Saturday Event Staff. Available part time event staff positions include: servers, culinary staff, bartenders, hostess, bussers, and concessions. For more information or to apply, CLICK HERE.


  • The dust is settling at Hickory Nut Gap Farm where hundreds of national park supporters joined Friends of the Smokies for the second annual Smokies Stomp Barn Party on Saturday evening. The event raised more than $84,000 to provide funding for a critical upgrade to Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s emergency radio communications system.