Submitted by: Jane Kayton
Asheville, NC has always attracted painters, photographers, craftspeople, musicians and all kinds of creative types throughout the years. In return these artisans have made Asheville a city where finding one-of-a-kind gifts is as easy as getting a beautiful view of the mountains. Despite its accelerated growth during the last ten years, Asheville has managed to continue to be a place where high quality, affordable, local merchants can make a living while both tourists and residents have the opportunity to buy clothes, food, household items, antiques, furniture and gifts you can t find anywhere else. Of course Asheville does have all the corporate shopping standards such as Target, Home Depot, Sears and more, but doesn t it feel better to buy authentic mountain merchandise that truly stands out among the rest?
Something for Everyone! Shopping Hot Spots in Asheville
Asheville is made up of a diverse population so whether you are young or old, women or men, rich or living on a budget there is a store for you. Originality, creativity and fun are the themes of shopping in Asheville regardless of your taste, so hit some of the area s shopping hot spots and simply enjoy.
The Grove Arcade: Honoring the History of Asheville, North Carolina
Beginning in 1929 and until World War II the Grove Arcade market thrived in downtown Asheville. The vision of E.W. Grove, creator of the famous Grove Park Inn, the Grove Arcade was restored to its original grandeur in 2002. Home to regional arts and crafts, boutique stores and exceptional restaurants the Grove Arcade is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon shopping, enjoying delicious food and listening to local music.
Wall Street: Go Back in Time in Asheville, NC
Wall Street is one of the prettiest streets in downtown Asheville. As you walk on the cobblestone you will feel as if you have gone back in time. You can almost hear the hooves of the horse drawn carriages. Restaurants, gift shops and salons line the small street and shoppers can find everything from hair care products to Irish music to shoes. Keep an ear out for some local bluegrass on the corner near Asheville s well-known Flat Iron Building.
Lexington Avenue: Keep Asheville Weird
In June of 2007 AmericanStyle Magazine ranked Asheville number five in the small cities and towns category in the annual Top 25 Arts Destinations reader s poll. The Lexington Avenue shopping district is part of the reason Asheville has enjoyed high rankings in numerous magazines and travel guides. Home to retro and import boutiques, specialty gift shops, independent book and music stores, tattoo shops, art galleries, antique dealers and the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF). Lexington Avenue is the local hang out for artists, fashion designers, performers, punk rockers, hippies, families and anyone who believes free expression is an essential part of life. Held each year in September, LAAFF honors the creative spirit of Asheville with live music, artists booths, performance art and interactive, community art projects created right in the street. On Lexington Ave. there is fun for everyone.
Biltmore Village: Remembering the Vanderbilt Family
Biltmore Village is located just outside the Biltmore Estate, one of WNC s most famous tourist attractions. The train tracks and quaint village storefronts remind visitors of a time when the Vanderbilts were living on the estate and Asheville teemed with their friends, colleagues and business associates from around the country. Although slightly more traditional and upscale in appearance than shopping areas in the heart of the city, Biltmore Village continues to celebrate the creative spirit of the mountains. Antique stores, art galleries, garden shops and more can be found in every direction.
Western North Carolina Farmers Market: A Taste of Mountain Heritage
If you have access to a vehicle while in the city of Asheville don t hesitate to drive just outside of town to the Western North Carolina Farmers Market, The indoor market is open all year round and in addition to some of the freshest vegetables, cheese and eggs, traditional mountain crafts can be bought for prices you won t believe. Savor the flavor of home grown mountain foods, honey and wine or purchase handmade gifts you won t find anywhere but WNC.
Haywood Road in West Asheville: Asheville Expands
Each year the population of Asheville grows. As downtown has become home to more and more people the city has expanded and new neighborhoods and community areas are developing rapidly. The newest, hottest shopping area in Asheville is on Haywood Road in West Asheville where new retro stores, bike shops, Latino markets, book stores, caf s and restaurants open every year on the main drag. Want to avoid parking downtown and hang out with friendly local residents? Stop by West Asheville.
Asheville, North Carolina is a place deeply loved by tourists and residents alike. Shopping in Asheville is a celebration of the diversity, creativity and history nurtured in this beautiful mountain town.
About the Author: Jane Kayton is a real estate agent with Century 21 All Seasons based in Asheville, NC. She specializes in helping her clients find the perfect mountain homes and land near Asheville. To learn more about real estate in Western North Carolina visit her web site