Indie Retail Crawl Locations

Asheville Bee Charmer

38 Battery Park Avenue

Asheville Bee Charmer is a locally owned company with a mission of connecting communities by offering customers small-batch, regional-based local and artisan honey as well as promoting artists' unique, one-of-a kind bee themed wares. Enjoy the honey tasting bar that includes 50 different types of local honey, and shop for bath and body products, snacks, art, and other bee products.

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar

1 Page Ave. #101

Trading books by the thousands and wines by the glass, the store offers the marriage of two of earth’s finest pleasures, books and wine, side by side. Or should we say page by glass? Peruse thousands of books in dozens of categories while sipping a fine wine, sparkling wine, or Champagne.

The used book selection is constantly changing. The wine list changes often too, as the owners strive to serve you the best of what we’ve tasted.  Enjoy your drink alongside a cheeseboard, some trout dip, or a local dessert.

We are a Used Bookstore and Champagne Bar in the heart of Asheville.  Come join us for a unique experience and see what’s new.


2 Battery Park Avenue

Owned by Tiffany Hernandez and Orlando Hernandez Jr., Curio offers toys, games, and gifts for children of all ages. The assortment includes arts and crafts, backpacks, books, educational toys, puzzles, puppets, stuffed animals, jewelry, race cars, and action toys. Favorite brands include Green Toys, Skip Hop, Melissa & Doug, Jellycat, and Chronicle Books. 

Downtown Books and News

67 N Lexington Ave.

In business for over 25 years, Downtown Books & News of Asheville, NC specializes in used and rare books. Thousands of different genres to choose from, our inventory changes every week. We also offer a large selection of micro-published magazines from local and international writers.

Garage 34

34 South Lexington Ave.

The Garage 34 Project in Downtown Asheville, NC is a "indie handmade shop" for the global gypsy including: independent handmade goods, antique housewares, vintage rentals, custom wedding decor & vintage wedding dresses.

Hip Replacements

72 N. Lexington Ave.

Known as Asheville’s dressing room since 1995, this have a classy little shop for guys and gals specializing in independent designers curated with nostalgia of yesteryear.  The store also carries a smattering of local artisans, hand-picked vintage for men, and quality pieces manufactured in the USA. Owner Franzi Charen is Director of Ashville Grown Business Alliance.

Jack of the Wood Pub

95 Patton Avenue

Jack of the Wood is a British Isles style pub in downtown Asheville featuring hot food, cool ales, and sweet music seven nights a week!

Laughing Seed Cafe

40 Wall Street

Laughing Seed Cafe is a historic, must-visit Asheville restaurant.  It's warm ambiance, eclectic approach to vegetarian cuisine, and award-winning bar will turn any guest into a regular guest! (offering 10% off to anyone from Winter Institute)

Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café

55 Haywood St.

Emoke B’Racz, a self-described political exile from a communist country, founded Malaprop’s in 1982. Her goals then, as they are now, is “to be the best little bookstore in the land; to enjoy what we do while we’re doing it; and to be aware and supportive of financial needs and ensure that bookselling is a fine and noble profession.” The store was founded with the passion to be a space where freedom of expression is supported, where important literature—from authors backed by major publishers to those who self-publish—is available to all, where censorship has no place, where respect and service are practiced daily, where women feel safe, where all are welcome, and where books are the stars.

Patton Avenue Pet Company

109 Patton Ave.

Patton Avenue Pet Company grew out of owner Jenna Yarosh’s vision of a pet supply store that would do more than provide goods for the companion animal—it would actually enhance the relationship between pets and their people. The store, originally located in a renovated historic home, opened in West Asheville in December, 2011, and moved downtown in June, 2014. Spacious and centrally located, the building also featured several painted murals of dogs and cats, making the location feel like home even before PAPCo moved in.

Purl's Yarn Emporium

10 Wall Street

Purl's Yarn Emporium is owned by Elizabeth and Rik Schell.  Every knitter knows that you can't make very much after only a couple of stitches: you need a whole needle full. Purl's is a needle full of stitches, a place for people to get knit together—to gather and swap yarns, patterns, and projects, to get and give advice and ideas. Purl's is proud to offer yarns that are beautiful, soft, and interesting, from around the world or just around the mountain—yarns with stories. If you've been knit together, dropped, frogged, or reworked (like all the rest of us)—come join us at Purl's Yarn Emporium, and you'll leave in stitches.

Thomas Wolfe House

52 N Market St.

ABA has made a donation to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial so that booksellers can tour the boarding house that inspired Look Homeward, Angel for free on Sunday, February 8. The 45-minute tour leaves from the memorial visitor center in downtown Asheville at 52 North Market Street. Tour times are 3:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and 5:45 p.m. They are capped at 15 people each and are first-come first-served. Reservations are not required. Shuttle buses from the Grove Park Inn will begin at noon and will drop off guests directly at the Memorial Visitor Center; the shuttle will run every 15 to 20 minutes.


18 Haywood Street

Owned by Tiffany Hernandez and Orlando Hernandez Jr., Union is a men’s and women’s clothing and accessories boutique with a cosmopolitan sensibility. We stock a curated assortment of quality brands known for their unique and sophisticated styling. Since 2005, we have provided Asheville locals and visitors a mix of well-known brands and up-and-coming independent designers from the US and abroad. 

ZaPow Gallery

21 Battery Park Ave. #101

ZaPow is the only illustration and popular culture art gallery in the Southeast.  Owners Lauren J. Patton and Matt Johnson specialize in stocking nerdy, geeky, cute and fun art, cute characters, zombies, graphic novels and geeky toys. ZaPow also offers promotional, video production and critiquing services to artists, authors and other professionals, as well as artist workspace.  

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.



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