Grove Arcade

The Grove Arcade is one of the most interesting shopping locations in Asheville, NC.  Boutique shopping and galleries line the Grove Arcade building and the eateries bring some of the best food to the foodie scene in Western North Carolina.  The Grove Arcade building also has a delightful history and this building that at one point was meant to enliven the skyline and architecture of the city of Asheville.

EW Grove came to Asheville in 1910.  This millionaire businessman and builder fell in love with Asheville and it still bears his name at the Grove Park Inn and the Grove Arcade.  Grove built the Inn first and then decided to add some flare to the downtown area of Asheville.  He designed the Grove Arcade to be a cultural center, full of shopping and restaurants in downtown Asheville.  The original plan was for the Grove Arcade to be a 5 story structure with a 14 story tower on top.  Grove passed on in 1927 without seeing the completion of this new project.  The base was finished but the tower was never added.  This 260,000+ square foot building became one of the largest in the area and was full of offices and shopping very quickly.

The federal government took over the building during World War II to help with the war effort and the building continued to see government service into the 1980s.  With the 1980s, there came a move to re-energize the downtown area and in this move the people of Asheville wanted to see the Grove Arcade building returned to its original purpose.  The building was placed on the register of historical places and through a massive renovation, the Grove Arcade reopened on 2002.  This new version of the Grove Arcade included shopping, restaurants, markets and 42 luxury apartments.  It is still the largest building of its type in Western North Carolina and it is the jewel of the downtown Asheville renovation project.

Shops

  • Alexander & Lehert
  • Andriana
  • Asheville NC Homecrafts
  • Bath Junkie
  • Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar
  • Caravans
  • The Challenge Golf Group
  • Enter the Earth
  • Four Corners Home
  • Makeup at the Grove Arcade
  • Mission at the Grove
  • Niche
  • Roberto Coin
  • Stenevson Rare Coins & Jewelry
  • Studio Flora Diva
  • Tic-n-Time
  • Vaquera
  • Virtuoso:  Visual Music Eductation and Arts Lounge

Galleries

  • Alexander & Lehnert
  • Asheville NC Homecrafts
  • Mountain Made

Restaurants

  • Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar
  • Burgerworx
  • Carmel’s Kitchen & Bar
  • Chorizo
  • Modesto
  • Nutz About Fudge
  • Sante Wine Bar & Tap Room
  • Thai Basil
  • True Confessions
The Grove Arcade is some of the best shopping in Asheville, NC.  Boutique shops and galleries all under one roof with a lot of history behind not only these locally owned shops but the location as well.  Head down to the Grove Arcade one Saturday, get there early and grab some lunch.  Hang out and people watch for a while.  Drop some cash on some of of a kind merchandise and learn why THE shopping destination in Asheville, NC is the Grove Arcade.

The Grove Arcade
One Page Avenue
Asheville, NC
828-252-7799
http://www.grovearcade.com

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