Montford's two-story vault contains more than 20,000 works of the written word and audio recordings. Pour a cup of complimentary coffee or tea before perusing Montford's textual offerings, including science fiction, children's books, contemporary fiction, and the Comprehensive Guide to City Smells. Left-out ears revel in music CDs or audio books in both disk and tape formats. Readers can also engross themselves in any of Montford's paperbound items in one of the store's plush chairs, browse the endless halls of the Internet with free WiFi, or engage in thoughtful conversation with a wordsmith at an author reading and discover if Spot's world-famous run actually took place.
At Mr. K’s Used Books, Music, and More’s five locations, funny money is the currency of choice. In exchange for bringing in good-quality books, CDs, and DVDs, customers receive store-issued dollars that they can use toward the purchase of other items. Some in-demand items, such as school textbooks, modern literature, video games, or sports almanacs from the future, may warrant a cash exchange instead. The shop’s friendly staffers, meanwhile, remain at the ready to help customers locate an item amid the many shelves, organized by genre and number of vowels in the title.
Clay and creativity swirl together at Claying Around, a paint-your-own-pottery studio recognized as one of the city's most family-friendly spots by readers of the Asheville Citizen-Times. Inside the spacious, brightly lit facility, Claying Around’s friendly staff help visitors piece together mosaics or transform plain pottery into vibrant works of art with more than 60 colors of glaze—all of which are nontoxic and safe to bring into a bubble bath. Arts-and-crafters can sit around brightly colored tables and embellish pieces chosen from shelves upon shelves of unfinished bowls, mugs, and other knickknacks. The shop’s pottery-wheel lessons empower students to create their own bisque items; afterward, staffers glaze and fire finished pieces until they shine.
FastFrame outlines photographs and wall-worthy art with more than 1,000 frames in styles ranging from baroque gold trims to funky, contemporary schemes. Dedicated to craftsmanship and creativity, professional framers help select matting hues to complement a diploma or the original Bill of Rights banning knuckle cracking. All projects are completed onsite, ensuring that no materials get dented or lost by clumsy carrier pigeons, and clients can return any custom designs for complete retooling within 30 days if they don't match homes' décor.