Enjoy the ultimate Asheville experience by visiting these 12 women-owned businesses, from vegan cafes to artisan boutiques. Read on to start your planning!

Asheville, North Carolina is home to a creative spirit, beautiful views, and southern hospitality. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Appalachian town has a deep history of welcoming visitors and cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit. 

Whether you’re visiting Asheville for the first time or planning a repeat adventure, enhance your experience and celebrate women by visiting one of these 12 women-owned businesses in Asheville. Continue reading to learn how you can taste your way through Spanish-inspired tapas, sample mushroom tea that will leave you feeling euphoric, enjoy Asheville rooftop sunset views, and shop your favorite authors on an indie 1989 school bus.  

Women-Owned Restaurants in Asheville 

When you visit Asheville, come hungry! This Blue Ridge Mountain town boasts a wide variety of award-winning restaurants. Here are three woman-owned restaurants in Asheville, where you can enjoy a snack, brunch, or a fancy meal. 

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Pulp + Sprout Juice Bar and Vegan Cafe

233 South Liberty St. Asheville, NC

Located in North Asheville, Pulp + Sprout features a locally grown, organic, vegan menu, including cold-pressed juices and sensational flavored smoothies like Espresso Peanut Butter. Start your day with their Avo Toasty or gluten-free muffin. Co-owner Heather Cassidy’s goal is to create a welcoming, inviting, and wholesome environment that can be felt throughout your experience.  

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Stay Glazed Donuts and Cafe

22 S Pack Square, Asheville, NC

Located in the basement of the historic Jackson Building, on Asheville’s iconic Pack Square, Stay Glazed Donuts and Cafe is a great spot for a midday snack.  Enjoy small-batch, hand-cut donuts that are made fresh and feature unique flavors like Icee and Peach Watermelon. Flavors rotate weekly, so check their Instagram account before you go! Owner Samantha Rose has infused the space with new decor and added new hours since purchasing it in May 2023. 

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Cúrate

22 S Pack Square, Asheville, NC

Located in the heart of downtown Asheville, Cúrate Bar de Tapas was awarded the James Beard Hospitality Award in 2022. This Spanish restaurant is a love story between local ingredients, Spanish flavors, and hospitality. Co-owner Katie Button has a love for the Spanish culinary culture which can be experienced with every bite. 

Women-Owned Liquid Arts in Asheville 

The social aspects of drinking and the history of liquid arts are woven into Asheville’s culture. Whether you’re looking for a locally brewed alcoholic beverage, non-alcoholic beverages, or a unique liquid arts experience, consider visiting these three women-owned bars during your Asheville adventures.  

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The Pot Stirred

191 Lyman St #320, Asheville, NC 28801

Are you a big fan of mushrooms and trying new things? Then The Pot Stirred is the spot for you! Visit America’s first mushroom cafe to experience infused mocktails that will leave you feeling euphoric and grounded. Partners Taylon and Aislinn opened their business in 2022 when they discovered a need for more alcohol-free and inclusive spaces in Asheville’s thriving downtown scene. 

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Ginger’s Revenge

829 Riverside Dr #100, Asheville, NC

Located a few miles north of the River Arts District, Ginger’s Revenge Riverside Tasting Room offers eight rotating ginger beers, locally made snacks, guest beers, and a selection of non-alcoholic options. Sample their Original brewed alcoholic ginger beer or the locals’ favorite, Hibiscus Lavender. Co-owner, Cristina Hall Ackley has been tweaking her homebrewing craft since 2012 and officially opened their (ginger) brewery in 2017.   

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Saint Brighid’s

36 Foundy St A1, Asheville, NC 28801

Want to enjoy a beverage while you explore over 50,000 square feet of arts and crafts created by Western North Carolina artisan vendors? Saint Brighid’s offers a wide selection of locally sourced craft beers, wines, and a variety of non-alcoholic options inside the Marquee, a design market located in the River Arts District. Named after the patron saint of brewers, the female owners of this eclectic spot have created a beverage oasis where you can sip and shop.

Women-Owned Asheville Tours & Experiences 

Asheville offers a plethora of unique things to explore. From scenic hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains to sunny rooftop views and memorable moments. Here are three women-owned businesses you have to experience when visiting Asheville.   

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Asheville Wellness Tours 

Enjoy a private yoga class on a mountain top, giggle during goat yoga, test your balance during a SUP Yoga Class on one of the world’s oldest rivers, or find your peace during guided forest bathing. All these experiences and more are available seasonally through Asheville Wellness Tours. From the management team to the guides this tour group is women-owned and operated! 

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Asheville Rooftop Tours 

See a different side of Asheville when you experience an Asheville Rooftop Tour. Soak in the Blue Ridge Mountains, historical buildings, and delicious cocktails all from a bird’s eye view. Founded by Kaye Bentley in 2028, her curated tours are a combination of stunning views, historical insights, and photo-worthy moments. 

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Cats at Play Café

12 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801

Have a love of cats, coffee, and puns? The Cats at Play Café offers an opportunity to play with rescue cats, while you sip on cleverly named drinks like the Meowtcha Latte. Visitors can book a 55-minute purr-therapy session in the cat lounge for the full experience. Who knows, you might even take a cat home! Founders Clare and Lisa have a passion for kitties and finding homes for rescues. 


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Women-Owned Asheville Stores & Boutiques

Part of the joy of traveling is finding meaningful mementos and unique souvenirs. During your visit to Asheville, consider shopping at one of these three women-owned stores in Asheville. From books to arts and unique area products, you’ll be sure to find something that reminds you of your visit.

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Noir Collective AVL

39 S Market St C, Asheville, NC 28801

More than a boutique, the Noir Collective AVL offers a community network for creative activists, cultural keepers, and peacemakers. Browse a variety of products including artwork, photography, hand-dipped incense, and body care products. This Black and women-owned store is a beacon of hope and a source of income for 13 local Black artists and Black-owned businesses. 

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Chapters Bookstop

While you’re in Asheville, shop for books – on the go! Experience the one-of-a-kind Chapters Bookstop, a mobile bookstore featuring new and used books. After revamping a 1989 school bus, owner Dawnn Sanders offers fellow bibliophiles an opportunity to browse fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books in a mobile environment. Follow @chaptersbookstop on Instagram for location updates and pop-up events.

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Asheville Bee Charmer

32 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801

More than just honey, Asheville Bee Charmer offers body care, gift sets, home products, and bee-friendly accessories. If you’re shopping for the sweet stuff, their bee selection includes local flavors from the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Owners and Queen Bees, Jillian and Kim opened this boutique shopping experience in 2014 to inspire a connection between visitors and the world of bees.  

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