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Shopping in Asheville: Art, Antiques, More

Also See: Gallery Guide | Local Food & Farmers Market | Antique Tobacco Barn | Downtown Asheville |
River Arts District | Antique Shopping | Penland School of Crafts | Bookstores | Downtown Asheville Chocolate Tour | Art Tours & Festivals | 25 Coolest NC Mountain Small Towns | Weaverville Art Safari

Folk Art Center, Asheville
A Top Shopping Pick: Folk Art Center

The Asheville shopping scene is diverse, ranging from shopping malls with national chain stores to quaint downtowns throughout western North Carolina. Browsing interesting shops can be a very romantic way to spend an afternoon. Here are our favorite areas for shopping:

Downtown Asheville is a shopper's paradise. You could spend the entire day browsing many unique shops and galleries. Today the bustling area features 200+ locally owned stores, 30-some galleries featuring local and international art and craft, and a few antique shops. The Grove Arcade is a must stop. Most stores are open Monday-Saturday until 6 PM. Many are open at night and on Sundays. For a better look, go to our Downtown Photo Tour. For a list of galleries, go to our Gallery Guide. See more below!

At Asheville Outlets, shop 75 national and local outlets in this beautiful outdoor shopping village. It's located on I-26, just six miles from Biltmore and seven miles from downtown Asheville. It's pet friendly with many events and sales throughout the year. Click here to visit their Web site.

Biltmore Village, located at the entrance of Biltmore Estate, has 50 quaint shops and galleries in early 1900s buildings and houses.

Tunnel Road near downtown is the major commercial strip (exits 6 and 7 on I-240) with several shopping centers and a beautiful enclosed Asheville Mall, with 100+ specialty and department stores including Belk, Sears, Dillard's, JCPenney, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Old Navy and H&M (3 Tunnel Road).

West Asheville is home to many local, funky shops, resale, vintage & consignment stores, boutiques and galleries.

Biltmore Park is a modern "urban village" with many shops and restaurants.

Browse local shops for plenty of unique items in the quaint downtowns of nearby small towns such as Hendersonville, Black Mountain, Brevard, Old Fort, Morganton, Waynesville, Cashiers, Highlands, Franklin, Hot Springs, Marshall, Tryon, Saluda, Spruce Pine, Burnsville, Bryson City, Banner Elk, Weaverville, Dillsboro and Sylva.

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Featured Asheville Shopping

Grove Arcade
Asheville's public market features specialty shops, restaurants, and sidewalk vending with fresh food and crafts. This block-long historic building has an interior "mall" and shops around the entire exterior. A must stop!
Downtown on Battery Park and O. Henry Avenues.
Read more about the Grove Arcade.

Biltmore Lamp & Shade Gallery
Located in the heart of Biltmore Village, find elegant antiques, accessories, seasonal decorations and, yes, lamps and lampshades too! They are also the exclusive Asheville area retailer of Starfire Designs Jewelry by Charlie Wharton. 30 All Souls Crescent.
Click here to visit their Web site

More Downtown Asheville Shopping

Go to our Asheville Galleries Guide for downtown galleries. Also see our Bookstore Guide.
See our Downtown Asheville Map.

Wall Street: From custom sandals to clothing from Ireland, you will find a cute avenue of trendy shops, galleries and restaurants. If walking, the best place to enter Wall Street is via Battery Park Avenue near the intersection of Haywood Street.

Antique Shopping: There are a dozen antique shops downtown, and most are on Lexington Avenue and Walnut Street, including Asheville Antiques Mall on Lexington . Don't miss Stuf Antiques at 52 Broadway. Captains Bookshelf has a wonderful collection of used and rare books, including first editions, at 31 Page Avenue across from the Grove Arcade. See more about Asheville Antique Shopping.

Malaprops Bookstore
A favorite: Malaprops Bookstore in Downtown Asheville

Ten Thousand Villages: A non-profit, volunteer-based store that provides vital income to Third World people by selling their handicrafts. 10 College Street.

Woolworth Walk: Arts and crafts emporium with more than 150 exhibiting artists in 20,000 square feet of display and studio space. 25 Haywood Street.

Kress Emporium: Collection of excellece in art from luminous stained glass and hand-thrown ceramics to elegant paintings, evocative sculptures, extraordinary handcrafted jewelry, and much more from 80 distinguished regional artists and craftspeople. 19 Patton Avenue.

Weinhaus: Get the perfect bottle of wine for your getaway at this Asheville institution. The Cheese Store of Asheville, located downtown at the Weinhaus, offers a lot more than cheese. In addition to retail sales of artisan cheese, cured meats, and local products, guests can sit at the Cork & Keg bar and enjoy a local beer, wine and a cheese plate or sandwich. 86 Patton Avenue

Tops: This mecca for shoe lovers sprawls through several buildings and can be entered from Lexington Avenue, College Street, or Rankin Avenue.

Mast General Store: One of our main "anchor" stores is this 1940s-style emporium with comfortable clothing, traditional housewares, old time barrel candy, and a great mountain outfitters section. 15 Biltmore Avenue.

Chevron Trading Post & Bead Co.: This shop is the largest and most comprehensive bead store in the Southeast featuring imported beads from around the world. The store has 4,000 square-feet of beads, tools and supplies for all your projects.

Asheville's Therapeutic Salt Cave: Experience the most relaxing 45 minutes of your life! The power of salt therapy has been known for centuries to be beneficial in the treatment of respiratory aliments, cardiac issues, nervous system disorders, skin problems, and digestive complaints. Experience a unique oasis, a salt enriched microclimate which allows the body and mind to gain relaxation, rehabilitation, and balance. 10 Eagle Street.

Shopping in Asheville
New Morning Gallery in Biltmore Village

Biltmore Village Shopping
Go to the Asheville Gallery Guide for Biltmore Village galleries. Also see Biltmore Village.

Biltmore Lamp & Shade Gallery, located in the heart of Biltmore Village, offers elegant antiques, accessories, seasonal decorations and, yes, lamps and lampshades too! They are also the exclusive Asheville area retailer of Starfire Designs Jewelry by Charlie Wharton. 30 All Souls Crescent. Click here to visit their Web site

Antique Tobacco Barn, 70,000 square feet warehouse packed with finished and unfinished antiques. It is located on Highway 81 near Biltmore Estate. See and read more.

Biltmore Antiques District comprises 13 stores within a mile and a half of the Biltmore Estate. See our Antiques Guide for more.

Village Antiques: European importers of 18th- and 19th-century French, English, and Italian furniture in an adventurous warehouse setting. 755 Biltmore Avenue.

The Compleat Naturalist: This nature store and wildlife art gallery includes fun stuff for all ages. 2 Biltmore Plaza.

Porter & Prince: Beautiful offering of fine linens, furniture, European soaps, aromatherapy candles and unique treasures made by local artisans. Biltmore Station.

The Thomas Kinkade Gallery: Features art glass, hand-built ceramics, woodcrafts, quilts, handcrafted jewelry, porcelains, garden art, handmade dolls, fine graphics, limited edition prints, music CDs. Biltmore Plaza on Boston Way.

ScreenDoor & Common Ground Distributors: Wonderful book outlet, which features an in-depth selection of nature, gardening, home decor and children's books, and 12,000 sq. ft. of treasures for the uncommon garden and cottage. Located just up the hill from Biltmore Village at 115 Fairview Road. 


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