‘Tis the Season to Shop Local!

Christmas is just around the corner, but shopping lists are a mile long! Figuring out what to buy for all the special people in your life this holiday season is just half the challenge. Finding where to buy unique gifts and presents is the other half of the challenge.

There’s plenty of wonderful stores to chose from here in Asheville, including big name chain stores like Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Barnes and Nobles. However, before you rush to spend your Christmas shopping dollars at the big brands, consider some of the many independently owned shops and stores in Asheville.

The buy and shop local movement has blossomed here Asheville. The Asheville Grown Business Alliance set out to promote and support the many locally-owned, independent businesses. By now, it’s hard to miss the Asheville Grown’s logo “Love Asheville: Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is”  being sported on store windows, posters and T-shirts.This holiday season, and the campaign in place: “Local is The New Black”. The idea is to encourage Christmas shoppers to use their shopping dollars to support Asheville’s economy by spending locally. Their mission is “reserving the unique character of Asheville and to educate citizens on the critical importance of thinking locally first when considering the impact of national and global chains.”

In the spirit of shopping locally, here are just a few of the amazing independent stores to consider this holiday season. Before you head down to the mall, consider how so many of these stores help preserve Asheville as one of the most unique cities in America!  Whether you’re shopping for a fashionista, a book lover, a foodie, a child, or an outdoor enthusiast, one of Asheville’s independent stores can fit your needs.

Here are some of the many great local business options for your holiday shopping excursion. Happy Holidays~ Enjoy shopping locally!

Sensibilities Day Spa: Not sure what to get your stressed-out friend or family member that doesn’t even have time to make a Christmas list? How about a gift certificate to Sensibilities Day Spa, one of Asheville’s premier spa’s featuring natural bath and body products. Nothing is as relaxing this time of year as a gift certificate for a pampering treatment by one of Sensibilities skilled body workers, including aromatherapy, seaweed wrap, deep tissue massage, manicures, and other treatments to revive the senses.  59 Haywood Street and Two Town Square Boulevard.

Hip Replacements: For the fashionista that thinks they already have everything, visit this fun, funky vintage inspired boutique for all the latest trends and apparel.  72 North Lexington Ave.

Just Ducky: Shop for your little ones at this local store that boasts classic custom clothes for kids. Right now, they are selling the cutest Christmas stockings, along with other gifts and accessories for the holidays. Order online or shop at their storefront at 10 All Souls Crescent.

OP Taylors: Now with 3 locations in the area, OP Taylors want shoppers to know they are the “Coolest toy store on the planet”. You can shop by age,  category of toy your looking for (games, dolls, puzzles, arts and crafts) and/or brand of toy. Biltmore Village Location at 2 Town Square Blvd.

Curtis Wright Outfitters: If you’re anything like me, you’re already dreaming about spring and summer days by the lake. Shop now at Curtis Wright Outfitters for all your Fly Fishing and outdoor needs. Even better, treat that fisherman or woman in your life to a Fishing Gift Certificate Package, for a get-away weekend at a guest cabin and guided fishing tour. 5 All Souls Crescent

French Broad Chocolate Lounge: Everyone loves chocolate, especially around the holidays. Give a gift certificate or take your sweetheart for an afternoon of delectable handcrafted artisanal chocolates and pastries, beer and wine, espresso. Buy a box of their holiday truffles to put under the tree and enjoy with the family.10 South Lexington Avenue

Spiritex: For the person who loves organic clothing, Spiritex  is a sustainable fashion boutique. with clothes made from 100% organic textiles all sourced from American fiber. They also have an array of holiday dresses for sale this season, as well as organic cotton rib ties with stripes for that special guy in your life. Also featuring locally made jewelry. 61 1/2 N Lexington Ave & 14 Haywood Street

Dancing Bear Toys: Offering classic toys and games that you will remember from your childhood, as well as exciting new gifts and gadgets. Also offers a wide spectrum of toys; from the little things like marbles, dice, bouncy balls and tops to LARGE items such as kid's furniture and tricycles.  144 Tunnel Road