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Porter & Prince Named State’s Most Beautiful Independent Store

The exterior of Porter and Prince.

Within central Historic Biltmore Village, a few blocks from Asheville’s Vanderbilt Estate known as Biltmore, resides Porter & Prince — Asheville’s premier destination for French antiques, luxury linens, dreamy sleepwear, fine gifts, and unique home decor. Established in 1996, the store has been a favorite among locals, tourists and design trade members since first opening.

Architectural Digest recently published their carefully curated list of the The Most Beautiful Independent Store in Every State in America, naming North Carolina’s Porter & Prince as “a tranquil shopping haven for home furnishings, with a strong focus on French and Scandinavian influences.” The store was notified of their nomination based on their notable profile having been long known to major shelter magazines, including being chosen as a Top 100 Store in the Country by Cottage Living Magazine, receiving a feature in Domino Magazine, as well as having been selected by Huffington Post as a Top Place to Shop in Asheville. Criteria for receiving the Architectural Digest distinction was based on the store’s focus in terms of offering a uniquely curated merchandise selection, their commitment to kind, patient service and striving to creatively inspire the love of home and beauty in those who Porter & Prince is passionate about serving. Porter & Prince is deeply honored for such a prestigious recognition and praises their loyal customers for choosing an experience by shopping with them locally, that signifies the value and appreciation the community places on personalized service not typically found in big-box stores.

Over 20 years ago, owner Debra Prince Slosman set out to create an unparalleled shopping experience and has been pampering shoppers and indulging their senses ever since. “This honor not only reflects our love of what we do but also represents our dedication to the mission of bringing any tiny bit of beauty and comfort we can to those who enter our door. Our 22 years have rewarded us with knowing generations of patrons by name. We have gotten to know their tastes, wishes and what it takes to help them create calm contentment in their homes. We are so grateful for their supporting and trusting us,” says Slosman.

The team invites you to slip into somewhere more comfortable on your next trip to Asheville. Drop by Porter & Prince at 6 Brook Street, Asheville, NC 28803. For store hours and directions, please visit porterandprince.com.