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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

Malaprops Bookstore
A favorite: Malaprops Bookstore in Downtown Asheville

The Asheville shopping scene is diverse, ranging from shopping malls with national chain stores to quaint downtowns. 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 quite a few antique shops. Most stores are open Monday-Saturday until 6 pm. Some are open at night and on Sundays. For a better look, go to our Downtown Photo Tour or our Downtown Asheville Map. For a list of galleries downtown, go to our Gallery Guide.

Window Shopping: See our Facebook page (you don't have to be a Facebook member to enjoy) for more photos of "Window Shopping in Downtown Asheville" Part One and Part Two.

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

Tunnel Road is the major commercial strip (exits 6 and 7 on I-240) with several shopping centers and a beautiful 120+ store enclosed shopping mall, Asheville Mall.

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

Biltmore Park is a new "urban village" with many new 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, Waynesville, Cashiers, Highlands , Franklin, Tryon, Saluda, Spruce Pine, Burnsville, Bryson City, Banner Elk, Weaverville, Dillsboro and Sylva.

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Featured Asheville Shopping


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

Asheville Shopping Brunks Brunk Auctions
About every eight weeks or so, one of the finest auctions of fine antiques in the Southeast is held in Asheville. Recent auctions have included 18th- and 19th-century tapestries, Arts and Crafts objects, pottery, Southern furniture, architectural pieces, and jewelry. There is no fee to attend.

Located at 117 Tunnel Road, a mile east of downtown.

Asheville shops Malaprop's Bookstore & Café
Consistently voted as one of the best bookstores in the Southeast. Beware, you may end up spending much more time there than you planned with poetry readings, a fun coffee shop, and great people watching.
Downtown at 55 Haywood Street. Open 'til 10 p.m. on Fri & Sat.

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. Treasure Keepers, located at 12 Church Street in downtown Asheville, is an antique shop that specializes in unique estate furnishings and collectibles from around the world. Not Your Average Antiques, also across from the Grove Arcade has Americana at it's best with vintage slots, phonographs, toys, posters, jewelry, guitars, folk art and a lot more. See more about Asheville Antique Shopping.

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.

Twist Boutique: New! At a first casual glance, the store appears an eclectic mix of unique and one-of-a-kind clothing items and accessories. But beyond its artistic displays of jewelry, hats, scarves, gloves ‒ something for every season ‒ is a backstory that lends even more mystery to Twist's existence. 35 N Lexington Ave

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.

Twist Boutique (35 N Lexington Ave) is Asheville's newest culmination of timing, location, and symbols of dreams come true. At a first casual glance, the store appears an eclectic mix of unique and one-of-a-kind clothing items and accessories. But beyond its artistic displays of jewelry, hats, scarves, gloves ‒ something for every season ‒ is a backstory that lends even more mystery to Twist's existence.

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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