Books & Cards

HAYWOOD STREET, DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE

MALAPROP'S is one of the nation's finest independent book stores. It won Publisher Weekly's prestigious honor of best independent book store. More than a bookstore of new books, it is a place where people meet and gather. Many evenings it becomes an intimate place where one can be thoroughly entertained by fine minds and writers full of passion. It offers a full schedule of book signings and author readings and signings. Owned by indefatigible Emoke, Malaprop's reveals her incredible tastes as found in a wide range of wonderful books. Her personal passion for women poets sparkles in her extensive display of their latest offerings as space and finances allow. "My entire financial holdings are wrapped up in these books," she once was heard saying to a regular customer. A trip to Asheville without a quiet interlude within a nook and cranny of Malaprop's is a missed opportunity indeed. | Contact: Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801; 828-254-6734; Malaprops.com or Click Here>

ORIGAMI INK features artisan stationery and gifts. This charming and incredibly clean shop offers a unique selection of letterpress invitations, announcements and social stationery. Also to be found are fine writing instruments, desktop luxuries, photo albums and frames, and handbound journals. It is one of Asheville's newest independent shops. Co-owner Jonathan and his wife intend to build out the bottom floor someday. | Contact: Origami Ink, 61 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801; 828-225-2300; Origamiink.com or Click Here>


MONTFORD AVENUE, DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE

MONTFORD BOOKS & MORE is a neighborhood retreat in historic Montord, just across the street from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. It is chockful of two floors of gently used books and a wide-range of subjects. Open year round. Relax in a quiet corner with a good book and a cup of coffee or tea. It's one of the nicer used book stores to be found anywhere. Also featured are audiobooks, vinyl records, DVDs, CDs and free Wi-Fi. | Owner Kay and her cohorts are helpful when you need them, and disappear when you don't. | Contact: Montford Books & More, 31 Montford Ave., Asheville, NC 28801; 828-285-8805; Montfordbooks.com or Click Here>


LEXINGTON AVENUE, DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE

DOWNTOWN BOOKS & NEWS is arguably the premier used book store in Asheville. It offers a rapidly changing list of titles, as well as a sizable rack of new and funky magazines and select newspapers from major American cities. It is owned by Malaprop's. | Contact: Downtown Books & News, 67 North Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 28801; 828-253-8654; Click Here>

WRITE ON is a friendly, funky shop for those who love elegant stationery and all things wonderful and useful to those who love to write handwritten letters. | Contact: Write On, 28 North Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 28801; 828-225-1958; Facebook; Map: Click Here>


AROUND THE GROVE ARCADE, DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE

BATTERY PARK BOOK EXCHANGE & CHAMPAGNE BAR is the most relaxing and elegant used book store experience in the Asheville Area. Owner Thomas knows how to accommodate his growing legions of book afficionados. A great place for those who want to while away the hours alone or meet and quietly read aloud to book club friends while sitting in a leather chairs sipping on some wine. Life could be worse. | Contact: Battery Park Book Exchange, 1 Battery Park Square, Asheville, NC 28801; 828-252-0020; Batteryparkbookexchange.com or Click Here>

CAPTAIN'S BOOKSHELF is known for its fine secondhand, rare books.Contact: Captain's Bookshelf, 31 Page Ave., Asheville, NC 28801; 828-253-6631; Captainsbookshelf.com or Click Here>

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