Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains, the Asheville area attracts newcomers for its astounding quality of life, low crime rate and welcoming entrepreneurial environment. Known for its culinary delights, history, architecture, natural settings and as a Mecca for adventure lovers, Asheville has something for everyone.
Whether you are just out of school or a veteran of the workforce, Western North Carolina offers outstanding opportunities. The quality of life and low unemployment rate found in the Asheville area draws top-talent from major cities throughout the nation. Professional, creative and technical specialists choose the Asheville area as their home.
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Consider the Economic Development staff your one-stop resource for connecting to the Asheville community. Their comprehensive services are free of charge and confidential. Contact the EDC staff to learn how they can assist your company through your relocation or expansion project.
Small businesses are the backbone of Asheville’s economy. The community embraces the impact of these companies on our culture and lifestyle. The Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Coalition and other community organizations have developed a variety of resources designed to help all small businesses succeed.
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Asheville 5x5 is a five-year economic development initiative of the Chamber and the Economic Development Coalition of Asheville-Buncombe County. Read on to learn more about the Chamber's efforts to grow 5,000 new jobs in the region.
From cosmopolitan to kitschy, Asheville has all the shopping one could ask for. And, shopping isn’t a chore in the Asheville region, as so much shopping in the Asheville area is available through locally owned merchants and vendors. The Asheville area offers diverse galleries, boutiques and cooperatives, many of which feature handmade items. You’ll find a requisite antique district along Lexington and Biltmore Avenues, and many other antique shopping opportunities dot the region.
The Asheville Visitor Center also houses a fully stocked gift shop, perfect for finding souvenirs and gifts for friends and relatives. Stop in The Asheville Shop at 36 Montford Avenue. Here are a few shopping destinations that are attractions in and of themselves:
Check out the Grove Arcade Public Market, an architecturally stunning building that sits on an entire city block. Built in 1929, the Grove Arcade was one of Asheville’s first “malls” before the building was taken over by the federal government during WWII as part of the war effort. Now returned to the public sector, the market hums with business at its locally-owned boutiques, craft galleries, jewelry stores, restaurants and fresh food vendors.
This section defies the word district, as artists and crafters are tucked away in hills and vales all across Western North Carolina. But if you’re up for the drive, it’s worth it, and we have just the book to guide you. The Craft Heritage Trails book outlines shops and studios as well as eateries and extras such as hiking trails with details, descriptions and maps. The book is available at The Asheville Shop in the Chamber’s Visitor Center.
The River Arts District is an enclave of creativity in an old industrial area lining the French Broad River. You’ll see warehouses turned art studios, where visitors can watch artists and crafters at work. Not to be missed are the district’s studio strolls on weekends twice a year.
A stroll down this planned community connects you with exciting shopping, lively restaurants, cafes, spas and health clubs. National retailers like REI and Barnes & Noble can be found in this chic part of town.
Asheville Outlets features over 75 name brand outlet stores and additional stores that are indigenous to the Asheville area. Located in the heart of the Asheville area with immediate access to I-26, I-40 and I-240.
Take time to explore the funky shops in West Asheville, the friendly-feel of small town Weaverville, the quaint charm and great antique and craft shopping in Black Mountain, as well as picturesque shopping on the tree-lined cobblestone streets of Biltmore Village. Hendersonville offers nostalgic ice cream parlors and Dancing Bear Toys….every kid’s dream toy store.
If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Western North Carolina, look no further than one of the many farmers’ markets that make this region so yummy to live and visit. One of five large farmer’s markets owned by the state of North Carolina, the WNC Farmer’s Market is situated on a 36-acre site with views of the mountains and Biltmore. It’s open seven days a week, all year-round. Many other independent farmers’ markets can be found, including the Asheville City Market, the North Asheville Tailgate Market (Asheville’s oldest farmer’s market) and the Black Mountain Farmer’s Market, just to name a few. The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project keeps a list of farmer’s and tailgate market openings and locations.