Exotic boutique A Faraway Place (16 Battery Park Ave., Asheville, 252-1891) has been a gift-shop staple for more then a decade, but it’s hardly stuck in time. From the shop’s earliest incarnation selling sacred items (Tibetan dorjes, Buddhist statuary) and a then-rare collection of Putumayo world-music CDs, A Far Away Place managed to rise above the typical clutter and garishness associated with import stores. Over the years, the boutique has expanded its inventory to include books, Celtic jewelry, African art, and women’s accessories. These elegant yet well-traveled hats from the Scala hat company, modeled by Nusta Almeda, are just the thing for facing down winter’s coldest months.
• [left] Gold and black satin brocade hat with faux-fur trim, $26.95.
• [right] Collapsable white wool cap, $29.95.
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Sad news: Moseley Shoe Service, formerly located in downtown Asheville’s Haywood Park Hotel, has gone out of business. The tiny closet of a shop was in business since 1926, most recently under the ownership of Mr. Chang, and specialized in repairing boots, replacing zippers, dying shoes and doing leather work. “We Give Your Shoes New Life,” was the shop’s motto, along with “Minimum charge, $3.” Though we don’t miss our shoe-repair shop until our soles wear thin, I’m already on the lookout for a new cobbler. Closest to downtown Asheville: River Ridge Shoe Repair (800 Fairview Road, Asheville, 299-1109) is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.