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MIKE CONLEY

Old Fort has a new place where small business owners can meet, enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, and learn how to improve their communities.






Located at 37 W. Main St. in Old Fort, Catawba Vale Business HUB is a meeting place for local and visiting small businesses. It has a café and offers meeting and training rooms. The mural honoring the late civil rights pioneer Albert Joyner and the struggle for racial justice at Old Fort adorns an exterior wall of the old brick structure.


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Catawba Vale Business HUB offers meeting spaces and 'counterculture' cafe in Old Fort

Catawba Vale Business HUB has formed a partnership with Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville. In Old Fort, you can find and purchase works by Maya Angelou, Stacey Abrams, and Audre Lorde.


Located at 37 W. Main St. in Old Fort, Catawba Vale Business HUB is a meeting place for local and visiting small businesses. It has a café and offers meeting and training rooms. You’ll find local artwork on display and books by Maya Angelou and Stacey Abrams for sale.

This historic Old Fort building was once the home of Chamber Manager Kim Effler and former Alderman Jerome Effler. The mural honoring the late civil rights pioneer Albert Joyner and the struggle for racial justice at Old Fort adorns an exterior wall of the old brick structure.







Catawba Vale Business HUB offers meeting spaces and 'counterculture' cafe in Old Fort

Throughout the interior, beautiful paintings by local artists are on display. Thus, the place also functions as an art gallery.


Catawba Vale Business HUB offers subsidized office and retail space and business consulting training. It is a program of Eagle Market Streets Development Corp. and it is the only colored business on the main street of Old Fort. This achievement was made possible by a generous grant from the Dogwood Health Trust in the amount of $280,000, as an investment in the community to provide the opportunity to support and start emerging businesses in the outdoor industry. and trails, according to the Eagle Market Streets website. development company

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Catawba Vale Business HUB offers meeting spaces and 'counterculture' cafe in Old Fort

Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, CEO of Eagle Market Streets Development Corp., shows off some of the artwork on display at the Catawba Vale Business HUB. “We feature art from western North Carolina, art from McDowell and Buncombe,” she said.


Company CEO Stephanie Swepson-Twitty said the building was acquired in October and after a renovation. Since Monday of last week, it’s been open serving ‘counterculture’ coffee and it’s a central gathering place for small business owners. It’s a place where meetings can be held and classes on how to grow a business can be taught, Swepson-Twitty said.

“It’s a continuation of our non-profit organization,” she told The McDowell News. “We serve small businesses through business development. If someone wants to open a small business in Old Fort, they can come here for consulting training and meeting space.

There may also be outdoor training courses on leadership development.

“It’s a great space for meetings, classes, and maybe a wedding reunion,” Swepson-Twitty said.

Throughout the interior, beautiful paintings by local artists are on display. Thus, the place also functions as an art gallery.

“People can come here and enjoy coffee, enjoy music and art,” Swepson-Twitty said. “We feature art from western North Carolina, art from McDowell and Buncombe. Everything you could want in a social setting, the HUB delivers.

Additionally, Catawba Vale Business HUB has formed a partnership with Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville. You can find works by Maya Angelou, Stacey Abrams and Audre Lorde in Old Fort and buy them. Books available there now include poetry, historical topics, current events, and children’s stories.

Catawba Vale Business HUB covers approximately 3,000 square feet at 37 Main St. and has two employees. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is accessible to the general public.

He has a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Catawba-Vale-Business-HUB-111182691678727.

Additionally, Eagle Market Streets Development Corp. takes the lead on another exciting mural project for Old Fort.

A mural is planned for Commerce Street at the corner of Catawba Avenue that will celebrate the evolution of Old Fort into a cycling hub. It will be painted on a section of the old Parker Hosiery building, which has been adapted to house several businesses like Kitsbow and Hillman Beer.







Catawba Vale Business HUB offers meeting spaces and 'counterculture' cafe in Old Fort

Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, CEO of Eagle Market Streets Development Corp., shows off some of the artwork on display at the Catawba Vale Business HUB. This painting was created by Linda Moore of Marion.


“Commerce Street is being redesigned as a vibrant corridor for the Flora Fonta Trail,” reads Facebook. “Four bike races currently start in town and two foot races finish in town. Streetscape designs are underway for Catawba Avenue and future plans will include Commerce Street. street art will support our vibrant tourism industry.

The first six miles of the planned 42 miles of trails in the Pisgah Forest surrounding Old Fort were recently opened. The Fonta Flora State Trail Park is in the planning phase. The community park will be located just outside of town and will include a paddling pool, bicycle garden and playground.

The mural will celebrate what is happening in the city and recognize key partners such as Kitsbow (manufacturer of premium cycling apparel and accessories), Eagle Market Streets Development Corp. (whose mission is to promote social justice by supporting small businesses) and People on the Move (a community collaboration dedicated to recognizing diversity and those who have invested heavily in the local community).

Carlos Miles, a professional Marion artist, was commissioned to create the 38-foot-wide, 18-foot-tall mural. He painted the work “Where Main Street Meets the Mountains” at the Larry D. Miller Business Complex in Marion. This new painting will represent the hard work of the G5 Collective, People on the Move, McDowell Trails Association, Forest Service and Friends of the Fonta Flora State Trail, Eagle Market Streets and the local community to create new trails and promote tourism. at Old Fort, according to the Facebook post.







Catawba Vale Business HUB offers meeting spaces and 'counterculture' cafe in Old Fort

Eagle Market Streets Development Corp. is spearheading another exciting mural project for Old Fort. A mural is planned for Commerce Street at the corner of Catawba Avenue that will celebrate the evolution of Old Fort into a cycling hub. Carlos Miles, a professional Marion artist, was commissioned to create the 38-foot-wide, 18-foot-tall painting.


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Eagle Market Streets Development Corp. is accepting donations to make this planned work of art a reality. Sponsors at the $500 level will be recognized as part of a plaque on the mural. Donations are accepted through PayPal. Additionally, checks can be made payable to: EMSDC Community Benefit Partner, 70 S. Market St., Asheville NC 28803. Memo Line is Commerce St. Mural Project Donation.

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