Asheville is a city filled with multiple talents and personalities. It loves to show off its culinary savvy, musical competencies, artistic prowess and access to the great outdoors. It’s also very proud of all the shopping opportunities that pop up just about everywhere you turn. From historic Biltmore Village to downtown and West Asheville, this colorful city is a shopping mecca for fine art lovers, local craft enthusiasts, vintage junkies, outdoor adventurers, antique seekers and more.
So, let us help you plan your next Asheville shopping journey here. We’ve broken it down into three very walkable shopping destinations with some must-shop stops, and we’re sure that you’ll find many more in between.
Downtown Asheville Shopping
Downtown Asheville is a very walkable area and it’s easy to go from shop to shop, collecting treasures along the way. The places we mention here in downtown Asheville are shopping collectives where people have access to an array of creations all under one roof.
This is truly a unique Asheville shopping experience. Located inside a historic Woolworth building – there’s even an old-fashioned soda fountain that serves comfort food favorites such as tuna melts, banana splits, fried bologna and some of the “world’s best malts.” The space itself features more than 170 local artists who showcase items ranging from art and jewelry to crafts and home furnishings.
Asheville’s Kress Emporium showcases the work of over 80 regional artists and craftspeople along with a wide selection of fine antiques and collectibles. Built in 1928, the historic Kress Building is an outstanding architectural landmark with its rich ceramic tile and neoclassic motifs. The downstairs part of this shopping destination is home to K2 Studio which houses a unique inventory of locally and internationally sourced furnishings. You’ll be hard-pressed to walk out of here empty-handed.
This 1920s Gothic Revival building is home to more than 20 local businesses. It covers an entire city block in Downtown Asheville and shoppers can find everything from fashion boutiques and jewelry stores to art galleries and craft shops. Stop into Bebette’s, a New Orleans-style coffee house, for some of the best beignets around. And, the southern end of Grove Arcade houses the outdoor Makers Market, where you can find dozens of stalls selling handmade clothes, jewelry, paintings, musical instruments and farm products.
West Asheville Shopping
The West Asheville shopping experience is one with a vibe all its own. Want to add some vinyl to your record collection? Do add Harvest Records. Looking for that rare rock-n-roll t-shirt? Try your luck at Fleetwood’s. And, if you’re in the mood to make a last-minute marriage proposal, there’s a wedding chapel there too. Want a rhinestone broach? Of course – who doesn’t? You’re likely to land one at Twice Round, a funky thrift and vintage shop. There’s also the Handmade on Haywood, a collective of local artists, most of who make their for-sale goods right out of their homes. And, if you’d like to shop for items that range from nostalgic to new, Provisions Mercantile is a modern-day mercantile that’s easy to get lost in. There’s also a fun place for the kids (and adults too) – Sparky’s Toys and Gifts. It’s West Asheville’s locally-owned toy shop and offers everything from the classics to the latest trends. Finally, if you’re looking for a gift for a plant lover friend or just looking to green up your space a bit, Flora strives to cultivate new interests in botanical living within its botanical boutique and cafe.
Historic Biltmore Village Shopping
This area is home to the iconic Biltmore Estate, but if you find you don’t have time for a visit, you can still visit their shop right outside the gates to pick up a little souvenir. The historic Biltmore Village boasts a premier shopping district among cobble-stoned streets. It’s filled with elegant boutiques, sprawling antique shops and popular clothing stores.
There are also several antique shops right near Biltmore Village. They include the Antique Tobacco Barn which has 77,000 square feet of those somewhat needful things just waiting to be found. The Screen Door has a good deal of garden stuff and Oddfellows is the perfect place to find handpicked European imports. And while it’s a little off the beaten path, it’s still near Biltmore – the Regeneration Station and it’s got a super collection of mid-century, vintage and repurposed collectibles.
So, make a weekend of it. A shopping trip to Asheville is a great way to see the different parts of the city and pick up some items that you’ll cherish for years to come. And, stay with Inspired Getaway – we’ve got great spaces for you to rest your tired feet after your shopping extravaganza.
For a complete list of Asheville shopping spots, visit: Explore Asheville Shopping.