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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.

Contact Information

Address:
36 Montford Ave.
Asheville, North Carolina
28801

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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

Art

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

Jewelry

Italian design jewelry

 

1889 WhiteGate Inn and Cottage

Lodging

A luxury bed and breakfast

 

Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast

Lodging

5 impeccably decorated rooms

 

The Albemarle Inn

Lodging

An elegant Greek Revival mansion

 

Blue Dream Curry House

Restaurants

An international journey of flavor

 

Bouchon

Restaurants

French Comfort Food

 

Doc Chey's Noodle House

Restaurants

Affordable, freshly-wok'd food

 

Over Easy Cafe

Restaurants

Breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes made fresh to order.

 

The Lobster Trap

Restaurants

Asheville’s premier seafood restaurant

 

April Cornell

Shopping

Womens and girls clothing

 

Diamond Brand Outdoors

Shopping

Voted Best Outdoor Gear Shop for 11 years

 

frock Boutique

Shopping

Funky, fresh women's boutique

 

Funky Mutt

Shopping

Cool stuff for your four legged friends

 

Hip Replacements Clothing

Shopping

Specializing in independent designers

 

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

Shopping

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