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With over 200 shops and galleries, downtown Asheville is a shopper's paradise. Whether you're looking for collectibles and antiques, for the latest in fashion, or just the perfect gift, you're sure to find it in the plentiful boutiques, craft stores, and gift shops. Of course if there's one thing that Asheville is known for, its a passion for the arts; the 30+ downtown galleries are a credit to this legacy. From the mammoth Blue Spiral to more intimate galleries, you'll find work by the most revered masters such as Will Henry Stevens, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and many more. In accordance with the widely talented community of Asheville, work by local and regional artists and craftspersons is well represented. If all that successful shopping has worked up an appetite, you couldn't be in a better place. French, Indian, Irish, Caribbean, Tapas, Southern, whatever you need to sate your appetite. Downtown Asheville has it all.
No visit to Asheville is complete without dropping by the Biltmore village, a premiere destination for fine art and antiques. Whether you're looking for 18th century French furniture, Swarovski crystal, original artworks or simply fascinating architecture, you're sure to find it in the Biltmore Village's 30 shops, galleries, and restaurants. In addition to fabulous shopping, The Biltmore Village is also rife with history. When George Washington Vanderbilt, heir to the Vanderbilt family fortune, ordered the construction the famous 125,000 acre Biltmore Estate, he found that his plan required an alarmingly high number of workers. So it was that the Biltmore village was built as a state of the art company town to house them. Architect Richard Morris Hunt, designer of the grand Biltmore House itself, echoed the themes he had used on the estate when designing the Biltmore Village. Hunts work has stood the test of time; the village has performed several roles in the following century, only to grow into one of the most interesting shopping districts in the region.
The Grove Arcade
With over 40 fresh food markets, galleries, restaurants, specialty stores and more, everything you could hope for can be found at the Grove Arcade, right in downtown Asheville! The Grove arcade was the vision of the same man who realized Asheville's famous Grove Park Inn, E.W.Grove. Although he never lived to see completed, he said of his dream, the Grove Arcade, "It is generally conceded that the Arcade Building would do justice to a city many times the size of Asheville. It is by far the finest structure in the South and there are few, if any, finer in the entire country." While many argue that this still holds true today, that the Grove Arcade is a must see destination remains undisputed.
The Asheville Mall
Looking for world-class shopping with designer names? Look no further than the Asheville Mall. One of the top destinations for visitors to Asheville, this luxurious shopping center has earned a reputation for excellence in customer service and an outstanding variety of gifts, goods, apparel, toys, books, and so much more. With over 100 stores and 5 top department stores, it's easy to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones as well as just the right items to treat yourself with! The Asheville Mall is the only place in Asheville to boast all the best names in shopping, from Kirklands to Eddie Bauer, Ann Taylor, Aéropostale, Structure and so many more. Of course the mall also hosts an excellent array of 15 eateries so there's no need to cut short your perfect shopping extravaganza just to pick up something to eat. No wonder the Asheville mall has become Western North Carolina's premiere shopping destination.