Photo courtesy Chestnut

Hey y'all,

If you haven't had a chance to read this month's Local Industry on 10 alumni businesses who pivoted to adapt to COVID-19 (or the weekly series that preceded it), you're in luck: You can now listen to it

Well, you can listen to me talk about it with our writer Shawndra Russell and her co-host Tommy Calloway on their podcast, the Great Reset. 🎙 We talk about the common factors across businesses that are doing well and what a post-COVID world might look like for local industries like entertainment and tourism. (Thanks for having me on, guys!)

But wait, there's more! Our founder Oby Morgan was also on the Making it in Asheville podcast this week to talk about starting this magazine and the blind ambition behind successful entrepreneurship.

Give 'em a listen to get a new perspective on what we do here at Capital at Play!  

Till next week,

Emily Glaser, Managing Editor
 Michel Baudouin of Bouchon and sister restaurant RendezVous  packages Beef Bourguignon to be frozen for carryout customers.
Bouchon & RendezVous 

Behind-the-scenes at Asheville’s long-lauded French eatery, Bouchon French Comfort Food, and the newer sister restaurant RendezVous French Comfort Food, restaurateur Michel Baudouin continues to cook up buttery, decadent food from his homeland. He’d already pivoted to provide his food to locals via his Haw Creek location after the tourist industry disrupted his customer base downtown; now he’s catering almost exclusively to locals with to-go options at RendezVous.  
Read Open for Takeout Week Four: Bouchon & RendezVous

Takeout Hours & Operations:
Tue.–Sat. | 2–7 p.m.  
Delivery - Pickup

Check out other restaurants open for takeout in Asheville.

First Horizon Foundation has donated more than $40K to regional nonprofits.  Photo by Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce staff
  • Next Connection ⛓We've talked about Supply Connector, which connects manufacturers with essential service providers to provide the resources they need. Now the group is partnering with College Outside to create The GoodsConnector, which will help small businesses, organizations, and healthcare facilities purchase PPE from USA-based businesses and manufacturers at wholesale prices. Learn more. You can pre-register for an account to buy goods here

  • Fund for Medicine 👩🏻‍⚕️ Mission Health (recently acquired by HCA Healthcare) is launching the HCA Healthcare Mission Fund, a $25 million innovation fund to support healthcare-related businesses in WNC. The fund will provide funding for entrepreneurs, companies, and not-for-profit economic development activities, and initial investments will range from $500K to $5 million. Kicking things off, HCA will provide $10K to Venture Asheville's Asheville Impact Micro Grant competition, including one $5K grant for a local startup in health and wellness. Learn more

  • Bank to Businesses  🙏🏼  As a part of a companywide effort to assist organizations in the communities it serves, First Horizon Foundation has donated more than $40K to local organizations in Asheville and Buncombe County, including One BuncombeYMCA of Western North Carolina, and Gifts for Kids. Founded in 1993, the foundation has donated more than $100 million to meet community needs across the South.

Downtown Asheville restaurant Chestnut reopened this week with a new carry out menu.
Photo courtesy of Chestnut



Hendersonville's annual Garden Jubilee will pivot from festival to orchard and nursery tour this weekend. Photo courtesy Henderson County TDA


💻 Net-Work | Connect with local professionals at the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce's virtual Business After Hours today at 4 p.m.

🏩 Safe Spaces | The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is hosting two Zoom meetings today on how to reopen businesses safely, one for hotel/motel owners at 2 p.m. and another for retailers at 3 p.m.

🤨 Trivia Night | Test your knowledge of American art, craft, and beer with a virtual trivia night hosted by the Asheville Art Museum and Burial Beer.

Coming Up

🎻 Live Music | The Grey Eagle is hosting livestreams on their Facebook channel, including two this weekend: Jon Stickley Trio (Fri. May 22, 7 p.m.) and Brushfire Stankgrass (Sun. May 24, 7 p.m.).

🌻 Garden Jubilee | Rather than the usual festival, over 15 nurseries and orchards are participating in the Garden Jubilee 2020 Nurseries & Orchards Tour, which has been extended to four days. 

👉🏼 Change Redefined | UNCA will offer a free webinar, Change Redefined: Strategies To Turn Uncertainty To Competitive Advantage, with Meridith Elliott Powell at 3 p.m. on Tue. May 26.

🤣  Get Funny With it | Asheville Improv Collective (revisit our article on the biz) is hosting an 8-week online sketch class with Timmy Tamisiea that begins Tue. May 26. 

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