Meet Our Festival Exhibitors and Vendors!

Note: We recently switched to a new signup form.  Exhibitors who signed up with our early deposit form may not show up here yet.

The following categories are full

  • Food Vendors – Frozen Deserts
  • Food Vendors – Beverages
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Pride-Focused Merchandise

The following are near or at capacity. . Email us to inquire. Food vendors should contact Chris Tinkler (CTinkler@BlueRidgePride.org).

  • Food Vendors – Main Dishes
  • Food Vendors – Snacks
  • Clothing (8 now)
  • Animals, Pets (5 now)
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Alcoholics Anonymous Public Information
Category: Community / Public Service
Asheville Poverty Initiative
Asheville Poverty Initiative and 12 Baskets Cafe aims to build community and promote economic justice. Dismantling stereotypes, reducing fear, and empowering hope through telling stories across socio-economic difference. 12 Baskets Cafe is powerful alternative social space in West Asheville where folks build relationships while reducing food waste in Asheville!
Category: Community / Public Service
Aura Home Women Vets
Helping Homeless Women Veterans In Buncombe, Henderson & Haywood Counties
Did you know that homeless women veterans are one of the fastest growing populations in the US? North Carolina had the 6th largest female veteran population in 2013 and it is estimated that between 4,000 and 8,000 live in Buncombe County. But most people are unaware of what these women have to deal with after they leave the military or the discrimination they suffer in comparison to their male peers.
Category: Community / Public Service
Beer City Sisters
The Beer City Sisters are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating diversity, social awareness, universal joy, and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. We serve through self expression and irreverent humor for advocacy, education, outreach and philanthropy. We are committed to serving our community through the core tenants of activism, education, entertainment, ministry, and social service.
Category: Community / Public Service
Brank Insurance
Brank Insurance has been family owned and operated for over 100 years. We love our community and want to provide our best service for all of our clients. We are fast, efficient, friendly, and fun. We love what we do and would love to do it for you!
Category: Community / Public Service
Buncombe County DHHS - Foster Care
Coming out to educate the community about kids in foster care and the need for local families. We want foster parents and families to be as diverse as the children we serve!
Category: Community / Public Service
Council on Aging of Buncombe County
Council on Aging of Buncombe County promotes the independence, dignity and well-being of adults through service, education and advocacy. We are a welcoming, knowledgeable free and unbiased resource to help aging adults and their families secure resources, receive support, and navigate options available for aging in community. We meet the social health needs of our community, such as nutrition and physical fitness, caregiver support, navigating elder abuse, providing home repair and transportation services, as well as Medicare counseling, Affordable Care Act navigation and enrollment in programs for low-income individuals, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Category: Community / Public Service
LifeShare Carolinas
LifeShare Carolinas is proud to fulfill our mission of giving hope, life, and healing in 23 North Carolina counties. We coordinate the recovery and distribution of organs, eyes, and tissues for transplantation and medical research. LifeShare provides education to hospital staff and community partners about the donation process. For the families of our donors, we provide ongoing support through our Bridge to Healing program.

We want our communities to know that anyone can sign up as an organ, eye, and tissue donor, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or medical conditions. We will be at Blue Ridge Pride to answer questions and help people sign up to save lives!
Category: Community / Public Service
Loving Food Resources
Loving Food Resources provides food, health and personal care items to those living with HIV/AIDS or anyone in home Hospice care regardless of diagnosis. We strive to do this while showing love, compassion and respect to everyone.
Category: Community / Public Service
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation
The NCSBI has original jurisdiction in the following areas: drug and arson investigations, environmental crimes, election law violations, human trafficking, weapons of mass destruction, child sexual abuse in daycare centers, computer crimes against children and crimes involving state property. Because of the nature of our job, it is important that our agents reflect the communities we serve including the LGBTQ+ community. We take part in numerous recruiting events throughout the year that cater specifically to groups of different backgrounds including veterans and minorities. With diversity and inclusion as a top priority for the SBI, we are excited to be part of this LGBTQ+ Pride event.
Category: Community / Public Service
OurVOICE
To inspire hope and healing while ending sexual violence and human trafficking through education, counseling, and advocacy.
Our VOICE, Inc. is a non-profit crisis intervention and prevention agency which serves victims of sexual violence, age 13 through adult, in Buncombe County.
Our VOICE takes an intersectional, person-centered approach to support survivors and prevent future acts of sexual violence.
Category: Community / Public Service
Pawsitivity Pet Spa
https://blueridgepride.org/index.php?gf-download=2021%2F08%2Ff80dcc21-cac2-464e-9245-6c4a9913c40b.jpg&form-id=12&field-id=89&hash=50ec357dff19ac9ea4a4ae52da2514df368738fd7d805d640f5996502e96dd76Pawsitivity Pet Spa is Asheville's only holistic, one-on-one grooming salon. Our mission is to create a strong relationship built on trust by providing a truly comfortable experience for every canine clinet. We provide one-on-one, straight-through grooming services in a calm environment where pets have the ability to relax and trust their stylist.
Category: Community / Public Service
Pisgah Legal Services
Pisgah Legal Services is a non-profit providing free legal aid, advocacy and anti-poverty services to assist people living in low-income meet their basic needs and improve their lives. They help more than 20,000 of the most vulnerable people in our communities annually meet urgent needs such as: housing, safety from abuse, immigration, health care and income. Applications are available in English and Spanish at www.pisgahlegal.org or call 828-253-0406.
Category: Community / Public Service
The American Red Cross
https://blueridgepride.org/index.php?gf-download=2021%2F08%2F33029_rgb.jpg&form-id=12&field-id=89&hash=bb9e44d7f0be3e5c58596c43f6387f673235c75a59ad1e74caca2c7a1cdf5df6The mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteer and the generosity of donors. When we are helping communities prepare, respond, and recover from disasters, helping to supply lifesaving blood to patients in need or supporting our military and their families, this mission is at the core of what we do. We could not do it without the help of volunteers!

