Cliffs Living: Shopping Local in Asheville

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove has the best neighbor; Asheville, NC. Creativity abounds in Western North Carolina, where entrepreneurs make it a delightful endeavor to look for local labels. Cliffs Living set out to gather locally sourced items for a fall getaway in the Asheville mountains, and here’s our backpack … unpacked.


Convertible Backpack Tote Crossbody by In Blue Handmade—a handmade, eco-tanned leather bag that’s simple, classic, and ready to go to the trail or town. A portion of proceeds benefit Feeding America.  

Pisgah Breakfast Tea by Asheville Tea Company—an adventurous blend of organic black teas and roasted yaupon that pairs well with backpacking and day hikes.  

Chocolate-Covered Nuts & Specialty Bars by French Broad Chocolates—small-batch specialty treats handcrafted by Asheville chocolatiers.

Nick Stick & Hand & Cuticle Salve by Asheville Bee Charmer—all-natural products that heal up little nicks, scratches, and bug bites, and remedy hardworking hands. This brand produces pure raw honey, too.  

Craft Beer by Bhramari Brewing Company—a buzzy lineup of whimsical, creative local brews, named for the Hindu goddess of bees. 

Granola With Cherries & Pistachios by Pete’s Extraordinary Granola—vegan, non-GMO granola hand-baked with luxury ingredients and no refined sugar.  

Hiking T-Shirt by Moonlight Makers—screen-printed in-house with eco-friendly, water-based inks. Options include family-friendly sayings and funny puns.

Appalachian Forest Bug Repel by Mountains To Sea—a natural way to repel insects without chemicals, from a lineup of artisanal bath and body care products made with locally sourced ingredients.  

ENO SingleNest Hammock by Eagles Nest Outfitters—outdoor relaxation made with start-to-finish sustainability practices. 1% of sales donated to nonprofit environmental organizations.

Asheville Mix by Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn—an ode to home from a brand that’s beloved across the country. A portion of proceeds benefit the Asheville High School Hands Up program.

Ginger Beer by Ginger’s Revenge Craft Brewery—crafted with creativity and sustainably sourced ingredients, 95% organic and 0% preservatives.

Lima Bean Hummus by Roots Hummus—health-conscious vegan hummus made with fresh, all-natural ingredients and only a fraction of the fat.  

Beeswax Food Wraps by Killer Bees Honey—a sustainable, organic alternative to plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This brand serves up raw mountain honey, too.  

Want to find more local brands and locally-owned small businesses? Visit the Asheville Chamber of Commerce at and Explore Asheville at  


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