Asheville has a diverse retail scene perfect for a wide array of shoppers. You can find fashions from nationally known and homegrown designers, stunning jewelry from local craftsmen, museum-caliber art in open-air galleries, and extravagant furnishings for your home. And whatever kind of shopper you are, there’s an Asheville store that caters to you.
With the list below, discover where to go on your next Asheville shopping spree based on your personal style.
For the fashionista…
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If you’re looking for clothing that makes you feel confident and comfortable, look no further than frock boutique. This downtown women’s clothing boutique has everything you’re looking for, from dresses for upcoming brides, statement pieces for attending an event, and closet essentials you’ll love to wear.
Unleash your inner fashionista at Adlib Clothing—a stylish boutique where trendy meets comfortable. Whether you’re into rocking a casual streetwear vibe or want to make a statement with bold patterns and colors, this is the place to be. They’re also all about eco-friendly materials and ethical manufacturing, which means you can strut your stuff with a clear conscience.
Get ready to hit the road in style and comfort with a jaw-dropping collection of vintage-inspired and modern clothes from Caravans, a boutique in the Grove Arcade.
Embellish is a funky boutique filled with unique and eclectic fashion finds that will make you stand out. From bohemian-inspired dresses to edgy statement pieces, they’ve got the perfect outfit to suit your individuality. They also offer a vibrant selection of accessories, home decor, and gifts that add a touch of whimsy to your life.
Apricot Lane s a fashion wonderland, bursting with handpicked treasures to ignite your style inspiration. All styles featured in-store are handpicked by the owner, with new arrivals daily. Shopping at Apricot Lane is always a new discovery and an affordable unique boutique experience!
For the art lover…
River Arts District
Visit the working studios and galleries of hundreds of artists in Asheville’s River Arts District area. Painting, pottery, jewelry, glass, metal, wood, and much more line the streets, just waiting for you to come in and see their wares. Studios are open every single day!
Woolworth Walk is the magical Asheville emporium of your dreams! Explore their gallery featuring more than 170 local artists in all mediums, from fiber and glass to pottery and metal. And remember to walk downstairs! There are even more treasures to be found.
“Art for Living” has been the touchstone phrase for New Morning Gallery since its founding in 1972 by Asheville entrepreneur and philanthropist John Cram. The gallery’s focus over the years has been bringing collectors and makers together in a space to celebrate the handmade—and they definitely do! Browse mugs, dinnerware, jewelry, furniture, garden sculptures, or many more offerings at the gallery’s 12,500 sq. ft. space in the heart of Biltmore Village.
“Art to Wear” is a natural fit for New Morning’s sister gallery, Bellagio Art to Wear. Located just next door to New Morning Gallery, Bellagio is a one-of-a-kind boutique featuring independently crafted women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags, and accessories. Their staff will help you find the perfect outfit for any special occasion or the best in daily wear and accessories.
The Southern Highland Craft Guild is where creativity goes wild in the heart of the Southern Appalachian region. Since 1930, they’ve been all about celebrating and preserving traditional crafts. They represent more than 800 talented artists, each making mind-blowing handmade items like ceramics, textiles, woodwork, and more. Visit them at the Folk Art Center to see exhibitions and attend monthly events!
Blue Spiral 1 is the heart of a booming art scene in downtown Asheville. For over 30 years, this three-story, multi-gallery shop has maintained a diverse and extensive exhibition schedule, hosting over 25 shows in their main and lower-level galleries each year. On the upper level of the storefront, you’ll find a wide array of artworks—ceramics, painting, glass, photography, sculpture, and more—from more than 100 artists. Blue Spiral also offers art consulting, installation, and shipping services to provide customers with a complete art service experience.