Come learn about the services the American Red Cross provides in Western North Carolina and see how you can become a volunteer!
Category: Community / Public Service
WNCAP (Western North Carolina AIDS Project)
WNCAP (Western North Carolina AIDS Project) was founded in 1986 by a small group of committed volunteers. During the early years of the AIDS epidemic, WNCAP founders provided food, comfort, and care to people with AIDS-related illnesses. In the 1990s, WNCAP developed prevention education and a case management program. Later, WNCAP also added harm reduction and pharmacy services. Today, WNCAP serves thousands of people across 18 counties in Western North Carolina. Our organizational vision is a community free of HIV, Hepatitis C, and overdose deaths. Our organizational mission is to provide equitable access to care and reduce harm from HIV, Hepatitis C, and drug use
Category: Community / Public Service
Youth Villages
Youth Villages is a nonprofit that helps our country’s most vulnerable children get out of or stay out of state care. Our goal is to ensure each child has a functioning family and a safe, permanent home. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration approach focuses on family, measurement, community, intensity and accountability to deliver unprecedented positive results for children, families, and youth in transition. We are the force for families.
Category: Community / Public Service
YWCA of Asheville and WNC
Established in 1907, YWCA Asheville and WNC is dedicated to Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women and Promoting Peace, Justice, Freedom and Dignity for all. We offer programs and advocate for policy change to bridge gaps in education, health, childcare and earning power for women and families in our community and beyond.
Category: Community / Public Service
Asheville Middle School
Asheville Middle School Gender and Sexuality Alliance is part of the national GSA Network. We are a student club who advocates, socializes, and supports LGBTQIA+ students allies. Holding a booth at Blue Ridge Pride will create a safe space for our teens and adolescents to feel supported and learn to engage with the greater LGBTQ community in Asheville.
Category: Educational Institution
Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville
Lenoir-Rhyne University and the LR Equity & Diversity Institute are proud to educate, employ and support the LGBTQIA+ community! We are committed to equity work, ensuring that WNC is a place where everyone can thrive. Stop by to share your stories & learn about our Equitable Leadership certificate and graduate programs in downtown Asheville.
Category: Educational Institution
UNC Asheville
The University of North Carolina Asheville is the state of North Carolina’s designated public liberal arts university and one of the 17 excellent, diverse, and accessible institutions of the UNC System. UNC Asheville offers an education that is adaptive, affordable, and endlessly relevant. The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) serves as a leader in advancing UNC Asheville’s core value of diversity and inclusion. With a strategic focus on campus culture and leadership development, OMA provides institutional support, organizational advising, engagement opportunities, and educational initiatives aimed at supporting the University’s liberal arts focus and advancing student success.
Category: Educational Institution
Verner Center for Early Learning
​​Verner Center for Early Learning is a nonprofit agency providing high quality, affordable early care and education to over 300 children – birth to five years old – throughout Buncombe County, North Carolina. Through holistic learning environments, we strive to help build a community where every child and family has the opportunity to thrive.
Category: Educational Institution
Central United Methodist Church
Central United Methodist Church is a community for Christ in the center of the city.
We welcome everyone without exception, and we affirm that all individuals are persons of sacred worth.
We strive to follow the example of Christ, grow in love, and include into full fellowship persons of every race, age, gender, culture, nationality, creed, faith history, sexual orientation or gender identity, socioeconomic status, physical and mental ability, marital status, or family make up.
Category: Faith-Based / Spiritual Community
First Baptist Church of Asheville
First Baptist Church of Asheville is a caring and compassionate church which, like Jesus, accepts everyone, condemns no one, and is committed to serving our neighbors, community, and world.
Category: Faith-Based / Spiritual Community
First Congregational United Church of Christ
We believe God calls us to...
Embody a forward-thinking, courageous, and diverse Christian community.
Follow the ways of Jesus the Christ as a grace-filled, spiritual congregation.
Practice affirming and radical hospitality.
​Engage our local and global community with acts of love, mercy, peace, and justice.

First Congregational United Church of Christ is an Open and Affirming (ONA) church, meaning we’re a friendly and safe space for folx who identify as LGBTQIAP+. FCUCC is a Just Peace church as well, working to promote peace in our community, nation, and world. When we say “all are welcome” we truly mean ALL.
Category: Faith-Based / Spiritual Community
First Presbyterian Church of Asheville
We believe God loves every person without exception. As followers of Christ, we strive to be a holy community that reflects the diversity of God’s creation through the welcome and full participation of every age, ability, socioeconomic status, family background, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, skin color, and racial identity. We lament the history of exclusion in the church. We rejoice in the wholeness that comes when we are all in relationship together.
Category: Faith-Based / Spiritual Community
   
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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.