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Herbiary: Take in Amazing Sights and Scents at this Charming Asheville Wellness Shop
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Amazing scents await at the Herbiary, where you'll find not only a wide array of fresh-smelling herbs, but also the full scope of essential oils and bath products you need to look and feel your best.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

It’s impossible to feel stressed when you set foot in Asheville’s Herbiary. Bursting with hand-picked products that are good for both customers and the planet, this store offers a variety of products designed to delight all of the senses. The moment you set foot inside this charming store, you’ll feel at ease. This is the ultimate shopping environment for those who otherwise find shopping stressful. Products are displayed beautifully, but are also organized to make finding your favorite products a breeze.

As its name suggests, herbs lie at the center of the store. The shop does not, as some customers suspect, specialize in culinary spices, however. Rather, the herbs sold here are primarily intended for purposes related to spirituality and wellness. In addition to the herbs for which the shop is named, you’ll find high-quality essential oils and a myriad of products containing these oils. You will also encounter several bath and body items, such as shea butter, bath salts, soaps, and hydrosols.

Feel free to ask about the origins of various products throughout the store; you’ll find many that are certified organic or sourced directly from farms with which the Herbiary’s owners have established close relationships. An emphasis on eco-friendly products is evident throughout.

In addition to its many herbs, essential oils, and bath products, the store also offers copies of owner Maia Toll’s book “The Illustrated Herbiary,” which offers valuable messages of healing and renewal, as well as eye-catching illustrations.

The store’s staff members clearly know a lot about herbs and essential oils. Passionate about wellness and eco-friendly living, they will happily answer any questions you may have about the products on display. They’re also happy to chat about a variety of other topics. These conversations can dramatically improve your understanding of and appreciation for spiritual wellness. Satisfied customers regularly comment on the personable interactions they enjoy while shopping — when they visit the Herbiary, they feel as if they’re an integral part of a growing community.

Currently, the Herbiary operates two locations. The shop began in a tiny space in Philadelphia, where it was initially known as The Apothecary Garden. Since then, it has changed both names and locations. Asheville has benefited from this growth, with a shop now conveniently situated on Market Street.

Top items sold in the Asheville store are also available for purchase online. That being said, the store is still worth visiting, as it offers a calming, yet energizing environment that you won’t easily find elsewhere. Owners Maia Toll and Andrew Cellwyn aim to transform each visit into a memorable experience. The most beloved staff members, however, are the onsite pups, who provide a clear reminder of the healing power of pets.

Whether you’re just beginning to dabble in the world of essential oils or deem yourself an herb aficionado, you’ll feel right at home at the Herbiary. Stop by for a shopping experience like no other.

Insider Tips:
– The store occasionally hosts special events, such as book signings, DIY classes, and most commonly, archetype readings. Check the Herbiary’s official Facebook page for its Asheville location to learn more about upcoming events. The store’s Facebook page also offers regular updates on sales.
– Parking can be a major source of frustration for Herbiary visitors. Limited street parking is available just outside the store. Otherwise, a paid parking lot can be found across nearby Broadway Street. The store is conveniently situated near multiple bus stops.