Bags + shades

Asheville Shades and Market Basket (no website yet) recently opened its doors at 36 Battery Park Ave. The boutique is two stores in one. Husband-and-wife owners Tom (he helms the sunglasses side) and Sheila (she manages the bags) Williams have put a stylish touch on two items that everyone needs. Sheila explains that she began by stocking the things that she likes, including an array of carry-alls from “far away,” such as Blessing Baskets from Ghana. Proceeds from those bright woven baskets go toward planting crops in the African nation. Another hit: The canvas and leather mail bags from India, that boast postal insignia from various countries.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts writer and editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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