I did not intend for my trip to Asheville to lead to a big shopping spree, but sometimes, these things happen in the quest for fab. It started with the frock from Frock. Then, I was smitten with the fig balsamic vinegar (and the little baby taster bottles of cinnamon-pear, chocolate, and black walnut balsamics and garlic olive oil) from the Tree & Vine. A visit to the Screen Door yielded a chartruese, fish-shaped French gravy boat and some votive candles. After lunch at Tupelo Honey (a totally delish tomato & havarti grilled cheese sandwich), “Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film” from Malaprop’s, skull-shaped shot glasses and a Dia de los Muertos ring from L.O.F.T., and a few beads from the the Chevron Trading Post. The next day, I bought a patchwork silk scarf from jennythreads at the Southern Highlands Craft Show and then some chocolates from the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. I left a visit to Green Girl Studios with some of their pewter pieces and some Basha beads. And last, but not least, a handmade skirt from Pattiy Torno in the River Arts district.
One of the great things about Asheville is the opportunity to buy from small businesses (like chocolatiers) or directly from artists (like chocolatiers). All over town, old department stores and factory buildings have been converted into artist malls, antique stores, or studio space. If you’re interested in supporting artists or independent bookstores (or chocolatiers), Asheville is a great place to shop.