“Most Beautiful Independent Store in North Carolina” closing up shop after 26 years

In addition to fine linens, Porter & Prince offers unique decor and gifts.

Asheville, N.C. – The purveyor of luxury linens and unique décor earned accolades from Architectural Digest, Domino and Cottage Living. Now it is exiting the stage.

The 1895 cottage leased by Porter & Prince has recently been sold by the property owner to another local business in the Historic Biltmore Village neighborhood. A combination of factors contributed to the decision to close, said owner Debra Prince Slosman: the costly process of relocating, supply chain issues, growing inflation, economic volatility and the mounting pressures on small businesses to compete with online shopping.

Porter & Prince store closing

The 1895 cottage in Ashville’s Historic Biltmore Village neighborhood that houses Porter & Prince has been sold.

The store is running a retirement/store closing sale through Aug. 27. Its e-commerce site will go dark on July 18.

Established in 1996, Porter & Prince has served a local shoppers, design trade members and tourists with its mix of luxury linens, sleepwear, fine gifts, French antiques and unique home decor. Located a few blocks from Asheville’s Vanderbilt Estate, known as Biltmore, the store was designated “The Most Beautiful Independent Store in North Carolina” by Architectural Digest.

Other distinctions for the business include being chosen as a “Top 100 Store in the Country” by Cottage Living Magazine, being featured in Domino and having been selected by Huffington Post as a “Top Place to Shop in Ashville.”

Porter & Prince store closing

The independent retailer has earned accolades from national media outlets.

“This honor of serving our community 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,” said Slosman.

She added, “I hope Porter & Prince has been a part of their lives for the better and they will remember us for that. I am so grateful for their support and trust in my dream enterprise.”


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