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union-window1Union of Style

Union, a boutique clothing store, in downtown Asheville is owned by couple, Tiffany and Orlando Hernandez.  Opening this store was a “union” of their professional experience as Tiffany was a buyer for The May Company and Orlando had a background in sales.  When deciding to open Union, they were looking to fill a niche in the boutique market.  They saw the need for a mix of modern, designer casuals similar to what you might find at Barney’s.   

Ben Sherman, Diesel and J. Fold have a universal appeal and the collection was created to bridge generations.  Tiffany says “I love it when a fathers and sons both come in and buy from our store.” The couple strives to bring in new merchandise on a regular basis and to carry a wide range of sizes.  “We are always trying new vendors so the store is always fresh,” says Orlando.  They do most of their purchasing in Las Vegas and New York.   Their collection has grown to include designer jeans, shirts, jackets, belts, hats and jewelry for both men and women.union-interior


Tiffany and Orlando are as involved in their shops, one in downtown and the other in Gerber Village, as they are in the community.  They recently participated in a fashion show to benefit an aids charity along with MAC cosmetics.  On March 25th they will be part of a fashion show at the Garage called “Push Asheville Fashion”.  It is a show to encourage people to buy locally.    (text and photos by Troy Winterrowd)


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Dwellings is an eclectic home furnishings store in Biltmore Station, along the river’s edge of Biltmore Village.  Owner, Chris McMillan, has been growing and nurturing his business for six years, having spent 20 years employed in the furniture business.  He expresses the style of his shop as “Soft Modern”.

When Dwellings first opened it featured smaller gift products.  After Chris started importing display pieces from India, the shop quickly evolved into a one-of-a-kind furniture showroom displaying upholstered furniture, modern lamps, industrial finds, large-scale graphic art and the original, hand-made display pieces manufactured in India.


It is apparent upon entering Dwellings that Chris has an eye for creating rooms that are both modern and fresh, yet reflect history and warmth.  The space feels more like a home than a retail shop with pieces that Chris has meticulously collected for the past several years.  Whether it is a simple sectional to anchor a living space, a 100 year-old industrial cart for coffee service, art books or your Doc Martin boots, it is a experience of discovery.  So, when you want to add comfort and a timeless quality to your new, modern condominium or a clean modern style to your craftsman home…his selection works. 

Recent Projects: Market Club and Tessier Assocs. Office at Capital Center in downtown Asheville.design1

Offerings and Services:  design services, free-local delivery, friendly customer service, great shopping environment and complete mix of products including custom upholstery.

What make Dwellings unique:  one-of-a-kind pieces – both new and old, custom designed and hand-made furnishings from India.  (text and photos by Troy Winterrowd)

North Market St. Condominiums

bildeProposed Building in Downtown 

Story by Mark Barrett of the Asheville Citizen-Times, Photo by John Fletcher.

A local development company hopes to attract a few people who want to go green — and have a lot of green — to a 13-story building it plans to build on a postage stamp-sized lot downtown.

The 10 condominiums at 73 N. Market St. would sell for $2.1 million to $2.6 million and come with a photovoltaic array on the roof, an underground garage designed to fit only the fuel-sipping Smart Fortwo subcompact car and other features designed to lessen the building’s environmental impact.

The building would be among downtown’s taller structures and would sit on a lot a little larger than 40-by-70 feet.

But that’s only if North Market Street Investments, which unveiled its plans Tuesday, can convince enough buyers to sign on.

The local housing market has tanked over the past couple of years and the most expensive homes on the market have generally been slowest to sell.

According to data from real estate analyst Don Davies, only 35 Buncombe County homes sold for $1 million or more last year.

At the end of the year, there were 246 such homes on the market — a seven-year supply at the current absorption rate.

Jim Privette, developer of the nearby 60 North Market condominium building, which is in the closing stages of construction, wondered whether there is demand for units that are that small and that expensive.

Each unit would be about 2,300 square feet and occupy an entire floor of the building, meaning the cost per square foot would be around $1,000.

“We have not seen that” demand, Privette said, although he added there hasn’t been a supply of what North Market Street Investments proposes.

“It’s always a little bit of chicken and egg. If you don’t have it, you don’t know if there is demand,” Privette said.

Jeremy Goldstein, a local commercial real estate broker who is managing member of North Market Street Investments, said work won’t move ahead until at least six units are spoken for: “We have no desire to construct an empty building.”

But Goldstein said he is “optimistic” the project will fly despite market trends, precisely because there is nothing quite like it downtown.

He said the building will offer “a new level of fine living in downtown Asheville, but in an innovative and eco-friendly way.”

Other green features would include a so-called “green” roof for part of the building, water-conserving fixtures, high-efficiency appliances, and automated lighting and shading systems.

Each unit would come with a tiny Smart Fortwo vehicle and the building would be designed so plug-in electric cars could be used in the garage.

