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Shops & Galleries

Asheville features the unique, special, handcrafted, and hard-to-find

Downtown Asheville shops and galleries feature a unique mix of locally-owned establishments. Downtown art galleries offer specialized items such as custom jewelry, quilts, furniture and one-of-a-kind gifts. The city is pedestrian friendly, with wrought-iron benches throughout downtown, and many eateries have open-air dining sections that allow visitor to enjoy the city's mild weather. In downtown Asheville, it is a pleasure—not a stress—to go shopping.

  • Grove Arcade—One of the most interesting and inviting spots for downtown shopping is the Grove Arcade. This renovated historic building is worth a visit to admire the architecture alone, but it's also a wonderful place to wander, shop or visit galleries. The dining options range from Chicago-style hot dogs to frozen custard, wine bars to coffee shops, upscale restaurants to sidewalk cafes. The area nearby the Grove Arcade is also lined with several shops and restaurants.
  • Downtown Asheville Art District—There's a reason Asheville's arts scene is heralded again and again. In downtown Asheville, there are 30 galleries belonging to this organization alone. The group offers maps and self-guided tours, as well as City Center art walks. You can also find the works of 150 artists at Woolworth Walk in the heart of downtown Asheville.
  • Wall Street - This picturesque side street in downtown Asheville features a mix of unique shops like Beads and Beyond, the paint-your-own-pottery spot Fired Up Creative Lounge, or Art Deco-inspired jewelry at Overström Studio. While you're there, stop off for a bite at Early Girl Eatery for organic Southern cuisine, Laughing Seed Café for vegetarian cuisine or The Market Place for inventive food.
  • Broadway to Biltmore - This corridor, with Broadway to one side of Patton Avenue and Biltmore to the other, is lined with several popular downtown Asheville shops and true local institutions like Mast General Store. Along Broadway, the diverse shopping ranges from L.O.F.T. - Lost Objects Found Treasures for interesting finds, C and Co. for all natural body goods, to Bruisin' Ales, devoted to beer lovers.
  • Lexington Avenue - This funky and eclectic neighborhood is the place to shop for the delightfully unexpected, from political bumper stickers to punk tee-shirts to new age books. While you're there, sample some French comfort food at Bouchon.
  • Haywood Street - Discover the quintessential downtown shopping experience on Haywood Street, one of Asheville's original shopping districts. From Malaprop's Bookstore to Jewels that Dance, you'll be sure to find something stimulating on Haywood Street.

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American Folk Art and Framing

  • 64 Biltmore Avenue
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: 828-281-2134
  • Region: Downtown

Contemporary Southern Folk Art, including painting North Carolina wood-fired pottery, wood carving & jewelry. They also provide innovative custom picture framing solutions for the enhancement of your fine art. Throw in a generous helping of whimsy, …more

Appalachian Craft Center

  • 10 North Spruce Street
  • Ste. 120
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: 828-253-8499
  • Region: Downtown

The pottery of the North Carolina folk potters awaits you at Appalachian Crafts. Owens, McNeill, Wyndham, and Coles, as well as many skilled artisans from the surrounding neighborhoods. Carved eastern song birds, wooden toys, hand-woven looper rugs, …more

Ariel Gallery

  • 19 Biltmore Avenue
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: 828-236-2660
  • Region: Downtown

Ariel Gallery Asheville's contemporary craft collective. Featuring a wide range of fine craft created by its preeminent local members. Ariel Gallery: for the Well Crafted Life.

Asheville Area Arts Council

  • One Page Avenue
  • Suite #144 & 143A
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: (828) 258-0710
  • Region: Downtown

The Asheville Area Arts Council is the collective voice for the arts, advancing Buncombe County by providing access to resources, developing innovative collaborations, and fostering creativity in the community. …more

  • Pack Square Park
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: (828) 582-2112
  • Region: Downtown

Asheville Art in the Park will once again be providing access to some of the finest artists in the region with it’s market series now in its seventh year. The event takes place on three consecutive Saturdays each June and October. Nationally known …more

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