One of the best things about Asheville is the abundance of excellent small businesses and large corporations. Our job market is strong, and thousands of people move to our area each year to begin an exciting new career in a beautiful place. 

While the last few years have been a challenging time for companies throughout western North Carolina, we have persevered against what, at times, have been tall odds and are stronger than ever. Businesses are thriving, and we have our committed employees and amazing customers to thank. 

Here are five ways you can show your employees you appreciate them here in western North Carolina. 

How To Thank Employees in Western North Carolina

1) Take Your Employees Out To Dinner

One thing we have in abundance in our area is food. Asheville, Black Mountain, and surrounding towns have some of the best restaurants in the South. There are countless places to which to treat your employees, whether you’re searching for a full dinner or long lunch. Just a few of your options include:

  • Pack’s Tavern Asheville
  • Tupelo Honey Cafe Asheville
  • Luella’s Bar-B-Que Asheville
  • Buxton Hall Barbeque Asheville
  • Farm Burger Asheville
  • Blue Mountain Pizza Weaverville
  • My Father’s Pizza Black Mountain
  • Black Mountain Kitchen and Ale House

This is just a short list of the many amazing food options in our area. 

2) Take Your Employees to a Movie

Between work and family obligations, it can be challenging to find time to watch a movie. Being able to watch one on the clock would be a treat for your staff. 

3) Break Out of an Escape Room with Your Employees

If you’ve never experienced an escape room, they are undeniably fun! Your staff already spends time solving problems together, so it will be a nice change to do it recreationally. 

4) Arrange a Family Picnic 

Throughout our area, there are numerous beautiful parks with amazing views of mountains, rivers, waterfalls, etc. One of the ways you can thank your employees is by hosting a family picnic. You might consider having the meal catered, so you and your staff can focus on relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. 

Bringing GellyBall and Tactical Laser Tag to your picnic will be a fun activity for kids and adults alike. Our sister company, Elite Action Gaming, will bring these exciting activities to your company picnic in western North Carolina. 

5) Bring Your Employees to Black Mountain Adventure Zone

Black Mountain Adventure Zone offers you the chance to treat your employees to adrenaline-pumping fun that is sure to show just how much you appreciate your team. 

Laser Tag

Believe it or not, the invention of laser tag was inspired by Star Wars. If you haven’t played contemporary laser tag, you may not be aware of how much it has evolved and altered. Black Mountain Adventure Zone’s laser tag is more like a real-life video game. 

Heavy vests have been replaced with new LaserWar taggers that include sensors and comfy head straps. The days of getting caught up in lengthy, winding wires while running are long gone.

Each player’s activities are communicated to them through vibrations and sound effects. When the game is finished, players appreciate seeing all of their stats displayed on the displays in our arena. For the duration of your party, we can effectively manage a variety of games and scenarios to keep the good times flowing.


If you haven’t played GellyBall yet, you’re missing out! This fun new game takes what everyone loves about paintball and airsoft, the action, and replaces the ammo with lower-impact ammo that feels more like getting flicked with a rubber band. GellyBall blasters still fire accurately up to sixty feet, so gameplay is as just as exciting as other games. 

GellyBall is suitable for children as young as five, so your employees can bring their families. With just a brief lesson at the start of the game, both children and adults can be ready to fire in no time. We handle all the reloading. 

Battle Cage

Your team can challenge each other to one-on-one duels they’ll never forget! Thanks to the clever belt and blade combo, you’ll be blown away by this sword battle experience. 

Additionally, as they wait their turn, your staff members can support coworkers from the sidelines. To find the genuine winner of your group, hold a tournament replete with on-deck sparring practice and bracket tracking. 

Black Mountain Adventure Zone is a great option for thanking employees and their families. Find out more about hosting your company gathering here!

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