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Mike Conley

Old Fort has a new place for small business owners to come together, enjoy great coffee and learn how to make their community better.







Located at 37 West Main Street in Old Fort, the Catawba Vale Business HUB is the meeting point for local and visiting small businesses. It has a coffee shop and offers rooms for meetings and classes. Murals honoring the late civil rights pioneer Albert Joyner and his struggle for racial justice at the Old Fort adorn the exterior of the old brick building.


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Catawba Vale Business HUB Offers Meeting Space, Old Fort 'Counter Culture' Coffee

Catawba Vale Business HUB has partnered with Asheville’s Malaprops bookstore. Artwork by Maya Angelou, Stacey Abrams and Audrey Lord can be found and purchased at the Old Fort.


Located at 37 West Main Street in Old Fort, the Catawba Vale Business HUB is a meeting point for local and visiting small businesses. It has a coffee shop and offers rooms for meetings and classes. Local art is on display and Maya his Angelou and Stacey Abrams books for sale.

Located in the Old Fort, this historic building was once the home of Chamber President Kim Effler and former Alderman Jerome Effler. Murals honoring the late civil rights pioneer Albert Joyner and his struggle for racial justice at the Old Fort adorn the exterior of the old brick building.







Catawba Vale Business HUB Offers Meeting Space, Old Fort 'Counter Culture' Coffee

Beautiful paintings by local artists are displayed throughout the interior. As such, this place also functions as an art gallery.


Catawba Vale Business HUB offers subsidized office and retail lease space and business advisory training. This is a program of the Eagle Market Street Development Corporation and is the only color business on Main Street in Old Fort. The achievement, according to the Eagle Market Street website, is a donation of his $28 million from Dogwood Health Trust as an investment in the community to support and provide opportunities to start emerging businesses in the outdoor and trail industry. Achieved by a generous grant.Development Co., Ltd.

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Catawba Vale Business HUB Offers Meeting Space, Old Fort 'Counter Culture' Coffee

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


The company’s CEO, Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, said the building was purchased in October and renovated. Since last Monday, it’s been serving ‘counterculture’ coffee and has become a central gathering place for small business owners. According to Swepson-Twitty, it’s a place where you can hold meetings and teach people how to grow their business.

“It’s our non-profit continuation,” she told McDowell News. “We serve small businesses through business development. Someone wants to open a small business in the Old Fort. If so, you can come here and take advantage of our consulting training and meeting space.”

There may also be outdoor leadership development training classes.

“It’s the perfect space for meetings, classes, and bridal gatherings,” says Swepson-Twitty.

Beautiful paintings by local artists are displayed throughout the interior. As such, this place also functions as an art gallery.

“People come here and enjoy coffee, enjoy music and art,” says Swepson-Twitty. “Features the art of western North Carolina, the art of McDowell and Buncombe. Anything you might want in a social setting, HUB delivers.”

Additionally, Catawba Vale Business HUB has partnered with Asheville’s Malaprops bookstore. Artwork by Maya Angelou, Stacey Abrams and Audrey Lorde can be found and purchased at the Old Fort. Currently available books include poetry, historical subjects, current affairs, and children’s stories.

The Catawba Vale Business HUB covers approximately 3,000 square feet at 37 Main Street and has two employees. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 2pm and open to the public.

We have a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Catawba-Vale-Business-HUB-111182691678727.

Additionally, Eagle Market Street Development Corporation is leading another exciting mural project at the Old Fort.

A mural is planned for Commerce Street on the corner of Catawba Avenue to celebrate the Old Fort’s evolution into a cycling hub. It will be pictured in part of the former Parker Hosiery building, which has been converted to house several companies such as Kitsbow and Hillman Beer.







Catawba Vale Business HUB Offers Meeting Space, Old Fort 'Counter Culture' Coffee

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


“Commerce Street is reimagined as a vibrant corridor on the Flora Fonta Trail,” reads a Facebook post. “Currently, four bike races start in town and two foot races finish in town. Street design for Catawba Avenue is underway and future plans include Commerce Street. By including street art installations, we can support a vibrant tourism industry.”

The first 6 miles of the 42 miles of planned trails in the Pisgah Forest surrounding the Old Fort were recently opened. The Fonta Flora State Trail Park is in the planning stages. A community park is located just outside of town and includes a splash pad, bike garden, and playground.

The mural celebrates what’s happening in town and features works by Kitsbow (a maker of premium cycling clothing and accessories), Eagle Market Streets Development Corp. (whose mission is to promote social justice by supporting small businesses), People on Recognize important partners such as on. The Move, a community collective dedicated to recognizing diversity and those who have invested heavily in their communities.

The 38-foot-wide, 18-foot-high mural was commissioned by Carlos Miles, a professional artist from Marion. He painted the artwork for “Where Main Street Meets the Mountains” at Marion’s Larry D. Miller His Business His Complex. This new painting is a nod to the G5 Collective, People on the Move, McDowell Trails Association, Forest Service, The Friends of the Fonta Flora State Trail, Eagle Market Streets, and efforts by local communities to create new trails and promote tourism. represents. At the Old Fort, according to a Facebook post.







Catawba Vale Business HUB Offers Meeting Space, Old Fort 'Counter Culture' Coffee

Eagle Market Streets Development Corp. is leading another exciting mural project at the Old Fort. A mural is planned for Commerce Street on the corner of Catawba Avenue to celebrate the Old Fort’s evolution into a cycling hub. At 38 feet wide and 18 feet high, the painting was commissioned by Carlos Miles, a professional artist from Marion.


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Eagle Market Streets Development Corp. is accepting donations to help bring this planned artwork to life. $500 level sponsors will be recognized as part of the mural wall plaque. Donations are accepted through PayPal. In addition, pay checks to: EMSDC Community Benefit Partner, 70 S. Market St., Asheville NC 28803. Memo line is Commerce St. Mural Project Donation.

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