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A little about Asheville

Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. The city's rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues.

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The history of Asheville

Before the arrival of the Europeans, the land where Asheville now exists lay within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation. In 1540, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto came to the area, bringing the first European visitors along with European diseases, which seriously depleted the native population. The area was used as an open hunting ground until the middle of the 19th century. On October 2, 1880, the Western North Carolina Railroad completed its line from Salisbury to Asheville, the first rail line to reach the city. Almost immediately it was sold and resold to the Richmond and Danville Railroad Company, becoming part of the Southern Railway in 1894. With the completion of the first railway, Asheville experienced a slow but steady growth as industrial plants increased in number and size, and new residents built homes. Textile mills were established and plants were set up for the manufacture of wood and mica products, foodstuffs, and other commodities.

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36 Montford Ave.
Asheville, North Carolina

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Businesses in Asheville, North Carolina

Here is a collection of downtown Asheville, North Carolina businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Mountain Made Art Gallery


Showcasing Just Local Artists & Craftsmen


Beer City Bicycles

Health / Wellness

High end bicycles and high tech indoor training


C and Company Handcrafted Skincare

Health / Wellness

Formulated naturally


Roberto Coin


Italian design jewelry


1889 WhiteGate Inn and Cottage


A luxury bed and breakfast


Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast


5 impeccably decorated rooms


The Albemarle Inn


An elegant Greek Revival mansion


Blue Dream Curry House


An international journey of flavor




French Comfort Food


Doc Chey's Noodle House


Affordable, freshly-wok'd food


Over Easy Cafe


Breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes made fresh to order.


The Lobster Trap


Asheville’s premier seafood restaurant


April Cornell


Womens and girls clothing


Diamond Brand Outdoors


Voted Best Outdoor Gear Shop for 11 years


frock Boutique


Funky, fresh women's boutique


Funky Mutt


Cool stuff for your four legged friends


Hip Replacements Clothing


Specializing in independent designers


L.O.F.T. - Lost Objects Found Treasures


Voted best gift shop again and again


Asheville Brewing Company

Winery / Brewery

Keeping Asheville happy for over 20 years


Bruisin' Ales

Winery / Brewery

Over 1000 beers in stock