One of Asheville's more intriguing readaptions of vintage buildings is Woolworth Walk
(25 Haywood St.
, 828-254-9324), a circa-1938 art deco stunner on Haywood Street that was beautifully restored in 2001 and now contains a co-op gallery featuring the work of more than 150 artists living in western North Carolina. Apart from being a cool building to wander through, the art sold inside - photos, jewelry, paintings, crafts, and so on - is of an exceptionally high quality. For art lovers, shoppers, and fans of old buildings, this is a must, and it also contains a handsomely restored soda fountain
, where you can enjoy a light meal or snack to break up the art exploring. This natty Woolworth's building is one of many fine structures in downtown Asheville, including the Grove Arcade, Kress Building
, Pearlman's Furniture Building
, Public Service Building
, and Flatiron Building.