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10 New Small Businesses to Check Out in WNC


Asheville is home a melting pot of entrepreneurs, small businesses, and sustainable innovators. In the past year alone, there has been an influx of breweries, restaurants, and startups joining our ranks—and we’ve already found a host of new favorites. Read on for our list of 10 new businesses worth checking out.

Delicious local eats

1. Taco Billy, West Asheville

Business is booming in West Asheville—and it’s an increasingly popular spot if you’re looking for a variety of lunch options. Among them is a new spot for your Taco Tuesday lunch break: Taco Billy. Whatever time of day it is, we recommend grabbing one of their filling, savory breakfast tacos.

2. Blue Dream Curry House, Downtown Asheville

Downtown Asheville has another way to get a taste of India, thanks to Blue Dream Curry House. Locally sourced ingredients and a great atmosphere make this a popular dining spot. You’ll also be glad to know they pay living wages and tips are included in the cost of your meal. Check out the Green Dream curry or grab a naan taco on your lunch break.

3. Little Bee Thai, Downtown Asheville

If Thai is more your style, Little Bee Thai on South French Broad is sure to satisfy with authentic, affordable options. Took, the owner and patron chef, started making meals with her father at age six in Thailand, and she’s a believer that there are no shortcuts when it comes to cooking well. One taste of her penang, and you’ll know just what she means.

4. Gypsy Queen, Patton Avenue

What once started as a popular Middle Eastern food truck now has a brick and mortar location—which makes it much easier to know when and where you can get your next shawarma fix. Gypsy Queen has quickly stolen the hearts of local food connoisseurs looking for freshly prepared falafel, tabbouleh, and other delights. Our recommendation: whatever you choose as your entree, you can’t go wrong with a side of their fried cauliflower.

New brews to try

5. Sweeten Creek Brewing, South Asheville

Looking to skip the crowds during tourist season? Skip downtown and head to Sweeten Creek Brewing in Southeast Asheville. Wash down one of their delicious house-made sandwiches with a selection of their mouth-watering brews.

6. Bhramari Brewhouse, Downtown Asheville

Right across the street from our law office is one of the newer breweries to hit the Asheville beer scene: Bhramari Brewhouse. When it comes to unique beer offerings, this brewhouse has it all—ciders, dunkelweizens, witbier, stouts, IPA’s, and more. If you’re not in the mood for beer or are the designated driver for the night, check out their house kombucha.

7. Noble Cider, Leicester

For anyone who wants to explore different flavor profiles, Noble Cider is a great place to try out something new. They specialize in ciders made from local apples, and the result is pure unadulterated joy for your taste buds.  Though the brewing company has been around for awhile, they recently opened up a new location off of Leicester Highway.

8. New Belgium, Asheville

You’ve likely already heard that New Belgium joined the Asheville craft beer scene. But you may not know they offer their employees world-class adoption assistance program—and that alone is worth an honorable mention!

Local innovation & industry

9. Security Camera Warehouse

A thriving member of the startup community, Security Camera Warehouse is a surveillance wholesaler that’s bringing jobs and creating industry in Buncombe County—all while helping keep folks safe!

10. Whitelabs

Started by a team of brewers passionate about finding highest quality yeast, Whitelabs is a welcome addition to “Beer City USA.” These scientists have one goal in mind: to advance the taste of beer for both home-brewers and large brewing companies.

Looking to make your own mark in WNC?

Have a business idea that you just can’t seem to shake? Asheville has a ton of resources to help local entrepreneurs develop ideas into an actual thriving business.

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What are some of your favorite local businesses? Let us know in the comment section.

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