For the thrift shopper…
When you walk inside Reciprocity, you’ll find a mix of new and resale boutique clothing from brands like Free People, Anthropologie, J.Crew, and Urban Outfitters, to name a few. They stock the shop with all the designer denim, boho styles, and boots they can find. Their selection is constantly changing and evolving, so you’ll never shop the same thing twice. If you’re doing spring cleaning for your closet, bring in your in-season stylish clothing, shoes, and accessories to get store credit that you can trade for new treasures you find while browsing.
An ever-changing mix of clothing and home goods is at Mine & Yours—the coolest resale and consignment store in Asheville. From men’s and women’s clothing to jewelry and crafts, you will find many items at their colorful consignment shop.
Enchanted Forest is Asheville’s award-winning, nationally recognized resale and consignment boutique specializing in women’s designer-label apparel and accessories. Treasures for sale are displayed among antique sewing machines, vintage pie cupboards, 1940 screen doors, and weathered picket fences from the North Carolina coast. Don’t miss this treasure trove!
With one of the coolest store names in the city, Hip Replacements is a little shop in downtown Asheville that specializes in vintage-inspired, independent designers curated with nostalgia for yesteryear. Find clothing, accessories, shoes, home decor, and more.
For the musically inclined…
If you love to play music, you most likely know the name Moog. We’re so lucky to have the Moog Factory in the heart of downtown Asheville for visitors and locals to explore and shop! Visit the Moog store, play the gear, take a free factory tour to learn the science and engineering behind Moog synthesizers, and purchase a new electronic musical instrument. They carry and sell the full lineup of Moog instruments and a wide array of third-party boutique synthesizers and effects. And if you’re interested in the history of Moog, make sure to stop by the Moogseum—an immersive, interactive museum where Bob Moog’s pioneering legacy and the science of sound come alive!
What is a Woodrow? The Woodrow is an upright variant of a traditional mountain dulcimer that holds like a guitar. The Woodrow is also one of the easiest instruments you can learn. If you’re musically inclined, you should stop by the Woodrow Instrument Co. storefront in downtown Asheville to try one on for size.
Sip on a local artisan coffee while searching through old and modern records at Citizen Vinyl. The space triples as a vinyl pressing plant, a record shop, an awesome coffee bar during the day, and a standard bar in the evening. Voted one of the best bars in America, you have to see why this spot has garnered national recognition.
Asheville has a few record stores, but one of our favorites is Static Age Records in the heart of downtown Asheville. The store also doubles as an event space and hosts various weekly live performances!
For the antiquer…
Antique Tobacco Barn
Explore a 77,000-square-foot barn filled with antiques, home furnishings, and unique finds from over 75 antique dealers. Repeatedly voted the best place to shop for antiques in Western North Carolina, the Antique Tobacco Barn has a fast-moving inventory and is always packed full of buyers searching for the next big thing.
One of our favorite antique stores is Sweeten Creek Antiques, located right outside Biltmore Village. Explore 31,000 square feet of diverse and eclectic antiques from more than 125 vendors.
Mid-century, modern, and retro furnishings fill the storefront at Atomic Furnishing and Design. The owners search high and low to find gems and restore them to their original beauty. Find one-of-a-kind pieces that are perfect for your home.
If you love antiquing but are looking for more high-end furniture items, Village Antiques near Biltmore Village is the place for you. Their collections appeal to designers, collectors, and decorators of fine antique furniture and art.
Asheville’s largest market for the old, the bold, the creative, and the unexpected, Marquee is a design-centric marketplace of curated vendors from around the region and beyond. Search through unique antiques, vintage and artful decor, handmade jewelry, and many more quirky finds.
For the tourist…
Mast General Store
Located just off Pack Square, one of Asheville’s oldest city sectors, Mast General Store carries on the traditions of an old-timey general store with modern, updated touches. The building it’s located in dates back to the 1940s, and the Mast General Store brand has been in business since 1883! Inside, you’ll find clothing, candy, home decor, outdoor gear, kitchen essentials, and everything in between. It’s a must-stop on any trip to Asheville.
