Today on Asheville Grown's facebook page, I saw this breakdown of where your dollars go when you shop at a local business versus a chain. I like the idea of thinking local first - I definitely shop at chain stores and with online retailers, but I try to shop locally when I can.
With this spirit of local shopping in mind, we headed to downtown Asheville. We ended up only making it up and down Lexington, and it took us about two and a half hours with a brief stop for some delicious Indian fare at Mela - recommended by the New York Times and voted best Indian restaurant in Western North Carolina 6 years running.
I picked up all sorts of things, including some new sunglasses at Hip Replacements.
...and how lovely is this coat (also from Hip Replacements) - she reminds me of a modernized Red Riding Hood.
I picked up several goodies at Virtue, including a handknitted head wrap, knit leggings, a basic long sleeve shirt, and a hot pink flutter dress (also available in teal and black). They had some great sales going on, and the store was packed.
warm knit leggings from Virtue $12.95
Knitted Flower Head Wrap from Virtue $10.36 (on sale)
I found this burgandy faux leather bag from a thrift store for $6 (on sale). It's the perfect size for my MacBook. It came from ReinVintage in the Biltmore Square Mall.
Thrifted Faux Leather Bag $6
We also found a big barrel full of head scarves for $3 each at Instant Karma on Lexington. Lovely!
In honor of Small Business Saturday, we're offering a coupon code to our site, ajoeynamedroo. Use code As you can see, the money will go right back into our community. Happy shopping!