City Guides

Asheville City Guide Part 2

02/21/2018

SHOPS

Whist 

Your West Asheville stop for classic, colorful, and eccentric gifts. Funny housewarming prez? Birthday journal for that writer friend? Sentimental card for your sweetie? Diverse enough for anyone, but specific enough for that special someone, Whist is your store for any event, age, or personality. Oh, and the owners rule.

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Twice Round Vintage

This Asheville staple has stayed strong and stuck well over the years. You can find the West Asheville store in a bright blue building with a wacky window display. Inside, time travel to killer denim racks, rows of boots, cool flair, and psychedelic sundresses. Plus, no price inflation here. Which, is, like, really cool. 

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Minx

Searching for the perfect botanical print dress? Wide brim hat? Subtle statement jewelry? Time for Minx, the darling of Lexington Ave. shopping. Each clothing rack is coordinated conveniently by color, making it easy to shop by occasion. So much so that with every event or fancy date, we find ourselves walking out of Minx with an outfit and earrings to match. It's hard not to with a selection so consistent, affordable, and chic.

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Oddfellows Antiques

If you're on the hunt for a unique antique, this is your home base. For hardcore Antique Roadshow fans like us, Oddfellows is like a Parthenon. The 16,000 square foot building houses eccentric European pieces like French cabinets, stained glass windows, and even an occasional cannonball or two. Swannanoa River Road also features some of the best antique shopping Asheville has to offer; your go-to stop for your next family heirloom. 

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Malaprop's

Asheville's original indie bookstore! In an Amazon world, bookstores have reinvented themselves as community outposts, with events like author talks, book clubs, coffee meetups, and more. Check Malaprop's calendar to catch things like a talk by David Sedaris or an in-store book signing by poet Andrea Gibson. Beyond events, browse the solid book selection, eclectic gifts (like Seltzer Goods!), latte menu, or (tasteful) Asheville souvenirs. 

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Harvest Records

The vinyl revival speaks to a generation craving tactile experiences. Finding your genre, shuffling through the rows, and chatting with fellow fans is a pleasure a place like Harvest provides. The store is bright and friendly; big enough for uninterrupted browsing, yet small enough to feel all yours. The prices are typically better than online and the selection is always intelligent and new. You leave with a new sort of nostalgia totally right for our times.

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Duncan and York

Can you say cute AND curated? This delightfully modern gift shop on Lexington radiates with good vibes. The staff is friendly, but not overbearing, giving you plenty of time to find the perfect something for your work wife, cool mom, or awesome BFF. Where else could you pair boozy gummy bears with a flask bangle bracelet and an adorable greeting card? 

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Asheville Bee Charmer

A lovely spot for a unique and sweet gift. From the large variety of raw, pure honey, to bee-themed and natural gifts, the Bee Charmer is a delightful addition to the Haywood strip. We recommend the Sourwood honey and the honey body wash. They make us happy. And, don't forget the 'bee happy' designs from us while you're there! 

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PLACES

River Arts District 

Not too long ago, the RAD, as it's known, was largely abandoned, washed out with empty warehouses. Today, the area is inhabited by thriving artists, restaurants, and bars, and the vibe is more colorful than ever. Take a studio stroll. See a glass blowing demonstration. Or, sip some wine and watch the train go by at District Wine or The Wedge.

Craggy Gardens

As far as local hikes go, this is one of our favorites. That's saying a lot in a region as biologically diverse and trail-heavy as Western North Carolina. Craggy's famous arched rhododendrons give the path a magical quality, and the hues, whether the pink and purple blooms of early summer or the orange and reds of fall, make the 360-degree pinnacle view a breathtaking sight. The drive ain't so bad either.

Off the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Mothlight

Your stop for a slightly moody, never-too-rowdy, laidback whiskey weeknight show. The bar has big accommodations for you to snag a quick drink and land a close stage spot. The performances are intimate, from musicians like Waxahatchee, Jens Lekman, Colleen, and their events include sweaty dance parties and live storytelling. For us, it's the adult venue of our young indie dreams.

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