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Get Great Gifts, Boost Area Economy When You Shop Local in Asheville

Local Shopping Asheville NCIn Asheville, “shop local” is more than just a catch phrase: It grows the community’s unique character, boosts the local economy by increasing jobs and wages, and inspires entrepreneurship. This holiday season, keeping your shopping dollars in the Asheville economy is easier and more enjoyable than ever. 

From carefully curated clothing boutiques to eclectic art enclaves to unique gift shops, Asheville is brimming with plenty of interesting, locally based businesses for finding quality wares singular to the city. In addition, quaint and compact districts anchored by local businesses are the hallmark of many surrounding Western N.C. towns, including Hendersonville, Weaverville, Brevard and Waynesville, to name just a few.

Where Asheville art abounds

The once-industrial neighborhood of the River Arts District, nestled next to the French Broad River, is now home to the working studios and galleries of hundreds of artists. From painting and pottery to jewelry, glass, metal and wood, the pieces created and sold in RAD reflect the thriving artistic talent Asheville nurtures. Spending a day shopping in RAD also affords the opportunity to watch local artisans at work, creating pieces that you can purchase on the spot. Doesn’t get much more local than that!

Even though Biltmore Village retains its Old-World charm, today it’s well-known as an exciting commercial hub of local retailers, including specialty gift shops, clothing boutiques and jewelry makers. Galleries featuring a range of local artwork, and an eclectic mix of locally owned furniture shops, make it easy to outfit and decorate your home for the holidays.

Shop Local Asheville DowntownDowntown Asheville does local right

When it comes to local retail shops, crafts outlets, specialty stores, and other unique spots for buying local items, downtown Asheville can’t be beat. Whether it’s a holiday party outfit, a host gift, or stocking stuffers for the kids, the downtown shopping district is a one-stop spot for checking everything off your list. And when you’re ready to take a breather from shopping, the countless locally owned restaurants, breweries, bakeries and coffee shops dotting downtown offer the perfect spot to recharge.

For an added bonus when you shop local, bring along a Go Local card. The card offers access to discounts and special offers at more than 590 locally owned, independent businesses in the Asheville area, all to benefit Asheville public schools. Go Local Asheville is committed to strengthening the local economy through businesses that value the people in the community, the health of the environment, and the power of collaboration.

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