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AVL ranks 2nd best for local shopping during holidays
Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:40

‘Paris of the South’ — only topped by Laguna Beach, Calif. — continues to win accolades

From Staff Reports

Asheville is the second-best city in the United States in which to shop locally during the holidays, according to the results of a Yelp survey unveiled Nov. 20.

The so-called “Paris of the South” trailed only Laguna Beach, Calif.

Yelp, a San Francisco-based search and review firm, released the results following a company-commissioned survey measuring search traffic for gift-related queries between Thanksgiving and Christmas from 2012 to 2017.

Asheville finished ahead of Lahaina, Hawaii; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Cleveland, Ohio.The city also topped a number of other major metropolitan cities, including New Orleans, La., Minneapolis, Minn.; Indianapolis, Ind., and Denver, Colo.

Company methodology shows cities were ranked based on the highest Yelp ratings for businesses in categories such as shopping, beauty and food. Only one city per state could land on the list and each city must have at least 100 relevant local businesses to qualify for it.

The Yelp ranking is just the latest accolade for Asheville.The city has been highlighted frequently in recent years by national and regional publications as well as tech companies, following heavy promotion by local tourism officials.

Among the numerous lists it has graced, Asheville has been called one of the “30 Top Cities to Visit in 2018” by TripAdvisor.com, the only U.S. city on Forbes’ “15 Coolest Places to Go in 2018,” one of the top 15 best small cities in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler and “a beer lover’s paradise” by financial advice website SmartAsset.
 



 


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