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Arts & Crafts in Blowing Rock

Parkway Craft Center

The Parkway Craft Center, where the Southern Highland Craft Guild sells superb crafts, is housed in a 1901 Colonial Revival mansion that’s directly accessible from the parkway and also holds a small museum. The form…
Sports & Outdoors in High Country

Original Mast General Store

The first of the many Mast general stores that dot the High Country, this rambling clapboard building still sells many of the same products that it did back in 1883. As well as bacon, axes and hard candy, though, yo…
Arts & Crafts in Asheville

Horse and Hero

For a taste of Asheville’s contemporary creativity, and a distinctly psychedelic take on Appalachian art, drop into this groovy downtown gallery. As well as graphic design pieces and lithographs, it sells plenty of …
Sports & Outdoors in Asheville

Mast General Store

This long-standing North Carolina favorite is great for outdoor gear, organic and natural cosmetics, provisions, candy, toys – you name it, much of it produced locally.
Chocolate in Asheville

Chocolate Fetish

With its silky truffles ($2.25) and sinfully good caramels, not to mention 20-minute tasting tours ($10), Chocolate Fetish deserves a flag on any chocolate addict’s map. Recommendations? Chai Moon (chai tea and cinn…
Ceramics in Asheville

East Fork Pottery

Beautiful ceramic mugs and plates, made by a collective team of local ceramicists that includes Alex Matisse, the great-grandson of Henri himself. Their shop also sells a few of their favorite things, such as artisa…
Books in Asheville

Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe

Downtown’s best-loved new bookstore is cherished locally for its expert staff, who maintain a carefully curated selection of regional fiction and nonfiction. The cappuccino and wi-fi are very welcome too.
Shoes in Asheville

Tops for Shoes

This may look like a run-of-the-mill old-school shoe store, but venture inside – it’s enormous, with an eye-catching assortment of hiking boots and hip footwear.
Arts & Crafts in Cherokee

Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual

To pick up authentic Cherokee craftwork, including basketry, stone carving and ceramics, head to this large cooperative gallery.
Sports & Outdoors in High Country

Original Mast General Store Annex

The nearby Mast General Store took over this former rival way back when, and now stocks it with outdoor apparel, hiking gear and a whole lot of candy.