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#Asked: What are your favorite mom and pop businesses in Asheville?

Curio | Photo by @curioasheville

Let’s talk about shopping local. Back in February, we participated in Go Local Week celebrating our local, small business owners through activities, discounts, socials + more.

Asheville is home to popular mom and pop restaurants, small retail stores, mechanics and insurance agencies. But what defines a “mom and pop” business? These places are usually:

  • Independently-owned, family-controlled
  • Maintain a minimum amount of employees
  • Have a smaller business volume than most places
  • Not franchised
  • Only open in one location

We asked you to help us celebrate our vibrant, locally-driven economy by telling us your favorite mom + pop businesses in Asheville. Here were a few of our favorites to get you started:

Curio | 📍2 Battery Park Ave.

Family-owned since 2011, a shop for the “cute and curious,” Curio has all the toys for your infant, toddler or child. Located in downtown Asheville, this small store holds a large inventory full board games, crafts, art + science kits, stuffed animals, trending trinkets + so much more.  

Orbit DVD |📍781 Haywood Rd.

Every city needs an independent movie store and Orbit DVD is Asheville’s version. Opened in 2003, the buy/sell/trade/rent store is small but the inventory has grown to include comics, video games, books, shirts, toys + more.  

Hole Doughnuts |📍168 Haywood Rd.

Located between RAD and West Asheville, this doughnut shop makes signature doughnuts from a single yeasted recipe. Hole’s doughnut are made-to-order and served fresh + hot.  

And here were a few of your faves…


Biltmore Village

Food + Drink

Village Wayside Bar and Grille |📍30 Lodge St.



Food + Drink

Asheville Wine Market |📍65 Biltmore Ave.

Hopey & Co. |📍45 S. French Broad Ave.

Limone’s |📍13 Eagle St.

Roman’s Deli and Catering |📍75 Haywood St.

Weinhaus and Cork & Keg Wine Bar |📍86 Patton Ave.


AdLib |📍23 Haywood St.

Appalachian Craft Center |📍10 N. Spruce St.

Appalachian Naturals |📍21 Wall St.

Caravan |📍1 Page Ave. (inside Grove Arcade)

Curio |📍2 Battery Park Ave.

Chevron Trading Post & Bead Co. |📍40 N. Lexington Ave.

Duncan & York |📍33 N. Lexington Ave.

L.O.F.T. of Asheville |📍53 Broadway St.

Moonlight Makers |📍43 Rankin Ave.

Mountain Made Art Gallery |📍1 Page Ave. (inside Grove Arcade)

Serenity + Scott Beauty |📍1 Page Ave. (inside Grove Arcade)

Tops for Shoes |📍27 N. Lexington Ave.

“Owned by the Carr family for over 60+ years. They’re on their third generation of owners now that the son, Alex, has taken over so his father can retire.” – Kathryn K.

Write On |📍28 N. Lexington Ave.


East Asheville

Food + Drink

Copper Crown |📍1011 Tunnel Rd.

East Village Grill |📍1177 Tunnel Rd.

Filo |📍1155 Tunnel Rd.

Piazza |📍4 Olde Eastwood Village Blvd.


Dancing Bear Toys |📍518 Kenilworth Rd.

Owned by the Ever family, run by the two sisters, small staff, incredible store. Won ASTRA best independent toy store award this year for the whole country!” – Victoria R.


North Asheville

Food + Drink

Avenue M |📍791 Merrimon Ave.

A good neighborhood restaurant, good prices, no attitude.” – Jerry D.

The Chop Shop Butchery |📍100 Charlotte St.


City Foreign Auto Supply |📍211 Merrimon Ave.

Jus’ Running |📍523 Merrimon Ave.

Raven and Crone |📍555 Merrimon Ave.


South Asheville / Arden / Fletcher

Food + Drink

828 Family Pizzeria |📍1854 Hendersonville Rd.

Blue Sky Cafe |📍1998 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher

French Fryz |📍2109 Hendersonville Rd.

Best grilled burger for the buck. Don’t forget the shake!!” – Kathy N.

Ice Bar |📍140 Airport Rd., Arden

Table Wine |📍1550 Hendersonville Rd. Ste. 102

Ziggy’s Deli |📍1550 Hendersonville Rd.

Ziggy’s Deli opened not too long ago and their homemade pickles are amazing! Also, the bagels are probably the best in Asheville.” – @sweeet._t


Precision International |📍23 Sardis Rd.

They’ve been in Asheville for at least 4 decades, I believe. 4-5 employees and the owner. Outstanding shop for imported car repair, from NC inspection to a complete engine change.” – Jim H.


West Asheville / Candler / Leicester

Food + Drink

Earthling Coffee & Espresso |📍867 Smokey Park Hwy., Candler

The BEST Coffee In Asheville! 😍 Asheville has Craft Beer, but Ashevegas is about to learn about CRAFT COFFEE! Super Local Owners/Operators.” – @jaimicakes

Food Experience Catering |📍1501 Patton Ave.

Hole Doughnuts |📍168 Haywood Rd.

Isis Restaurant and Music Hall |📍743 Haywood Rd.

Short Street Cakes |📍225 Haywood Rd.

Short Street Cakes, owned by local family Olga Perez, Tomas Aguilar, and their three daughters!” – Jodi R.

Taco Billy |📍201 Haywood Rd.

“Taco Billy with a doughnut chase at Hole.” – Karen D.

Tastee Diner |📍575 Haywood Rd.


Dale’s Automotive |📍1057 Alexander Rd., Leicester

Orbit DVD |📍781 Haywood Rd.

Organic Mechanic |📍568 Haywood Rd.

Reciprocity |📍732 Haywood Rd.

Sparky’s Toys |📍726 Haywood Rd.

Whist |📍444 Haywood Rd.


Black Mountain

Food + Drink

Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack |📍304 W. State St.

“A lovely garden shop AND wine bar – you can sit in or stroll the garden with your glass of wine.  Great employees and relaxing atmosphere.” – Donna G.


Mountain Fairy Hair |📍118 Cherry St.



Food + Drink

Star Diner |📍115 Main St. N.

Sweet Monkey |📍133 Main St. S.


Mars Hill

Food + Drink

Papa Nick’s |📍2 S. Main St.

Stackhouse |📍37 S. Main St.



Food + Drink

Blue Mountain Pizza |📍55 N. Main St., Weaverville

Devil’s Foot Beverage |📍70 Weaverville Rd.

Newbridge Cafe |📍150 Weaverville Rd.

Tommy’s Family Restaurant |📍247 N. Main St., Weaverville


Curtis Wright Outfitters |📍24 N. Main St., Weaverville

Sanctuary of Stuff |📍440 Weaverville Rd.

Thyme in the Garden |📍190 Weaverville Rd.

Wonder Dog |📍 232 Reems Creek Rd., Weaverville

Did we miss your favorite? Tell us in the comments.