Seriously local shopping

Looking for unique gifts? Want to support both local businesses, independent business owners and (by extension) a cool, local liberal arts college? The 2012 Holiday Alumni Gift Guide, just published by Warren Wilson College boasts dozens of ideas — from food and crafts to clothing and services. All of these can be found at businesses across North Carolina (many are in WNC) that are owned by Warren Wilson graduates.

Want local examples? Astral Buoyancy (owned by Philip Curry, class of ‘95) specializes in life jackets (even life jackets for dogs) and other accessories for water activities. Joanna Gollberg Designer Jewelry (Gollberg also graduated in ‘95) sells handmade jewelry. Pies in Disguise belongs to Eliza Sydney and Ben Herring, both class of ‘08 — they make delicious homemade pie, though that goes without saying. And for the music lover in your life, Black Mountain-based Song of the Wood (owned by Jerry Read Smith, class of ‘77) carries dulcimers, harps, bowed psalteries and more.

Visit the guide for complete listings.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section 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 winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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  1. Morris Shakespeare

    thought you might like to know that Joanna Gollberg and Marthe Le Van own the shop Mora located on Walnut St. beside Scully’s

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