Whether you’re visiting or a local searching for a unique and thoughtful gift, Asheville Emporium offers an ever-evolving curated collection of unforgettable gifts, art, souvenirs, and events. This shop features a combination of local artisan gifts and photographic displays. Having represented more than 100 local and nationally-known artists, makers, and craftspeople, Asheville Emporium has something for everyone. Shop Asheville souvenirs, kids’ toys, men’s gifts, and more!
Supporting local artisans just got easier thanks to Locals Only Gifts & Goods. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one or simply want to treat yourself to something special, this is a great place to shop around and find something unexpected.
Turn back time at Town Hardware—an old-timey hardware and general store in Black Mountain, NC. You can expect to see all the products from a top-of-the-line hardware chain, plus products you would find at an old-timey general store, like housewares, toys, and outdoor living items. Kids can explore unplugged toys like yo-yos and Appalachian games like Bull Roarer and the cup game while their parents peruse a wide selection for their home, cottage, or vacation stay.
CW Moose Trading is a celebration of the town of Black Mountain and the beautiful mountains and wildlife of WNC. Their curated collection of quality goods includes apparel and accessories, local crafts, products, and fun gifts. Add this stop to your Black Mountain travels.
For the bookaholic…
Find your latest read in Malaprop’s—an independent bookstore thriving in downtown Asheville since 1982. Grab a tasty treat from their café while you explore the shelves covered with book titles from local and regional artists, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book club suggestions, and more. Make sure to come back for an author event or reading on the weekend!
Come for the books but stay for the champagne at Battery Park Book Exchange! Located at the historic Grove Arcade, Battery Park offers delicious wines and delectable bites within a two-story bookstore decorated with art and antiques. Unlike any other business in Asheville, this is a must-stop on your next trip to downtown Asheville.
Named after the firestorm, this collectively-owned bookstore operates with an eye on creating a sustainable, radical community event space. Since 2008, they’ve supported grassroots movements while developing a workplace based on cooperation, empowerment, and equity. Support their mission by visiting and finding your next best read!
For the sneakerhead…
Tops for Shoes
If you need a new set of kicks, Tops for Shoes has you covered. Another downtown Asheville community staple, this enormous shoe retailer has served the Southeast for over three generations. They house all brands and styles of shoes, from athletic to hiking to dressy to casual. Tops remains a local family-run business that puts its heart and “soles” into the company, which has allowed it to grow in popularity since its opening in 1952.
Family-owned and operated since 1978, Discount Shoes has been offering customer name brand shoes for less. From Birkenstock to New Balance, find your new pair of kicks here!
For the metaphysical…
Asheville Raven and Crone
Asheville’s only “old age” metaphysical supply store, Asheville Raven and Crone specializes in high-quality products created by local magic practitioners. Candles, tarot cards, cauldrons, runes, salts—all the products you’ll find at Raven and Crone are botanical, organic, ecologically conscious, and affordable. Whether you’re a pagan beginner or a seasoned witch, the staff at Raven and Crone are knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to help with whatever you need. Just look for the raven with the key!
Are you a rock, mineral, or fossil lover? Enter the Earth, located in the Grove Arcade, is an essential stop in Asheville. The shop features a multitude of enticing minerals and fossils, functional earthy home decor, and pieces for even the most novice collectors.
Fine minerals and gems, crystals, fossil specimens, home goods, decor, jewelry, skulls, taxidermy, and insects—you name it, you’ll find it at Corner Stone Minerals!
Founded upon the belief that Mother Earth’s abundant resources can transform the human experience, Adorathrapy crafts and sells award-winning aroma perfumes to lift and shift your mood at any moment. Each aroma corresponds to one of the seven primary chakras, allowing you to improve whichever chakra you need to work on. Customers can also participate in an auratherapy session to discover which of the seven chakras they need help with!
Get out there and explore our iconic, edgy, classic, and timeless city and all our local shops and small businesses have to offer. Ready to find a style that’s all your own? Explore our directory of all the places you can shop ‘til you drop on A Look at Asheville.