Goldstein says the two-level underground garage would be the first parking structure designed for only one model of car, and that larger vehicles would not fit. Designing the building with parking for regular-sized cars would require a mechanized system that wouldn’t be practical for such a small project, he said.

The cars will become the “Asheville car” for some part-time residents who will fly to their units periodically, Goldstein predicted.

The first floor of the building would contain a small commercial space. The second would have an exercise room and spa and a guest room for visitors of building residents. A lounge and garden would top the building off.

The building would be mostly brick with some metal and glass in a modern style. Elihu Siegman of builder Siegman Associates said it would be roughly the same height as the nearby Renaissance Asheville hotel.

He thinks the design, developed with architect Michael Silverman, will fit with the neighborhood, which now is mostly made up of brick buildings containing law offices and subsidized housing.

“The best buildings of Asheville were of their time” in design, he said. “We feel that this building is of its time.”

The building will require approval by city staff but is too small to be subject to City Council approval. Construction should take about two years if enough buyers are located, Goldstein said.

Four Corners Home


Bill and Michael, owners of Four Corners Home, have gathered a smart, earthly collection of furnishings from the four corners of the globe.  Michael likes to describe their pieces as “Warm Modern”.  You’ll notice that their collection truly represents nature. They have found a great home in “planet conscious” Asheville.  In fact, they specialize in earth and people friendly products.  A great percentage of their furnishings focus on sustainable woods such as bamboo and rugs made in India manufactured without child labor using 100% New Zealand wool.

Starting seven years ago as importers of artisan handcrafts and accessories, the partners have gradually expanded their products to include a complete line of interior furnishings, from earth-toned fabrics, sparkling ocean glass, and an assortment of metals and wood grains.  Whether you are furnishing your downtown urban loft or cozy cabin in the woods Four Corners’ collection feels right at home in Asheville. 

Four Corners has two locations. One 3500sq/ft store in the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville, the other 5500 sq/ft location with their complete collection is behind Biltmore Station on the edge of the Biltmore Village where they recently opened a new section at called “The Loft”.  Here they are staging smaller scale furnishings to show buyers how to furnish smaller and more sustainable rooms. four-corners-loft-ensemble1


Recent Projects: Southern Living Show House with designer Tracy Kearns, The Ramble’s Hand-made House with designer Susan Neilson

Up-Coming Projects:  an eco-remodel photo shoot for WNC Magazine – by staff designer Talli Allen-Roberts, Sales Center inside the Grove Arcade for Residences at 151.

Offerings and Services:  design services, free-local delivery, friendly customer service, great shopping environment and complete mix of furnishings for all rooms of the home and office.

What makes Four Corners Home unique:  a large selection of sustainable furnishings, two convenient locations, ASID Interior Designer on staff, special services for industry trade, web-based sales.

(text and photos by Troy Winterrowd)

Clingman Avenue Lofts

Constructed 2008


The new Clingman Avenue Lofts were recently constructed by Mountain Housing Opportunities.  They bridge the urban fabric of downtown with the industrial area of the River Arts District.  There are 21 units comprising both 1 & 2 bedrooms.  All have nine foot ceilings, balconies, 1 parking space, basement storage and are certified by Energy Star and NC Healthy Built.  The well -sealed construction guarantees low energy bills combined with healthy air exchange. 

There are several low-income units available through MHO and other units available to the general public through Scott Carter at the Real Estate Center.  Prices range from $120,000 to $240,000.  

Modern Safari – Adventure in a Mid-Century Restoration



Town Mountain Road

Designed by:

J. Bertram King


1963 – 2800 sq/ft

I recently toured and photographed the home of John Moody and R. Hardy Holland III.  This 1960’s, contemporary post and beam, by noted local architect J. Bertram King, has been given new life by its recent Atlanta transplants.  Built in 1963 it was still clinging to some of the decorative character of the past, including pea green shag carpet.  Over the past year, John and Hardy, have emphasized the modern characteristics of the house and personalized the decor with treasures from their safari adventures.


On the afternoon the couple closed on the house the old kitchen, shown above and left, was removed along with the carpeting and paneling.  They, literally and figuratively, pumped new life into the heart of the house by installing a rich red, modern kitchen.  What was a typical, enclosed kitchen was now a vibrant and open space to entertain.


 The living room was simply cleaned up to allow for a relaxed living space that showcased the architecture and opened up the dramatic mountain and city views.


On a weekend while John was away, Hardy and a friend transformed John’s office to resemble an African safari tent.  John, a native of South Africa, has a business creating and selling luxury tours in Africa.  You can see his tours at http://www.ezafrica.com .  Hardy is a Wealth Management Consultant for Smith Barney.  office1

img_48281Architect J. Bertram King, is an Asheville resident who won AIA design awards for his building designs.  In 1968 he was noted for designing the Warren Wilson College Chapel.

(text and photos by Troy Winterrowd)