Retailing Handmade: Pop-up shop in West Asheville

Tis the season for decking the halls and buying sweet nothings to show each other we care. For those on a quest to make purchases that are local and handmade, here’s another opportunity.

HEARTH Holiday Pop-Up Shop will open its doors for one December weekend, bringing together several local artists selling their wares.

The pop-up shop is hosted by SHELTER (recently included in our Big Crafty preview). The owners are currently refitting the former West Asheville Shoe Shop to become a combination studio and retail space. “We are taking our time building it out, and will open our doors with a small retail element, SHELTER COLLECTIVE, in the spring time,” said Karie Reinertson, one of the managing partners.

But while we’re waiting for the weather to turn warm, we’ll have a chance to peek in their doors during this weekend’s pop-up shop. Reinertson shared that the impetus for the event was “because we have the space and there are so many talented designers/makers in our community whose work we want to help share.”

Included in the event are the following artists and small businesses: Another Feather (jewelry), Appalatch (outdoor apparel), Bow and Arrow Apparel (denim wearables), Cisthene (jewels/apothecary/ leather), Kreh Mellick (drawings), Melissa Weiss Pottery (ceramics), SHELTER (knapsacks and bags), and To & From With Love (letterpress and papergoods).

What: HEARTH Holiday Pop Up Shop
Where: 7 Brevard Road, West Asheville
When: Friday, Dec. 13, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
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