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Asheville Restaurant Shows Employee Appreciation is Still Alive and Well in Small Business

(EMAILWIRE.COM, April 01, 2010 ) Asheville, NC -- Layoffs, job cuts, high unemployment rates -- these are the kinds of stories Americans are used to hearing these days. A company's loyalty to its employees seems a distant memory to some. Asheville restaurant, Mayfel's, wants to change that. The restaurant's owner still believes in employee appreciation, and she likes to show it. In addition to providing generous health insurance benefits and making an effort to treat her employees well on a daily basis, she holds several parties for her employees and their families each year. The first employee party of party of 2010 will be the pre-season party to help motivate employees and foster a sense of family before the busy season begins.

"This is an area where small businesses can really step up," said Loretta Woolley, the Asheville restaurant's owner. "There's nothing like having employees who truly care about the business and customers. When a business has that, the employees take a sense of pride and ownership in everything they do, working hard to provide their best efforts on a regular basis. Some businesses, especially larger corporations, forget this. They don't treat employees like part of the family, they have no loyalty to their employees, and that makes it difficult for their workers to truly care about what they're hired to do. Instead there's a looming fear of being let go and having to start over somewhere else, if they're even lucky enough to find another job. Small business owners can change that and breed a new level of employee loyalty to the company by showing loyalty and respect for them too."

This year's pre-season party will be a Boogie Night Disco-Funk Roller Party at the Tarwheels roller rink. Employees and their guests will come in costume and enjoy the combination of skating, socializing, food, and fun. The funny and extravagant Tony the Dance Machine will also be hired for added entertainment.

Like all parties held throughout the year for Mayfel's employees, the pre-season party will feature contests with prizes from other independently-owned businesses in the Asheville area. "This is about more than a single Asheville restaurant throwing parties for employees," said Wooley. "Small businesses are the backbone of our city, and we hope to serve as an example of the role small businesses can play in instilling even a tiny bit of trust back into the job market. Corporate America might have made some mistakes, but the small business sector has a chance to make a difference and help improve both attitudes and employment rates."

About Mayfel's

Mayfel's is an Asheville restaurant nestled into the heart of downtown and specializing in Louisiana-style southern home cooking. Owner, Loretta Woolley, brings a bit of the deep south to Asheville with her dishes, all made from scratch just like her grandmother (the restaurant's namesake) used to make. From Mayfel's design to its dishes, the restaurant gives patrons a taste of southern hospitality with an eclectic mix of comfort foods. Mayfel's classics include shrimp and grits, their signature Cajun cream sauce, and traditional southern lunch plates. The restaurant also caters to the vegetarian crowd with dishes like the stuffed roasted acorn squash over pecan rice. Breakfast is served all day long, and patrons can spend their spring and summer evenings enjoying the ambiance of outdoor dining at Mayfel's Courtyard Bar.

For more information about the Asheville restaurant, or to get pre-season event details and an invitation to cover the party for the media, please visit or contact Suzie Corr at 828-252-8840.


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