A Trip Down Memory Lane at Woolworth Walk

If you’ve never been to the F.W. Woolworth building at 25 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC, you simply must come at some point. This historic landmark was first established in 1938 and was revived and restored to its original state in 2001. It not only operates a throwback, traditional soda fountain, but it now features local artists.

On March 2, I enjoyed an open reception for the work of Barbara Sokolowski and Terry Friday. Barbara is a fabric designer who features beautifully designed fabric art. Terry is a potter who uses a procedure called graffito, where she creates carvings on the surface of her pots.

Her pots are all functional, but they also include vivid and stunning floral and geometric patterns and designs. As Terry explained,

“Some of the most intimate moments we spend with each other are done while sharing food and drink. I strive to make beautiful functional pieces that I hope enrich the lives of the user and bring a bit of celebration to each occasion of their use.”

While visiting this exhibit, that will be featured for the whole month of March, I couldn’t resist enjoying the Soda Foundation. It is actually open daily and serves all sorts of items from my childhood. They have egg creams, club sandwiches, coffee, old fashioned ice cream sodas and more. Sitting at the soda counter brought me back to the 1950s and offered me such a fun experience!

Woolworth Walk Soda Fountain

Woolworth Walk Soda Fountain

There are few places where you can enjoy the work of 160 local artists while sipping your 1950s ice cream soda. Woolworth Walk is definitely worth the visit – even for those who live far away. And what a fun experience for one Asheville resident on a Friday afternoon in March.

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