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…
Clothing in Raleigh

Lumina Clothing Co

Raleigh born and bred, this hip, mostly men’s clothing boutique made a name for itself by dishing out its own shirt designs in half sizes. Along with their own stuff, including denim and pants, the fiercely curated …
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 …
Clothing in Charlotte


Charlotte’s best-known luxury clothing store has earned a national reputation for its impeccable array of women’s fashion and jewelry, much of it the work of international designers otherwise barely available in the…
Market in Chapel Hill & Carrboro

Weaver Street Market

The grocery co-op at Weaver Street Market serves Carrboro as an informal town square, with live music and free wi-fi, and the gift and crafts stores of the restored Carr Mill alongside.
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…
Music in Charlotte

Lunchbox Records

Apart perhaps from its giant robot sign and blue-brick facade, this Plaza Midwood store is just like the local record stores you used to love. Rack upon rack of vinyl, plus CDs and DVDs – they buy, too – as well as …
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…