Success Stories

joli-rouge copyHold on to your 21st-century treasure, because a new pirate bar has opened at 130 College Street in downtown Asheville. Joli Rouge, meaning “pretty red,” is a members-only club with a vivid red-and-black setting and a pirate theme.“Pretty Red” refers to the original skull and crossbones flag flown by 17th- and 18th-century French buccaneers in the Caribbean, also known as the red pennant. Sharon Wallis-Johnson and Jacob Levinsohn received a loan through the MMF Fast Track program. For more information, contact Joli Rouge at 828-350-1660 or at

Finishing the Foundaitons class in August 2004, Nancy Sizemore began Fresh Look Painting in September of 2004. Working both on interior and exterior jobs and specializing in residential homes and commercial businesses, Nancy has built a successful and in demand painting business. Call 828-337-2447 to contact Nancy and Fresh Look Painting.

Stone Soup, owned and operated by Suzanne Strickland & Stone Soup of Landrum, SCDavid Sauer, opened in the spring of 2004. Stone Soup is a specialty food market and café, with an emphasis on fresh high quality meals and specialty sandwiches, baked goods and specialty food products not generally available in local grocery stores. Stone Soup is located ½ mile off I-26 in Landrum, SC. Call 864-457-3193 for more information.

Olivier Graphic Design is a local design company working with small businesses to create newsletters, directories, brochures,Olivier Graphic Design technical reports, logos, image manipulations and more. They also create specialty items for individuals such as invitations, posters, labels, and t-shirts and are able to work with individuals, non-profits and small businesses in coordinating, advertising and operating fund-raisers, public events, and private events. Contact Michael Olivier at 828-768-1002 or email [email protected] for more information.

Leapy Leigh’s Children Cloths is a company dedicated to letting kids be kids! Leapy Leigh makes childrens clothes with interactive features so that children can have fun in their clothes and with them! Their products are available in stores throughout the Southeast and online. Visit their online store at for more information

Rachel with samplesBlue Moon Herbs’ Rachel Adams with samples of Blue Moon Herbs’ products.personal-care products include hand-made soaps, botanical essence bath oils, bath salts, aromatic massage oils, roll-on essences, room sprays, and pure bees’ wax candles. Rachel Adams recently moved her studio from her home in Brasstown to a storefront in downtown Murphy, located at 35 Tennessee St.  For more information, contact Rachel at (828)837-2727 or [email protected] Order Blue Moon Herbs natural personal care products as holiday gifts through her

Dolores Myhre, of Tryon has been operating her new business, Room Makeovers, since July. Dolores’ Room Makeovers use the principal of placement that sets the room’s mood and function. She has easy solutions for a quick help or ongoing support for larger projects. Dolores Myhre is like having a good friend come over to help arrange your life. Call 828-859-7624 for more information.

Donna Bond’s Treasures Within aims to help her clients discover and manifest their own individualTreasures Within beauty, light and radiance. She and her staff offer a relaxed and comfortable environment where patrons can enjoy a wide range of treatments including: massages of several different varieties, facials, manicures, pedicures, and infrared saunas. Treasures Within Day Spa is located at the corner of 176 and Ozone Drive, at 438 East Highway 176, Saluda, NC. Call 828-749-3434 for more information.

Rev. Rob Parsons of Saluda is director of Project W.Y.L.D. (Wilderness Youth Leadership Development), which specializes in leadership development, spiritual growth and wilderness education for youth groups. Contract Rev. Rob Parsons at 828 749-1543 or [email protected] for more information.