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12 Awesome Local Spots to Patronize on Small Business Saturday in Asheville

If your inbox is anything like ours, you’ve likely been inundated with ads from big brands promoting once-in-a-lifetime Black Friday deals. While some savings may seem too hard to pass up, we’d like to remind you that Asheville boasts a number of small businesses offering phenomenal goods and services—and Small Business Saturday is a great time to show them some support.

Get your holiday shopping out of the way (or treat yourself!)

Here are some of our favorite local shops with gorgeous wares that would love your patronage.


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  • Asheville Gallery of Art has been exhibiting local artists for 30 years, and they feature a wide variety of styles that are available for sale.
  • ZaPow is an illustration, narrative, and pop culture art gallery showcasing unique pieces from local artists.
  • New Morning Galleryis the single largest craft gallery in the country, featuring hundreds of ceramic, wood, class, and metal artists.
  • Kress Emporium features and sells objects d’art ranging from beautifully made jewelry and clothing to furniture and sculpture. Not only are you sure to find a gorgeous gift, you’ll love exploring the historic Kress Building.
  • Duncan & York Modern Market is a gift shop that offers a diverse selection of local and handmade goods, including greeting cards, bath and body goods, prints, jewelry, and more.
  • Asheville Wine Market or Bruisin’ Aleswill give you plenty to choose from if you’re looking for the perfect hostess gift or a unique option for holiday dinner.

For treats, sweets, & more

It seems like you can find amazing food on every corner in Asheville—and we are certainly lucky to host a number of local restaurants. This Saturday, skip past the chains and try one of our favorite Asheville spots:


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  • Button & Co. Bagels debuted in Asheville just this year—and the delicious creations of chef Katie Button of Cúrate live up to the hype. Offering up housemade bagels, locally sourced ingredients, and a wide range of specialty toppings, Button & Co. is a fantastic choice for breakfast.
  • Mamacita’s Mexican Grill for fresh, homemade Mexican fare. It’s just up the road from our offices, making it one of our go-to lunch spots when a sad sandwich at the desk simply won’t cut it.
  • Buxton Hallis a must-visit for a delicious, traditional Eastern Carolina barbeque experience. In addition to dinner offerings your whole family will love, they also host a killer Sunday brunch.
  • Plant Vegan Restauranthas been named one of the best vegan restaurants in the country by Zagat—for good reason. While there are many options for vegetarians and vegans in town, Plant stands out for their wide selection of high quality, multicultural dishes.
  • French Broad Chocolates is a great stop for those with a sweet tooth. Their handcrafted sweets are “sourced with integrity…and served with gratitude”—and their award-winning chocolate treats are heavenly.

If you prefer experimenting in your own kitchen in lieu of going out, you can still support a local business and step up your cooking game. Spicewalla was started by Meherwan Irani, owner of popular Indian restaurant Chai Pani. Irani sources, selects, and blends the spices himself, bringing flavors from all over the world into award-winning restaurants and home kitchens alike.

What are some of your favorite local businesses? We’d love to know!

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